Framer Training

David Wilkie GCF is now passing on his knowledge and experience by offering a number of training courses for advanced skills in picture framing. Usually taking place over one or two days they are aimed at framers already familiar with the basics wishing to learn or perfect new techniques. David is currently an instructor at the Wessex School of Framing, this five day course is an excellent introduction to professional level framing.

A framer for over twenty years David is a multi award winning framer, including eight Fine Art Trade Guild(FATG) Framing Competition wins. He has trained many framers through the Wessex School of Framing and his business who have also gone on to be competition finalists and winners. In 2016 Kevin Nihill won both FATG competitions and Rachel Wilkie won the Gunnar International competition for the second time.

All framing courses are flexible and taylored to individual requirements, elements from different courses can also be included and if you are looking for something specific please ask. Elements of design and colour theory are included in all training as standard. Email or call and we can discuss a program. Contact.

Le Mans Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar D Type
Gunnar F1 Hybrid CMC
Gunnar F1 Hybrid CMC computerised mount cutter
Gunnar Framing Competition Winner
Gunnar Framing Competition Winner

Rachel Wilkie's 2016 winning AC/DC entry on a music theme.

Gunnar Framing Competition Winner
Gunnar Framing Competition Winner

2015 entry by Rachel Wilkie on the childhood pass times theme.

Gunnar Framing Competition Winner
Gunnar Framing Competition Winner

David Wilkie's 2014 piece, where everyone framed the same Shelli Graham print The Sky Snatcher.

Gunnar Creative Mount Cutting
Gunnar Creative Mount Cutting

Designed using the GMC software and cut on a Gunnar F1 Hybrid.

Art Deco Mount
Art Deco Mount
SAS Who Dares Mount
SAS Who Dares Mount

All the design was done using Gunnar GMC software.

Games Maker Collection
Games Maker Collection

Numerous techniqes are required in framing challenges like this.

Olympic Ticket Collection
Olympic Ticket Collection

This was an exercise in encapsulation where each ticket is float mounted without any adhesive touching the tickets.

Silver Dagger
Silver Dagger

Object mounting, fabric covered padded mount and fabric covered spacer frame.

WW1 Object Framing
WW1 Object Framing
Shirt Framing with Encapsulation
Shirt Framing with Encapsulation

The program and tickets were encapsulated before mounting.

Boxing Shorts and Glove
Boxing Shorts and Glove
Traditional Gold Line Decoration
Traditional Gold Line Decoration
Full Line & Wash Mount Decoration
Full Line & Wash Mount Decoration
Complete Line & Wash Mount
Complete Line & Wash Mount
Hand Coloured Marbled Mount Surface.
Hand Coloured Marbled Mount Surface.
Nel Whatmore Framed Print Detail
Nel Whatmore Framed Print Detail

Close up of hand decorated mount surface paper, you can also see the custom made rainbow bevelled mount board.

2013 Award Winning Mount Design
2013 Award Winning Mount Design

A combination of modern and traditional framing techniques. The outer line with lamp detail was done using a the pen tool on a Gunnar computerised mount cutter while the inner lines and wash were done by hand using a ruling pen and watercolour.

The content for this course is geared to your requirements whether a novice new to Gunnar machines and software or an experienced user looking to get more creative.

Review of machine buttons and functions.

Machine settings and set up.

Common functions.

Creative use of layers.

Multi aperture layouts and alignment.

Drawing and designing custom shapes.

Using the Pen Tool.

3D Object Framing

This concentrates on the different methods available for attaching and stabilising objects for framing. Then once mounted accommodating them in a frame and the various methods of extending and stacking frames and spacing mounts. There will be particular emphasis on encapsulation using polyester sheet (mylar/melinex). Framing sports shirts and other sports memorabilia will also be covered.

Mount Decoration & Cutting

Here we will cover different ways to enhanse a standard mount with the use of various materials and colour.

Coloured bevels

Surface colouring

Traditional line and wash

Shadow effects

Off set and decorative mount cutting

Decorative inlays.

Business Start Up

David Wilkie GCF has been a professional framer for over twenty years, running busy High Street framing workshops and art galleries, relocating 3 times. He has considerable experience running a framing business setting up workshops and galleries. David is available to consult on location, workshop layout, equipment, suppliers, materials or any business aspects as required from one day to on going support.

Dates, Prices & Location

Dates are by agreement and can be during the week or at weekends. Training starts at £120 per session and £60 for a second person, full days are usually 9.30 till 4.30 with a light lunch included. They take place in my home workshop in the village of Silverstone, Northamptonshire. Located close to the M40 and M1 and the nearest rail stations are Milton Keynes, Banbury and Oxford. I can also attend your workshop subject to travelling and accommodation requirements.

8 Fine Art Trade Guild Framing Awards

If you would like to discuss any training courses or have any questions , please get in touch, just Contact us.