Framing Courses

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Introduction Course
  • Time 10am – 4:00pm
  • Cost £180

The Introduction to Framing Course provides you with an in-depth beginner’s course.

During the introduction to picture framing course you will be taken through the whole process of planning and designing your picture. You will be shown how to measure your picture and fill out a plan, how to bevel cut the mountboard, make the oak picture frame, cut the glass and the final assembling of the picture to conservation standards.

The day will consist of a number of demonstrations of each stage of the framing process. Participants will be invited to take part in each demonstration, using each tool in turn and gaining hands-on experience of using the equipment. There will be plenty of time during the day to practice so you will leave the course with the skills to produce your own pictures at home.

Please bring a photograph measuring 6inch x 8inch to frame during the course. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can choose a stock photo from those I have available when you arrive.

Course content:

  • The planning stage (part A) the measurement, size and dimension’s
  • The planning stage (part B) the esoteric – ambience, style, colour and mood
  • Know the key elements of a framed picture
  • Using a specialist mountcutter tool learn how to cut the mount and use for the mounting of a picture
  • Accurately cutting the four sections of the picture frame moulding
  • Joining the moulding sections to create the frame
  • The basic ways of attaching a picture to the mount
  • How to cut glass to your required size
  • Cutting and fitting the backing board and assembling the framed picture
  • Sealing the back of the picture with tape and adding a hanging cord

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Canvas Floating Frame Course
  • Time 10am – 4pm
  • Cost £160

This training course is designed for people who would like to learn how to make floating frames for canvas pictures that have already been stretched over a wooden
stretcher frame. The tray frames are designed to have a 3mm shadow gap between the canvas and the frame. This gap will give the impression that the canvas is floating inside the frame.

On this course you will learn how to:

  • Measure your picture and fill out a worksheet plan.
  • Transfer the measurements onto the tray frame.
  • Mitre cut the tray frame
  • Glue and V-Nail the tray frame.
  • Advice on additional steps on painting the frame.
  • Assemble the frame to complete your picture.

You will need to bring a stretched canvas or canvas board picture to frame for this course. Do let me know before the course whether it is a stretched canvas or a canvas board.

The material costs are based on one three-meter length of frame so the maximum size of picture that can be accommodated is 24 inches by 30 inches (610mm by 762mm). Larger sizes can be accommodated on the course however they will need two three-meter lengths of frame and so the material costs will be higher.

On this course you will construct a tray frame and have plenty of time to practice.  Please let me know the size of your canvas picture, in millimetres that you would like to frame so that I can work out the length of the tray frame required.

Tray frames on this course are made from obeche wood which will suit most pictures. Other pictures may will look better in a painted black or white frame, in fact any colour that you have in mind. While your frame is waiting for the glue to dry you will be given more information about tray frame painting and advice on where you can buy the paint locally.

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Advanced Course
  • Time 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Price on Application

The advanced picture framing course is a more specialised course covering shadow box frames and canvas gallery wraps. It also covers multiple window mounts for groups of photographs. The content of this course can be designed around your particular needs and I would be happy to include all your requirements into this course.

If this is the course you are looking for please contact me and I will create an in-depth training course to ensure all your needs are met.

Course content:

  • Measuring and cutting multiple window mounts for groups of photos
  • Decorating your mountboards with V Grooving to enhance the mounts
  • Float mounting deckle edge Papyrus art to the mountboard  
  • Making a shadow box frame to hold medals, baby shoes or sports memorabilia
  • How to gallery wrap canvas onto a frame 

General Questions

Can I buy gift vouchers?

Yes, gift vouchers are available for both picture framing and our picture framing training courses. Please contact me for more information.

What if I have booked a training course and need to cancel?

Please contact me to arrange another date if you cannot attend on the date you have booked.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

Full payment is required at the time of booking one of our picture framing training courses.

How do I book a course?

To book a picture framing training course, please go to the contact me page.

What framing courses do you offer?

I offer picture framing courses for all abilities. The ‘Introduction to Framing’ course runs from 10am-4pm and provides an insight into all aspects of framing. An advanced course is also available for specialized items like multiple window mounts and shadow box frames for medals.

I have booked a picture framing training course, do I need to bring anything on the day?

Please bring a 6inch x 8inch photo, which you will learn to frame during the course. If you don’t have a 6inch x 8inch photo available to frame, or you forget to bring one, all is not lost as we have a selection of stock photos that you can choose from on the day to frame.