Framagraphic is pleased to offer appointments for customers, in addition to drop-in service. Feel free to book a design consultation if you have a large number of pieces to be framed, a speciality item, or simply wish to set a time to discuss your framing options. Depending on where your artwork will be hung, and the nature of the artwork, there are different varieties of glazing that can be used to protect the piece. Each has different reflective and UV quality.

Some of the ideas for framing we would be able to discuss include:

[1] Raised float framing, [2] mat options, [3] medal framing, [4] engraved plates, [5] giclee printing and [6] plaque mounting, among others.


This is a technique we call a raised float. The artwork is mounted on a layer of foam core, raising it up off the background mat. This creates depth, as the artwork is able to cast a shadow across the bottom mat.

Running with the River, Michael Robinson, etching ed. 42/70. $490.



While functionally raising the glass away from the surface of the artwork for protection, matting can also significantly enhance a piece by bringing attention to the centre of the frame. 4-ply mat is the standard grade, however, we also have a number of 8-ply matting to choose from. An 8-ply mat is a thicker version, meaning that when cut, the bevelled edge is much deeper.  When using a single mat, 8-ply sometimes is able to make a stronger impression.

Lion’s Gate Eagle, Gerry Giroux, photograph. $60.

A double mat is another way of using matting to enhance the framing of a piece. Multiple mats involve layering one on top of another. By using different coloured mats, you can create the appearance of a fine line around the image, such as the one below. The accent colour is often used as a way of picking up one of the colours in the image. Alternatively, double matting a piece with two of the same coloured mats can be used to create a stepped look.

Breathtaking Autumn Vancouver, Anthony Choy, framed art card. $49.



Medals are often framed with a number of other mementoes that help present the life of the recipient. Photographs, newspaper clippings, objects – such as the poppy below – can all be included within the frame. Suede mats are often used as a backdrop for the medals. It creates the appearance of a cushioned pillow, imitating the way in which the medals are presented to the recipients. For WWI and WWII medals, our framers follow the guidelines provided by Veterans Affairs Canada for proper placement and arrangement.


Medal framing sample, not available for sale.



Engraved plates can be added and placed into any frame. They are particularly useful as captions for photographs, or for information about the items within the frame.

Engraved plate sample, not available for sale.



Giclee printing is a form of digital printing that uses archival pigments. The print can be made on either paper or canvas, and with the proper care, will last for decades. Any sort of digital file can be printed with giclee printing, but the amount an image can be blown-up in size will depend on the resolution of the initial file.

Lions Gate Bridge circa 1940, giclee canvas print. $649.



Plaque mounting is a process whereby the image is laminated and mounted onto a piece of MDF Board. The edge of the board has a slight bevel, softening the angles. The edge colours come in a variety of colours, including some more textured looks. The artwork can be wiped clean with a damp cloth, and the plaque is durable enough to ensure the image is never torn or warped. This process is permanent, and so it is not recommended for original or limited edition artworks. Plaque mounting is most commonly used for posters, pictures maps or flyers.

Jubilee, print, plaque mount. $49.