wooden picture frames for craft

Frame was supposedly invented in 2nd Century B.C, when archaeologists found borders drawn on cave paintings in Etrusan. During the middle ages, frames were hand crafted and made out of wood and then were covered with Gesso and Gold Leaf. These frames were stunning looking, and increased the interest of on lookers in the display picture. In the modern era, 80s were the time when Framing industry took great leaps, and it was during this time that Wood Moulding started to take prominence. During 80s the Wooden Frame has started to move to rough oak, maple moulding to moulding that had beautiful finishes. These wooden frames are great for providing sophistication to the frames and had a grandiose feel to it.
Wood Moulding for picture frame is more commonly used in Custom Framing. These are the most expensive, but sophisticated option of framing and are generally used in wood base. Wood made frames are best used to preserve family heirloom or irreplaceable artwork. There are varied types of wood frame available in as many types of wood present in the market and vary from costly oak moulding to bamboo moulding. Wood Mouldings are the material of choice for many art lovers.  Although the make of frame is seldom mentioned or demanded by the buyers, but special attention is given to the design and finish of the frame. Wooden frame can be designed and cut in various designs and they have the option of built to buyers’ specification easily. Wooden frames can bring old age feeling and sophistication to your photograph.

There are many wood mould designs and shapes available, so it is important to have a good knowledge upfront. There is nothing quite like the style and warmth of wood for framing, everything from contemporary photo art to traditional oil painting. Wood moulding frame are best to preserve family heirloom and irreplaceable artwork. However care needs to be taken to choose acid free materials that can preserve the artwork for decades.
Storage of Wooden Frame:

Wooden frame are susceptible to humidity and temperature changes. Best way to store wood frame is to place it horizontally with supports, at least every 24 inches or so.  It is essential to ensure that the wood is stored properly in a proper air flow and does not bend on its own weight. If in a scenario where wood needs to be stored vertically, it must be done with proper even support and kept few inches above ground.

It is best to use the services of a professional when you plan to display your photo in a costly wood frame. Wooden framing can be an awkward job, especially for pictures that are large or of dissimilar size. So always use a professional to help craft your framing as per your requirement and turn your picture into a wonderful memory that you can share with the world

PaintboxArtandFraming provide museum quality framing services at a quite reasonable price, free neighborhood pick-up & delivery, custom framing within a day,  stunning amusements of art prints by our popular artists and many more.


Accurately Measure Artwork for Framing

Measuring your artwork for framing is often the first step in the framing process. This might seem like a redundant first step, but often the error occurs due to a missing tool or any unexpected disturbance.

Best approach to find the correct size of the picture frame is to work from the artwork size outward, adding measurements until you arrive at the frame size. This involves easy arithmetic and good concentration.

Following measurement needs to be considered while measuring artwork:

  • Window’s Mat’s size

  • Border of the Mat

  • Overall Mat size

  • Glass size and its backing

  • Frame’s size


As per popular belief, “Frame Size”, is not a measure from edge to edge of a frame, rather it is measure of the “rabbet” of the frame or recess at the back of the frame, the area that holds the modules that load into it.

The process to find the correct Frame size starts by finding the size of mat’s window. Normally this is decided by the way we plan to choose to display the artwork. There are three methods to display artwork:

  • Only the image is shown in the window of the mat.

  • Image and some of the border area surrounding the image is shown

  • Show the edges of the paper

If the plan is to show the edges of the paper, the best method is to allow the edges of the mat’s window to overlap the edges of the image by ¼” on each side. Since there are two sides to each dimension (one on either side of the width and one on either side of the height) the window can be determined by subtracting a half inch from the height and width of the image. If you plan to show only the image then the best approach is to allow the edges of the mat’s window to overlap the edges of the image by ¼” on each side.

Once the size of the window is determined, next step is to determine the size of the border around the picture. There are tools such as Border Finder available to simplify the process. For determining the size of the mat, you can add size of the window and border size. This will help in determining overall size of the mat, which is also equal to size of the glass and backing board and, most importantly, the frame size.

Write down these measurements in a way it is easy to follow as these will form the basis for cutting the mat and building the picture frame of a correct size. Hence, this is how to measure artwork for framing and make sure you have

  • Flat surface and a good lit up area

  • Good quality ruler or tape measure

  • A pencil, sheet of blank paper and an eraser

  • High concentration to avoid errors.

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