What to consider when framing your art …
Our small guide of framing terminology and tips. We hope this will help to familiarize you with some standard framing elements and how they are used to create the perfect frame design.
We hope this information is helpful. At Calusa Gallery, we are committed to providing the highest quality craftsmanship, customer service, and customer satisfaction.
Liners: A liner is a fabric wrapped wood moulding, traditionally used on the inside of a frame moulding for works on canvas. Liners are a great way to provide a soft buffer and transition that helps guide your eye to the art. Like all the other elements of custom framing there are hundreds of mouldings and fabric choices to really tailor the job to your needs. A good framer will have stock styles that are readily available, as well as custom options.
Tip: Try using a liner in place of a mat, between the frame and the glass, for photos or works on paper to create a unique look and add depth to your framing. A fillet in the same style or color as the frame moulding can also be added to the inside of a liner to give a great effect.
Fillets: Another way to enhance your artwork is by using a fillet. Fillets are a thin wood frame that fits to the inside your mat and outline your art. They create depth and add dimension to all types of artwork. Fillets can also be applied to the inside of a frame moulding or liner to add an interesting look.
Tip: Try fillets at different levels of matting or between mats to help create a unique look in your design.
Service & Workmanship: The key ingredients for fine custom framing is service and workmanship. Your framer must be knowledgeable, professional, and an expert craft person. A good framer is an artist and designer, and someone who will work with you on selecting the best combinations of elements to compliment and enhance your artwork according to the environment in which it will be displayed. Your framer should use the finest equipment and materials available, as well as do the work on the premises.
Tip: Many high volume “discount” framers and chains send your artwork to wholesalers who do the work in framing factories. Their counter staff are usually inexperienced and trained to limit the time they spend with each customer. If you don’t feel comfortable with the answers to your questions, it’s ok to walk away. The reality is that discount framers charge about the same as your locally owned frame shop.