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Framing Success - How To Frame Your Unframed Print

Our 'Unframed Prints' are incredibly popular, but we often get asked for advice on framing.

A frame can either enhance or detract from your artwork, so it's worth a little thought. Good from far, can be far from good, and your artwork deserves better! Here are some things to consider.

Below: Three Prince's holes as a set. Simple white frames WITH mount

 

1 - SHOP BOUGHT OR CUSTOM FRAME?

  • An 'off the shelf' solution, whilst more limited in options, presents good value and there are lots of choices. Be wary of perspex/acrylic instead of glass, unless it is of superior quality (cheap frames will have cheap perspex). Good quality perspex, however, can look as good as glass and is super light!
  • If you have a certain colour scheme or already have framed prints that the new addition needs to match, then you'll need to head to your local framer for a fully bespoke option. Ask for their input as the variants can be endless!

2 - MOUNT OR NO MOUNT?

  • Mounts (matting) can totally transform a picture, separating it from its surroundings and giving it more visual weight. They also provide protection by keeping your print off the glass.
  • The aperture of the mount should be the same size as your print. Frame descriptions will often say something like '30 x 40cm with mount, 40 x 50cm without'. Watch out for this as it can be easy to order the wrong size.

    Below: 30 x 40cm (12 x 16") print, rested on 40 x 50cm white frame WITH mount.
    Similar can be found at John Lewis or IKEA for under £20

    Below: 30 x 40cm print (12 x 16"), in a 30 x 40cm frame WITHOUT mount
    Similar can be found at IKEA


    • A local or online framer (you send them your print) may also offer additional mounting options such as floating or double/triple mounting creating extra impact.
    • On the other hand, there is also a strong argument for NO mount - especially for our large prints. A clean thin aluminium frame creates a superb contemporary option, where nothing distracts from the print.
    Below: The Old Course print looks great with NO mount in a contemporary aluminium frame.
    See the 45 x 60cm / 18 x 24" options on Amazon

     

     

    3 - SIZING:

     Our standard International sizes for unframed prints are:

    • Small: 30 x 40cm / 12 x 16"
    • Medium: 45 x60 cm / 18 x 24"
    • Large: 60 x 80cm / 24 x 32"

    4 - WHERE TO BUY?

    In the UK check out AmazonJohn Lewis, IKEA, Habitat and more focused frame stores such as Frames.co.uk or Best4frames.co.uk are a good start.

    Whilst we are not USA based, in addition to Amazon, sites such as ArtToFrames seem to have an excellent selection.

    4 - CONCLUSION

    Put simply, our amazing artwork can be framed to your preferences with a little research and minimum cost. Be sure to tag us on Twitter or Instagram @evalu18golf with your framing success stories to inspire those who are to follow or leave your comments below!

    Below: Royal St George's Map in a contemporary aluminium frame.
    See the 60 x 80cm / 24 x 32" options on Amazon

     

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