October 8, 2010

Custom framing can enhance most things

by Jeanine Matlow, Detroit News, Homestyle

Custom framing can turn the ordinary into an extraordinary piece of art. According to Diane Shipley DeCillis, owner of Lido Gallery & Gifts in Birmingham, framing serves to protect and present your artwork no matter what its value. Conservation/acid free framing will prevent your artwork from fading or foxing (those dark spots that freckle aged paper) over time.

Some of the latest frames combine the elegance of old world beauty with a modern twist, says DeCillis, former owner of The Print Gallery in Southfield. One of her favorites features an almost French baroque profile with a bright lacquer finish in colors like electric red or blue, Miami orange and a beautiful sultry black.

Another standout is a line of “couture” frames that look like they’re made of glitter. Inspired by fabrics at a runway show in Milan, the frames come in fashion-forward silver, hot pink, gold and more.

On the other end of the spectrum are eco-friendly frames and locally made varieties. “One of our favorite resources features Michigan-milled mouldings from Traverse City,” DeCillis says.

Custom frames can be used to make a unique bulletin board, chalkboard or mirror. “Frame a pegboard that has been sprayed with gold or silver paint to create something that will not only organize and display necklaces and other jewelry but it also doubles as an interesting piece of art,” DeCillis says.

“Look around to see what’s near and dear to you. I have my grandmother’s apron framed along with her worn, food-stained recipe for a favorite cookie,” DeCillis says.

Christening gowns, military medals, old letters or a vintage purse can create heirloom quality art, she adds. Rocks, seashells and sand collaged with photos from a favorite vacation can transport you during a stressful day.

“I love to frame bakery box tops from cupcakes shops and bakeries I have visited,” says DeCillis, who also likes the idea of framing menus that can be a nostalgic reminder of a great night out.

Find something that is meaningful to you. “The Mona Lisa is said to be priceless. Not for sale,” says DeCillis. “Look around to create your own priceless masterpiece.”

Matting can complement your piece by bringing out certain base colors and shades. And it can enlarge a smaller image to give it more drama.

Matting also protects serigraphs, etchings, lithographs, paintings on paper or dimensional works from coming in contact with the glass, DeCillis explains.

If you have an image that already has a border, matting may not be necessary.

For those on a budget, you can consider options other than custom framing, such as various mounting techniques on wood.

“Purchasing custom framing is similar to purchasing a piece of furniture,” says DeCillis. “It’s one of the first things people notice when they come to your home, something you will have and live with for a long time.”

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