No not the name of the next Spielberg movie in the series but an interesting item to frame here at the Petersfield Framing Studios. A gentleman contacted me about an item he wanted to frame that was rather unusual. A dinosaur footprint. "Unusual" is pretty standard for us I am glad to say so away we went. The footprint was of aMegalosaurus which apparently walked around during the mid-jurassic period. The footprint was discovered in the mudstone of Oxfordshire and then the footprint was cast in fiberglass.
However it was felt the colour of the background needed to be changed so our neighbour Dub Works (who specialise in VW restorations) sprayed the footprint a different colour for the customer.
Once the paint dried we could frame the footprint in a suitably deep enough frame painted a suitable Jurassic green and the picture was ready to hang.
The item on the left hand side of the above photo is a metre stick to give an idea of the size of the dinosaur. Estimates put the Megalosaurus at around 9 metres long. Glad we didn't have to frame the rest of it!
It is fairly difficult to introduce coloured framing materials to black and white images. It can be done especially if the framing is selected with a room's decor in mind and the pictures to be framed are creating a theme in a given room. However it isn't the norm and hence grey is a colour that we often use for framing monochromatic pictures. Perhaps surprisingly, monochromatic pictures are often the most difficult of pictures to frame as it is all about matching the grey tones within a picture. So we have just introduced a selection of mouldings to give a wider choice with regards to the shade of grey. It isn't quite 50 shades but these mouldings have been very useful, especially with lighter pencil drawings where the more subtle shades are effective. The extreme colours of either black or white could have been selected but these can be too eye catching (especially black) and could dominate the picture.
The mouldings also have a larger and a smaller profile for some of the selection which is always useful for several pictures of similar colour but varying size.