As shown in photos, I feel that my work looks best using

Standard Nielsen Profile 11 Metal Frames in Frosted Silver S02.

Mats are Nielsen Bainbridge in color, "Pearl".

 

Whether you decide to get your art professionally framed or do it yourself, here are some helpful guidelines:

 

If doing this yourself, before you begin, make sure your hands are clean and dry.

During the process, make sure to be very gentle. Try not to manhandle the art, especially delicate drawings.

Most framed art looks best when mats are very plain and off white in color. Pure white is too stark and often produces a glare. I suggest getting your mats professionally cut unless you are skilled in doing so. Mats should be of archival or acid free quality. The backing behind the art and all tape or adhesives should also be acid free.

The art can be “float matted” with about ¼ inch of space surrounding it or the mat can come up to the edge of the artwork or go into its dimensions up to ¼ inch at the most. Remember to not inadvertently cover the artist’s signature.

The surrounding mat border thickness should be large enough to allow the art to have enough, “breathing space”, in other words, it shouldn’t appear too skimpy.

Frames shouldn’t be noticiable. They should blend out as much as possible allowing the art to be showcased as the main attraction. Dark, thick, heavy, shiny, colorful or ornate frames should be avoided. They can be too distracting and actually take away from the piece.

Regarding what to put the artwork under; glass is definitely better than plexiglass.  There is a glass product out there called, “museum glass”. It is non-reflective, UV safe, and well worth the extra money.  If none of the former suit your budget, regular glass is fine. At this point, you may want to take a photograph of the art because once under glass, (unless using museum glass), there will be too much of a reflection to take a good one. Before you put everything together, make sure the glass is free and clean of all debris and smudges. Don’t let art be flush against the glass surface. This is because over time, it can damage the art. Matting it keeps this from happening.

Finally, display and store your art where it won't be exposed to direct sunlight, high humidity, and extreme temperatures.  

Enjoy!

Warm Regards,

Donna