While it is true that it is usually best to mount artwork in a neutral, non-obtrusive cream or white, sometimes these shades are not the desired option. Pale colours can sometimes be too stark or clinical or they fail to enhance the artwork.
There are times when other colours work best or sometimes it is the preference of the client who is looking for something a little different.
This teapot watercolour was mounted with a pale grey mount. The frame is a simple moulding with aluminium leaf gilded on the outer bead, part of our hand finished frames range.
This painting on paper depicting a scene with bamboo in the background also has a grey mount, making the frame feel part of the picture. The frame is an ash frame with a painted finish.
This Hogarth print is livened up with a deep red mount and a gold slip.
Black is often best avoided in mounts but when it works, it enhances artwork greatly. These Sufi miniatures look impressive mounted in black.
Chose the right shade and colours can be introduced into the frame design. For this potato etching, a muted blue was used.
A gilded inner bevel can finish off a mount's edge very nicely, illuminating the picture and following the frame design as with this watercolour portrait. A double mount can add further depth.
We think it is sometimes worth considering alternatives to white and cream mounts in your framing consultations. We provide a good choice of beautifully toned mount samples at Fine Artisan.
Lots of different things can be framed. Here are some ideas of the kinds of 3-D objects you could put into a frame. All can be framed at Fine Artisan with removable fixings to allow the objects to be removed.
1. Childhood Toys
Keep memories alive with toys and keepsakes displayed in a frame.
Treasured valuables can be kept out of harm's way as well as being displayed nicely.
3. Objets D'art
Of course, art is sometimes three dimensional.
Awards and trophies can be framed in traditional or contemporary styles.
You can show off your music taste by framing CDs and records.
There are many more 3-D things to display and lots of options for framing at Fine Artisan.
When framing traditional artwork, it is not always necessary to choose a traditional frame. Often a more modern style of frame can be an excellent choice.
Although these landscape paintings are fairly traditional in style, the client was keen to frame them in something more contemporary, to suit the room they were destined to be hung in.
Having the options of the individual hand finishes meant that we could introduce a wide choice of colours and stains for the client to pick from.
The client chose a simple, square section, painted a solid, mid grey which tonally complemented the paintings without competing with colours.
A client with William Hogarth etchings was keen to remove them from the plastic 60's frames they were in and frame them in a more modern style than the period the prints were made. It was important however to frame them in a profile that was still appropriate to the style of the prints.
There were a few good frame choices and we decided on an elegant black Ogee profile which we modified with the addition of a traditional shaped gold slip.
The mount colour was partially influenced by the red mounts they had previously been framed in, as it is a colour which adds richness, working well with the black and gold frame. A further enhancement of a gold mount slip was added to tie the mount to the frame, completing it.
When framing valuable prints we recommend using UV-filtered glass or acrylic, which have an option of anti-reflection.
A simple square wooden frame hand painted in a darkest grey tone, created the right finish for this eye-popping Op Art Bridget Riley Poster, which was float mounted on conservation board and UV filtered glass raised.
'Focusing isn't just an optical activity, it is also a mental one.' Bridget Riley
If you are considering displaying a piece of memorabilia we recommend our conservation framing options, such as with this piece with a large amount of sentimental value. A client brought in a special edition commemorative tea towel with a design of the 1969 Moon landing which needed re-stretching and framing.
With the image on the towel being bold and colourful, we decided framing it up close, without a mount, would be a particularly neat way to frame it. Wide frames could have been used but we found narrow frames also worked well.
The client chose one of our narrow ash frames which had a pinkish-grey paint & wash hand finish. We stretched the towel over an acid-free board and the frame was glazed with Anti-Reflective glass to give excellent clarity and to allow the brilliance of colour to be seen.
A competition to mark the beginning of Summer 2016, Fine Artisan is giving away a unique hand painted and gilded picture frame, worth £250.
The frieze design is based on a William Morris floral pattern, hand painted in oils, accompanied with distressed 'Moon Gold' leaf water gilding. The size of the frame is 100mm x 140mm.
How to Enter:
To win this frame simply do one of the following before 30th June 2016:-
- Like and Share our Facebook post about this competition
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The winner will be picked at random to collect their prize during our normal opening hours.
Terms & Conditions:
The winner will be chosen by Fine Artisan Ltd. Fine Artisan's decision is final. We are a London based company. The winner must either collect in person or arrange for someone to collect the frame during our normal opening hours at Fine Artisan Conservation Framers, 5 Pennine Parade, Pennine Drive, London NW2 1NT. We will put an artwork/photo into the frame, free of charge, supplying a mount if needed. This offer includes ordinary glass, a mount and back board only. Any other items required such as specialist glass, extra fittings/fixings or a mirror must be paid for by the winner. The competition ends on 30th of June 2016.
Thank you all who entered this competition. The Winner chosen on 01/07/2016 was Duncan Deaville, who has been notified.
The paintings of Roberto Pagliarulo, although modern, have a distinct classical element making them congruent with traditional frame shapes. His most recent work takes inspiration from Italian landscape and culture, often including a mythical quality, drawing the viewer into a captivating perceptual experience.
The frames we made for Roberto's paintings reflect his union of contemporary and classical: the designs chosen are traditional yet simple; modern yet including shapes found on older styles of framing.
His confident use of colour means frames with a painted finish are a fitting choice. The designs chosen allow for the creation of clear, bold areas of colour to successfully frame the image.
For this oil of Hercules we enhanced the richness of royal blue with the addition of gilding along the inner section, whilst keeping the frieze a flat off white.
You can view more art by Roberto Pagliarulo and information on his website.
Also with Highgate Contemporary Art and Lena Boyle Fine Art.
French Lines are a splendid form of mount decoration, used especially on watercolours, prints and maps. They can be complex combinations of lines, panels and colours, or they can be much more simple, comprising two or three lines of a single colour.
Just a single line can add a traditional note to a framed artwork without being fussy or distracting.
Although mainly used on traditional pieces, French lines can be also used for contemporary work. A ruling pen can be loaded with a variety of painting media meaning colours can be subtle or strong, pale or vivid.
Lines around artwork have been used for centuries but the wash lines we know today were largely developed in the 19th century and include the use of coloured papers glued to the mount, gold tapes and coloured powders.
French lines embellish a mount, creating a frame within a frame, to balance the space and draw the eye to the picture.
When a mount is lacking in definition, due to its similarity to the artwork in colour and tone, lines can help to frame the artwork.
Visit us to view our full selection of mount samples with French Lines.
Unusual artworks often inspire an alternative approach to framing.
For two book pages illustrated with gold leafed miniature paintings depicting Sufi Whirling, a deep solid Oak frame with Black Stain and Wax hand finish was a great choice because of its richness and simplicity.
More traditional shaped and gilded frames were also considered, but our client decided to match their other frames ordered which were contemporary in style.
The pages appear to be suspended between two sheets of anti-reflective glass which creates a magical illusion of floating, which compliments the meditation described in the paintings where the Sufi figures perform ritual positions and spinning.
The depth of this oak frame means it can stand unaided, as well as being hung on a wall if preferred. As the wallpaper behind would be seen through the glass, this can add new design and colour elements depending on where it is placed.
By displaying it as an object on a shelf or table, you would be able to see the reverse of the pages and also the gold leaf could be lit effectively to shine.
Visit our client space to discuss your unique framing requirements and view our frame collection.
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