Framing Children's Artwork
Whether at camp or at home, kids produce a wealth of wonderful artwork during the summertime, and framing these artistic feats is a great way to foster a love of creating and add a little fresh flair to your décor. To help guide us through the process, we asked Beate Casati of Charlottesville’s La Linea Bella to share her expert advice; here are her recommendations:
- To incorporate your child’s art into your “grown-up” space, choose a more sophisticated or modern gallery-style frame. Then add fabric matting or a liner to give the art an extra pop.
- White frames let the colors in your child’s art and its expressiveness speak for themselves. They also keep a wall from looking too busy.
- Consider using different colors of the same molding/frame when creating an art gallery for your child. This will add a touch of whimsy while keeping your gallery looking unified.
- Think about adding a colored mat (or two) to your child’s art to pick up a color in their room.
- For large collections of children’s art—everyone has a big box of great drawings, right?—and to unify a variety of paper sizes, consider scanning all of your child’s artwork to a 5”x7” format, and framing the whole collection in one large, multi-opening mat and frame.
- Print out a little history of the piece and affix it to the back of the frame so you can re-visit the story behind the art at a later point in time.
- Always use U.V. protective glazing when framing children’s art, since both the papers and colors they use usually fade quickly.