I've talked about buying art before, but I've not really touched on the very important subject of framing, other than when I did a little tutorial for turning a cheap frame into a box frame here.
Let's talk about when to spend the big bucks and when not to.
That said, a cheaper frame is better than no frame at all, so long as you're not damaging the piece, so go ahead - it's much more fun to have your art on the wall, that have it hidden away waiting, right? And you can always upgrade as and when you can.
If you're buying a piece of art for less than £100, my advice would be to put it in an off-the-shelf frame if it's a standard size. However, if you want something of higher quality, to choose from a wide range of mouldings, a mount, or if it's not a standard size, you'll need to consider a bespoke frame, and this is where eframe might become your new best friend. I buy art that I perhaps wouldn't have otherwise bought, because I know I can get a bespoke frame for a very reasonable price from them.
Recently I needed to fill in a few gaps to complete a new gallery wall in our living room. There were two spots that needed a piece of art, so I decided that I would design a tropical inspired abstract print for one spot, and for the other, I would re-print a photograph of my mother that my father took in the 60's (yes, a proper cliched model/photographer situation).
For the smaller print it was a standard 40x40cms size and I already had loads of white frames from my print business in my studio, however, I wanted black, so I just painted it and stuck it in. Done.
I wanted the print of my mother to be more special, and to be a specific size which was non-standard. I scanned the original print in a super high resolution because I knew I wanted the new print to be much bigger than the original. I was working with an old photograph, not the negative, and it's a bit scratched and faded, so I retouched it photoshop, and cropped it to my desired size, and had it printed on fine art photographic paper. It looks incredible and yet cost very little, and I used eframe to supply a perfect, simple black gallery style frame in the bespoke 40x70cms size. Strictly speaking, I should have a double mount to hold the glass away from the photographic paper, but it wasn't the look I was going for, so I broke that rule. Because I can.
And if all of this sounds too hard, they offer a full framing service too, where you send them your artwork and they'll frame it according to your choices so you just have to hang it when it arrives.
Disclaimer: This article is posted in conjunction with eframe, but as always I only post about companies that I genuinely like.