Elsie's Framing Studio is a professional frame shop that gives you access to a wide range of frame designs along with expertise in the types of materials needed to protect your art and photographs.
A frame package is made up of several important parts that contribute to the decorative, rigid structure that protects the art or photograph on display. The individual parts of a good-quality frame package are illustrated below.
The frame is the support that holds everything together. In today's market there is an enormous variety of design and quality offered in picture frame moulding. In choosing frame mouldings we try to choose design elements which will bring out the inherent beauty of the work while being careful not to overpower the art.
When properly designed, the frame is the "icing on the cake" complementing and enhancing the beauty of the art while harmonizing with all the other design elements to create a tasteful as well as a personal package of beauty for the wall in your home or office.
In addition to providing an attractive border, the frame functions as the structural support that holds the entire package together. The frame must be strong enough to support the weight of all of the other framing materials and the art/photo, while hanging on the wall or standing on a shelf.
At Elsie's Framing Studio I incorporate modern acid-free matting into every framing project I complete. I offer a wide variety of colored, textured, and fabric-covered mats for you to select from, and help you choose just the right one.
The primary reason for choosing a mat to border your artwork is to enhance the overall look of the piece. Matting separates and isolates the framed item from its surroundings. It establishes a visual border for the eye between the art and its environment. it also protects the art by separating it from the glazing.
To bring out certain colours within a piece of artwork without overwhelming the overall effect, a double mat is often used. For example, a thin one-quarter-inch coloured mat under a neutral top mat will highlight that specific tone in the art, but will not dominate the finished look. (see example on left)
In picture framing, a v-groove is a thinly carved v-shaped line on the matboard that is cut for decorative purposes. A white v-groove adds a dramatic element to a dark colored matboard. (see example on left)
Glazing can be composed of either glass or plastic, such as acrylic. It is the clear sheet over the art or photo that provides the protection from dust and pollutants, and also filters out some of the harmful ultraviolet rays.
Glazing plays an important role in protecting your art and photographs from UV rays which will fade most printed images over time. It can also discolour many papers, as well as make the paper become brittle.
Elsie's Framing Studio offers several glazing options:
Regular, conservation glass, and museum glass.