Affordable Framing Options
Framing can be an expensive proposition, but there are economic solutions with great-looking frames for do-it-yourself framing.
Framing is actually not as hard as you think, all you need is a pair of clean hands, a clean table or surface to work on and access to some affordable but quality ready-made or vintage frames and you’ll have your new work hung in no time.
When shopping for your frame it is a good idea to have the dimensions of the art work with you, or bring a piece of cardboard that is the same size, so you can easily visualise how it will fit in the frame.NOTE: My unframed works are designed to fit commercially available frames in standard sizes, for example A3 or 7” x 9” photo frames.
Ready-made frames from specialist framing shops
Many professional framers offer great quality ready-made frames that you can purchase and take home yourself. These are usually sized to standard paper sizes and are a cheaper alternative to custom framing.
A quick online search should provide you with a list of framing shops within your city/suburb.
I love looking through opportunity shops and thrift stores, and they often have great frames available for a few dollars. Frames often turn up in garage sales as well.
Once you find a frame you love you may like to have a new card mount cut to suit your artwork. It has been my experience that framers are more than happy to cut mounts to fit your great vintage find.
IKEA stock a range of inexpensive, fairly well made frames in an array of sizes. IKEA has a pretty extensive range, you should be able to find a frame to suit your needs.
Kmart, Target, Big W and Officeworks
Kmart, Target Big W and Officeworks all have super affordable framing options. Their frames are often sized to standard paper sizes so all you need is to find a style to suit your decor.