My first foray into the world of mounts and framing was a somewhat terrifying experience. Some of you may have read my post on the subject last year, see 'What Colour do You Call That?' where I got a little lost in the terminology and choice. Well, times have moved on.
A couple of months ago I read a really informative post on framing. Billy Showell, who some of you will know, is one of the leading artists in the field of contemporary botanical art, gave a great summary of some of her favourite, (and not so favourite) framing choices at this year's SBA exhibition. Having just completed a couple of nice little pieces, I wanted to change my style of framing a bit, so decided to take her views on board.
In her post June Pinterest and Framing, Billy suggested that paying attention to the latest trends and choices made by art buyers was probably a good starting point, as they are the ones hanging our work on their walls. A good framer, who frames lots of different styles will also have their finger on the pulse and will be able to advise. Selecting frames and mounts for your own home is very different, and at the end of the day, you want your work to sell. Friends and fellow artists can be good sounding boards too. They will really tell you if something looks awful.
Clean and polished presentation was another important point to note, as quality always shows and adds real value to a piece, (remember, the price of your work should reflect this). Poorly cut mounts and damaged frames do not go down well, so again getting a good framer is a must.
Whites, creams and neutrals are all popular just now, and looking at some of Billy's own selection from the exhibition this would certainly seem to back this up. Box mounts, slips and double mounting all made an appearance, so there is plenty to choose from out there, to make your work ooze glamour.
So first up, is the moulding.
|The classic whites and creams.|
And then the mount boards.
|whites and creams, (again)|
The sheer volume of choice of mount board colours is truly extraordinary. Here I have got my hands on a full set of Arqadia conservation grade mount boards, and in the whites and creams alone there are over 30 colours to choose from. With names that again appear to have come straight from the minds of those folk at Farrow and Ball, you can choose from the exquisitely named Rain Shimmer, Minuet, Alabaster and my favourite, the delicious Chocolate Sunrise. There are all manner of whites too, including Cloud, Snow and Star White.
And if these aren't quite your thing...
|... you've got the rest of the range to choose from|
|The Iris seed pods with Star White|
|And again with Rain Shimmer (1400 micron)|
Some of the boards have a lovely shimmery texture to them
that gives a nice contrast
|A shortlist of some of my favourites.|
All 1400 micron
To demonstrate that all whites are not quite the same, I put some of my favourites together and it really showed up just how much of a contrast there can be between them. Oh my, I love them all.
With Minuet and Star White
|Trying out some of the simple mouldings.|
The one on the right has a gentle slope and a white washed finish.
A silver slip or deeper, double mount might go well too.
So, thanks to Billy for a very informative post and for getting us all talking about framing. Expect glamorous and gorgeous frames in the exhibition next year then. Let's hope so, I know I have a few surprises left up my sleeve.