Finished Unframed

My finished artwork I leave unframed, so you can decide how to present it.  Almost always, I make the edges presentable as well, and in some cases the work call for being exhibited with exposed edges.

The size of unframed artwork relates to the surface dimensions of a single piece that itself might be a part of a set (e.g. of a diptych). Sizes of artwork grounds I use range from miniatures to wall painting and drawings over 30 inches.

The size groups are arranged by the longest dimension - height or width:

  • Miniature artworks - fine art in extra-small size - are under, about, or a little over the letter or A4 sizes - less than 12 inches (~30 cm) .
  • Standard - over 12 to 20 inches (~30-50 cm).
  • Large - over 20 inches (50+ cm). 

The size of each artwork will be given on its page.


Special Sizes of Art Grounds

Cotton Rag Paper

Loose sheets of 100% cotton French and Italian watercolor paper sheets usually come in Imperial sizes.

  • 1/1 Full Imperial is ~ 30 × 22 inches or 76 × 56 cm,
    somewhat smaller than metric A1 (841 × 594 mm or 33-1/8 × 23-3/8 inches).
  • 1/2 Half Imperial is ~ 22 × 15 inches or,
    a little smaller than A2 (420×594 mm or 16-1/2 x 23-3/8 in).
  • 1/4 Quarter Imperial is ~ 15 × 11 inches,
    comparable to but smaller than A3 (420 × 297 mm or 16-1/2 × 11-3/4 in).
  • 1/8 Imperial is ~ 11 × 7.5 inches, a bit narrower than Letter ANSI A (11×8.5 inches or 279.4×215.9 mm), and shorter and less narrower than A4 (297 × 210 mm or 11-3/4 × 8-1/4 inches).
  • 1/16 Imperial is ~ 7.5 × 5.5 inches, close to metric A5 size (148 × 210 mm or 5-7/8 × 8-1/4 inches).

Other useful sizes:

A0 size (841 × 1188 mm or 33-1/8 × 46-3/4 in) is big: nearly 3 × 4 feet.

Metric System

Metric measurements are used in most countries in the world, the important exceptions being USA and Canada.

Metric paper sizes are also known as:

  • SI (Système international (d'unités), The International System of Units), or
  • DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung, the German Institute for Standardization).