Framing My New Giraffe Painting

As I previously mentioned, I purchased the giraffe painting featured in the mood board shown in this post. I got it from Etsy seller Bohemian Habits and she was a wonderful seller to work with. The artist even told me about the painting's subject, a giraffe named Kulula. She's the star of Animal Planet's Growing Up Giraffe and the artist met her while visiting the sanctuary. Apparently Kulula tried to lick the artist's face and eat her scarf!

Besides that fun little tidbit, I'm pretty excited about my new painting for two more reasons. First, I love it...it makes me smile when I see it. The colors are fantastic and the shape of the canvas is unique. Secondly, it was really affordable. There is nothing that I would like more than to go on a limitless-budget art shopping spree, but that's not my reality. Unfortunately, annoying expenses like painting the exterior of our house and now redoing our pool trump any art investments. So, finding this little beauty brings me the joy of original art at an awesome price.

Now I need to figure out where to hang it and then get it framed accordingly. Right now Kulula's portrait is sitting on my desk...she's watching me work.

As far as framing goes, I have a few ideas. In this mood board, I used one of Larson-Juhl's gold Sonata frames, which I like. The Musee moulding is another great gold one to consider...

If I decide to go with a more casual look, Larson-Juhl's Gallery One moulding is a conender. It's a favorite of mine for canvases because you can float the canvas on top of the bottom of the moulding. L-J's Luxor is another moulding that allows for canvas floating, although I wouldn't use it for this piece. Anyhow, the sides of my painting's canvas are finished so this option wouldn't cover those up.

Ideally I'd like to use a moulding that is a combination of the above two, but I'm not sure that option is available. If it's not, I supposed I could always gold leaf the upper ridge of the Gallery One!

What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you have any favorite frame mouldings? I keep a list of about ten that work for most artwork but I'm always up for hearing about new options!

Have a great weekend!


  1. What a great painting! I definitely like the last one with the contrast of white and gold, Kulula really stands out. Could always do a white matt and gold frame.

    Have a super weekend!

  2. She has to make you smile every time you look at her! Love your combined idea best, if it works out. She definitely deserves a little gold to highlight her beauty.

  3. My favorite is the third one by far! Clean and simple and really complements the painting. X

  4. This giraffe has become my favorite! I like the last framing option as well.

  5. Very fun. Think I like the last one best but wondering about the room in which it will hang?

  6. If you go with gold, adding some gold touch on your vase - monogram sticker, ribbon, or whatever - would add something special.

  7. I may be in the minority but I actually like it frameless. It's beautiful.