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DIY Framing Links

Below are a few favorite DIY framing suppliers that I use. 

Frames

real wood frames look nice with watercolors

The best place to get a frame is from your independent local framer.

 

If that's not possible, I recommend The Rusty Roof frames, which are sold on Amazon by an independent frame shop. The frames are real wood and have a hand-made quality to them. They are quite rustic, but I think they look nice with the watercolors. I have been purchasing their "Vintage" line.

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The Rusty Roof Vintage

French White Alphamat Artcare Mat

perfect color and texture for Lucie's watercolors

This mat has a slight texture that looks good with watercolors and with prints of watercolors.  Also, the color is very close to watercolor paper.

Another feature of this particular mat is its superior archival qualities. Lucie's prints are printed on thick archival paper with archival ink, and will last a very long time. An archival mat is best suited for framing these prints so that they don't become orange from contact with the matboard.

Where to order a custom French White mat

No. 8467

The best place to get a custom mat is at your independent local framer.

 

If this isn't possible, a good online resource is American Frame. Be sure to also order a simple acid free backing board.

Lineco Archival Photo Corners: standard

useful for smaller prints

These photo corners make mounting the print onto the backing board very easy.​

I tend to use the .625" corners so that there is no risk of the photo corner peeking out from behind the mat, but if you have a generous edge on the paper, the bigger sizes are much better.

Search online for these descriptions:

Lineco Infinity 0.625" Acid-Free Archival Photo Corners

Polypropylene Mounting Framing Corners, Slimline

Lineco Archival Photo Corners: Slimline

better for larger prints

These photo corners make mounting the print onto the backing board very easy.​

I tend to use the .625" corners so that there is no risk of the photo corner peeking out from behind the mat, but if you have a generous edge on the paper, the bigger sizes are much better.

Search online for these descriptions:

Lineco Infinity 0.625" Acid-Free Archival Photo Corners

Polypropylene Mounting Framing Corners, Slimline

Small Print: 8.5x11.5"

11x14" frame works well

  • Choose a 11x14" Frame for this size print. Make sure to ask Lucie to print the image so it is 8.5x11.5". Some cropping may occur.
     

  • The mat and backing board should also be 11X14"
     

  • When ordering the mat, choose a 1.5" border all the way around (top, sides, bottom).

Large Print: 15.75 x 11.75"

16x20" frame works well

  • Choose a 16x20" Frame for this size print. Make sure to ask Lucie to print the image so it is 15.75 x 11.75". Some cropping may occur.
     

  • The mat and backing board should also be 16x20"
     

  • When ordering the mat, choose a 2.375" border all the way around (top, sides, bottom). If that size is not available, then go up to 2.5".

Extra Large Print: 13x19

18x24" frame works well

  • Choose a 18x24" Frame for this size print. Make sure to ask Lucie to print the image so it covers the entire sheet (some cropping may occur). 
     

  • The mat and backing board should also be 18x24".
     

  • When ordering the mat, choose a 3" border all the way around (top, sides, bottom).
     

  • This print has a narrow 1/8" white border around it, but that should not be a problem with the recommended size mat.

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