How to Frame Prints. My Ultimate guide to Framing Prints at Home.
I often get asked how best to frame the prints I sell. While you can of course take a print to the framing shop- this is not always an affordable option.
I chose to produce my artwork at either 8x10" OR 12x16" because these sizes are very common for photographs and are therefore very easy to pick up frames for in the shops. As photographs are almost always printed in and inch format, this instantly means the frames on offer in shops follow suit.
WHERE TO PURCHASE FRAMES:
Many high street shops and online stores sell frames, but my favourites are:
HIGH STREET STORES:
Ikea (note that Ikea only sell frames in cm measurements- more info below)
Once you know the size of your print, look for frames either at that size or larger with a mount inside that will fit your print. Mounts give a more traditional look and instantly make the overall finished article feel far more substantial and expensive. The addition of a mount also helps to fill wall space and prevent the print from looking a little lost.
If you have purchased a 12x16" print, look for frames that are either 12x16" or 30x40cm (in Ikea for example). If you would like to buy a frame with a mount, look for a 16x20" frame with a 12x16" window within the mount. This is the most common size ratio of mount to frames for a 12x16" print, but others may be available. If you are purchasing a custom frame you can always request a larger mount.
If you have purchased a 10x8" print, look for frames that are either 12x16" or 25x20cm. If you would like to buy a frame with a mount, look for a 10x"8 frame with a 10x8" window within the mount. This is the most common size ratio of mount to frames for a 10x8" print, but others may be available. If you are purchasing a custom frame you can always request a larger mount.
FRAMING YOUR PRINT:
You will need to have your frame, your print and a roll of either framers tape, or for a cheaper option, use masking or washi tape.
Remove all packaging from your frame and lift up the metal clasps on the back. Take out the backing board, paper insert and the mount. Give the glass or acrylic panel a clean down with a microfibre cloth to remove any smudges or dust.
Taking the mount, place on the table face down and lay your print over the aperture also face down. Using your tape, cut 4 small slithers to tack the corners down. Hold up your print to see if its sitting straight within the mount. Not quite right? Simply readjust and re stick.
Once you're happy with its placement, cut long strips of masking tape and run these along the edges of your print and onto the mount, ensuring that the tape does not sit further in than the over lap of the print and mount. Make sure the tape is nicely smoothed out and adhered before popping it back into the frame. Replace the backing board, discard the paper insert and push the clips back down to hold in place. TA DA! you just framed your print!
DISPLAYING YOUR PRINT:
When choosing where to hang or display your framed print be mindful of direct sunlight. Prolonged, direct sunlight will have an adverse effect on the chemicals within the inks and cause the print to fade. As an example, my favourite wedding photo was on display in my previous home for around 6 years in the same spot. It was set on top of a shelf in a fairly bright room but didn’t receive bright sunlight to that area of the room. When I moved house I placed the photo on a window sill in a south facing bedroom. Within 6 months, the photo had faded drastically. The moral of the story is, take the time to consider how much direct, intense sunlight that wall or shelf receives before you make your final decision.
My prints are produced using genuine canon inks that boast Chromalife 100+ technology. This ensures a long life for the print as long as they are displayed correctly. I hope you enjoy your print for many years to come, and if you have any questions, just get in touch!