|7 x 7" frame from Art City Frames on Etsy|
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|Table Top Easel with a 5 x 5" painting|
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|This method of "floating a painting" is easy.|
"Floating" paintings within the frame opening is very practical and popular these days. You can buy a specifically cut "Floater Frames" like these from King of Frames in CA. They are still considered, for example, a 6 x 6" frame for a 6 x 6" painting. However,they are cut to allow for the 6 x 6 panel to slip right into the front.
I order my frames from Art City Frames, because shipping is free and if I order in bulk the owner gives me a discount. For a 6 x 6" painting, I order one inch bigger frame. As an example if I am framing a 4 x 4" painting, I order a 5 x 5" frame. This will give about a 1/4" space all around the painting. Instead of the cardboard backing that Linda (the owner) usually includes, I ask her to replace the cardboard with a black foam core panel, and to skip the usual plexiglas. I use double sided tape to adhere the painting right to the black foam core panel.
The practical side of "floating paintings" when they are small is that you don't lose any of the painting surface to the lip of the frame. This allows an artist to use the whole surface of the panel for their composition.
Hope this has helped answer some questions about how to frame small works for the biggest impact.