As an artist I often face the dilemma of whether to frame my paintings, or leave them with painted boarders. Cost definitely comes into play and can effect the decision, especially with larger works. I know a number of artists who frame the works themselves. Maybe this is something to think about for the future! For now Im happy getting all of my framed prints professionally done, and a number of my mid size and smaller paintings. I think if its done correctly, framing can really set the work off and make it sing!