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Buying original artwork

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barefootinkitchen Sun 01-Oct-17 10:59:45

For those of you that buy original paintings, would you rather pay a bit more for something say in a nice wooden floater frame to save you the hassle of taking it to the framers or buy unframed and pay for framing yourself?
I've started selling my abstract paintings . Most buyers seem to be interested in interiors/ home decor . Prices not high end, 100 pounds to 400 ish.

JoJoSM2 Sun 01-Oct-17 12:12:11

Could you offer framed/unframed prices? We normally go with unframed so that the frame matches the style of the interior (order them online instead). However, once we bought a simple lithograph in an elaborate gold frame. The frame really enhanced the work but I would have never thought of that combination myself.

JoJoSM2 Sun 01-Oct-17 12:14:36

Actually, thinking about it, we also have a painting that came with a really unique distressed frame and when we saw it we literally loved the frame as much as the work itself.

barefootinkitchen Sun 01-Oct-17 19:11:55

@jojoSM2 thanks for responding . I know what you mean about unique frames we have bought something like that too.
These paintings are quite lively colourful abstracts so I would have to go with a simple thin but deep frame.

JoJoSM2 Sun 01-Oct-17 19:42:44

I suppose it'd be your best bet to offer them either framed or unframed.

barefootinkitchen Sun 01-Oct-17 20:52:56

Anyone else ? Please ?

intelligentPutty Mon 02-Oct-17 07:09:27

Although you say it's not high end prices. For a lot of people spending 100 - 400 on original artwork is still an 'investment'
I think if I was choosing I'd like it framed as then it's presented as it will look in my home.
And I know exactly how much I am paying.
Also the frame can really make a picture pop. (Or in fact do the opposite) and you as the artist will know what will really make it stand out from the rest.
Hope that helps.

Haint Mon 02-Oct-17 07:32:29

I think the frame is incredibly important. It can make or break a piece

Also if someone buys a painting for £100 they might not be considering at that time that they’ll need to spend the same again on a frame

I’d get them beautifully framed and charge twice as much

(I can recommend an AMAZING) framer if you’re in need of one)

KTD27 Mon 02-Oct-17 07:35:10

Framed. That's how I visualise it and it's part of what I buy when I buy art.
Also having things framed properly can cost a FORTUNE so if it's already done to a high standard I'm happy to pay for the complete piece

Justonemorepleasethen Mon 02-Oct-17 07:38:01

Framed. Can we some some of your artwork please? smile

Justonemorepleasethen Mon 02-Oct-17 07:38:16


Mustang27 Mon 02-Oct-17 07:38:48

If always buy framed but maybe offer the choice. Do you have a pic of your work I’d love to see it.

barefootinkitchen Mon 02-Oct-17 09:52:21

Thanks for the responses. I do think my art looks better framed. A customer sent me a photo today of two A4 paintings on paper she'd framed . I sold them unframed as it was an international sale but I was pleased to see how much better they looked.
For larger paintings it sounds like most of you would buy framed. I have a great local framer who said they'd do discounts for artists so maybe I should splash out and get some framed. And see how they look. I was worrying that if they don't sell, I'll waste my money. I've only started selling recently and sales are not regular.

JoJoSM2 Mon 02-Oct-17 10:12:00

I don't know how much of a discount the framer will give you but when we ordered frames online, they literally only about 25% of the local framer's quote.

barefootinkitchen Mon 02-Oct-17 10:17:51

@mustang27 @justonemorepleasethen
I can show you a photo. I mostly use Instagram to show what I'm working on. Am I allowed to post a link to that do you think ?
I worked out how to add photos now smile

Mustang27 Mon 02-Oct-17 10:27:14

They are really lovely. I have seen others posting links on homemade jewellery and things. I can’t see any real reason to object.

barefootinkitchen Mon 02-Oct-17 10:56:56

I have too come to think of it. On Instagram I'm helendean_art

JoJoSM2 Tue 03-Oct-17 10:41:40

Just had a look at your stuff on Insta and it's fab! Very easy to use in a residential setting too.

CreativeMumma Tue 03-Oct-17 13:14:36

i'm also an artist, the only problem with selling framed is the chance of damage when shipping - and the extra cost of packaging etc.

It might be worth having some framed and shown as examples of how they look.

Agoddessonamountaintop Tue 03-Oct-17 13:55:33

They're lovely barefoot. Are the smaller ones on canvas? They're fine unframed and quite robust for posting, I should think.
As an aspiring artist, can I ask: how do you generate sales? Is it purely instagram?

Agoddessonamountaintop Tue 03-Oct-17 13:56:24

Also, if they're oils, I don't think they're supposed to be under glass.

barefootinkitchen Wed 04-Oct-17 20:57:01

Hi . My question was more about the more expensive work on canvas. I was thinking a light oak frame which looks thin from the front. I do spend a lot on packing canvases - making my own boxes and using lots of bubble wrap . I need to factor that in.

barefootinkitchen Wed 04-Oct-17 20:59:03

@jojoSM2 Thank you I might look into online framing for works on paper.

barefootinkitchen Wed 04-Oct-17 21:05:17

No, I wouldn't use glass. They're acrylics on canvas . Generating sales is hard especially hard to get seen on Instagram since the new algorithm. I think marketing takes a lot of time to be effective. I know I'm not doing enough but am balanced a day job, family.
Most sales have come from Instagram though.

Ttbb Wed 04-Oct-17 21:14:52

I would prefer unframed so that I could choose sonething to suit my decor.

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