Tips for Framing Your John Ford Clymer Print

Tips for Framing Your John Ford Clymer Print

John Ford Clymer was an American painter who specialized in depicting heroic scenes of the American West. Clymer is perhaps best known for his scenic landscapes, which often depicted Native Americans, frontiersmen, and wildlife like buffalo and bears. If you’ve decided to decorate your home with John Ford Clymer prints, you’ll want to make sure you frame them properly.

Use a mat board.

A mat board provides a border placed around the artwork to protect it and make it more visually appealing inside the frame. If you see prints that have been framed with a white border separating the edge of the picture from the inside edge of the frame, you’re looking at a mat board. There are a few advantages to using a mat board. First, it lends a luxurious feel to the artwork so that the print looks less like a print and more like an original piece of art. Second, it prevents any of the outer edges of the print from being covered up by the frame. And third, if the print has a signature, title, and number on the bottom, the border will allow this information to be visible.

Leave more space for the bottom border.

When mounting the print on the mat board, it’s best to leave a generous amount of white space at the bottom of the print. By leaving at least twice as much space at the bottom compared to the top, you’re preventing the print from feeling top heavy. It’s more aesthetically pleasing.

Choose your preferred style of frame.

Given the style of John Ford Clymer paintings, you may want to avoid using ornate, gilded frames. Instead, look for frames that evoke the spirit of the American frontier, such as those made from weathered wood. Or, stick with a simple flat frame to let the beauty of the artwork take center stage.

The John Ford Clymer Museum and Gallery in Ellensburg, WA, is the leading destination for folks who love the art of the wild frontier. View original John Ford Clymer paintings and stop by the gift shop to purchase scenic prints of his beautiful landscapes. You can direct your questions about the museum to (509) 962-6416.