I am now making my own solid wood frames after feeling frustration at picture framers. After spending between £60-£180 on ‘professional’ framing, I was always slightly disapointed by the results. The frames often felt light, cheap and sometimes poorly joined at the corners. A while ago, I invested in my own framing equipment which means I can carefully construct my own gallery style frames, made individually to suit each piece.
Each frame is robust and substantial, adding to the image rather than taking away attention. I use a traditional decorative moulding with a simple interior colour slip, seen in the image below.
I cut the mitre joints with a mitre guillotine which gives crisp, clean results and perfect 45 degree angles. The frame is assembled, glued and V-nailed on the front and reverse to give extra strength.
Each frame is first coated with a traditional oil based wood primer and left to dry for 24 hours. I then sand out any blemishes and apply 2 coats of white oil based satin paint. This gives a slight sheen rather than an overpowering glossy look.
The interior slip colour is selected to suit the image. You will notice in the example below, I opted for a duck egg blue to compliment the similar colours in the boat.
Finally, the paintings are fastened in place with 4 brass panel pins. This allows the image to be removed easily if nessessary in the future.
The frame comes complete with a wall hanging fixture and will attach to a single nail/screw/wall hook.
As well as being a great project, the craft of framing allows me time to meditate on Art, thinking about my current work and also considering new works. Framing my own paintings also helps to keep the cost of original paintings down as I don’t have to add on the framer’s fee. So, everyone wins except the framer….