The Design Process from Beginning to End

by Teresa Simenson November 18, 2016

Our skilled designers will guide you through the frame design process at a pace that you are comfortable with.  We will help you choose the materials that best enhance your artwork and your decor.   We work with you to create a finished product that not only suits your needs and budget, but that will be cherished and preserved for years to come.

We want you to love your project!

We follow proper preservation practices to ensure that your project can be displayed & enjoyed for a lifetime. Our hard-working staff has years of hands-on framing & design experience. Bend Picture Framing uses only the best conservation materials to protect your framed project.   We provide you with samples of each and will give you the information you need to make the right choice for you!

Bend Picture Framing has a huge selection of custom frame mouldings.  With thousands of frame corner samples and mat choices, we can create the perfect framing design that’s just right for your artwork. We have a complete style range from contemporary to traditional.  

Our finished projects are creatively designed and well-crafted. We pride ourselves in our quality of work and attention to detail. Take a look at some of our finished work in our Shop (or online) Gallery to see the Bend Picture Framing difference!

We are here to assist you in designing the perfect combination of matting, frame and conservation materials to beautify and protect your personal treasures.   




Bend Picture Framing has over 1500 mouldings from which to choose…from ultra modern to traditional.  With our extensive collection of natural finish or color mouldings in different hues, widths and styles, we can create the perfect framing design that’s just right for your artwork.  We will work with you by showing you samples that will best enhance your work.  We will also talk with you to learn more about what it is that you look.   Selecting the right moulding happens within no specific timeframe.  Some clients choose right away and some clients need a bit more time.  We will work with you at the pace you are comfortable with!


Mat, Liner, Fillet

Mats, liners and fillets serve a very necessary function.  Glazing (glass and acrylic) should never be in direct contact with the surface of the art. The airspace provided is preventative.  During changes in temperature or humidity, moisture can condense on the glazing, causing mold or mildew to form.  On the aesthetic side, most art calls for an inner “frame” to give the art breathing space and to enhance the overall appearance.


Mats:  The choice of mat color is a very personal process, depending on what effect is desired…dark matting tends to envelope the artwork whereas light matting seems to allow the artwork to expand.

We have hundreds of mat colors from which to choose…smooth, patterned and embossed– all made of acid-free paper, linen, and suede.  Also available: mats and mounting boards made from recycled materials and rag mat products made from 100% cotton fiber–an annually renewable resource.

Liners:  A linen-covered moulding softens the transition between the moulding and the art. It lends a more traditional tone, being used most often with oil paintings; but, can be used for a great effect in the framing of many media.


Fillets:  A fillet (fill-it) is a sort of mini-moulding which sits snug against the matting to give an extra visual effect, or as an additional lip on a moulding.  Used often with oils, acrylics and needlework.



Mounting Choice

Hinge Mount:  Fine prints require archival quality hinges for attachment to the backing. The hinges do not mar the surface of the art and allows its natural expansion and contraction within the frame.

Dry Mount:  This is a process which affixes the art to a rigid mounting board.  It is used for posters, newspaper articles and certain artwork.  It can even magically take most bends and wrinkles out of long folded up paper.

Float Mount:  The artwork is suspended within the window of a mat and the paper’s raw edges are visible.  A float mount can be used for “gallery wrapped” canvases, which are mounted to the frame from behind.  The frame is set away from the canvas allowing the edges of the canvas to be visible.


Bend Picture Framing  provides a number of glass (glazing) options for your artwork. The choice of glazing depends on the degree of conservation desired. Our conservation glass products filter up to 98% of UV rays while maintaining clarity.  We offer regular clear glass, non-glare and acrylic as well.



To complete the “protect, preserve and display” package, your art is fitted with a backing board, sealed with a paper dust cover and fitted with a hanging wire.   A hanger is provided for your convenience.  Your newly frame artwork is dust-free, secure, and ready to hang!


Delivery and Installation

At Bend Picture Framing we also offer free in-town delivery.  Framed art can be much larger and heavier than expected.  Let us deliver your completed projects to you.     If you need help installing your artwork we can also put you in touch with our professional installation team! 

Remember, we want you to enjoy the design process.  We will help you choose the materials that best enhance your artwork and your décor and fits your style.  We assist you in creating a finished product that suits your needs and budget.  We want you to love your project and your experience at Bend Picture Framing!


Teresa Simenson
Teresa Simenson


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