Art is a great way to bring interest, color, and a personal touch to a space. But oftentimes, art can be pricey, especially when it comes to custom framing. However, there is a more affordable option – to print and frame your own art – and today we’re showing you how.
Printing and framing your own art is not only a more economical option, but it also allows you to totally customize your piece to the size you are looking for, as well as the style and type of frame to complement it. And whether you prefer photography, abstract art, landscapes or portraits, there are tons of great options for art that can be downloaded and printed right at home. Ready to see just how easy it is?
Keep scrolling to see our tips for how to download, print, and frame art – and shop our favorite printable art and frames (starting at just $5).
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How To Download (& Print) Art
So you’ve found a piece of downloadable art that you love (yay!) To purchase a digital download, you proceed just like you would with a physical product, but instead of getting sent an actual piece of art, you’ll typically receive an e-mail with the digital file attached. Most purchases come with the image in multiple sizes (as separate jpg files), so you have the option of printing at whatever size works best for you.
Once you have downloaded the file, you can simply print the image on your home printer, or if you want to print a larger size, you’ll need to send the file to a local printer. Walgreens, Staples, and Fed-Ex Office all allow you to upload the file and send it to them digitally to be printed and picked up (usually on the same day) at your local store. Or, you can always add your download to an external hard drive and take it to the store for assistance in person.
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All of these downloadable options include multiple sizes, so you can find exactly the right one for your space.
1. Minimalist Black & White Printable Art | 2. Mesa Abstract Printable Art | 3. Trails Abstract Printable Art | 4. Aqua Blue Green Abstract Printable Art | 5. Desert Sun Printable Art | 6. Cattail Printable Photograph | 7. Monstera Printable Photograph | 8. Green Arches Printable Wall Art | 9. Black and White Printable Abstract – Set of 4 | 10. Burnt Orange 2 Abstract Printable Art | 11. Large Abstract Printable Art | 12. Spring Blossoms Printable Photograph
Once you’ve got your art printed and ready to go, it’s time to add a frame. The right framing can really elevate a piece, so it’s important to consider a number of factors when choosing a frame.
- The Frame
Frames come in a variety of widths and materials, anywhere from 1/4″ to 3″ wide and usually in wood, metal, or plastic.A thin frame is ideal for smaller pieces and works that feel delicate, while a thicker and deeper frame will make a piece feel more substantial and works well with larger pieces. We typically like to stick to white, black, brass and wood frames, as they work with most pieces of art and design styles.
- Glass vs. Acrylic
Frames either have a piece of glass or acrylic to protect your artwork. The size of your frame, and where it’s going to be hung will help determine which is the best option for you. Glass is going to be heavier and more breakable, but more scratch-resistant. It also provides the clearest view of the work. While acrylic is lighter, more durable, and can be treated to be anti-glare and protect from UV rays.
A mat is a separate border around the artwork, typically between 1 and 3 inches (but can be larger or smaller) A mat helps highlight artwork by separating it from the frame and drawing your attention to the piece of art. You can also frame a small piece of art with an extra-large mat to give the piece more prominence. Many frames come with a mat, but you can easily create your own using a mat board and mat cutter.
- Full Bleed
Full bleed means that the piece of art is flush with the frame, with no space between the art and frame. This style typically works best with larger pieces of art and photography or bold pieces that don’t need any additional emphasis.
Certain frames allow you to “float” a piece of art. This means the art is not flush with the frame and doesn’t have a mat, rather it is floating between the glass and either the back panel of the frame or another piece of glass. This is a unique way to show off a piece that has an irregular edge, or thicker paper with lots of texture.
The width of your frame should be skinnier than the mat. So if you have a 1-inch frame, the mat should be at least 1 1/2 inches wide to look best visually.
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To give you more framing options, all of these frames offer multiple size options ranging from 4″ x 6″ all the way up to 24″ x 36″ (which is the largest size available in a pre-made frame).
1. Thin Black Gallery Matted Frame | 2. Ribba White Frame | 3. Wood and Metal Edge Frame | 4. Thin Brass Poster Frame | 5. Gallery Walnut Picture Frame | 6. Hovsta Birch Frame | 7. Black Poster Frame | 8. White Belmont Frame | 9. Gallery Brushed Silver Frame | 10. Floating Wood Gallery Frame | 11. Brushed Gold Frame | 12. Sherborne Barnwood Picture Frame