If you are an artist, or are regularly framing flat artwork on paper surfaces then the following articles and information may well be of interest to you. 

Handy Hints

Components of A Basic Frame  Download PDF Document

An introduction to the key elements of a frame, information about each aspect and the tools used in association with them.

Cutting A Single Mount Using A Logan Bevel Cutter Download PDF Document

Having cut a sheet of mount board to size, this takes you through the process of marking up and cutting a single mount.

Attaching Artwork Using A hinge Mount System Download PDF Document

This illustrates a method of attaching 2D artwork to a mount system.  It explains why you might choose this type of mount system and its benefits.  The sheet then provides step by step instructions on how to make a hinge mount, from scratch.

Planning The Dimensions Of A Mount Download PDF Document

This shows you how to decide on the dimensions of the piece of mountboard, from which you could go on to cut a simple mount.

Choosing The Style & Quantity of Moulding For A Frame Download PDF Document

This sheet provides the reasoning behind how to decide on the amount of moulding required to frame a mounted piece of artwork.  It also takes you through some of the considerations that should be made at the planning stage.

Making Deep Bevel Edge Mounts - (members only) Download PDF Document

Deep bevels in a mount create a real sense of quality and luxury in art work.  In this project we use foam core board to make the bevel strips, to which we attach decorative tapes to create a coloured or textured bevel.

Cutting Mitre Joints Using A NOBEX Mitre Saw: Part 1 Download PDF Document

This is the first of two sheets showing you how to plan, mark up and cut the mitres in moulding using a saw.  This part deals with making a mitre cut (right hand side) on each of the four pieces of moulding.

Cutting Mitre Joints Using A NOBEX Mitre Saw: Part 2 Download PDF Document

This is the second of two sheets showing you how to make mitre cuts using a saw.  This part deals with the meaurement, marking up and cutting the "return" (second) mitre cut for each section of moulding.  Particular attention is given to making sure the moulding is correctly positioned in the mitre saw block and how to use the meauring system.

Using A Mitre Trimmer to Create Perfect Joints Download PDF Document

Using a mitre trimmer along with your mitre saw enables you to create a perfect mitre: as good as the finish from a professional framer's guillotine.  This sheet should be used with the two sheets about cutting mitres with a mitre saw.

Using A Logan Studio Joiner To Create A Frame Download PDF Document

This sheet shows you how to use a joiner to clamp and join the 4 cut sections of moulding to form a complete frame.

Cutting Mitre Joints Using A LOGAN Mitre Saw Download PDF Document

The Logan Saw has been designed specifically with picture framing in mind.  This takes you through the process of cutting mitres in moulding, ready for joining.  Because of this saw's well designed clamps and measure system, it really becomes a simple task.

Stringing a Frame For Hanging - (members only) Download PDF Document

There is no single method for tying a knot in picture hanging cord. The acid test is whether it will hold the weight of the framed artwork! However, a method that works (and the one demonstrated in most training sessions) is illustrated on this sheet. 

Using Pass Through Hinges - (members only)

When you want to see the whole piece of artwork, but need to have it stuck down on to a coloured board, what do you use?  In the case of most 2D artwork, pass-through hinges will be the answer.  They are similar to T-Hinges, but the "attaching end" sits behind the board rather than being visible above the artwork.  This sheet takes you though how to position your artwork and attach with "pass-through" hinges.

Using V-Hinges to Attach Artwork - (members only)

This is used for an invisible mount attachment allowing the artwork to “float” within the mount opening. It is really only suitable for small pieces as it is basically a weak attachment. It works most easily when using a gummed hinging tape strip, attached, in part, to the back of the artwork.

Glass Products - Right Choices

NEW It's very easy to opt for basic 2mm float glass for your picture frames without questioning what's available and what benefit those options might provide.  This  sheet explains what some of the alternatives are. 


Project 1: Shadows & Depth - (members only) Download PDF Document

Create stunning artwork by adding extra depth to your work.  This project uses foam core spacers between layers in a triple mount to create a stunning effect.  It works particularly well with photographic, close up studies and portraiture.

Project 2: Egyptian Style - (members only) Download PDF Document

This project shows one method of framing an Egyptian Papyrus. It introduces a few ideas to add to your framing repertoire: cutting mounts with offset corners; pass through tabs for supporting the artwork.


Basics of Framing

Overview of the Basics of Framing course

Mount Cutting and Decoration

Overview of the Mountcutting and Decoration course

Conservation Framing

Overview of the Conservation Framing Course

Adding Decorative Finishes to Frames

Overview of the Decorative Finishes Course