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.
Every framing order at Fine Artisan Conservation Framers is unique with each customer having their own particular needs.
In this case study our clients required a frame for a large oil on canvas to be displayed at a private residence in Mayfair, London.
They wanted the frame to match the style of an existing leather and metal frame, so the painting would sit well with the rest of the luxury interior.
We sourced frame samples with different finishes which would suit the painting and which could be combined to build a similar combination frame.
After visiting the residence and consulting with our clients, they chose a 68mm wide flat Larson-Juhl 'Antique Brown' faux leather finished frame with a dark silver aluminium wrap frame adding a polished metallic accent on the outer edge. The LJ Angus Faux Leather frames are available in 'Antique Brown' (Dark Brown), 'Cognac' (Tan) and 'Dutch Black' in three classic profiles.
Our clients requested glazing and so we recommended Anti-Reflective glass with spacers to provide protection and superb clarity, especially since the painting has dark tones which will become highly reflective under regular glass.
Oil paintings do not need to be glazed, although glazing will protect the painting from the build up of dust over time which can damage the surface of the paint and then require professional cleaning.
The faux leather with polished aluminium successfully frames this painting by being both contemporary and traditional.
Contact us with your bespoke framing requirements and visit our client space to see our large range of frames and finishes.
Presenting the new Copper frame collection at Fine Artisan Conservation Framers, they are ab-so-lute-ly the Cat's Pajamas!
The Copper collection are created with 100% FSC Ayous frame mouldings, finished with Copper foils on a trafila base from Italy in Art Deco style profiles.
The warmth and exuberance of these mouldings compliments the rich sepia tones of old family photographs which we have been framing for our new copper inspired window display.
You can create pleasing formations with groups of photographs like the flower formation below which takes advantage of their various sizes and dimensions. Photos can be mounted using multi-aperture window mounts or float mounted to display the photos in their entirety. When framing traditionally printed photography it is important to use the highest quality mount board.
The various types of photographic processes need to be considered to properly conserve photography. Alternatively you can have copies of your old photographs made which opens up the framing possibilities and allows for a greater choice of mount board colours.
The old family carte de visite photographic portraits we have been framing date from the early 20th Century. The Art Deco style of the copper frames enhances these photographs beautifully, delivering a sympathetic traditional style with a contemporary feel.
We have been framing some exotic flamingo illustrations by Shelley Revill which also work splendidly with our copper collection. The depth of the copper colour emphasises the confident hot colours in the illustrations while the solid simple form is ideal for modern simple shapes.
When framing Limited Edition Prints such as these, we advise to frame to at least Conservation Framing standard.
Here's a little more Copper inspiration for you with this dreamy romantic video - Dulux 2015 Colour of the Year 'Copper Blush' video with Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Visit our Client Space at Fine Artisan Conservation Framers to view the Copper collection.
We hope you find our copper frames most agreeable as they are the Bee's Knees!
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