Understanding Framing Options

Frame Style

When choosing the frame itself there are some core options to consider:


Classic Frame

This would be the typical frame you see in most situations, often made of wood or composite materials allowing for glass (or plexi) to protect your artwork. We have hundreds of options regarding color, finish, wood grain, width, depth, etc. 


Float Frames

Float Frames offer a great, classy option especially suited to paintings on canvas. There is no glass in front of the artwork and there is a gap between the edge of the artwork and the inside edge of the frame from 1/8th inch up to a few inches creating a dramatic showcase for the piece. 


Neilson Frames

Similar in style to the classic frames described above, Neilson frames are a brand of lightweight aluminum frames that offer a variety of  metallic  and colorful finishes. The line includes some wonderful precise profiles, but this construction does have it's limitations. 


Most artworks are framed behind glass or plexiglass in order to protect them and increase the longevity of the piece. It is important to consider where your artwork will be hanging (exposure to sun, will it be bumped into) as well as it's value when determining the glazing for your frame.


Conservation Clear Glass


UV 70 Glass


Museum Glass


Conservation Plexi


OP3 Plexi

Mounting Styles

Determining how your piece is mounted will truly transform the end result. The options are endless, but here are a few starting points.



Mats are a traditional and often perfect answer to framing flat artwork, maps, photos, and more. giving your piece an added border within the frame of any width you desire. 

Considerations for matting include the color of the mat, double, even triple mats that reveal just a small splash of a secondary color, the width of the border, the thickness of the mat material itself (4, 6, or 8 ply), linen or textured mats, and even whether the opening of the mat overlaps the artwork or leaves a gap. 



Floating artwork means to mount so that the edge of the paper is visible and the whole piece is visually lifted away from the backer material behind it. This can add a beautiful drama as well as emphasize the often beautiful edges of the paper. The artwork is still secure, mounted in an archival manner, and kept away from the glass. 


Full Bleed

Sometime the best answer is just to fit the frame exactly to the artwork so the frame is the only visual element being added to the artwork. This is often a good solution for posters.



Mounting Methods

This section will explain options for attaching your paper artwork photos, maps, diplomas, etc to the backer material. We exclusively use archival, reversible techniques unless absolutely necessary in unique circumstances which will always be discussed with you before hand.



A traditional method using various tapes or specialized paper strips between the artwork and the backer. Invisible, secure, and easy to remove.


Dry mounting

A method that helps to flatten, and ensure continued flatness of artwork by using a heat activated tissue paper and large heat press to fully attach back of artwork to the backer. This is a reversible, archival technique but will need to be reversed by a professional.