on 10 October 2004
A proper frame is of a great importance for a painting. It can either make it shine in all its beauty or simply spoil it. In spite of wide availability of framing materials nowadays, it is surprisingly difficult to find exact hues required for the balanced colour harmony that suits a particular piece of art.
If you are yourself a painter and would like to give your work a final boost, I recommend you read this book carefully and try your framing skills. For most artists who have been through all kinds of painting techniques it will be an easy and welcome new activity. Frame may well become a work of art in its own.
The book gives all necessary instructions for framing. Starting with the mechanics of cutting and gluing pre-decorated picture frame mouldings together, it goes on to more enjoyable and artistic topics of actually painting and decorating the mouldings yourself. Chapters like Decorative Mounts, Wood Finishes, Paint Finishes and Gilding as well as the Restoration and Repair are very interesting and really useful. At the end the book gives a nice selection of finished frames. I recommend you start with this last chapter. It is so rich with ideas!
on 1 June 2003
This book is excellently illustrated, and very well written. It explains the principles and practicalities of framing very well, at a basic level, and with more advanced techniques. It is well written and easy to use. It is the best book on the subject that I personally have seen, and sets you up very nicely to get producing frames!
on 8 January 2004
As an amateur framer I was greatly disappointed in this book.
I suspect that very few framers nowadays build their frames in the manner described. The generalised and at times vague and confusing descriptions of methods to be used leave the reader not much wiser about what actually to do in any given, practical situation. There is a great deal about frame/mount decoration/presentation etc with plenty of pretty pictures, but given the wide availability of framing materials nowadays this information is largely irrelevant. I thought the book was out of date and unhelpful.
Anyone hoping to learn the basic 'how-to' of picture-framing might do better to look elsewhere.