Buying frames

A frame is for the Art Auction project is important. Without it and the mat boards, a beautiful piece of artwork can look very unfinished.

While you want to spend some time selecting something for your class’ art work, don’t go crazy. And don’t break the bank. (Remember our true funds raised is bid price less expenses!)

Oftentimes a simple design will do the trick and really dress up the artwork. Something very big, heavy and ornate can overwhelm and compete with the actual art.

When to buy
  • After you complete your project. Do not buy frame beforehand unless you have a screaming deal (like a penny). Deals abound.
  • Coupons for Michaels abound.
    • They always have 40% off regular priced item each week – you can download print out or display at cashier register with your phone.
    • Custom framing coupons for Michaels and Joann’s are common as well. Look for buy 1 get 50% off. Sometimes there are buy one get one free. You will need to compare cost of this versus buying a standard frame using 40% and then a custom cut matboard. (I have not used custom framing at Michaels before because I cut my own mat boards)
  • Aaron Brothers runs similar sale like buy 1 get 2nd for a penny. Call ahead and ask when the sale is.
  • Pair up with another class and take advantage of the deal
  • Don’t wait — give yourself a couple of weeks for the framing to be done
Where to buy
  • Michaels (Bellevue, Issaquah… if you go to this location, you can comparison shop selection and pricing at Aaron Brothers)
  • Aaron Brothers (Issaquah, on the other corner from Michaels, near Costco)
  • Museum Quality Framing – Bellevue. Never use before so no reference point to share here.
Consider a double mat

The inner mat is often a color from the art piece. Helps to tie frame and art piece together. If a color mat is too expensive, a double white/cream mat can make a difference too.