How to Frame Canvas Art

Example comparing canvas art with and without a frame before versus after

Do You Have To Frame Canvas Art?

Amborela paintings do not need to be framed, but they can be.

Back view of canvas art labeling sawtooth hanger, bumpers, and paper backing

Each artwork is ready to hang without a frame when it arrives at your home.  The canvas has staple free sides that are painted in a coordinating color to match your painting.  On the back of the canvas a sawtooth hanger is installed, along with a dust-cover and bumpers. This is the same way a frame of similar weight is professionally backed.

Types of Frames for Canvas Art

Example of canvas art in a floater frame

Floater Frame

If you choose to frame your canvas art, you need to buy a special frame that can fit the depth of the stretched canvas.

Floater Frames: These frames easlily attach to the back of the canvas making your artwork appear to “float” inside the frame. Not only do these frames look amazing, they are ideal for textured artwork. All Amborela paintings have staple free, painted sides that look great in a floater frame.  You will need to remove the sawtooth hanger on the back of your Amborela painting before you can screw the floater frame onto the canvas back.

Example of canvas art in a deep profile frame

Deep Profile Frame

Deep Profile Frames: These frames come in many profiles (depths). You will need a frame with a profile of at least 3/4″ to fit your Amborela painting.   However, your Amborela painting will not work in a deep profile frame if it has texture extending to the canvas edge. The texture prevents the canvas from sitting flush inside a frame’s rabbet (opening behind frame molding).



Tips for Framing Canvas Art

  • Don’t use any type of glass or plastic in your frame. Glass sitting against the surface of your canvas will trap condensation inside, and damage the artwork. Your Amborela painting has been sealed with a semi-gloss finish that protects your painting; no glass needed.
  • If you choose to frame a triptych (3 piece canvas) with a continuous scene like a tree, use a frame with a thin, unornamented molding. This allows the eye to complete the separated scene without distraction.

Measurements for Canvas Art Frames

Frame Depth — This is the measurement of the inside depth of a frame that holds your canvas, not the outside. The depth is the maximum size the frame will hold. For example, Amborela canvases have a 3/4″ depth, and can fit in a 3/4″ depth frame, a 7/8″ depth frame or a 1 1/2″ depth frame.

Frame Dimensions — This is the measurement of the inside width and height of the frame, not the outside molding. Your frame should have the same dimensions as your canvas. For example, you will need a frame with 24″ x 20″ dimensions to fit an Amborela canvas with 24″ x 20″. If you order a deep profile frame, the molding will overlap ¼” on each edge of your canvas. For a canvas with texture, use a floater frame that does not overlap your edges.

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About Bethany Ogle

I am the artist creating the nature inspired paintings available exclusively at Amborela. I work mainly with acrylics, India ink, and fabric. I ooh and aah at beautiful colors and interesting textures.

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