Framed Oil Paintings and Picture Frames
Oil paintings are either painted on canvases or on wood boards. For a canvas oil painting the first step to make it ready for hanging is to stretch it - which is a process of tightening and mounting the canvas over a wood frame. A stretched oil painting or an oil painting that was painted on board can be hanged on wall directly without a picture frame, especially for modern and abstract oil paintings. However, for traditional and realist oil paintings, picture framing can add beauty to the paintings. The process of adding the stretched painting or board painting to a picture frame is called framing. And the finished product is called framed oil paintings.
Picture frames have a long history and earliest frames may even date back to 2nd century A.D.. Picture framing is a centuries-old technique used to enhance the beauty of art and paintings. Actually, similar techniques are also used to decorate walls, from palaces to ordinary residential homes. From this perspective, it is safe to say that framing itself is a kind of art. A picture frame's style can say a lot about the art that it contains. With the creative use of moldings, a picture frame can emphasize various aspects of an oil painting and complement both its colors and style. To make a superb picture frame needs a combination of fine carpentry, aesthetics, and excellent interior design. At BeyondDream Art, we have thousands of beautiful low priced framed oil paintings available for sale at various styles and colors.
What are the Picture Frames Really Made of ?
Lots of people love framed oil paintings and picture frames, but many of them do not have good understandings what are the materials of the picture frames. They often heard people said something like "this is a wood frame" - so what does that means and what are the picture frames really made of?
Traditionally picture frames are made of woods such as oak, pine or even lime - they are still the most common materials even up to today, although other materials such as metals, plastics, or even cardboards, clay and other special materials are also been used. Currently mass-production picture frames on the market are mainly three-types: 1) Pure Solid Wood Frame; 2) Wood Frame With Moulding; 3) Plastic Frames.
Pure Solid Wood Frame: Frames are 100% made of natural woods, no other materials are used, except in some cases the frames may be painted to other colors for the finish. Pure Solid Wood Frame also have two types:
- Simple Plain Wood Frame: this type of frame is usually made of cheap, simple and plain wood - without fancy pattern or carving. We can just cut it and then form a frame. After it is finished, we can either paint it, or do nothing and leave it at natural colors. This kind of frame is not expensive; some people like it natural and simple style, and are very good for certain style of artworks.
- Exquisite Wood Carving Frame: if you think the above Simple Plain Wood Frames are too simple and too boring, here we have another type of wood frame: they are usually made of expensive and good wood, and are meticulously been carved by craftsman to exquisite patterns - either by hand or machinely. Because it takes lots of time to carve a wood frame, and also because usually the wood using are high quality and expensive, this kind of frame costs lots of money.
Wood Frame With Moulding: If you do not like Simple Plain Wood Frame's simplicity and love frames with sophisticate beautiful patterns. And also you do not want to spend too much money to buy expensive wood carving frames. Here comes the most popular picture frames on the market - Wood Frames With Moulding. These frames' inside materials are plain woods, over the wood are covered by a layer of gilded plaster mouldings - which can form many elaborate and exquisite patterns. These frames come in a variety of profiles, some exquisite and others are simple - in lots of different colors and styles. They have the same or even more beauty than the wood carving frame while are less expensive than them - that's why they are the most popular. Most time people are still calling them "wood frames". All picture frames for sale at BeyondDream Art belong to this type.
Plastic Frame: When people are talking about plastic frames usually they mean polystyrene frames (or PS Frame in short ). Polystyrene molding frames (also called plastic injection mouldings) are essentially picture frames made of plastic. They are far less expensive than comparable wood mouldings yet when hanging on a wall are completely indistinguishable from wood mouldings. In other words, they look exactly the same but cost much less. However, they are not as durable as wood moulding frames, and are prone to warping and cracking - that's why many people think they are the synonym for low quality.
At BeyondDream Art, we have many cheap framed oil paintings for sale with discount prices. Currently we have three types of moulding wood frames:
- Ornate Antique Dark Gold Wood Frame
- Gold Leaf Wood Frame with Deco Corners
- Gold Wood Frame With Linen Liner