Framing the Soul of Art

The art of framing is a poetic journey that cradles the essence of artistic expression. Each choice in framing is a narrative decision, reflecting not just the artwork but the story we wish to tell through it. Let's delve into this journey, exploring the nuances of framing art on canvas and paper, the choices in glass, the role of passe-partout, and the unique approach to framing abstract art.

Canvas vs. Paper Art: A Tale of Two Textures

Framing art on canvas is like embracing the wild spirit of the artwork. The canvas stretches wide, with its edges wrapped around wooden stretchers, allowing the piece to live in a three-dimensional space. It's bold and unapologetic, inviting viewers to step into its world, to feel its texture.

In contrast, art on paper or photograph, is an introspective soul, demanding protection. Framed behind glass, it rests like a treasure within a treasure chest. The glass and matting act as guardians against time and touch, while also accentuating the artwork's narrative. This is a quieter conversation, a contemplative journey between the viewer and the art.

Glass Choices: Clear Views vs. Noble Protectors

When it comes to glass, regular glass or acrylic fronts are like clear, calm waters, offering straightforward protection. Regular glass is honest and unpretentious, while acrylic is light and shatter-resistant, like a nimble dancer. But UV glass is the noble protector, guarding against the silent art assailant of ultraviolet light. It preserves the vibrancy and essence of the artwork, ensuring the artist's vision endures through time.

Regural or UV?

The virtues of most of UV glassess in the framing world extend beyond its protective shield against ultraviolet light. One of its most remarkable features is its reflection-resistant quality. Imagine standing before a framed piece of art and seeing it as if no barrier exists between you and the masterpiece. This is the magic of "non-visible glass". It's more pricey, but in my opinion all worth it!

With reflection resistance, UV glass minimizes the glare that often accompanies standard glass. It's like clearing a misty morning to reveal the vibrant landscape beneath. The artwork appears more vivid, more immediate, as if the glass is whispering to us, "Step closer, see clearly, there is no distance between you and this beauty."

 TIP: If you don't like reflections on your art piece, consider frame it only with a mat without acrylic or glass. 


Passepartout: The Poetic Buffer

The passepartout, a mat board in the art of framing, is more than just a backdrop; it's a stage that elevates the artwork. With its aesthetic appeal, it forms a clean, uncluttered border around the piece, available in various widths, colors, and textures. This versatility allows for either a harmonious complement to the artwork or a striking contrast that accentuates its themes and hues. The passepartout doesn't just frame the art; it focuses the viewer's attention, guiding the eye directly to the heart of the piece, enhancing its visual impact and significance. It makes even small art piece way more bigger!

But the role of the passepartout extends beyond aesthetics; it is a guardian of the artwork's integrity. By creating a buffer between the art and the glass, it protects against environmental damage like condensation, ensuring the artwork's longevity. This protective layer adds depth, creating a three-dimensional effect that brings the artwork to life. Each choice in a passepartout's size, color, and texture is a reflection of the framer’s intent, making it a crucial aspect of the artwork's presentation and an invitation to engage more deeply with the art.

Framing Abstract Art: To Frame or Not to Frame?

With abstract art, especially pieces that spill over the edges and around corners, like I use to paint, traditional frames often seem unnecessary. The artwork itself is a complete universe, needing no additional embellishment. Yet, the subtle use of floating thin frames can make a significant difference. These frames serve as a gentle pause, a space where the eye can rest, enhancing the artwork without overpowering it. They honor the art’s boundaries, adding a soft underline to its powerful expression. 

Smaller paintings becomes more visible and powerful. With bigger ones I am usually more careful as wooden frames are often quite heavy. Painting needs to be attached properly and secured, this usually means deeper drills and professional hooks. 


In Conclusion

Framing is more than a practical choice; it's a part of the artwork's story. Each element, from the type of frame to the choice of glass and the use of passe-partout, plays a crucial role in how the art communicates with its audience. In framing, we find a blend of aesthetics, protection, and personal expression, echoing the emotional depth and transformative power of the art it surrounds. How we choose to frame our art is a reflection of how we value and wish to preserve its story for generations to come. At the end, it does not matter if we frame with budget frames or order custom made ones, as long we are satisfied. 

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