Framing Your Fine Art Print

Framing does more than just enhance the look of your artwork; if done properly, it protects it from damaging elements. Below are some of the key materials and tips on how to frame your fine art print so they will last a lifetime and give you the best visually pleasing outcome.
Professional Framers
  • For the best possible result and longevity for your print, I recommend a custom frame and mount from your local framer. This will ensure that the artwork will fit proportionately within the mat broad and give you the best possible outcome.
  • If you intend on framing the print yourself, the best place to purchase your framers is still your local framing shop. They will often stock good quality ready made frames.
  • I would highly recommend purchasing a custom mat, even if you plan on using a budget frame.
Other reader made frames
  • Budget Frames in Adelaide stock affordable ready made and custom made frames.
  • Spotlight stores sell budget frames with glass glazing, that comes in white, black and natural.
  • Kmart stores sell budget frames with a large variety of sizes with glass glazing, that come in white black and natural.
  • IKEA have a broad range of frames in composite wood and metal frames. Keep in mind their frames come with thin acrylic glazing.
  • I highly recommend purchasing a custom made mat board (even if you intend on using a budget frame).

What to consider when choosing your frame and mat board

  • Make sure the hanging system at the back of your print is suitable if you intend on hanging your print.
  • Consider the options of glass or plexi-glass ‘acrylic’ for your frame glazing.
  • Glass is heavier and can break if dropped and damage your fine art print.
  • Plexi-glass has an anti-glare option, great if your artwork is hung in a position where glare from sunlight is an issue.
  • Plexi-glass is more prone to scratches but much lighter and safer for shipping and hanging.
  • To help prevent the frame scratching your wall apply felt dots to the back of your frame in each corner.
  • Mat boards that come with budget frames  are often made from paper that contain acids that damage your print over time causing yellow stains.

Below are two short YouTube videos for a quick overview on the DIY framing process