Fit pictures and prints in irregular Ikea frames

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Whether I am creating a gallery wall or just framing a few individual prints, my go-to frame is Ikea’s Ribba frame. It’s by far the best value for a nice-quality frame. The only problem is that the Swedish company’s sizing is different than what we use in the U.S.

A client of mine purchased a selection of 11” x 14”-inch surf-inspired prints at an art fair in Encinitas, California. The prints already came with an amazing grasscloth mat, so I headed to Ikea to buy my favorite frames. I had to get the 12.5” x 16.5”-inch frames—a bit too big for her artwork.

I took out the instructions, lightly traced my matted photo on them and painted a ½-inch blue (one of the colors we were using in the room and something that would pop against the black-and-white photos and neutral mat) line on the outside of my pencil mark.
Painting a mat
Once dry, I placed the matted photo inside my blue border and framed the picture.