The art of framing: presenting your painting-by-number masterpiece

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Presenting a painting-by-number masterpiece goes beyond simply hanging the finished work on the wall. Choosing the right framing is essential to highlight the beauty and value of your creation. Choosing a frame is not only aesthetic; it also plays a role in protecting and preserving the artwork.

The importance of good framing

Good framing protects your painting from external factors such as dust, moisture and UV rays. Moreover, the right frame can focus the viewer’s attention and increase the visual impact of the painting. It is an extension of the artwork itself, which can complement the colours, composition and overall theme of the painting.

A brief history of framing techniques

Framing techniques have been in use for centuries, from the simple wooden frames of the ancient Greeks and Romans to the opulent gilded frames of the Renaissance. Over time, techniques have evolved to better protect works of art and enhance their aesthetic value.

How to best choose a frame for your painting

The role of material and colour

Materials and colours are crucial to the look of a frame. They should be in harmony with the painting to form a coherent whole.

Wood vs. metal: pros and cons

Wood: Advantages:

  • Warm and traditional look.
  • Can be easily edited and modified. Disadvantages:
  • May be sensitive to temperature and humidity changes.
  • Can be heavier than metal mouldings.

Metal: Advantages:

  • Modern and sleek look.
  • Durable and resistant to changes in environmental conditions. Disadvantages:
  • Less workable than wood.
  • Can appear cold and industrial in some settings.

Colour coordination with your painting

The colour of the frame should complement the colours in the painting and not compete with them. Choose a colour that emphasises one of the dominant or secondary colours in the painting, or go for a neutral shade for a subtle effect.

Choosing the right size and shape

The importance of proportions

Proportions are crucial to achieve balance and harmony in the presentation. A frame that is too wide or too narrow can overwhelm or lose the painting. It is important to choose a frame that is proportional to the size and format of the painting.

Special shapes and their effects

Besides the standard rectangular and square frames, there are also oval and round frames, as well as other unusual shapes. These can give a unique and distinctive effect, but it is essential to ensure that the shape complements the artwork and does not distract from it.

Style and theme: classic versus modern

The style of the frame should match the style of the painting. For example, a classic portrait may look beautiful in an ornate, detailed frame, while a modern abstract painting will suit a clean, minimalist frame better. It is important to choose a theme that complements both the artwork and the space in which it is displayed.

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Traditional framing

Traditional framing is timeless and offers a wide range of options in terms of materials, colours and finishes. It is ideal for artworks that require a classic look, such as portraits or landscapes.

Using passe-partouts

Passe-partouts are cardboard borders placed between the artwork and the frame. They not only serve as a decorative element but also help protect the artwork by separating it from the glass. Moreover, they can add depth and focus to the artwork.

Tip: Use a DIY frame for stunning results.

Types of glass and their benefits

  • Normal glass: Provides a clear view, but does not protect against UV radiation.
  • Opaque glass: Reduces glare and reflections, ideal for works of art placed in well-lit areas.
  • UV-protective glass: Blocks harmful UV rays, protecting the artwork from discolouration.

Shadowbox framing: creating depth

This technique is used to frame three-dimensional objects or textured artworks. It creates a “shadow” effect, giving depth and emphasis to the item on display.

Open framing: the borderless approach

Here, the artwork is placed directly against the glass without the use of a passe-partout. This style offers a modern, uninterrupted view of the artwork.

Double and triple mats: accentuating and giving depth

Using multiple layers of passe-partouts can add extra depth and focus to the artwork. Using contrasting colours can also help accentuate certain parts of the artwork.

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Tips for preserving your painting

The importance of UV protection

UV rays can fade and damage artworks over time. It is essential to take measures to protect your artwork from this, especially if it hangs in direct sunlight.

Types of UV protective glass

In addition to the UV-protective glass mentioned earlier, there is also museum glass that provides both UV protection and minimises glare, creating an almost invisible protection.

Other protection methods

  • Acid-free matting and backing: Prevents yellowing and damage to artwork.
  • Spacers: keep the artwork separated from the glass to prevent condensation and mould.

Dealing with moisture and temperature fluctuations

Moisture and temperature can shorten the lifespan of an artwork. It is important to keep artworks away from direct heat sources and humid areas.

Recommendations for ideal storage conditions

  • Store works of art at a constant temperature, ideally between 18-21°C.
  • Humidity should be between 40-60% to prevent mould growth.

The importance of good air circulation

Good air circulation prevents the accumulation of harmful substances and moisture, which can damage the artwork.

Cleaning and maintenance of your framed painting

  • Use a soft cloth or brush to remove dust.
  • Clean the glass with a soft cloth and a solution of distilled water and a little vinegar or a special glass cleaner.

DIY ideas for a unique presentation

Framing with recycled materials: eco-friendly and unique

In an age where sustainability is key, you can give old, recycled materials a second life by transforming them into unique picture frames. Old wooden slats, window frames or even pallets can be transformed with a little creativity and effort into beautiful, rustic frames that are not only eco-friendly but also tell a story.

Creating a collage frame

Instead of presenting one piece of art, why not combine several in one frame? Collage frames are ideal for displaying a series of related images. This could be a series of photos from a special event, several sketches or even a mix of photos and memorabilia.

Using fabrics and textures for a personal touch

Add an extra dimension to your framing by incorporating fabrics and textures. For example, a velvet or silk background can give a luxurious look. Or use burlap and lace for a more rustic and vintage look. Adding these materials can add an emotional depth and personality to your presentation.

Adding LED lighting for a dynamic look

Lighting can really bring an artwork to life. By adding subtle LED lighting to your frame, you can emphasise specific parts of the artwork and give it a modern, dynamic look. LED lights are energy-efficient and available in different colours, allowing you to play with atmosphere and ambiance.


The value of presenting your work carefully

Presenting your artwork carefully and creatively is not only a tribute to your own creative efforts, but it also enhances the aesthetic value and experience of the space in which it is displayed. A well-chosen and designed frame is as important as the artwork itself.

Find inspiration and develop your own style

As with all forms of art, framing is an opportunity to express yourself. By taking inspiration, experimenting and developing your own unique style, you can create a presentation that truly resonates and leaves a lasting impression on everyone who sees your artwork.

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