A Word About Framing
This is my new collage, titled “Limited Exposure.” It’s a nonsense or generic phrase in the spirit of the random nature of the imagery.
And here it is with suggested framing. I like to play “what if” with framing possibilities. I think that plain is best, so as not to detract from the art. Notice how a nice generous mat gives the art plenty of breathing space.
I also like floating my collages on a mounting board, with the mat opening slightly larger than the edges of the work. This is especially good when the edges are irregular, which mine often are. I also personally prefer a weighted mat treatment (longer at the bottom of the work.)
If you haven’t learned to cut your own mats and frame your work, you should. It’s fun to do, and you can make the mats any size you want. Of course it’s always good to have a standard frame in mind, so that you can cut the mat and the mat opening to best advantage.
There are lots of good videos on the subject of cutting mats and framing your work. Here’s a great one from Dick Blick Art Materials. There are three parts to this video tutorial. I don’t have a fancy mat cutter like this one. I simply use one that is hand held, and a good strong straight edge, which works great with a little practice.
Another solution is to find inexpensive frames with mats included and create your art to fit the mats.
If you’re preparing an exhibit of works on paper or photography, it’s always best to have all of your frames in the same style and color. You’d be amazed how much more professional your show will look.