Framed Calligraphy Gifts
Framing your calligraphy poem with the many options options available means your poem will come ready to hang right out of the box. No more going to the framer, spending a fortune and taking a long time to get your finished piece. OK, it’s kind of hard to explain, but these options are not traditional framing. It won’t come to you with a wood frame around the piece, and glass over the artwork. (mailing glass is not a good idea). But it will have a fresh, contemporary look that you will LOVE!
Paper Options for Printing Calligraphy
There are even different types of paper for your giclee print. All of the papers are archival and resist fading. If your calligraphy has a large photograph, you may want a smoother paper. The newest option is metallic paper. It actually makes lighter colors shine and even glow in darker rooms. It looks amazing! And the metallic paper can be used in the framing options that you’ll see below.
The biggest problem is going to be choosing which method of “framing” you like best. The options are methods of printing your calligraphy words on a surface instead of paper. Technology has improved so much that now you can print directly onto canvas, metal, wood, glass, acrylic and even fabrics, such as T shirts or aprons!
Because hand written calligraphy is superimposed on your photography or on your choice of beautiful backgrounds, it will need to be printed. And that’s the good news, because you have so many great options. OR, you can even choose to go the traditional route and have the calligraphy printed on archival paper, and then bring it to your framer.
In the past you’d have to hand carry your delivered finished calligraphy art to a local framer of your choice. However now that I am taking my hand written calligraphy and scanning it, it becomes a digital file, which can now be sent directly to the company that will print and frame your piece and deliver it directly to you! And if you live outside of north America, we might be able to find a service where you live, which can save money and time going through customs!
Choices for Framing Calligraphy
There are also many different options for printing and framing calligraphy as well. There are so many choices, it can be overwhelming. You can see the options by clicking here.
You can see examples of the most popular ways to print and framing calligraphy. Besides having your calligraphy art printed onto watercolor paper, it can instead be printed onto canvas and stretched to give a very contemporary look called “gallery wrap”.
One type of gallery wrap is called the continuous mirrored border because the print continues on the side of the artwork, so you can see the art from the side as well as directly in front of you. There is no frame. It looks like a narrow kind of “box” without a frame and hangs directly on your wall. It’s a very cool, contemporary looking way of framing your artwork! Just open the package, put a tack or nail in the wall, and hang your finished calligraphy piece. EASY!
The companies I work with also has developed the newest approach to gallery wrap. It’s a thinner wrap, but you can still see the sides of the picture. It stands away from the wall, but it’s not a boxy look. I think it’s a wonderful alternative to the traditional gallery wrap.
Another surface that is being used for digital framed calligraphy is printing is on METAL! There are different finishes available – either seeing the metal surface, or having an glossy finish. You can also choose rounded corners or straight. It’s GORGEOUS! There’s a block on the back of the metal so it stands away from the wall. Don’t you love it? It’s especially nice for photography and contemporary tastes.
Another choice for printing/framing calligraphy is printing on actual WOOD! You can see the texture of the wood through the print. And, you can have a border of the wood around the print- which is almost like a new type of contemporary frame. Although this type of printing is a bit more expensive that the other alternatives, it’s a timeless look, and may be the best method for your particular quote and taste.
Although printing on acrylic was a popular method for artwork used in the past, it’s now become very popular, and it looks great. Light seems to come right from behind the print, especially when printing is done on metallic paper. Framing calligraphy this way is really beautiful. And now there’s also a way to print on GLASS as well!
One of the newest ways to print is on curved metal. It needs no additional framing, and stands by itself on a table or desk top.
The bottom line is: there are LOTS of considerations for alternatives to printing on paper and using a traditional method for framing calligraphy. They may actually cost less that getting a frame, matting and glass as well – and it will become your favorite art piece because it’s YOUR choice of quote/text and photography. Go for it! You deserve it.
OH My Gosh!!! It is SO Beautiful!!! My husband just saw it and was like “WOW”. I absolutely love it and know Kristen will too!! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. What amazing work!!!Mindy Price