Tips on FRAMING your TPP Portrait


At TPP all the portraits are a very FRAME-ABLE size.


A4, A3, A2 and A1 are all common frame sizes that can be found at stores such as Kmart, Big W and Target. This is exactly why I offer these specific sizes for you!


Here are some of my top tips for framing your piece:


Find a Frame Colour that suits the portrait

It may be nice to look at the main colours in the portrait and choose them. Or perhaps a classic black, or white frame really brings it out. Have a think about colours, and even bring your portrait to the store to hold it up against them and compare.

I generally stick to black, white or wood brown tones for my modern smooth-finish frames. Although depending on the portrait, some look amazing in vintage style carved frames.

Another tip is if you’re not happy with the frame, a can of spray paint in any colour (take the portrait out first of course) can completely transform it!


Remove the Glass from the Frame

This can really make your portrait feel more connected to you as you look at it. Cutting out the glass between you and the portrait really bridges that gap and can make it feel more emotional when you’re connecting with it.

It can also reduce light reflections from lights you have on in your room. Whatever angle you’re checking out the portrait from, or photographing it from (to show others), having no glass makes it have zero reflections.

Some portraits still look fantastic with the glass, so the choice is really up to you. Experiment, have a look at it with glass and without glass and see which is your favourite.



Painting framed without glass


Consider Choosing a Floating-Glass Frame

These look fantastic for small portraits such as A4 size. It can make them look extra-creative and contemporary, which may just suit the feng shui in your space!



Floating glass frame



Consider Choosing a Mat ‘Border’ With Your Frame:

Most pieces look better with a mat border, with some exceptions. Most of the time they are white, however black ones can really set your piece off too.

Going along to professional framers can give you quite an insight onto what looks best with your piece. Here, you can experiment. Otherwise the selections at the shops for the pre-made frames are your next best option (bring your portrait and hold it up beside the frame to ‘visualise’ it).



Mat border in the frame


Keep the Dust Cover on the Back of the Frame

This helps preserve the portrait over time and keep it stable within the frame. It also gives it some more structural integrity if you’re moving it around.


Avoid Hanging your Portrait in Direct Sunlight

To elongate the longevity of your portrait, to maintain its’ colour integrity, try not to hang it in direct sunlight all day long.


I hope this helps!!!


Much love

Tam

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