In my experience, the main hang-up some artists have when it comes to framing their work is that it can be expensive to have it done professionally or difficult and time-consuming to do it yourself.
So this week, I wanted to show you some of my favorite quick and inexpensive ways to frame your work!
This technique has been used countless times by one of our artist friends, Tom Jones (No, not the singer! The mind behind the Tom Jones Palette!)
I disassembled the whole thing and taped the corners of my mandala.
What you’re going to be doing is taping your work directly onto the cardboard that comes with your frame, and I’ve found it’s easiest to line your work up if you put JUST the cardboard back into the frame…
and stick your work on top!
Now you know how it’ll look once you tape it down!
Reinsert your piece of poly glass, place your work mounted on the cardboard behind it, clasp it up, and your illusion of window matting is complete!
A technique used by another artist friend of Cheap Joe’s, Steven Prewitt, is to mount your work onto a painted or stained panel, like a Joe’s Prime Cradled Painting Panel.
Here you can see that he stained it darker, allowing the rich undertones of his painting to show through.
While this panel was whitewashed, accentuating the highlights of his flower petals.
See, mounting them gives your work a more finished look, and you barely lifted a finger!
3. Mounting on Paper
If you’re still intrigued by mounting, but not totally sold on using a panel, consider this:
Once again, remove the cardboard from the back of your frame.
Acquire a piece of paper paper you think will complement your work (I chose this gorgeous purple handmade paper from our Outlet store) and cut it to the size of your cardboard.
And slip it in between the poly glass and cardboard.
Mine is definitely on the funkier side, but you can apply this technique to any frame-paper combo to set the tone of your work!
And now, onto one of my favorites…
This technique is perfect if you have a spare piece of glass/plexiglass/poly glass lying around, but if you don’t, you can just pick one up from us! They’re pre-cut, protected on both sides, and come in an array of sizes to choose from.
All you have to do is adhere your work (or in my case, a postcard) to one of the panes of glass.
And slip them both into your frame.
Easy as that! (Sorry about my hand…)
This technique is great if you have beautiful walls that you don’t want to cover with too many pictures, or if your walls end up matching your work! It’s especially effective with wider frames, like this black Weathered Wood Frame, because it draws your attention inward towards the subject, while also providing an effortless balance.
And if you want to float some more…
5. Floating–in a different way
For my last technique, I used a 4″x4″ Joe’s Prime Extra Fine Art Board.
I truly love working with these boards, and their pre-cut keyholes in the back make them perfect for hanging!
So I took my work–in this case, it’s a blind contour study of things at my desk on 300lb Kilimanjaro Watercolor Paper–and my art board…
and then applied a nice helping of Rubber Cement to the back of my work and the front of the art board.
Stuck ‘em both together and I was done! How easy is that, right?
And this is the cool, floating effect it gives when you hang it on a wall.
Since the art board is smaller than my work, it’s pretty much invisible from any angle, so there’s no need to paint it to help hide it–it hides itself!
Hopefully these techniques will encourage you to hang and display your work proudly!
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