Professional / Specialist Level Courses

Custom Framing

Details of our Custom Framing course

Course Overview

This is a two day course aimed at those who want to attempt a bespoke framing project with the safety net of expert guidance. It is particularly suited to those about to embark on the more creative side of quality framing within their business.  This will often be people who have attended a Business Development Week.

It is important that you have carried out several framing projects before signing up for this session.

Custom Framing Courses will only run at Beaconsfield, because we plan a project on day 1 and make a stock list for day 2. Clearly, we have to be able to source the stock from our warehouse so that you can complete your project. This is currently only possible from our HQ at Beaconsfield.

Each day will run from 10.00 am – 5.00 pm (there may be some overtime if your project needs to be completed)

What previous experience should I have?

It is essential that you have covered a minimum of the skills and knowledge outlined in our two entry-level courses: Basics of Framing and Mount Cutting & Decoration. It is also ideal for you to have practised a wide range of framing projects such as those covered by our courses:

  • 3D Framing;
  • Framing Fabrics;
  • Conservation Framing as these will provide a suitable additional repertoire of skills and knowledge.

Trainers will assume that you are:

  1. Familiar with specialist tools used in basic framing;
  2. Able to cut mitres in mouldings and know how to form and fix a frame;
  3. Know how to plan, mark out and cut mounts (preferably double mounts)

Of course, you may already have acquired these skills through another avenue.

What will the course cover?

The aim of the course is to give you a chance to complete a top quality bespoke framing project, as if you were taking on a unique project for a customer. The advantage of this dry run is that you will have support and advice on tap and you don't have to buy a whole range of supplies to try something more design driven than usual.

In addition to the practicalities of planning the project to a specific design brief we also try to extend your range of options further.

Day 1:

The day starts with an introduction about where and how good, creative design will add to the value of artwork.

We take you through a few more decorative skills, giving you a chance to try out:

  • Shadow and float mounts;
  • using a second layer frame for depth or visual impact
  • Adding a slip, fillet or spacer into the framed item;

These skills are then put into action as you complete two small (apprentice piece) framing projects through the day.

We remind you of decorative techniques you can use on bare wood mouldings and styles of mount and how they can be combined for a more dramatic or exciting look.

Over night you plan, in detail, a framing project for artwork provided by the trainer, taking account of a customer's preferences. This design brief will provide you with information to decide on the style you are going to adopt. You fill out an order for materials, working within a set budget, so that you can complete the project on the second day.


Day 2:

The day starts with a demonstration of colour lining and fills, exploring a range of resources available. Time is set aside for trying this for yourself before embarking on the completion of your bespoke framing project.. Throughout this session you will be able to draw upon the advice of the trainer to complete your piece. The sessions will end with a brief discussion about how well you met the design brief.

What do I need to bring with me?

For the two apprentice piece frames, you may bring your own pieces of artwork, which should be no larger than A6. Most other things are supplied: you will be provided with an image for framing. You will hopefully leave with two small framed pieces and a "premiership" class piece of bespoke framing.




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