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The course begins with an overview of framing concepts, terms, and tools and then shows how to choose and work with the various components of a framed print: matboard, frame, glazing, wire hangers, and more. The course also examines the issues and creative options behind hanging an exhibit, whether in a gallery or in a home.
- Conversing with a framer
- Selecting a mat and a frame
- Deciding on window size
- Using a handheld or production mat cutter
- Mounting art
- Cutting glass
- Assembling frames
- Hanging photographs in groups
- Hanging photographs on different surfaces
Skill Level Beginner
I certainly hope you have enjoyed learning all the techniques I have demonstrated during this course. A couple of things I want to leave you with is thoughts. First: practice, don't feel bad if the first time you try to pull that handheld cutter through the board the line is crooked. I threw away hundreds of mattes early on. And what you see me do is the ease of long practice. Also, the other encouragement I'd give you: don't be afraid to try new things, don't be afraid to go outside the box.
Ofttimes, artistic innovation comes from that outside-of-the-box thinking and change. Take all this information not as a series of hard and fast rules, but a starting point to embrace these techniques and take them much farther than I have shown to you. I really hope you enjoy what you have learned and make it your own.