1. Aquire the art that needs framing. This is a 1949 Naval equator crossing certificate
that needs to be framed for posterity.
New framing job
In this case, the picture needs to be flattened
out. I have used weights to hold down the corners. The picture will be flat enough to work with in about 24 hours.
2. Time to measure the picture. Making
sure that I have allowed for the outermost parts of the graphics, and allowing approximately 1/4" border around the entire
picture, I have measured 14-1/4" x 19". The customer stated that they'd prefer a thin, plain, black frame but
a large matting. I will allow for a four inch mat. This will add an additional 8" to the total that I measured. The size
mat, glass and frame will be 22-1/4" x 27".
3. Choose the matting. There are literally thousands
of matboards to choose from. There are textured, metallic, linen, multi-colored and many, many colors to choose from. I will
pick (usually two) colors that compliment the artwork that I am framing. With the piece I'm working on, black would work
well, but the customer wants a black frame, so I don't want a black matboard next to a black frame.
I picked out a light yellow inside mat and a
dark green outside mat. Notice the width you choose for each color will change the look of the picture?
With a black frame, the dark green mat will
make the finished picture look dark. I changed the outside mat to a pale light blue since there were several shades of blue
in the picture. Again, the width of each matboard will change the look of the picture. I will make the inside mat 1/8"
and the outside mat 3-7/8" for the 4" total mat that I am allowing for.