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Picture Framing Tips

There are three main elements of picture framing; The picture, the mat and the frame. Creating a well-balanced framed photograph requires the correct balance of these three. Use too large of a mat and your picture disappears, use too thin of a frame and the picture becomes understated. Decorating with pictures can be seen as a form of art. You need to decide is what mood or feeling would you like to create? What colors are already present in your room? Are you after a soft, peaceful country setting or a bold, modern setting? Here are a few ideas on how you can use picture frames to brighten your home. It is not necessary to hang your pictures at the same height all the time. Staggering the positions of the picture frames will be eye catching and interesting. Change the sizes of the picture frame you use to match the expanse of wall you are working with. Use smaller picture frames in cozy areas like bathrooms and hallways. For larger wall areas, use larger picture frames to accent ceiling heights. If you already have a bunch of small frames and have a large area to work with, try vertically aligning (stacking) your pictures to have a heightening effect. You could also have a large picture frame accented with a couple of smaller ones.

There are a variety of methods you can use to create that special look in your home. Its as easy as getting ideas and starting to let your mind flow! Once your mind starts working, you will start to see how just a few picture frames can really change the feel and atmosphere of your living area. Hang your picture so it will appear at its best, when you take advantage when the light from the window or lamp that illuminates it comes from the same direction as the light in the painting. Accenting bookshelves and tables with unique frames that reflect your personality. These areas are cozy. Use them to show a more intimate portion of your family life. For these areas, consider using paper picture frames or glass picture frames. Family photos work really nice in these areas. You could also consider contrasting your larger wall picture frames with creative and unique designs such as those found in our exotic import collection of frames.

Instead of using a frame to hold your art, place the picture between two glass plates. Utilizing only metallic clamps at the four corners to hold the glass plates together. You will find that artificial light used in the room will then cast a shadow of the picture on the wall behind and can add "depth" to the picture surface. You can secure your art to the wall with double face tape.

When measuring for Custom Made frames:

-Keep in mind, that images, such as landscapes, abstracts and florals look wonderful as oversized art. -Use acrylic glass, instead of glass when framing largess pieces, it weighs less, making it ideally safe for large art. -When presenting art on canvas, use a canvas floater metal or wood frame. They are attached to the canvas's stretcher bars for strength. -Instead of using wire, find a stud in the wall and use the appropriate picture hanger for the weight of your piece, a stud is not always necessary, as there are many sturdy sheetrock now on the market. Keep in mind that many fine pieces of art are best displayed, utilizing a wire. Keep proportional by displaying oversized art with oversized furniture. You can also use large art to balance rooms with large windows or grand architectural features. -Add impact to small rooms by using oversized art as a focal point in the room. Small spaces can easily become cluttered, so one large piece instead of several small pieces will keep walls neat and orderly. Hang a large work of art on the largest wall in the room. Landscapes, in particular, will visually open cramped rooms.

(If possible, it is wise to provide your frame maker with the actual art work, doing this will provide for the best end results)

As you are spending quite a bit of money on these frames, it is imperative that you provide exact measurements. Measure the exact width and height of the outside dimensions (including the mat) of your artwork to the nearest 1/8". Use these dimensions for the size of your frame, acrylic and backing board.

Frames custom-cut to a fraction of an inch are priced to the next whole inch.

Note: For a stretched canvas, measure from wrapped corner to wrapped corner.

Measure the exact width and height of the outside dimensions (including the mat) of your artwork to the nearest 1/8". Use these dimensions for the size of your frame, acrylic and backing board.

On a rainy day let your children make their own frames for portraits of friends or family. Mount each photograph on stiff (5"X7") cardboard with double-sided adhesive tape, leaving a 1/2 in margin all around. For a homemade frame, glue wooden pencils to the margins.

Mounting: To safe-guard your art work Mounting tapes, unlike adhesive transfer tapes, are designed primarily for the mounting of artwork to a mat or backing board. They are also commonly used to attach the mat and the backing board together along the top edge, what is called "hinging", so that they remain aligned in the frame. Paper mounting and hinging tapes are simply those where the tape itself is made of paper, as opposed to, say, linen or tissue. They are the most common type and are used to mount most art on paper. For heavy watercolor paper and large posters, linen tape is preferred as the greater tensile strength will prevent tearing under the weight of the artwork. Mounting and Hinging Tissue is employed on lightweight or translucent artwork, such as rice paper. Where other types of tape can be seen through the paper, mounting and hinging tissue is virtually invisible.

Frame Sealing tape, which is an aluminum tape used to seal the inside of a wood frame's rabbet to prevent acid migration. Wood contains lignin which can seep acid. Acid can migrate from the wood into whatever the wood is in contact with, and given enough time, can cause acid burn in that material. The stack of matboard, foamboard and glass that you place in the recess (the "rabbet") at the back of the wood frame, contacts the wood along the edges and is therefore susceptible to acid contamination. By using frame sealing tape along the rabbet, an aluminum barrier is put in place to contain acid migration and prevent the frame contents from falling victim to acid.

Acid free white artists tape and acid free masking tape are best used to seal the edges of the stack of matboard, foamboard and glass prior to placing them in the frame recess. When you place the frame contents in the recess and press down on them to insert points or brads, the pressing and releasing of the stack can create a bellows effect which can suction lint and dust into the frame space. By sealing the edges of the stack with white artist tape or acid free masking tape, you prevent debris from getting inside.

FrameTac Professional Framer's Tape is probably the best. It comes off the roll ready to stick with no annoying liner to have to peel away, but it is only reversible with heat. Reversibility is the ability to release the adhesive bond, making it so it can be peeled away from the artwork without tearing it. If you have to put the mounted artwork in a heat press to reverse the bond, you cannot effectively release it unless you have a heat press. This is not easy reversibility. Nevertheless, if the artwork is relatively inexpensive, and you cannot not foresee the need to reverse the bond, and you just want a quick, easy way to mount it, the FrameTac Professional Framer's Tape would be a good choice.

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