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Framing Art

Excitedly I landed a huge sale, by accident, on frames.

You may or may not know that frames can be very expensive. The mark-up can be nearly 400% as I found out in a framing class I took last  summer. So when I found this huge sale, I couldn't run fast enough to get a cart and I about cleared out the store. 

Another thing I discovered in the framing class is that I do not want to spend my time framing, but rather painting. Since the majority of people prefer to pick their own frame design and it adds a lot of weight to to an already expensive product to ship, were the other two determining factors for not adding frames.

However, (you knew there was going to be a but, right?) I could not refuse this sale. the majority of paintings look so much better frames as opposed to unframed. 

My plan is to do an art show next year. I will be framing my work for the show, and offering the option to purchase the frame giving me a so much leverage on pricing. The downside is they are odd sizes, but I can and will stretch my own canvas. 

Now, I just need to find the room to store all these which is today's project. 

In closing, professional framing is usually what will look nicest, but also the most expensive. Never ever get protective glass on an oil painting. It needs to breathe. More about that in another entry. 
Another option is that you can go to one of the large craft stores in your area and shop open frames. Make sure it's the proper size. It will have a little wiggle room in 1/4" recessed area called the rabbet. See this image on Jerry's Artarama for details:

Depth is also something you will want to consider. If the frame is a little deeper or smaller than the depth, you can use offset clips to fasten the frame. Your craft store should be able to explain how to use them. 

Written by Tina A Stoffel Arts