Why did my print arrive larger than I ordered it / with a border?
Beginning November 1st 2018, each fine art paper Art Print is custom printed to order and comes 1” white border on it by default. (This was indicated when you selected the size during the ordering process, see below).
(If you ordered a white print, the border and the background of the print will blend together and you won't see a dividing line).
Why the border?
Including a white border is a traditional way of printing Art Prints, and it's dual-purpose. One, the border serves as a layer of protection from any damage to the fragile print paper in handling. This way, the border is damaged and not the print. Additionally, the border makes it easier for the pieces to be framed with a mat, since there is a bit more paper to handle/tape to the mat. Overall, consider the white border a physical margin of error, in every sense of the term!
What size frame should I buy?
For smaller Art Prints – 8x10 and 11x14 – we think the best way to show off the artwork is to frame them with a mat. (Also, this alleviates you having to do any trimming of the border). Just look for a frame that will fit an 8x10 or 11x14 photo. They are both standard sizes, so that shouldn't be any trouble at all. Here are two inexpensive favorites of mine:
Here’s my current fave frame in White:
Here’s a lovely one in Gold I’m also a fan of and have several:
If you chose to get a frame without a mat, just purchase a frame that's the exact size of the print without the border (8x10 or 11x14 – whatever you ordered) and trim the border off with a scissors. Don't worry – it won't need to be perfect, since the frame should cover any slight irregularities in your trimming. If you have a white print and thus can't cut along the background color as a guide line, there's an easy solution for that! Simply take the glass out of the frame, lay the glass over the art area on the print and center it, and then trace around the glass with a pencil. Then just use that line as a guide and trim out your print!
Lastly, to save you any hassle at all, remember that we offer framed prints at theartbar.co
– we do all the heavy lifting for you, and all you need to do is pick which beautiful frame you'd like! Shop our best-selling art here ––> BEST SELLING ART