Framing Giclee Prints:
Standard Frames and Other Recommendations
by Heather Watts
If you’re on a budget, a more one-of-a-kind framing option is to refurbish a vintage frame from a thrift store or garage sale. Either way, it’s definitely worth spending a little extra on a good quality mat with an acid-free core that won’t discolor as it ages.
Framed Prints on the wall at Vancouver’s Shoreline Studio.
Limited Edition Giclee Prints
“Tree of Life” is sized to just fit in a standard size 18” x 24” frame with a thin custom-cut mat around it. The dimensions of the mat will be a little wider on the top and bottom then on the sides, but this is perfectly okay. When I frame Tree of Life prints for display this is the setup I use, as can be seen in the picture above.If you have the budget for it, the alternative is to spend more for a custom-built frame with a wider mat all the way around to give the art more presence and make it a larger centerpiece on your wall.
The Pale Horse Finds His Calling
She Sees Things Differently
Old Time Heartstrings
These four prints will all fit in standard size 11” x 14” frames with custom-cut mats. “Green Eggs & Ham” and “Self Portrait” are larger and their dimensions will give them a slightly thinner mat on the sides than the top and bottom. This is perfectly acceptable and is typically the way I frame these prints for display. Depending on your personal taste, these two could alternatively be framed with a much wider mat in a 16″ x 20″ inch frame, or in a custom frame sized somewhere in between.
“Old Time Hearstrings” and “Bumper Cars” are both well-sized for standard 11″ x 14″ frames, although “Old Time Heartstrings” will have a slightly wider mat on the sides than the top and bottom. Again, this is completely fine and is the way I frame these prints myself.