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Picture Framing - Adding Decorative Finishes to Frames

The UK School of Framing - Part of DIY Framing Ltd
Course summary
7 hours
195 GBP
Full time
Greater London, High Wycombe

Course description

Picture Framing - Adding Decorative Finishes to Frames:

This is an exploration of the materials, resources and some special techniques that can be used to add creative finishes to bare faced mouldings. It provides people with the chance to try out and combine colouring agents and finishes. Practical workshops also take you through a step by step guide to a range of paint effect techniques.

This workshop will suit those who want to develop bespoke framing projects either for paying customers or to enhance their own artwork.

Suitability - Who should attend?

No previous framing experience is required although an understanding of how to make picture frames will be will mean you are more familiar with terms and references used by the trainers in their instructions.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Certificate of Attendance

Training Course Content

In this course students will learn how to prepare bare mouldings for finishes, the range of colouring agents (dyes, paints, waxes) and other products available to framers, leaf metal gilding - the materials used and the sequence of applications employed.

A series of "mini-projects", run concurrently, that look at ways of working with colour on natural wood. Three underlying methods of working are identified:

  • Applying a gesso base to provide a lighter look and more varied "patina" to a frame;
  • Priming mouldings to create a base that can allow a whole range of paint effects to be applied;
  • Working with natural mouldings directly, where the grain has an important part to play in the final finish.


We provide all tools, materials, tea, coffee and a full training manual.

Continuing Studies

We offer 5 other courses to help you to build up your framing repertoire:

• 3D Framing
• Stretching and Framing Canvas-Based Artwork
• Conservation Framing
• Fabric Framing
• Sport Shirt and Clothing Framing

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The UK School of Framing - Part of DIY Framing Ltd

The UK School of Framing - Part of DIY Framing Ltd

For fun or profit learning to frame can be a really rewarding skill. After years  struggling to find a suitable course in his quest to become a framer the founder, Duncan McDonald, built a package of courses. The UK School...

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