How to Frame Vintage Art Prints

There’s something inherently enchanting about vintage art prints. They carry within them the stories of bygone eras, fashioning a connection between the past and the present that is both elegant and deeply personal. But the true magic happens when these treasures are given the perfect frame.

I recently printed out several of our vintage art prints and chose one to frame for a special spot in our house. We have a growing selection of vintage art prints available on our site. You can choose from matte paper or rolled canvas. For vintage prints, I like to go with canvas.

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Choosing the Frame

For me, the frame is more than just a border for my artwork; it’s a statement piece. I wanted a frame that not only highlighted the vintage nature of my print but also had that timeless feel, so I opted for a classic gold frame. I found this frame at Hobby Lobby and it was just the look I was wanting for this particular print. The warmth and elegance of gold are timeless, and it resonates with the history that my print carries. Not to mention how it enhances the yellows and golds in the print.

The Right Size

It was crucial for me to get the size right. Frames can be a little tricky, as some sizes refer to the matte rather than the frame itself. I made sure to check the actual frame size to ensure my 11×14 print would fit perfectly without relying on a matte to fill in any gaps.

Setting the Stage

I carefully laid out my frame and the print on a clean surface, ready to start the framing process. Removing the back of the frame was straightforward—just a matter of bending back the tabs to free it. The frame I chose did come with glass, but I decided to remove it to give my vintage print the appearance of an original painting. I think this is key to achieving that heirloom look.

This decision all added a different dimension to the artwork, making it more tactile and inviting. Removing the glass was simple enough; I just carefully lifted it out after opening the back of the frame. Without the glass, the texture of the print became more prominent, enhancing its character and making it feel more intimate and accessible. This choice also eliminated any glare that glass might have caused, ensuring that my vintage print could be admired from any angle with its details in full view, mimicking the look of a traditional canvas painting.

Fixing the Print in Place

Handling my print carefully, I centered it on the backing board that came with the frame. Using double-sided tape, I secured each corner of the print. It’s important to use just enough to hold the print in place, but not so much that it might cause damage if I ever choose to reframe it.

Bringing It All Together

Placing the backing board back into the frame was a delicate operation. I made sure the print was facing the right way and hadn’t shifted. Then, I secured the backing board by pressing the tabs back into place.

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