(X) Academy: How do I frame my prints?

There are various ways to frame the prints you buy from NATIVE(X). One way isn’t necessarily better than the other, it all just depends on personal preference.

First off, you are going to need to find the size of the print, the desired size/color of the mat, and the desired size and color of the frame. Also, think about your budget as well. You can usually find a quality pre-made frame for $30 to $60 depending on the size of your print.

I prefer a very simple wood frame either black, white, or the natural wood color.

Todd Baker’s Bears

The Bear IV print  is 12″x12″ with an image size of 9.5″ by 9.5″. As you can see from the product page, I photographed the Bears using two types of frames and couple mat variations.

Americanframe.com custom built the black frame and mat for $30. (The quality and look of the frames are perfect for a modern look) See my order invoice if you want to purchase this frame.

For a more rustic look, I chose a custom wood frame using recycled barn wood. This is my favorite frame of the bunch because it is handmade by a carpenter in New Mexico. You can contact Jim here and order your custom NATIVE(X) frame.

Todd Baker’s Thunderbird

The Thunderbird print was framed using American frames for $56. See order invoice if you want to purchase this frame.


Nathaniel Wilkerson’s Digital Prints

Buying a custom frame from Americanframes.com will be a great deal because these prints already come with a mat. Frame prices range from:

$15 for the 8″x8″ matted prints

$24 for the 11″x14″ matted prints

$23 for the 12″x12″ matted prints

Ikea, Bed Bath and Beyond, Walmart, Target, Amazon, Crate & Barrel, West Elm

Sometimes these stores will have deals on surprisingly good frames. I’d call around from store to store to see what size frames they have in stock and then go pick out the perfect one. Watch out for the ‘new frames’ with scratches from these mass merchants.

Also, ordering online from them can be hit or miss. After reading reviews from Target and Walmart it sounds like their frames sometimes shipped with scratches. Although the mass merchant route could save you a dollar or two, make sure they have a good online return policy or that you actually see the frame and feel it in the store.

Professional Frame Shop

If you want the no hassle most expensive approach a frame shop will do you well. They will have experts to help you pick a mat size and color along with a frame and color. Remember that a simple, solid color frame will make the art stand out and speak for itself.


More to come later. Any urgent questions-email mac@nativex.com



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