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Tips and Tricks for Framing Bamboo Art

Everyone knows that your usual art paper comes from trees. This is why Frame It Easy always tries to give back to the planet. That said, even though paper comes from our tall planted friends, you might not think about where it comes from every time you look at a sheet of paper. But, not all art comes on paper. Instead, it could be on canvas, glass, or even bamboo! It’s rare that, for frameable art, the canvas on which it is painted is its main feature. But for bamboo art, this is the case, as the canvas is its namesake.

Because of this, when you display your bamboo art, you’re putting the canvas on full display, rather than what’s being printed on it.

So, if you have bamboo art that you want to display on your walls, let’s talk about the best options to do that. If you are unfamiliar with bamboo art, don’t worry, we will go over that as well!

What Is Bamboo?

bamboo plant

So, while we called bamboo a type of wood earlier in this post, technically it’s not wood at all. It’s grass! In particular, you can find it in tropical parts of the world. Outside of its appealing aesthetic, it grows fast, too! Even once you cut it, it continues to grow.

Bamboo has many different uses, such as, furniture, baskets, cloth, paper, food, and yes, art!

Where Did Bamboo Art Originate?


Bamboo art originated in eastern Asia — mainly in China, Korea, and Japan. This is due to it just being vastly available there. In Japan, in particular, bamboo paintings were done in the 1600s for members of the country’s elite class. Even though it first appeared in Asia centuries ago, it has since exploded in popularity in western countries.

What Frames Would Work Best With Bamboo Paintings?

The average thickness of bamboo is around half an inch. That said, things fluctuate, and wood can be cut down to being thinner. If you’re dealing with the average thickness of bamboo, though, you’re likely going to need a shadow box frame to display your painting. Unfortunately, we don’t make shadow box frames at Frame It Easy.

That said, if the thickness of your painting is 1/4″ or less, we can absolutely accommodate it. Given that your average piece of paper is about half of a millimeter thick, our frames can still handle thicker art.

Outside of the mechanical aspects, it would just depend on what frame you’d want, and what you think would look best. Again, while bamboo isn’t technically a “wood,” we think getting a wood frame to go along with the bamboo would look great. In particular, our Dayton natural wood frame style would go great with any bamboo painting.

In particular, the Dayton in black, we think, would compliment the inky tones and silhouette-type drawings often seen in these works of art. That said, our wood frames can only accommodate up to 1/8″ thick. If your bamboo art is between 1/8″ and 1/4″ in depth, a metal frame would be best. All our metal frames, though, are available in black, and would compliment those shadow-like tones.

Bringing It All Together

Not all art is made on traditional paper. Bamboo is a fast-growing, popular type of grass that can be used as a great canvas to make art. And you know what we like to do with great art, hang it on a wall! Bamboo art is no exception.

Have a finished piece that you want to show us? Share it with us on social media! We love seeing your completed projects.

Tips and Tricks for Framing Bamboo Art

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