Most people love family photos, don’t you think?
I certainly do, but I am not a big fan of spending lots of money on framing. So here is my formula for creating a unified look on a budget…..
- Build up a collection of frames – from second hand shops, friends, family, shops that sell cheaper frames.
- Paint them all one colour. I use a satin finish acrylic paint in a dark grey brown shade.
- Find a budget framer who will happily cut the matts for you. I use a man who works for himself from a large shed in his backyard (low overheads = lower costs). I always use the same colour matt and he keeps it on file. He also supplies glass if I find a great frame that has no glass.
- Assemble all the pieces, making sure that the glass is clean on both sides.
- If necessary tape the backs of the frames to keep bugs out. My friendly framer sold me a roll of brown framing tape because I asked him nicely!
- Find some spots around your home to hang your new collection of family favourites.
(The photo shows some of my frames laid on one of the studio tables. Most of these usually hang down the hallway or in the family room.)