So you got the print, it's gorgeous and now you're going to put it in the cupboard to keep it safe. What?
This is what a lot of people tell me they do when they buy a print and of course that's just a shame. When I ask why they usually tell me something like this - framing is soo expensive - sure I wouldn't know what frame to get - I couldn't hang a frame - and soo the beautiful print is bought and put away, the walls in the house are bare and that happy feeling you had when you initially got the piece must have disappeared in the cupboard with it.
Well I am hoping today we can answer some questions, give some hints and tips and then if you're still not sure we have an answer for this too.
Is framing expensive?
Well that depends entirely on you. Really there is a frame for every budget and I am not just saying that. Here are some of you're options.
The framers - This is a great option if you want to take the hard work out of framing, be sure that you'll get good a quality, solid frame with real glass and something that truly matches the piece and your space. Your local framer will have years of experience, they will have lots of options in colour and style and you can just drop it in and pick it up when it's ready. The framer is usually very good at knowing what style suits your space, so a little tip is to take a photo of the area where you want to hang the piece and show it to them when you drop in your piece. Then all that's left for you to do in the end, is pick it up and hang it.
I love going to my local framers Kennedy Picture Framing in Tubbercurry. The frames are always such good quality and Helen knows exactly what frame goes well with what I bring in.
The local Homeware store - this is a great option if you want to spend a little less and are happy to mount the piece yourself. Frames in these places usually come in standard sizes to fit photograph sizes and standard paper sizes such as A4 and A3. The best thing you can do is to bring your print in the card backed envelop you received it in - to the shop. That way you can hold the piece up against the frame, check that it suits colour and style wise and also that the size is just right. Once you have bought your frame and brought it home, you can open up the back of the frame. I would recommend cleaning the glass inside and out and then you can mount the piece, close everything back up and voila your piece is framed and ready for hanging.
If you prefer something totally different you can use magnetic poster hangers. These are super simple to use and are a great option if you're renting, as they are lightweight and can be easily hung with removable Command hooks.
Now if you're still not sure you could do what a lot of artists myself included do in the studio. When working on a new collection we create many pieces and these don't get framed straight away. I usually use a bit of blue tack and hang them on my studio wall until they are ready to be scanned, framed or sent to their new owners. Using blue tack will allow you to get the pieces up quick and enjoy them, it can also be helpful when you're trying to get a feel for where one or more pieces might look nice.
At the moment when you purchase on my website you have the option of getting just the print or you can purchase the print in a high quality Irish Made frame. I am hoping to introduce a more budget friendly framing option in March. Is this something you would like to see?
If you have time drop me a comment below and let me know your thoughts on framing.
So that's it for now, although I think there is soo much more to talk about when it comes to framing. I hope I have answered a few of your questions and if you have more just drop me a line. I'd be happy to help.
Take care and happy framing.