how to frame giclee prints

Framing giclee prints

The popularity of giclee prints has been growing with art lovers and appreciators. Reputable companies offer high quality giclee prints. We want to address how you can frame them.

There are nearly endless design choices. With the help of your custom framer, it is up to you to figure out the best look for your specific art, your personal style, and the decor of your room. 

In case you are unfamiliar with framing, it is wise to know that different options exist when framing art on canvas versus art on paper. Also, it pays to understand what the various qualities of framing materials can do to prolong or shorten the life of your art.

Framing Art on Paper

The paper does not hold up well over time when exposed to moisture, smoke, or other airborne pollutants. Therefore prints on paper must be placed under protective glazings, such as glass or acrylic. Since mats are also paper-based, they should be protected with glazing. This makes matting ideal for use with prints on paper.

Reproduction prints can be dry mounted to a rigid backing material, such as foamboard, to help prevent them from buckling. This process will make them look their best and help them last longer.

Framing Art on Canvas

Prints on canvas should not be matted unless you plan to treat them like a print on paper by placing them under glass. It is more common to frame prints on canvas as you would frame acrylic or oil paintings.

First, this print type should be stretched over stretcher bars or strainer stock. Your custom framer can do this for you. Then, if you prefer, your framer can mount it to foam board.

Since mat borders shouldn't be used when you choose not to cover the art with glass or acrylic, a common alternative is to use a liner or a frame inside a frame. This creates an outline, serving the same purpose as the mat, to offset the artwork.

Nowadays most but not all of the glass, mats, and backing materials used in custom frame shops are conservation grade. In the past, it was a standard practice only to use conservation-grade products when framing original or otherwise valuable art pieces.

Today, we realize almost anything worth framing should be framed with these quality materials because, in addition to protecting your art, it will prolong the life of the money you invest in framing it.

When you use acidic matting or glass that doesn't filter out the most harmful UV rays, you risk causing irreversible damage to your art. Paying for better materials acts somewhat like an insurance policy.

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