Elsewhere, James Smith has discussed his penchant for collecting beautiful art. In this discussion, James Smith covers the best ways in which to present that art. Beginning collectors should know how to preserve and display an art collection once it has been procured. James Smith outlines some basic art mounting techniques, from matting to expensive hand carved wooden frames.
Matting is the process of mounting a print on an illustration board or thick paper panel. Usually, explains James Smith, matting is simply the first step on the way to more involved framing. James Smith says that once a print is matted, it may then be placed under glass and into a full size frame. But it is not entirely uncommon to stop at matting. James Smith notes that some prints, depending on their quality and value, are mounted on illustration board and displayed directly on the wall. Of course, this is a less sophisticated method, typically associated with posters and adolescent bedroom art. Nevertheless, matting is a necessity for any of the following types of framing.
James Smith suggests that many smaller pieces of art can be mounted in clipped glass or plastic frames. These frames are essentially protective plates laid over matted artwork. They are simple and do little to enhance the artwork itself. They work great for smaller prints, notes James Smith, and they are very affordable and attractive.
For a modern look, James Smith has used brushed metal frames. This frame choice is relatively inexpensive but still elegant. Brushed metal frames come in several colors, but James Smith says that the safest bet is natural, black, or bronze. Bronze is a very common and accessible color for a brushed metal frame. James Smith explains that bronze is not as stark as black and that its neutral quality matches the decor of many homes and galleries where the art will likely be displayed.
James Smith prefers wood frames for a more natural and classic appearance. Wood frames can be ornate or simple and stained to any shade. James Smith adds that cherry and mahogany are commonly favored materials for wooden frames. The deep, ruddy color of these woods adds a touch of age and elegance to the featured artwork.