Framing Artwork on Paper

The new paper series is almost here! The collection releases THIS WEEK on Thursday July 27 !!

I get a lot of questions about how to frame works on paper and I've put together an idea board for you for you to see how I envision these pieces framed! Framing is a really big deal. It can increase the value of a piece by how well the framing sets a piece off and shows off its beauty!

So... on to the beautiful inspiration images! I mocked up how several pieces from the new collection would look like in some favorite frames and spaces to give you some inspiration on how to frame them up!

HIllary Butler abstract art in huge lucite frame

This is one killer example of how I see these new big pieces framed! I'm just dying over the lucite box that I envision framing out this beauty, "Build a Ladder to the Stars" 48" x48" oil on paper.  Image Inspiration source:
 

Huge Hillary Butler abstract art framed on seagrass wall

I love, love, love this huge white frame/ mat combo to set off this paper piece. "Magic in Me" 22" x 22" oil on paper is set off by a gigantic mat and I just can't get enough of this! Inspiration source

 

 I mean, have you ever seen a more perfect pairing? This frame lets the piece look like it's floating on the wall and making it a true statement piece. This would be a great example of when those clear spacers would come in. You'd mount the piece to the back glass and place clear spacers around the art to keepit from pressing on the glass. The piece featured is "Climb on Every Rung" 48" x 48" oil on paper.   Inspiration source    

I mean, have you ever seen a more perfect pairing? This frame lets the piece look like it's floating on the wall and making it a true statement piece. This would be a great example of when those clear spacers would come in. You'd mount the piece to the back glass and place clear spacers around the art to keepit from pressing on the glass. The piece featured is "Climb on Every Rung" 48" x 48" oil on paper.  Inspiration source

 

Another really great example of a thin frame with a huge ole mat to set off the artwork!  Inspiration source

 

 I'm really picky about a gallery wall. I think that they can be so lovely if done well. I suggest that it be symetrically lined up like this wall, that the frames be the same size, and that it have a singular color scheme or black and white photographs. See how this arrangement turns several smaller pieces into one large piece of work? The works featured are from the "Little Peter Rabbit had a Fly Upon His Tail" mini collection 6" x 8" oil on paper.      

I'm really picky about a gallery wall. I think that they can be so lovely if done well. I suggest that it be symetrically lined up like this wall, that the frames be the same size, and that it have a singular color scheme or black and white photographs. See how this arrangement turns several smaller pieces into one large piece of work? The works featured are from the "Little Peter Rabbit had a Fly Upon His Tail" mini collection 6" x 8" oil on paper.

 

 

 I just love how a series of 3 vertical framed pieces perfectly fills the empty space of this nook and makes the room look taller by pulling your eye upwards. So, So perfect! Pieces Featured here from the "Got he Magic in Me" mini collection 8"x 8" oil on paper pieces.   Inspiration source

I just love how a series of 3 vertical framed pieces perfectly fills the empty space of this nook and makes the room look taller by pulling your eye upwards. So, So perfect! Pieces Featured here from the "Got he Magic in Me" mini collection 8"x 8" oil on paper pieces.  Inspiration source

 Can I get an Amen for this collection? I love how these frames from  West Elm  would set off this "Green Tea is All the Rage"  6"x 6" pieces collection.     A few instructional framing notes:  One super, super important detail to remember when framing- you don't want the glass to come into direct contact with your artwork. Ever tried to pull an old photo out of a frame only to find it stuck to the glass? That's because over time, the temperature cools and warms and adheres your artwork to the glass, even watercolor on paper. A really easy way around this is matting. Pop in a big white mat in a skinny frame, and you have a super hot piece that will last a really long time! It's a super popular trend right now to frame work between lucite. It looks sooooooo good, but make sure you or your framer puts  spacers  between the glass and your work or add a matto your piece and then sandwich it in the lucite. If the artwork has a lot of texture, you may need a double mat to keep the glass/ lucite from squishing those delicious paint chunks.   Where to find lucite frames:  If you can use a local framer to frame out your paper piece like the top lucite box frame, I would go that direction. Memphis people, I use  Garner Framing . Chris Garner is a master and he's all set up to frame with these lucite boxes. If you don't have a local framer to use,  Simply Framed  is a great option for these!  Other frames:  I really like  West Elm  and  CB2  for skinny frames, especially square frames. Unfortunately, the larger frames are hard to find online. For those, I'd go the  Simply Framed  route or use a local framer.  I also have a lovely  Pinterest Board  with more framing inspiration.  Happy framing, folks!!! And feel free to  shoot me an email  if you have any questions framing your HB paper pieces!

Can I get an Amen for this collection? I love how these frames from West Elm would set off this "Green Tea is All the Rage"  6"x 6" pieces collection.

 

A few instructional framing notes:

One super, super important detail to remember when framing- you don't want the glass to come into direct contact with your artwork. Ever tried to pull an old photo out of a frame only to find it stuck to the glass? That's because over time, the temperature cools and warms and adheres your artwork to the glass, even watercolor on paper. A really easy way around this is matting. Pop in a big white mat in a skinny frame, and you have a super hot piece that will last a really long time! It's a super popular trend right now to frame work between lucite. It looks sooooooo good, but make sure you or your framer puts spacers between the glass and your work or add a matto your piece and then sandwich it in the lucite. If the artwork has a lot of texture, you may need a double mat to keep the glass/ lucite from squishing those delicious paint chunks. 

Where to find lucite frames:

If you can use a local framer to frame out your paper piece like the top lucite box frame, I would go that direction. Memphis people, I use Garner Framing. Chris Garner is a master and he's all set up to frame with these lucite boxes. If you don't have a local framer to use, Simply Framed is a great option for these!

Other frames:

I really like West Elm and CB2 for skinny frames, especially square frames. Unfortunately, the larger frames are hard to find online. For those, I'd go the Simply Framed route or use a local framer.

I also have a lovely Pinterest Board with more framing inspiration.

Happy framing, folks!!! And feel free to shoot me an email if you have any questions framing your HB paper pieces!