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).
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.
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.
2/ The shapes:
Different shapes of frames exist for standard Stretched canvas or 3D Stretched canvas.
- 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.
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.
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.
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