How to Choose a Budget Frame for Your Art

How to Choose a Budget Frame for Your Art


Welcome back to my channel today I want
to talk about how to frame your art what kind of frames should you buy for your
art like art print art photography or sketches or small format watercolor
drawings or paintings I want to talk about this because I think it’s very
important to show you art very put-together that you can sell your art
at higher price and also you are adding value to your collectors you can provide
them integral solution ready to hang and I think it’s a very convenient thing and
it’s more likely they will purchase your art if they don’t have to go and find a
framer themselves and also I will be showing you very affordable solutions
because if you’re selling your art for $100 you don’t want the frame to cost
$200 that wouldn’t make sense either for you or for the collector and that’s why
let us go to IKEA I am a fan of IKEA myself I know it is not the most let’s
say best practice company in the world but I do find that their art selections
there are frames they are quite nice and affordable if you have IKEA in your
country then you can just go to Ikea or the website and others art frames
everywhere the art frames are the same so what I’m talking about will be
relevant and that’s why I went to IKEA to be able to show you different art
frames as solutions for your next art exhibition when I was walking around
in IKEA I found this frame it’s art frame I know it looks strange it’s art frame I
have covered it because I will show you in the end of the video it doesn’t look
like a frame I know that’s why it’s so good because it’s very versatile it’s
perfect for traveling artists or temporary exhibitions it’s super
affordable and easy to hang so if you are interested in such solutions
stay tuned the first question you have to ask yourself is do you want a foot or
a stand in the back of the frame normally for small format frames there
is usually a little foot that comes out but personally I think is not a good
idea it’s very easy to be tipped over every time I touch art frame in IKEA
it will fall down and I find it quite annoying dangerous and not
very professional so if you are sending out a frame to your collectors
you wouldn’t want one with the foot and it’s just a very annoying thing that
it’s if you’re not gonna use it right so why do you attach it and if people use
it they can place your art among other decorations on their desk such as their
holiday photos or pets kids photos it’s not the right environment to show your
art so make sure that you don’t include that as an option so people wouldn’t be
putting them on their desks and they would have to hang your art and to give
the attention you are need against a flawless white wall so this is a Ribba it
comes with a hardware to hang and I find it quite sturdy and it’s a good option
it’s the classic I think it’s the best seller from IKEA
not expensive at all the second question you have to ask yourself is do you want
the passpartout a passpartout is the white paper between the picture and the
frame I think passpartouts are very good option because it makes you are – looks
more expensive bigger more put together more professional it gives this very
nice almost like a painting look that I like personally all my collections have
passpartout – I like the way it looks normally is white but you can also
choose different colors you can go to a local store and other they make
different sizes and different colors bespoke pieces and it’s not too
expensive because the frame costs more that passed Pato is just a piece of card
on paper and you can order basically anywhere another thing which passed by –
is it allows you to have a blank space between the art and the frame especially
if there are different colors and it’s just a nice visual buffering zone so
that the center of the attention is in your art not in the frame or not the
conflict between the two so I liked the whole presentation with passpartout so
I would personally recommend the third thing you need to consider is do you
want the 3D effect I don’t mean the 3d like the 3d movie I mean that do you
want the frame within the frame like this one there is a 3d frame there
a little mini 1 centimeter frame between the two that allowing the
picture to stay 1 centimeter away from the glass that I also personally like
very much because then the picture is not pressed against the glass sometimes
it will likes smudge or it will like glue together and now it’s very nicely
separated it looks very nice and sturdy and I like the feel why touch a 3d frame
that is like touching a box I like the feel of it and I guess many collectors
will like the way it looks so go ahead and choose one this is a Hovsta from IKEA
it’s only 13 euro I think it’s like $13.99 it’s not
expensive so the frame that is like 3d it doesn’t cost more than a normal frame
personally I don’t like the thin frames because I find it looks very cheap and
it’s very thin that it’s like almost easily broken so I prefer the sturdy one
it’s just a personal taste the next thing you need to consider is the material do you
want a real wood do you want a plastic fake wood do you want an actual actual
plastic like the transparent one do you want the aluminum personally I like the
aluminum and the wood look like the Hovsta I like the wood look I know it’s
not real wood but doesn’t matter I like the look of it and I also like the
bamboo look the darker more sweet kind of look the textures I also like
the aluminum in the metallic color I think it depends on your art there isn’t
the best frame overall I think it’s depending really on individual cases you
have to see if your art is suitable for the frame so if you want you can bring
your art to Ikea and then press your art against the frame in front of you and
see if that fits for example why I first saw the transparent plastic one I was
not convinced because I think it looked too thin but when I see
an art from the inside I actually like the flowy and this kind of
floating very light look I start to like it so you have to look for yourself and
put it in front of you and see if it fits
it’s an important decision to make so take your time and make the right
decision the next thing you need to consider is the price because when you
mount an exhibition usually it is 20 or at least 10 works from each artist so
you don’t want to choose expensive frame and after you have to buy 10 you
couldn’t afford it right so you want a overall economic solution for the whole
exhibition especially before you sell the work you have to purchase the frame
upfront with your own money so you have to calculate your financial constraints
to see if it makes sense you can start with affordable cheap frames and when
your sales start to pick up and you convert to a higher end more expensive
frames the last thing you need to consider is the weight of course you
don’t want it to be too heavy you can hurt your back when you carry 20 works
in a box and it’s not convenient when you ship to your customers especially
internationally you need to consider all of that before making the final decision
because you don’t want to have to drive all the way back to here just to return
the wrong frame so you want to take your time make the right choices and keep the
receipts and deduct it as business costs now the last thing before we close I
want to show you that this is the frame I found it’s my personal favorite
it’s called Visback I don’t know when did IKEA have it out but it’s the
first time I noticed it and I find it really cute it’s basically two piece of
bamboo that you put your art and then pressed against together to make a
compression and your art print or your artwork is snug and its held tightly
between the two and you just hang it with a screw and the other piece they’re
actually two pieces here and two pieces here the other piece in the back is to hang it
so that with its own weight it’s pulling the work to be very a flush against the
wall so it’s very straight especially if your art is rolled before you want it to
be very smooth after so I like the solution it’s only five bucks for this
set and in five minutes you have it framed you have it hang on the
wall I find it very perfect for a temporary quick setup for travelling
artists and it comes with this 40cm and it comes with a 60cm one
the 60cm you have to check in but this one you can
just put it in the back and you can take it with you in the airplane you don’t
have to check your luggage so it’s very convenient even if you have to bring 20
of them it doesn’t weigh nothing and I find maybe you can even hang your
clothes with it it’s just very versatile it’s bamboo so I guess it is ecologic enough
because it can last a very long time now you have seen all of the solutions from
Ikea and if you have other suggestions maybe other kind of frames let me know
leave me a comment below and also let me know what kind of exhibitions that
you’re going to hold in this spring and ARCO is right around the corner so I
will make an announcement next week I will be covering ARCO on the first
day so make sure you hit the subscribe button not miss the upcoming events by
the way ARCO is the largest our fare installs in Europe just in case if you
don’t know alright that’s all for today thank you very much and see you in the
next video

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