Monday, February 16, 2015

How I Frame my Paintings

Supplies needed (most are available at any local arts and crafts store):
  • floating frame (I recommend those at
  • hanging hardware: D-ring hangers and braided picture wire
  • clear all purpose household caulking (available at most hardware stores)
  • black foam board
  • mat cutter
  • mat cutting board
  • metal ruler
  • screwdriver
I'm using a 6" x 6" floating frame from but you can use any available size to match your painting. I paint on Ampersand Gessobord 1/8" flat panels available at Jerry's Artarama.

Attach the hanging hardware to the back of the floating frame. 

Using the mat cutter, ruler, and cutting board, cut two pieces from black foam board. One piece is 6 1/8" x 6 1/8" (the interior dimensions of the floating frame) to insert into the front of the frame. The second piece is 5" x 5" to place on top of the first piece.

Run a bead of clear household caulking around the inner ledge of the floating frame and press the 6 1/8" x 6 1/8" foam board in place. Place several dabs of caulking onto the 5" x 5" foam board. Center and attach it to the top of the larger foam board piece.

Place several dabs of caulking on top of the smaller foam board piece. Making sure that the painting and the frame are both right-side up (with the hanging hardware near the top of the frame), adhere the painting to smaller foam board.

The painting will appear to float in frame.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing! I have been trying to figure out how to frame them with the more economical front loaders, I will for sure try this!