We're sure everyone will have their own "best of" list on this topic, but having spent the weekend digging out old photos and prints for framing, we are on a roll. While a professionally framed piece is a great gift to give your home (and the results often worth the expense), we think if you have the right tools and resources, doing it solo is not as daunting as it may seem. Here are our top 5 resources:
Good's of Evanston: "Offers a full selection of matting materials, standard and museum quality glass, and an expert and experienced design staff to help you enhance and preserve your artwork." This place comes highly recommended by many!
Lakeview Art Supply: Their "custom mat product with a ready made frame is a great way to get a custom look without a custom price." A well-loved Chicago spot -- for both materials and custom work.
Michaels: This go-to spot for crafters took us a bit of time to get the size and type of mat board we wanted; although they prefer to do the customizing, you can by any of the materials you need (just ask!).
Dick Blick: A plethora of matboard, cutting and mounting materials, and creative inspiration.
Please add to our list!