Framing Artwork

Color and quality can vary greatly from digital submission to printer and from printer to printer. It is important that the final artwork reflect what the jury has seen. This often requires using a professional printing service to make your final print. Large-format printers invariably deliver better results.

Suggested professional print output: It is also important to have your final artwork professionally framed and safely delivered. Many beautiful artworks have arrived damaged because packaging and framing were inadequate. When you build a crate to ship your work, please follow these guidelines.

Materials: 1. Measure framed piece.
Example: 28 3/4 inches x 33 7/8 inches x 2 3/8 inches

2. Add _-inch clearance to height and width and _-inch clearance to depth.
Example: 29 inches x 34 1/8 inches x 4 5/8 inches

3. Add 2 inches to new size.
Example: 31 inches x 36 1/8 inches x 4 5/8 inches
This is the interior size of the box.

4. Rip Resong to correct width (4 5/8 inches). Cut and build box as shown in Diagram A. (Add _ inches to interior.)

Example: 31 inches + _ inches =31 _ inches x 4 5/8 inches = 2 pieces
36 1/8 inches + _ inches =36 7/8 inches x 4 5/8 inches = 2 pieces

5. Cut luan pieces, 2 @ 31 _ inches x 36 7/8 inches.

6. Build box using all-purpose screws to join and wood glue.

7. Glue and nail luan to bottom (use 1 1/8-inch nails with heads).

8. Cut dow boards.
Use measurements from instruction #3 for height and width.
Example: 31 inches X 36 1/8 inches.
Use measurements from instruction #2 for sides.
Example: 2 3/8 inches x ? and subtract 1 inch from #3 measurements for strip length. Example: 2 3/8 inches x 30 (2 pieces) and 2 3/8 inches x 35 1/8 inches (2 pieces)

9. Cut linen strip 4 inches wide x approximately 10 inches added to shortest interior side of box for pull-out strip.

10. Install foam into box.

11. Lay pullout strip inside and over edges.

12. Install framed art padding corners and sides (use thin green packing foam strips or other thin packing material) See Diagram B.

13. Install top piece of foam and attach top using _-inch #6 Phillips screwdriver and drive wood screws and #6 finish washers to close. (Space approximately 6 inches apart.)

14. Using a belt sander, ease together edges of box.

15. For ease in handling, 3-inch wide wooden "handles" can be added. See Diagram B.