How to Learn Picture Framing

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Framed artwork can add style and visual appeal to any space. However, if you have an irregularly shaped picture that needs framing, professional framing costs will be high. An alternative to professional framing is do-it-yourself framing at home. While the picture framing process is very specific, there are many online and offline resources available to help you learn picture framing. These educational tools will make the learning process easier, giving you the skills necessary to frame a range of objects and images.

Things You'll Need

  • Framing DVDs
  • Instructional books
  • Read free online tutorials for beginning guidance. A good tutorial can be found at the Grignon's Art and Frame Learning Center website (see resources below).

  • Read framing education books for more extensive tutorials, tips and techniques. A good book to start with is "Basic Picture Framing: All the Skills and Tools Your Need to Get Started," edited by Amy Cooper and Debbie Smith-Voight. David Logan's book "Mat, Mount and Frame it Yourself" is a nice follow up, especially if you plan on selling your frames. The final chapter provides suggestions on how to start a framing business.

  • Consider DVD framing guides if you are a visual learner. While textual tutorials available online and in print are good for some people, others require visualized demonstrations. The Columbia Publishing Company offers a series of framing and matting DVDs (see resources below).

  • Take a picture framing class to further enhance your knowledge. Especially recommended for hands-on learners, picture framing classes provide intense training over the course of one or more days. Local framing shops often offer workshops, or you can look into national framing class providers like the American Picture Framing Academy and Prestige Framing Academy (see resources below); while such national providers do not have facilities in every state, they serve several regions and often take classes on the road with traveling workshops. According to their websites, both the American Picture Framing Academy and Prestige Framing Academy offer business components for people interested in selling their frames.

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