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: Framing tips

04-30-2013, 10:12 PM
Hey all. Any budget framing tips out there? I have a number of smaller watercolors and pencil drawings I would like to frame. I have had a couple framed at a framing business for an upcoming arat fair and I think they look great! However, I cannot afford to do that everytime. I was thinking of going to a store like Ross or TJ Maxx and buying preframed art and using those mats and frames. I have also gone to thrift stores looking for frames/mats in good shape. Any other ideas for framing on a budget? Thanks.

Tim (

04-30-2013, 11:50 PM
I do that all of the time for my clients, I purchase frames from everywhere that is cheap in price but great in quality and mat them myself. The logan mat cutters does wonders although I have recently purchased The Fletcher 2200 60" cutter for more serious work the smaller logan comes in handy when I am on the road.

One of my all time favorite frames is the one with the deer standing in sage grass, there are so many of them out there in yard sells for cheap and make wonderful frame if not to badly beat up. The good Will has frames sometimes that are in pretty good shape. I have people who look for frames for me all of the time and a lot of them just give them to me and some I trade out for a piece of art.