Every parent believes that their childrens artwork could rival any Picasso. They are plastered on every inch of the refrigerator, taped to the hallway and collaged on walls throughout the house. So why not preserve those cherished keepsakes by having them framed? Yes, custom framed! It is the best way not only to protect that purple, five legged dog that you love so much; but also to show your child how much you value their talents. Create your own gallery and clean off the fridge.
One thing to keep in mind once you decide on your favorite pieces is that they are children's art, not a duplication print of your favorite painting! Be bold with your choices. Pick the bright color core mats that pull out the orange in the lope-sided tree and the bright green frame that matches the sky. Try a floated mat. Why not even make an adventure day out of it and take the child to the shop with you and let them have a say so in the framing process.
After deciding on the matting and frame there is one more important step- the type of glass to use. If this is going to be hung in a brightly lit area like a living room I suggest a clear conservation UV glass. The clear aspect keeps the image sharp, while the conservation UV will not allow the vividness of the image to fade from the sun and florescent lighting. If this is a piece that will be hung in a young child’s room I highly recommend plexi glass. You will not have the same protection from UV rays, but you will have the piece of mind knowing that horse playing in the room will not result in shattered glass.
The sense of pride that you have for your child's masterpiece will be magnified each day, for years to come as you stroll past that framed piece of art every morning with a cup of coffee in hand.
And regardless of the day you will forever appreciate the bright yellow frame that your child just had to have on it.