Floater Frames for Paintings

Amylee’s thoughts on Floater Frames

In museums, paintings often have one thing in common … Look more closely, and you’ll see the frame often hides the edges of the artwork! It’s a shame not to enjoy the whole painting, isn’t it?

3 or 4 years ago, a gallery owner spoke to me about a special type of frame: the FLOATER FRAME (which creates the illusion of a floating canvas).

Floater Frame

True, it is increasingly common to see them now in galleries, in art shows or Art Fairs. Intrigues at showing my paintings in a new way, I tested it and I really liked it.

Floater Frame

1/ Floater frame:

Frames specially designed for paintings on stretched canvas or panels. Classic frames are placed in front of the artwork; the floater frame is placed behind it. Slightly larger than the painting, it surrounds the edges without touching the painting, and a beautiful light and shadow effect emphasizes the frame, whilst maintaining a discreet appearance that fits with most interiors.

Floater Frame

2/ The shapes:

Different shapes of frames exist for standard Stretched canvas or 3D Stretched canvas.

Floater Frame

  • Floater frame – L Shape
  • Floater frame – Stair step
  • Floater frame – Tapered
  • Floater frame with moulding

3/ The Colour Range:

Black, White, Natural Wood, with 2 colours or custom colours.

Floater Frame

4/ The materials:

Wood remains the most common but there are also aluminium floater frames available.

NOTE: for artworks on paper (photographs, watercolours, drawings, etc.) the Floater Frames is not really recommended because lighter artworks require a frame with a rigid, non-open back.

Floater Frame

5/ The Fixings:

Clips that attach to the back of the frame and canvas are very useful for securing. A future post will be published to explain the process.

6/ Your turn:

Framing up your paintings for exhibitions? If so, what frame do you prefer? Feel free to share in the comments below.

Floater Frame

The content for this post was provided by professional artist, Amylee. You can visit her blog here www.amylee.fr and her portfolio.

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