Like hummingbirds to flowers, young Max and his mother were drawn to our wall of Prisma frames. They knew that his souvenir canvas print of a Rare Longnose Butterfly Fish had to live in a colorful world, and a Prisma frame was just the home they were looking for. The stellar color choices and the slight problem solving of how to fit the art in the frame make this order February’s Framing of the Month.
Stretching vs. Mounting
Initially we discussed stretching the canvas on a stretcher bar and then fitting it in a Prisma floater frame (which is made especially for stretched canvas). However, after taking the measurements of the art we found that there wasn’t enough canvas to stretch and that the art would be displayed just as well should we mount it to archival, non-acidic board and put it under anti-reflective & UV protective glass with a spacer to separate the art from the glass.
Next came the fun part: choosing the frame style and color combinations. Max and his mother first thought they wanted to incorporate colors used in the décor of his room, so we considered various shades of grays, greens and browns. When we realized that this palette looked okay, but not spectacular, we sought out other colors that complemented the art and the room’s color scheme. In the end we found a winning combination of our newest color Curry, and a sliver of Mustard for the lip of the frame to give more visual depth.
We went with Arco because of the fish’s rotund body. Doesn’t that fish look like he and the frame could just swim away?
~Framing by yours truly!