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Introduction to Frame Making

A course by El Pez Enmarcado
Designer and Framing Artist. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined July 2019
, Designer and Framing Artist

Learn basic techniques to build frames that highlight your pieces and make them shine

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (733)
  • 17048 students

Learn basic techniques to build frames that highlight your pieces and make them shine



Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (733)
  • 17048 students
  • 14 lessons (2h 53m)
  • 14 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

They say that the packaging is just as important as its contents. For Coy Aballay, the mind behind El Pez Enmarcado, the frame around a work of art should be functional, but also needs to showcase the piece and make it stand out from its surroundings. With over a decade and a half of experience, she's framed everything from paintings and prints to photographs and objects. Her education in graphic design and photojournalism helped her develop a keen eye for her craft, finding the perfect balance between the artwork and its frame.

In this course, learn how to build a box frame for an image or object of your choice. Coy guides you through the entire process, from selecting the piece for display to taking measurements and piece-by-piece assembly.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Presentation
  • U2
    U2. Preparing the materials
  • U3
    U3. Learning to frame
  • U4
    U4. Final tips
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin by getting to know Coy, the mind behind El Pez Enmarcado. She tells you about how she built a career in framing and shares her biggest influences.

Continue with an introduction to the most commonly used frame styles and get an overview of the tools and materials you need to build one. Learn about the differences between types of strips and how to enhance them with color and style. Then, see what a mat board is used for and choose the photo, print, or object for your final project.

Measure your selected composition already in place on the mount and get to framing! Learn how to cut the strips and slats with a miter saw, as well as glass for the front and medium-density fiberboard (MDF) for the back.

Coy then teaches you how to nail these parts together using a wooden base to make the process easier. Move on to sanding and painting your frame, exploring different materials and techniques.

Finally, discover how to fit everything together, close your frame, and add a wire so you can hang it wherever you'd like. Coy rounds out the course with some tips on finding inspiration for future projects and tricks for making a series of frames.

What is this course's project?

Build a medium-sized box frame (depends on your chosen item) for a photograph, print, artwork, or object using wooden strips, slats, and a mount. Add a layer of paint or varnish and it's ready to hang!

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who loves working with their hands and wants to learn the art of framing. This course is also great for anyone who wants to understand the process and materials involved to design their own frames and commission them to be built.

Requirements and materials

This is a beginner's course, so no framing experience is required.

In terms of materials, you need a hand miter saw for cutting, wooden strips and slats, a ruler, a pencil, carpentry glue, small- and medium-sized nails, clamps, wire, screws, pliers, a hammer, a cutter, sand paper, packing tape, paper and card stock, and an image or object of your choice to frame.


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El Pez Enmarcado

A course by El Pez Enmarcado

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Designer and Framing Artist

Coy Aballay is the founder of the framing workshop El Pez Enmarcado. Throughout her career, spanning more than a decade and a half, she's framed everything from paintings and prints to photographs and objects using 100% handmade, custom frames. Before getting into the framing business, Coy studied graphic design and photojournalism, which helped her develop a keen eye for her craft and find the perfect balance between the artwork and its frame.

Her clients include illustrators, photographers, artists, and people who simply enjoy small-format art and decoration. She collaborates with Galería Mar Dulce and has built frames for a variety of exhibitions there; she has also worked with the brand VER making both classic and light-up frames in a range of sizes for their locations.


Content

  • U1

    Presentation

    • Introduction
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Preparing the materials

    • Framed styles
    • Materials and tools
    • Composition and image selection
  • U3

    Learning to frame

    • Learning to cut
    • Nail and sand
    • Paint and polish
    • Cut glass and bottom
    • Close Frame 1
    • Close Frame 2
  • U4

    Final tips

    • Tips for framing in series
    • To hang pictures
  • FP

    Final project

    • Framing Initiation

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

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The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Introduction to Frame Making. Craft course by El Pez Enmarcado Best seller

Introduction to Frame Making

A course by El Pez Enmarcado
Designer and Framing Artist. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined July 2019
  • 98% positive reviews (733)
  • 17048 students