Raise the subject of framing paintings and artists tend to get rather animated. Tempers may flare while others sign with resignation. We all agree that a frame is essential to make an occasion out of the painting. Get it wrong and the whole effect can fall flat. The frame should not steal the show either, but rather show off the painting to best effect. So why all the fuss?
Retail framing has become very expensive. It is a dilemma because without the frame the painting is difficult to display and sell. However after the artist pays for a frame it can be some time before it sells and the cost must be absorbed by the artist for all that time. Money that the artist may not wish to pay out! Add in the ruinous cost of art materials and we can see that painting does take a bit of an investment.
Still it is all worth it. Not to paint is to give up on life. Just today I was discussing this issue with another artist. The option of DIY framing is an attractive one. In a previous article I wrote about how I set up my own framing studio. That was my good fortune as it not only meant I could save costs and pass those onto collectors, but it opened up an entirely new creative process for me.
Framing is a form of creative labour that has given me another creative outlet. It is a way of finishing my paintings with the look that I think suits the painting. I am involved from start to the end and that is satisfying.
What are a few suggestions for artists to save on the expense of framing?
7 - Tips for Affordable Framing
Please add your framing ideas in the comments section!
So the possibilities for framing are many. You don't have to pay big sums to framers for the traditional approach. It is important to remember though that a good frame says a lot about the artist too. Please don't skimp of framing as it would not do you justice for your creative efforts. Rather focus on your best painting and give it an excellent frame.
I have added a video of my framing method. I still have all my fingers too!