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How to Frame Your Own Pictures (Paperback)

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By Jane Warren
Imprint: White Owl
Series: Crafts
Pages: 120
Illustrations: 120 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526775719
Published: 30th November 2021

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This visually appealing book introduces readers with no previous knowledge of the craft to simple techniques for creative home picture-framing. It shows how investing in a few essential hand tools and basic materials can save you hundreds of pounds on your framing costs, and help you create high-quality handmade gifts for family and friends.

Step-by-step photos and easy-to-follow instructions - as well as useful ‘insider tips’ - reveal the secrets of DIY framing.

Ten original projects include simple techniques to frame canvases and stretch canvas artworks, make standard frames and box frames using readily available timber, and even craft a 60-minute mirror frame from a plank of wood. You’ll learn techniques for cutting mount-board and glass, and discover the secrets of easy gilding, decoupage and copper embossing to decorate your frames.

The Woodland Pie framing style is all about accessible creativity; making easy and appealing frames from basic materials and always using hand-painted or hand-made finishes.

Find out how to create a lustrous, versatile, go-to paint effect for your picture frames using nothing other than household emulsion paint, water, and wire wool!

This brilliant how-to book cuts out the unnecessary and promises to get you hobby framing in no time – with creative flair.

As someone who enjoys photography and loves the aspect of real life pictures being displayed not just on a camera roll this was an excellent book to teach an affordable and beautiful way to display your photos in a DIY manner.

NetGalley, Isla Rose Weston

This book is a very good, detailed guide to making frames. It may have you clamping, cutting, glueing, using drills and saws, or gilding existing frames, amongst other things!
I would like to have a go at making a frame at least once, and now I have the information if I ever find the motivation!

NetGalley, Jenny Lodge

If you have a lot of pictures to frame and need to know how to make your own frames, this book would certainly be useful. Eight projects are featured, with helpful step by step instructions and lots of accompanying pictorials for each one. The author goes for the handpainted or handmade styles, avoiding any expensive or unnecessary tools or supplies.

Overall, a great book for a beginner at frame-making.

NetGalley, Flora Fung

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I love this book. This one is clearly written by the UK-based author for a UK-based audience since some of the terminology is different (Using the term "rebate" instead of "rabbet," for example.). But, aside from that, I found the book easy to follow with great advice for creating your own frames, including the matte/backing for the artwork or photos, mounting hardware and advice for where to purchase materials and tools. It even includes a section on how to gild a frame: that looks like fun!

Most woodworking/DIY titles assume you have expensive tools like a table saw, band saw, and miter saw, but this book guides you through creating beautiful frames with the most basic tools and materials. I wish more DIY titles did that! People with more woodworking experience and expensive tools could still follow the steps in this book to create beautiful frames, but I think the instructions are clear enough for a novice to follow using basic tools.

I got a free copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review and I honestly think it's great. It's refreshing to find a DIY book that doesn't assume you have hundreds of dollars (or pounds) worth of tools to create beautiful frames. I give this book an enthusiastic 5/5 stars.

NetGalley, Alicia White

About Jane Warren

Jane Warren is an award-winning senior writer on a national newspaper who has written eight previous books for publishers including Harper Collins and Hodder Headline. For the past decade she has also run Woodland Pie, a picture-framing micro-business, from a studio in her woodland garden. She lives among hazel and oak trees with two children, three strange cats and a mad spaniel. Her long-standing love of carpentry blossomed during the first lockdown of 2020 when she hand-built two shepherds huts.

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