The Basics of Framing

Picture framing is not just a type of aesthetics, rather it is a craft. Whether you want to learn how to do it on your own or hire a profession, this post will teach you the basics of framing and what you need to know to get a great frame.  

First up is size. Frames that you can buy at any general merchandise store come in standard size. These sizes often match most basic photo sizes, but may be a bit more tricky for custom pieces of artwork that are outside of standard sizes. To frame something with a custom size, or that may be bigger than standard sizes, you will need to build a frame to match it perfectly. You always want to make sure you have the appropriate size to get a clean and appeasing look.  

Next, you will want to look at material. You can get frames in various types of material – wood, metal, plastic. All of our frames at Mos Gallery Fine Framing are wood – no synthetic materials – and come in a variety of shades and colors. We can also stain wood any color you would like to match your décor. Additionally, we work with a metal smith who can design you an elegant frame for a wedding or anniversary.   

We recommend that many pictures be also matted. We have a matte in any color or thickness you would like, some with a decorative edge to give your image that extra pop. If you aren’t sure what mat or frame combo works best, our team of experts will be happy to give you a few options. All of our mats are acid-free and you can also purchase matboards that have been buffed.  

If you have a piece of artwork on a canvas, we can stretch that and frame it as well.  

You will also need a mounting board, which helps the image stay stiff and pristine. All of our mounting boards are 100% acid free.  

Next, is the glass. Most pieces either come in acrylic or glass. We often recommend glass, but if your photo is going into a kids room and you prefer not to have something breakable on the walls, we can install an acrylic piece. For the glass, we have different various options that come with UV protection and anti-glare coating.  

Lastly, you will need a prober hook for the back. This will depend on how heavy the frame is and where you plan to hang it.  

There you have it, your first introduction to framing. But don’t worry, there is much more to learn!