I am currently working at getting ready for a show, so, needless to say, I am doing some framing. This is not something that you necessarily think about when deciding work as a printmaker, but it is an important part of the process. It is a funny thing, actually: a good frame job is invisible. Done properly, no one ever looks at the frame, or the mat, or the way the print is floated. All of the attention is on the print. Done poorly, however, and it attracts the eye. Gaps in the corners, a rippled mat, overcut corners, uneven margins… They all conspire to make your work look amateurish.
Framing is not really hard if you have the right tools. It does take time and a good deal of attention to details. Do it right and it is well worth the effort.