I get a lot of questions about framing & mounting options — and there are so many choices. But here are several options you might consider when framing your artwork.
You can also see an example of how I like to frame these prints here: Artist Proof Examples
$10 – $50
BH Photo has a ton of inexpensive frames to choose from…and you can keep the price well under $50.
$50 – $99
Next up would be a more DIY route. I would try to find a 18″ x 24″ frame at Michaels, Target, Hobby Lobby, etc., for framing & mounting. Hopefully one that’s on sale — or even on clearance. Then, just have a custom matte board cut to fit the poster and the frame. I have the inside of the matte cut to 12-3/4″ x 18-3/4″, which is enough to hold the print down, but still display the number, signature and date. You could add a second matte for a more substantial look, and I would have that cut at 12-1/4″ x 18-1/4″. With one or two mattes, you can choose the color(s) to match the print, the frame, and or your decor. I’ve found Hobby Lobby to be the least expensive place to have matte boards cut.
Then you just need a little double-sided tape, a ruler and a little patience to mount the poster to the backer board, over lay the matte board(s). Then, slip it back in the frame and tighten down the tabs in the back to hold it all together. You might also want to buy a wire hanging kit at the craft or hardware store. Usually with two screws, you can attach the wire so it’s ready to hang! Depending on your frame choice and number of matte boards, it’s possible to go this route for $50 – $99.
$99 – $125
Otherwise, I might check in to framebridge.com. Their service gives you choices for framing & mounting as well as matte boards, and will do all the work for you. And they ship it back to you for a flat fee. An 18″ x 24″ frame size should run $99.00. You can add matte boards and features, too, for a more custom look.
$125 – $175
The other option is to use an on line frame shop like pictureframes.com. Here you also have complete control over the look and feel, and to some degree, the cost. You can have them frame it, or send the materials to you, if you still want to go DIY. I use them a lot and choose archival foam core and double matte boards, heavy-duty UV resistant acrylic and wood frames, and this usually runs about $150.
$175 and up…
On the more expensive side, you could either take it to Michaels, the Great Frame Up, or other local framer and have them create a complete custom frame of your choosing. And of course, they would do all the work! There are so many options — and I recommend you wait for their sales (often 70% off). It’s hard to give you a cost, but you’re probably starting at $150 and going up from there.
Hope that helps!!!