How does one know what frame will suit their latest drawing? Do you have a supply of frames ‘ready to go’ in your studio? Do you frame everything the same way? Do you have a reliable framer who looks after all your framing needs? Are you on a strict budget? Do you do your own framing?
Framing is usually expensive if you want your artwork presented in the best possible way. ‘Budget’ framing is fraught with danger and will often result in your work failing to gain that coveted red dot. Not all drawings have to be framed, nor do some require a clear, protective cover such as glass or acrylic, but the vast majority do. For the past 12 months I have used shinkolite instead of glass. It’s lightweight, clear and has the highest UV rating. Its clarity substantially improves the look of one’s drawings. It’s not cheap but worth the price in the long run.
I’m fortunate in that I have an excellent framer here at Port Macquarie. Ken and Cheryl at Canvas Momentz are experts in their field and I can always take my work to them with confidence. Sometimes though, I like to see how my drawings would look in certain frames before I go to my framer, so I’ve photographed some of my existing framed work and superimposed my drawings via Photoshop. It’s not always shown in the exact proportions but it usually confirms what I’m after.
Framing is such an important stage of presenting your artwork and your work deserves to be seen at its best!