A few weeks ago, after seeing a post on the Jackson's Art Facebook page
, I ordered a ready-made lime frame and panel set from their website.
All artist's know that framing is a tricky business - too cheap and the painting looks, well....cheap - but too expensive and you don't make any money from the sale, especially when starting out and you need to keep prices affordable to establish yourself (there's no point pricing yourself out of the market before the get-go!).
Typically I order frames from 2-3 different companies, depending on the media I am using and the surface.
For my wildlife coloured pencil drawings I order my frames from The SAA
(The society for all artists). I've ordered 25+ of these over the last few years and only once was there an issue with the frame, where it had twisted slightly. They are a great frame for the price, good quality with float glass too - and I've never had any smashed glass on delivery either, so well packaged too!
For canvases I typically order online from Picture Frames Express
. Again, the quality from this company is always great, and having the ability to preview my work 'in frame' online really helps to find the right frame for the image. It typically takes less than a week from ordering to receive the frame, and it's always well packaged and fits perfectly.
So I was intrigued to see how these new Jackson's frames compared to my usual frames.
Out of the packaging I'm impressed by the quality of the frame - it is very well made. The lime wood moulding is thick and sturdy, so there's no warping in the frame when placed on a flat surface.
The mitred corners are perfectly formed, with clean cuts and no marks or dents anywhere. On the inside of the moulding self-adhesive foam tape has been pre-installed - all I need to do is removed the protective green covering to reveal the sticky side which will adhere to the panel.
The panel itself is a Jackson's Art premium cotton canvas board, 10"x8", which consists of universally primed 240gsm (7oz) canvas glued to a 4mm board, with the canvas wrapped around the edges.
You can see a video of my painting I created on the panel over on my Facebook page here
The panel fits into the frame with an approximate 5mm gap all around. This gives the illusion of the panel floating in the frame, which looks very good. The tape is foam backed, which allows you to press the panel onto the tape and provides a better hold than standard double sided tape. The hold is very good, and I'm not expecting the panel to move at all. The frame comes with two D hooks and screws and hanging cord.
I have to say I am really pleased with how well the painting looks in the frame. The frame is of a very good quality, made very well with no issues with fitting the panel within the frame. The set is currently being offered at £24 which is a steal in my opinion. If you are creating lot's of smaller works, especially if you are a plein air artist and typically work on 10"x8" panels then I think this is one of the best options out there for you. It's definitely an affordable way of framing work to a high standard and won't look out of place with more expensive frames.
Disclaimer: this blog post has not been sponsored by any of the companies mentioned and all views expressed are solely mine alone