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05-07-2010, 12:55 AM

I hope I am in the right post area.

Any suggestions on how to frame this 16 x 20 acrylic done on canvas board? I have it in a 2 1/2 inch wooden frame right now, but it looks too dark. Maybe I should get it framed with a light colored mat.

Any suggest would be appreciated. Thanks.

chammi kaiser
05-07-2010, 05:24 AM
I think this is so full of colour and energy, the frame must be pretty neutral. A simple very light wooden frame would be perfect. Can't you paint your wooden frame in a light colour or is it an expensive one? Take a look at a local gallery and see how they have framed something similar to your style. This is always a useful indicator. Good luck.

05-07-2010, 10:53 AM
i have been using black frames recently I think the strength and energy in this opiece would cope well in a plain black frame.

05-07-2010, 11:20 AM
Light umber wood frame will look in sync for this one...

05-07-2010, 04:24 PM
Oh, I forgot to mention that the frame I have it on right now is black and looks far too heavy.

The suggestions about a lighter frame might do. What about a mat?

Jan in Winnipeg

05-07-2010, 04:55 PM
No mat... use a fabric wrapped liner if you want to give it space. If you use matting you must use glazing (glass or plexi). Mats require this for longevity and will not last if exposed to the elements.

A black frame could work on this piece with an appropriate liner or, as suggested a light colored frame, like maple, could also work. Maybe a maple floater frame???

Much depends on where it will hang also.

Here's a link to our gallery which shows a number of bright oil and acrylic paintings framed with fabric wrapped liners.


05-07-2010, 08:36 PM
I'd vote for an ornate silver or preferably gold museum style frame. 16x20 is a standard format you can buy over- the- counter. The wider the better. The contemporary impressionists are using these museum looking frames and they really work. Maybe even a black frame with gold fringe. You could always get gold metallic paint and paint your wood frame too.

Check out the frames they use at the Sak's gallery http://www.saksgalleries.com/

05-08-2010, 05:14 PM

I should have posted this work with the frame in the first place. Here it is with the black frame and I'm not sure I like it. The wall it is on is a pale taupe colour.

Jan in Winnipeg

05-09-2010, 08:39 AM
I agree with Chammi go for neutral

05-12-2010, 08:25 PM
I would match one of those blues and frame it in that color, you really don't need a matt on canvas board.

05-14-2010, 08:08 PM
I just purchased a large 16 x 20 antique gold frame on sale at Michaels. It looks perfect!!

Thanks for all the tips.

Jan in Winnipeg

05-15-2010, 10:08 AM
When you get it reframed post a photo.