1. Bring your artwork/print along when choosing a frame. Try to pick a frame that enhances the artwork, but doesn't distract from it. Often, you can find a frame in the same style or color scheme as the artwork. Make sure to choose a frame you like, as you are displaying this artwork for your own enjoyment! Often a frame shop associate can help suggest possible options.
2. If you are not planning on matting the artwork, try a wider frame moulding instead of a thin one.
Choosing a mat:
3. Using a mat border is always recommended, especially for original artwork. It helps to support the art, so that it does not bend. It also allows safe handling of the art, and allows the art to breath when framed.
4. When purchasing a print from The Inky Octopus, you can choose the color of your mat frame. When choosing the color of your mat, pick something that will compliment the artwork and frame. When in doubt, a white or cream colored mat is a great neutral choice.
5. You can also find pre-cut mats at art supply and frame shops. Make sure to choose an archival/acid free mat, to insure it does not damage the artwork. You can also find acid free backing board and tape.
6. Start with your frame. Take the back off of the frame, and clean the frame if necessary. A soft cloth works well for dusting off a frame; compressed air is also a great option. If you need to clean the sheet of glass, remove it from the frame and clean with glass cleaner. Be careful when handling a sheet of glass, the edges are sharp! Let the sheet of glass completely dry before placing back into the frame.
10. Your frame may already have hanging materials attached. If not, there are several options, including a d-ring, saw tooth hanger, and wire across the back. Attaching a wire across the back (shown in photo) is usually the preferred option, as it is easiest to get the frame positioned evenly on a wall. However, certain frames will work better with different options. If you are unsure of how add a wire, here is a nice resource. You can also ask a frame shop to add these to the back of your frame.
11. To preserve artwork and prints, don't place your artwork in direct sunlight. Over time, too much light can damage the artwork and change the colors of the image. Also, hanging original artwork in a bathroom is not recommended. The humidity found in a bathroom can easily damage and wrinkle artwork.
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