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Framing for critique

Post by Orde02 » Mon 23 Jan, 2023 2:37 pm

Hello all.

I don't do a lot of regular picture framing so I'm more than happy to get help and advice the pieces I do frame.

I framed this print for myself so it was to my own preferences. I wanted a box frame feel to it so I added strips of the same colour mountboard of 15mm around the inside sides of the frame. The moulding is from Lion and is slightly lighter and more turquoise in colour than in the photo.

I like how it's turned out but how could I have made this better? Weighted the bottom border a little? Wider mount?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Framing for critique

Post by Justintime » Mon 23 Jan, 2023 3:17 pm

I'm not a fan of bottom weighting, it has it's place, but I don't think it would add anything to this piece. I think your border width looks fine.
My three options to take this up a notch would be a V groove added to the mount, a second/top mount about 10-15mm larger opening of either 1400 or 2400mic board or a light/dark blue mount under this one showing 4mm.
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Re: Framing for critique

Post by Orde02 » Mon 23 Jan, 2023 3:38 pm

Thanks for the input Justin. They all sound good but I like the idea of the darker or lighter blue second mount the best. I'll bear it in mind for the next one.

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Post by Gesso&Bole » Mon 23 Jan, 2023 3:54 pm

I do like weighting the mount, but if the customer notices, it's too much. Typically, something of that size might have 5mm extra on the bottom. I do it to avoid the situation where it looks (optical illusion) like the bottom border is thinner, certainly not to make the bottom border look wider.

As for this picture, Matt, I like what you have done, but I would personally put some blue/turquoise (to match the frame) nearer to the image, this could take the form of a mount line, an undermount (showing about 5mm) or a mount fillet. This would give it some more optical depth.
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Re: Framing for critique

Post by Fruitini » Mon 23 Jan, 2023 4:04 pm

Love the Portabello range from Lion. So versatile. You've found a great frame for your picture.

I think I would gain the flash of blue that Jim was talking about with a painted bevel, and perhaps on a thicker board too. You can really dial in the colour match this way. If you don't fancy painting the bevel (it's dead easy with the right tape...!) you could use the Crescent Britecore range, but you'd be limited to the standard white (or black) surface paper and blue core.

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Post by vintage frames » Mon 23 Jan, 2023 4:45 pm

There's very little to improve upon there, as regards the layout and framing.
Well within the standards required for professional picture-framing.

I don't know what you are doing with that 'blue thing' you have going on there, however.
Perhaps to hang in a nursery maybe.

Now you hate me - but I remember once doing something like that for a print I was given to frame, by a rather important gallery.
When I brought it back in, they all looked at it with very long faces, whispered amongst themselves and then opined politely - "We think it might be better..."

Stick to the colours of your furniture.
That's all frames really are.
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Post by Justintime » Mon 23 Jan, 2023 5:33 pm

I might have left out the Lion's part, knowing that Dermot would be along for a once over! I just want to add that you've matched the corners really well.
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Re: Framing for critique

Post by Orde02 » Mon 23 Jan, 2023 6:24 pm

Thanks again everyone for the input. I love the idea of the painted bevel, colour matching is the way to go!

Dermot, I like the blue thing going on here, I'm very tempted to to open it back up again and try to add the colour matched bevel Fruitini mentioned.
My workshop is like a goth's boudoir at midnight most of the time, wall to wall black frames with just a bit of gold to break it up. I just fancied a bit of colour for this little snowy hare print, and yes, my sofa IS blue so all is fine there! :D :D :D

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Re: Framing for critique

Post by vintage frames » Mon 23 Jan, 2023 6:46 pm

Simple -
Change your sofa.
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Re: Framing for critique

Post by Fruitini » Mon 23 Jan, 2023 7:48 pm

Orde02 wrote:
Mon 23 Jan, 2023 6:24 pm
Thanks again everyone for the input. I love the idea of the painted bevel, colour matching is the way to go!

Dermot, I like the blue thing going on here, I'm very tempted to to open it back up again and try to add the colour matched bevel Fruitini mentioned.
I find it really tricky to make a decent job of bevel painting post cutting. If you tape up before cutting so you cut board and tape at the same time it gives a perfect result. 3M removable tape is the best I’ve found so far. Pricey but goes a long way and doesn’t leave marks or residue on darker boards. https://www.lionpic.co.uk/p/8543/3M-81 ... ble-1-roll

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Re: Framing for critique

Post by David » Tue 24 Jan, 2023 5:46 pm

Hi Matt

First off well done it looks a good piece of framing and well done for putting it up for discussion.

I think the frame, mount size and colour proportions are good, certainly wouldn’t go larger on the mount. I do however bottom weight just about everything usually 5mm. I also very rarely single mount anything, the first thing I would consider is a double or triple mount in the same colour, my default is a 3mm step, subtlety is the key especially on small images. Next would be double or triple mounting adding some colour, mid/light tones taken from the image, the strongest colour 2.5/3mm and 4/5mm for the lighter colour, vary the width even if it’s 0.5mm. One of my favourite combinations is a triple mount with top and bottom mounts the same colour and a thin step of colour between a quarter and a third into the mount.

I also like painted bevels and/or painted mounts, with double mounts after cutting I sometimes remove the bottom mount and paint the surface and bevel. No masking required and can be done very quickly. Sponging with two or three tones of the same colour or varying colours can be effective, again my default is 3mm.

This is very much my style of framing and part of the fun of framing is finding techniques and methods that work for you, that you enjoy, and finding your own style.

For the 15mm spacers I cut thin strips of foamcore and line them with mountboard.

Just thought of another idea if you like playing with depth, put a spacer mount between the image and the mount, I also put spacer mounts between double mounts, adds depth and creates shadows often giving a greater perception of depth than 1.5mm would suggest.

Good luck, have fun, I’d like to see more.

David.

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