How to Frame a Picture Professionally

LAST UPDATED: Apr 28, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Aug 21, 2015 | By: Julie Blanner

How to frame a picture professionally - tips and tricks for framing art

Sometimes I become overwhelmed with decisions – especially when there’s more than one to be made at a time. I recall standing in the store staring at frames, mats and glass wondering where in the world to start. Framing a picture well can make an inexpensive piece of art feel special, but it can also make or break a beautiful piece of art. Fortunately after a few attempts, I stumbled across someone knowledgable and asked an abundance of questions so that I could share! Here are a few tips on how to frame a picture:

Start by selecting your frame.

How to frame a picture professionally - tips and tricks from pros
Choose a mat with contrast.

Easy tips to frame a picture professionally
Cut the mat to at least 2 times the width of the frame you select.

Easy tips to frame a picture professionally
If if you have more than one piece, provide an 1″ of mat between the two.

Invest in museum glass to reduce glare and protect your art.
Don’t be afraid to phone a friend. Seriously! Second opinions are the best!

Easy tips to frame a picture professionally

Finally, if you’re framing at a craft store, be sure to use 40% off coupons or frame it at one of their frequent 50% off sales.

Easy tips to frame a picture professionally

Easy tips to frame a picture professionally
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How to Frame a Picture Professionally

Framing a picture well can make an inexpensive piece of art feel special. These tips and tricks will make any piece of art look like it had a professional framing job.
Course DIY
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1
Cost $20 and up

Equipment

  • Scissors

Ingredients

  • 1 Frame
  • 1 Mat Board
  • 1 Museum glass

Instructions

  • Select your frame.
  • Choose a mat with contrast
  • Cut the mat to at least 2 times the width of the frame you select
  • If you have more than one piece, provide an 1' mat between the two.

Notes

Invest in museum glass to reduce glare and protect your art.
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