I’d feel guilty not doing anything with all the pictures that I’ve taken and printed these last 7 weeks, so I’ve been trying to get information about framing.  For what I’m wanting to do (a whole wall of framed pictures), custom framing is out of the question, but at the same point, I’d like something that looks half way professional.

So, tonight I’ve been looking at how exactly you go about framing yourself and different frames.  So far, it doesn’t look too bad.  The hardest part is apparently the mat board, but from what I’ve read, it doesn’t look that hard.  And I figure it’d be a good skill to have if I keep taking pictures.  It be good for gift giving too!

I’m basically looking for a nice, modern, black frame that’s on the cheap.  I’ve found a few, but it’s so hard to really get an idea of how they look on the web, and I know I most likely won’t get as cheap of a price here in town.  Oh, and then there’s the glass, many of the websites don’t send the glass, for obvious reasons.

Unfortunately, there are a few things I’d have to buy, and the above website only really talks about how to create the mat board.  What about mounting and the like?  This may require a trip to the library or an Amazon purchase, but I definitely think this is the way to go, especially with the number of prints I, already, have.


  1. I actually used to make my own frames a few years back in my woodshop. The matboard isn’t that difficult. Just have to get a good matboard cutter.

  2. Cutting the mat doesn’t seem hard at all, but I’m sure the first couple of times will definitely be trial runs.  As for frames, I’m definitely looking at buying those, as I have no room, nor tools to do that.

  3. My mom does framing and cuts her own mats.  She doesn’t do anything really artsy, but her stuff looks good.  She gets her stuff from Dick Blick.  They also have a few small stores around the area.  Happy framing. 

  4. Interesting.  The prices seem pretty good and there’s a store here in the loop.  I’ll have to go check it out sometime soon.

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