One of the questions I get the most about my prints is framing!
All my prints are sold unframed - I prefer to let collectors choose their own frame to reflect their own personal style. I purposefully only create prints of my work that will fit standard frame sizes.
Paper Prints: To ensure the longevity of your prints, frame any painting on paper behind glass or clear acrylic and ensure that your framing materials (mat and backboard) are acid free.
Canvas Prints: My larger prints can be framed like any other print, but if you want to make it look more like an original painting, it can be stretched by a professional framer. The process involves constructing a wooden frame on which the canvas is fastened.
18x24 and 20x20 prints come with an additional 2" border to facilitate the stretching process. 24x36 inch prints are borderless (note that if stretched, the final size of the 24x36 print will be impacted).
Local framing shops
A local framing shop is always a good option because they have tons of expertise and lots of options. If you have a specific look in mind, bringing your print to the pros is best. Plus, you'll be supporting a small business in your community. My two favourite Edmonton-based frame shops are:
Another great way to display your art prints is in one-of-a-kind vintage frames. If you fall in love with a frame that isn't quite the right size, consider having a custom mat cut for it, or bring it to your framer to have them put the finishing touches on your unique find. Justine (@withjustine) is the queen of beautifully curated gallery walls using found frames. This is what my gallery wall dreams are made of! (Her pup is also the cute doggo in the header image at the top of this post).
photo courtesy of @withjustine
If you're looking to frame the piece yourself quickly, there are lots of easy options.
Some examples of ready-made frames:
My pal Justine Ma (@justinemadesign) is known for incorporating fun colour into her space. She found these simple frames at Michaels and spray painted them bright hues to match her decor, which I love.
photo courtesy of Justine Ma Design
Have any framing questions or favourite spots to find frames? Let me know in the comments.