Learn more about our framing

How long have you been framing?

Image Creations of Florida (ICF), a part of My Favorite Art Place, has been providing professional high-quality picture framing, experienced design consultants and a comprehensive selection of moulding and art since the 1980s. The service we provide is complete from initial art and frame selections to the actual installation of the completed, framed artwork. No job is too large or too small.

Do you do Wholesale? Retail? Production Framing?

Whether it is for commercial or residential spaces, retail or wholesale we are satisfaction guaranteed. We offer in-house and personalized custom framing (without your important items ever leaving our facilities).
 

Do you work with the Trade?

ICF has been serving Tampa Bays design community since 1988. Interior designers, architects, decorators, artists, and galleries choose to work with us because we  deliver exceptional framing and customer service. We specialize in the ‘difficult’ to frame artwork.

How long does framing take?

Turn-around time is typically two weeks for moulding that must be ordered. Though we have an extensive amount of moulding in house and ready-mades that can be chosen and can be turned around in less time! We usually can beat that projected delivery, especially if you pay our $25.00 rush fee.  We can provide one day turn-around under special circumstances if in stock materials are selected.

How much will it cost to frame?

We can give you an estimate over the phone if you have the size of the image and can describe what you would like.  All phone quotes are rough estimates only.  If you bring in your work we will give you a free quote on a specific design!

Prices will vary with material and design selections.  

If budget is your number one concern – but you want quality custom framing – we offer a Special Framing Package that includes one mat and your choice from our special selection of frames. As the selection is always being updated –  we recommend your stopping in to see the choices. Some examples of pricing includes:

Up to size……………Price
11″ x 14″……………$39.95
16″ x 20″……………$59.95
18″ x 24″……………$69.95
22″ x 28″……………$79.95
24″ x 36″……………$99.95

We’ll always show you what we think works best with the art first. If it doesn’t fit your budget, we can adjust the design. Keep in mind that you’re going to be looking at this art for a long time. Going with what you really love can actually save money since you won’t want to re-frame it down the road.

The cost can vary depending on the materials you choose to work with! If you bring in your work we will give you a free quote on a specific design. There is no cost to you to come into our shop and speak with one of our highly qualified framing specialists.

Based upon customer comments, our prices often are less than the large craft stores even AFTER their 50% off coupons.

Do you do Art Framing for Corporate Spaces?

Image Creations of Florida (ICF) a part of My Favorite Art Place is ready to assist you with your corporate framing needs, large or small. We can frame just one single piece to an entire location. Complete re-framing and repair services are available as well, as some artwork does not need to be replaced but just needs a refresher. We can provide the prints need for framing too.
 

 

I'd like some Design Tips When Using Matting

Originally mats were neutral in color and used to provide visual relief between the art and its surroundings. One of the most important function of mats is that it separates the glass from the art or document being framed. This is important because any condensation that develops on the inside of the glass can be transferred to the piece if they are not separated, resulting in water damage, mold or mildew. Photos should also be separated from the glass because the surface of photographs is easy to damage. Additionally, some types of art, such as pastels or chalk pictures, can smudge easily and should be separated from the glass for that reason.

 

When using multiple mats, try using the same color for all layers as it can simplify the design and keep attention focused on the art

Sometimes when you make a choice to not use a mat – people will instead use a wider molding as it can help make the art look more interesting.

There are two main types of mat material: acidic, and “acid-free” (neutral pH). Most newer mats are acid-free however there are some less expensive mat papers that contain acid and one should ask about the acid content of the mats if the desired life of the piece being framed is more than 75–100 years.
 

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What is Bottom Weighting Art?

To Bottom Weight or Not To Bottom Weight – there seems to be many strong opinions on this topic amongst framers.

Let’s look at where this “rule” of matting originated.  During the 19th century, rooms in homes had high ceilings.  It was the fashion at the time to hang framed art high up on the wall.  For a time, it was even fashionable to hang the art tilted out from the wall on a long wire so when someone was looking at it from below they could better see it.  When viewed at that angle, however, the framing appears to be out of balance.  The top of the frame is more prominently exposed than the bottom. Thus – bottom weight was born.

We tend to be more practical. Our client loved this art piece and needed it to fill a space much larger than the art – thus the bottom weight of the mat was decided. (by the way – they also loved this mat color – it wasn’t available in oversize so we printed it for them – exactly the color they wanted!)

 

How do I Choose the Right Frame? 

Look at the subject matter. What predominant colors stand out? Is there a subtle saturation of a particular color that is throughout the Art? How would a complimentary or contrasting colored fit aesthetically?

What is your design style and what is the design style of the artwork?

We have a wide selection of frame choices and are happy to work with you to create an art piece that makes your heart happy.

 

What’s the best way to get ideas and prices for some framing projects?

The best way to get ideas is to bring the art or memorabilia in and we can work up a design and free quote.  Seeing the piece and talking to you about your tastes and needs will better enable us to recommend colors, textures and designs.  All quotes are free and will be retained in our computer for easy ordering once you’ve made your decision.

 

 

What is a Fillet?

In the picture framing industry, a fillet is a small piece of moulding which fits inside a larger frame or, typically, underneath or in between matting, used for decorative purposes. The intent is to help draw the eye inwards to the document being framed.

 

How about Framing Canvas Art

Framing canvas art can look good in any environment – traditional through contemporary. It is also a great way to display and preserve your art. Liners are to canvases what a mat is to a paper print when choosing framing. Both serve as a border that provides a breathing space or area of visual relief so the frame doesn’t crowd the art and the art can be focused on without distraction from other elements in the decor. Most liners today are fabric covered but the first liners were gilded.

A float frame allows you to present the art without covering the edge as a standard frame will. When used alone, a float provides the most minimal frame design. Additionally, stacking a float frame with a regular frame can give you several exciting options to choose from, and provide a whole new look for the Artwork.

Liners are to canvases what a mat is to a paper print. Both serve as a border that provides a breathing space or area of visual relief so the frame doesn’t crowd the art and the art can be focused on without distraction from other elements in the decor. Most liners today are fabric covered but the first liners were gilded.

The possibilities are endless when working with a professional custom framer. Let us know what is important to you and we’ll make it simple and easy to decide.

 
What About Glass?
 
Basic Glass – This type is the most common in ready made frames that you will find in retail stores or online. Basic glass protects your art from dust and scratches only. It does not protect your artwork from harmful UV rays or contain any anti-reflective properties.
 
Basic Non-glare Glass – This type of frame glazing provides physical protection from dust and scratches. This type of glass also has a slightly frosted glass to prevent glare and reflections. This glazing does not protect your art or images from harmful UV rays.
 
Conservation Clear® picture framing glass that offers the highest level of UV protection available in the industry.  Over time exposure to indoor and outdoor UV light rays can contribute to fading and deterioration of art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes. Conservation Clear glass effectively blocks up to 99% of UV light rays to protect against fading and help keep framed pieces brighter, longer.
 
Conservation grade protects from most of the harmful light rays. By investing a bit more in protective glazing, you will maintain the integrity of your framed art and increase its longevity.
 
Museum Glass® anti-reflection picture framing glass with Conservation Grade UV Protection is the best glazing option available for art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes.  Along with its nearly invisible finish, it effectively blocks up to 99% of harmful indoor and outdoor UV light rays so framed pieces remain clearer and brighter for longer.

Can you match the frame I bought years ago?

Very often this can be done.  We have access to a large selection of frame styles. (Hundreds on display in the shop!) Unfortunately, it’s not always going to be possible.  The frame may have been discontinued by the manufacturer, or the manufacturer may no longer be in business. It may still be available, but substantially different due to variations in wood or finishes. If you’d like a series of matching frames for graduation or wedding photos, it’s best to buy them all at once. The pictures can be put in the frames as they become available.

Sometimes a far better solution is to treat each picture individually instead of matching all the frames in a grouping. Look for frames with similar style rather than perfect matches. We can help you with that.

Will you just cut a mat or piece of glass?

Yes!  We’ll be happy to cut a mat, glass, or even just make you a frame for you to put together yourself.

Can you just re-mat a picture? Can you repair broken glass? Can you reuse my frame?

Yes, if you have a useable frame.  We will gladly cut a new mat, cut new glass, or other minor repairs.

Do you repair frames?

We do basic repairs, such as fixing loose corners, some retouching of minor dings and scratches, replacing broken glass or torn dust seals. Sometimes we can repair antique gilding and restoration work, but we would need to see it to let you know.

Do you guarantee your work?

We are a Satisfaction Guaranteed company.  If you are not pleased, let us know, so we can make it right.

Do you pack and ship framed art?

Yes – we pack and ship for our clients.

Do you deliver?

Yes!  Delivery can be arranged!

Yes we ship
 

Who is “My Favorite Art Place?”

We are a studio located at 1750 North Hercules in Clearwater Florida that houses many different art businesses. Our clients appreciate our “one stop shop” approach where they can have artwork professionally printed on art papers or canvas, artwork restored, framed, etc all under one roof.