Information on matting and framing your
print of Shekhinah
How you choose to display your copy of Shekhinah is, like any art you purchase, entirely up to you. It's a matter of personal taste and the setting where the picture is hung.
DLRobinson.com does not
offer any kind of matting or framing services. What is offered here
are some points you may want to consider.
First of all, allow me to reiterate that what you buy when you buy Shekhinah is not an original work of art; it's a reproduction of the original, which is an oil painting. For some people, whether they are framing original art or reproductions affects their display (presentation) options. Many people who buy pictures of one sort or another from a mall gallery / frame shop, department store, etc., are not even aware of the differences. Many don't really have a good grasp of the whole idea of originals and reproductions. If they have the income or background that would put them in a setting where original prints are also on display, they might get even more confused by these. If you think that you don't completely understand the differences between original paintings or drawings, original prints, and printed reproductions, I would suggest that you click this link to the page Difference between original prints and reproductions .
You have several display options:
1) Hang without framing or matting
The "poster look". Most people would prefer something with a little more
2) Mat only
A mat is a
cardboard border used either by itself as an inexpensive frame, or as
an intermediate material, between the picture and the frame. If you mat your
reproduction of Shekhinah,
you may either mat it so that the inside border of
the mat is on the picture's edge, or you may leave some of the white border of
the print showing. This would allow you to display the title Shekhinah, which
is printed below the picture. If there is no frame, but only a mat, the outside
dimensions of the mat are not crucial.
One thing you must consider when framing a picture is customization. A
custom frame is simply any frame whose dimensions are specified by the
customer or determined by the dimensions of the picture to be framed. Frame
shops and other merchants also stock standard frames --- 4x6", 5x7", 8x10",
10x13", 11x14", 16x20", 18x24", etc. The smaller print of
8.5" x 11", which is usually not a standard size for pictures and frames, but
since it is the exact size of a standard piece of business paper, some frames
are made with this size. The larger print is 22" x 28", which is a standard size.
If you can find a standard frame that you like, it is much cheaper to buy a
standard frame. Custom framing is expensive; you pay for your frame stock
by the foot, and even a modest-sized frame can run into the $100 - $200
range or higher at a frame shop. Glass, which is customary, is another item
that drives up the cost. When you are dealing with reproductions of artworks,
it is not unusual for the cost of a custom frame to equal or exceed the price of
the picture itself.
4) Mat and frame
If you bought the larger print of
Shekhinah, and framed it with a 28" x 22"
frame off the shelf (standard frame), the white border around the picture
would be showing. A mat would allow you to cover some or all of this white
border, and the outside dimensions of the mat could be planned to fit either a
custom frame with nonstandard dimensions, or a standard frame. Again, the
usual practice if someone goes to the trouble of framing something is to also
protect it with glass.