Framing Examples

shadow box

Shadow Box

This shadow box contains items that came out of a 1925 house that has been restored over the years. There is a photo of the house (top center), the old front door knob (center), the old knob and tube electric hardware (lower left), the house numbers that were falling apart (middle center), window latches ( middle right) and marbles that were found buried in the yard (lower right).

The shadow box depth frame was chosen for its color and age appropriate look. It is lined in a warm linen mat. The house numbers are elevated on plexiglass above the photo and the door knob to add interest to the design. The photo is mounted and elevated slightly and ‘framed’ in a fillet for even more interest.

Side Note -- For all you old house purists: the whole house had all brass door hardware EXCEPT the front door! The above was a simple metal. A search online found an all brass door knob made at the same time period that looked about the same except it was solid brass.

Framed Antique Postcards

The post cards are elevated above the bottom mat (to give a dimensional look) and the top mat is elevated above the postcards, creating air space between the cards and the glass. The mat was designed for antique prints (from the Crescent Museum Grade Antiquarian mat selection), meaning the core of the mat is a buff color rather than bright white, keeping an antique look. A closed v-groove was put into the design to unify the two postcards (the line around the two openings). A small vintage look frame was chosen to reflect the period of the postcards. All materials are archival and the glass is UV protection to help preserve these postcards from the early 1900’s.






Framed Metal EtchingFramed Metal Etching

The art is a metal etching by John Costin, (Green Heron). A rich, but somewhat casual, beautifully veneered frame was used to harmonize with the subject matter (and also to contrast with the green in the art). Two neutral color silk mats was used to highlight the art with a fillet (trim piece) in between the top and bottom mats.

The artwork was 'floated' on the bottom mat (meaning it is hinged from behind the art) showing the deckled edge of the paper.






Framed PostcardsYellowstome PostcardYellowstone Postcards

Our customer’s grandmother’s uncle was instrumental in starting Yellowstone National Park. Our customer had inherited many postcards circa 1918 -1920 she wanted framed. She had a long hall in her house that was also the laundry area where she wanted to hang them. Based on the space, we configured the postcards in 12 different frames that contained anywhere from 1 to 8 postcards in each frame, creating a ‘gallery’ in that area. A compatible white mat was chosen along with a black frame with some ornamentation to enhance the age of the postcards, adding more interest to an already interesting collection!


Business Card Framing

Paris photographer business card

A silk mat was used as the top mat to match the richness of the elaborate vintage business card. A coordinated color linen mat was used under the elevated business card. A black with a reddish highlight fillet (trim piece) was used between the top mat and the card. Museum glass was used so detail in the card can be viewed to the maximum. The distressed frame used finishes the piece, adding more character.








Framing Styles

This is a good example of framing for the style of the artwork.  Our customer, Caity Paulter, had an exercise in classical painting while in art class.  Below is Caity's description of the process for the painting:

For this replica painting, our professor had us start out with a sanded gesso board so that our panel almost had a smooth, glassy look to it. Doing the traditional style of Jan Van Eyck, we first did an underpainting of the original in grayish tones, with small tints of color here and there like for the turban, clothing, lips, and eyes.  The main colors in these painting come in the glazing layers.  Using linseed oil to thin down the oil paint, I applied many coats of color to the bust.  Before it dries, I used a small brush dipped in just linseed oil to rub off dots of the paint, revealing the layer of color beneath it.  This technique of glazing allows for more depth of color in a painting as opposed to just a direct oil painting.

Side Note: Caity's mother, Carol, has been bringing her artwork in for framing to us since Caity was in grade school.  She now has graduated with a degree in art and we recently framed some of her latest incredible artwork for a show.  We are so happy to frame for such talented artists (and for so long)!