All about Framed pictures
Here we show you only a small hand-picked selection of pictures that are particularly suitable as a framed picture on your wall in the living room, bedroom or dining room. Please use our other various search options, whether via artist, categories or free text search, to find your desired picture. Then, if necessary, select the size and material of the print and click on the "Picture in a frame" button to create an individual framing for this picture.
A picture frame can make an art print even more beautiful and exclusive. Framed pictures come in all kinds of designs, the design possibilities are almost limitless. The picture frame is made of mouldings, which are made of different materials and have different colours and surfaces. The surface of the picture can also be designed differently with glass, foil or other finishes.
How did picture frames come into being?
The first picture frames were architecturally elaborate (had intricate construction) and had carvings. They were usually made of wood or marble, hand-painted and gilded. These frames were actually only used for altar and church pictures.
In the 16th century, picture frames became generally popular and the construction was slightly simplified.
Nowadays there are endless possibilities to design picture frames. The material of the picture frames, the surface, the structure, the colour and the size can be quite different, making it possible to find the perfect frame for every picture. The picture frames serve not only as decoration, but also to protect a picture.
How is a picture frame made?
First, the frame back is cut to the right size. The picture is glued to the back wall (the picture is laminated) and can no longer slip out of place.
In the next step, the picture surface is finished. Depending on the order, for example, a foil is glued on or an acrylic layer is applied. If the picture is to be framed by a passepartout, this is glued around the picture from the front. If an acrylic glass is desired, it is sawn to the appropriate size. To prevent dust from getting between the picture and the acrylic glass, the sides are taped off.
A classic picture frame is assembled from four individual strips. The strips must be cut to size and joined together with millimetre precision.
Wooden mouldings are stapled and glued if necessary, aluminium mouldings are fixed with special insertion brackets. Once the strips have been assembled to form the frame, the picture connected to the back wall is placed inside. In the last step, the back wall is attached to the frame and a hanger is attached.
What mouldings are available?
The kunst-für-alle online-shop offers a wide range of wooden and aluminium mouldings. The mouldings can have a wide variety of colours, surfaces, widths and heights. There are colourful mouldings, golden and silver, matt and shiny, narrow and wide. At kunst-für-alle, the mouldings are handmade into frames in our own workshop, which makes it possible to produce a customised picture frame for every picture.
How can the picture surface be designed?
The surface of a framed picture can be designed in many different ways. In the kunst-für-alle online-shop you can choose between acrylic glass, anti-reflective acrylic glass, foil finishing (matt), canvas structure foil, acrylic finishing and artist's thick layer finishing.
At first glance, acrylic glass looks like real glass, but it differs in its properties. Acrylic glass is flexible to bend, does not shatter and is very resistant. In contrast to glass, it is light and usually weighs only half as much for the same size and thickness. Acrylic glass is very UV-resistant, which makes it long-lasting.
Anti-reflective acrylic glass has the same properties as acrylic glass with the difference that it is anti-reflective. It does not reflect any mirror image or light reflections back. Both acrylic glass and anti-reflective acrylic glass are cut to size and placed between the picture frame and the picture.
Film finishing (matt) does not change the surface structure and appearance of the art print. A matt film finish serves as an invisible protective shield for an art print. It is glued directly onto the print by hand.
With a canvas structure foil, the surface of an image can be changed to give the impression that the image is printed on a canvas fabric. Of course, this finishing also serves to protect the art print and is glued on by hand.
Acrylic finishing is only suitable for canvases. The finishing is applied with a paint roller. It gives the canvas a special shine and makes the colours look a little more intense. The acrylic finishing also serves as a protective layer against UV light and mechanical stress.
An artist's thick-film finish is a particularly artistic way of designing the surface. This finish is created by a paste that is applied by hand with individual brush strokes. This process creates the impression that the art print is a hand-painted image, and individual elements can also be highlighted. The paste not only creates a structure on the surface of the picture, but also lends it shine and luminosity.
What is a passepartout?
A passepartout is a frame made of particularly high-quality cardboard that is used in conjunction with a picture frame and glass. The passepartout frames the picture or an art print and creates a three-dimensional effect due to its thickness. A passepartout prevents the glass from lying directly on the picture and thus protects sensitive picture surfaces (e.g. of originals). High-quality passe-partouts can have bevelled edges on the inner borders, which create artistic shadows and make the picture look particularly noble. The colour of a passepartout should be matched to the picture. Most mounts are white (have a white core) and can have a wide variety of colours on the surface. A passe-partout is particularly suitable for graphic art prints and drawings, as its simplicity makes even plain art stand out and gives the picture space.
Which pictures can be framed?
Basically, any picture can be framed, although choosing the right moulding and surface design is crucial for the effect. When choosing a frame, both the motif and the printed material (paper/canvas) should be considered. An art print on art paper, for example, can look good in almost any design, but a printed canvas on a stretcher frame, on the other hand, must be framed with a particularly high moulding or a shadow gap frame. The surface of a canvas painting should not be protected with glass or foil, but with an acrylic or artist's thick coating so that the beautiful structure of the canvas surface remains visible.