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For most artists, a piece for art is not complete without the framing. Framing art is an art in itself because it needs just as much work and thought. At the end of it all, you want to get the perfect frame for your paintings or photographs because choosing the wrong one could take the attention away from the art.

Apart from the aesthetic features, there are many factors to take into account when selecting any type of frame. You need to take into account the environmental factors that could mess with your artwork in the long run.

Here is what to look out for when selecting a frame for your art

The material, color and style

Today, frames are available in endless variety of styles making artists spoilt for choice. One thing you should keep in mind when looking for a frame is that they are viewed together which means it should totally complement the artwork. Your first priority should be how the frame will work to present the work more effectively.

In terms of color, the framing should not have a similar theme or color to the artwork and it should not have similar/busy decorations to help keep attention on the painting.

Framing for prints – Framing meant for prints should match the color in the painting so it can stand out. Consider a variety of colors and choose one that matches it. for instance, black and white frames look really good on black and white photographs.  For prints and colored photos, the frame should match the dominant color in your photo to highlight it more.

Drawings and illustrations – most of them are made with charcoal, pastel and graphite which means they can be very delicate. This nature requires that the artists frame their artwork with a mount. You don’t want the glass to touch your artwork and ruin it.

Oil paintings – for ages, oil paintings have been pined to a base which is them mounted into a wooden frame. Oil can be very unstable after a while due to dryness and cracking; the choice of framing is based on its ability to preserve the art piece well.  Glass is not used on oil paintings because it may lead to moisture trap or canvass rotting.

Artwork history

Art has been around for a very long period of time, which means there are thousands of ways you could use to frame your artwork. Looking back how other artist handled their work in the past will help you learn more about framing. It is also a chance to learn from other people’s mistakes when it comes to framing art.

Unconventional framing

Don’t be afraid to go all out when it comes to framing your artwork. You can choose to create a framing style of your own to make the artwork stand out even more.

Any frame has the ability to overpower the artwork. If you do not choose correctly, it could overpower your work by far or take away from its essence. It is important to pick a frame that won’t grab all the attention from the art viewer.