Gilded Traditional Framing with a Twist

We framed this hand-painted Brazilian dollar bill in a 12ply white Island matting, showing 3/16″ all around. We also added an 1/8″ spacer to give this piece a more object-like quality. Next we chose a 2″ gilded (to match the gilding in the dollar bill) frame in a traditional American profile with florets in each corner as a decorative addition. The circular florets mimic the soccer ball in the center of the bill, being the main focus of this piece it is central to the theme and important to recognize.

Painted Wood Finishes

We framed this beautiful paper collage mounted to a wood substrate in a simple hand-finished frame with wood spacers and float board to match.  Since the collage is mounted to a recessed wood substrate, it creates a hovering effect seeing the shadow underneath and all around the artwork creating a halo. We floated it on a wood panel, which is known as a floater base, with 1-1/2″ to see all around giving the art enough breathing room. We added a tall enough wood spacer to allow 1/2″ air space above the surface of the work. The frame is a simple profile with a flat thin face, 11/16 x 2″, painted to match the client’s wall paint: a Benjamin Moore color, Athena #858. The frame, floater base and spacers all match so they disappear. Lastly we added Optium Plexi to protect the artwork from UV rays and also to provide an anti-reflective quality which is less distracting to the viewer.

Overall the framing will disappear on the client’s wall since the color matches, which allows the beautiful artwork to pop forward as if hovering in space effortlessly.

Period Framing

We framed this 3″ x 3″ antique miniature oil painted portrait in a 2″ wide antique white gold scoop profile. The frame suits the period of the painting as well as the frame finish. White gold was more fitting for the blue/grey background of the portrait We antiqued the finish to make it more of-the-period, adding worm holes as well for authenticity. This mini portrait is truly a treasure.

Elegant Framing

We framed this beautiful stylized landscape print on paper recently for an elegant home with a transitional style, so the finished product needed to fit with the environment. The image has a white border with a large artist’s signature at the bottom right corner, so we naturally floated it on a simpatico off-white board to match the art paper as close as possible.  We next chose a rounded profile 1-1/2″ wide with a beautiful curved shape to it as well as an antique white gold finish. The profile and finish compliment the artwork nicely, and it will mesh well with the client’s home environment in a soft soothing way.

Matting Design

Expect the unexpected.
We framed a black & white photo of a client’s children on the beach. They are looking off to the right, and the client wanted to do something different and unexpected with this piece, so we made the matting even all around except for the right side, making it twice as big as the other sides. This is unusual for many reasons. Matting is typically even all around or sometimes a little heavier on the bottom, called a weighted bottom.
And since the matting is unusual, we chose a simple profile in white gold.
The matting brings your eye to the right which is where the children are looking, which in turn brings your eye back to the children.
Sometimes an unexpected turn is exactly what is needed.
Think outside the box, and see the reward.