How do you frame a canvas? Can you frame an oil painting? These common questions and more are answered in this week’s top 5 questions!
1. What looks best with black and white photographs?
This is a question we receive quite often, and one that’s best discovered with a good amount of experimentation. In the end, the answer will vary based on how much of a value scale your image has. If it’s darker, you may want a lighter frame to showcase the darks. If there’s more white space, a black picture frame will make the piece more visually striking. A good in-between is silver, particularly our Vernona Wide (or narrow if you prefer) Tarnished Silver. In fact, we recently used this to frame a custom order for one of our contest winners. He loved it, as did his family and friends:
2. What frame pairs well with black and white drawing / pen and ink?
A good pairing for black and white art does fall under the same advice as photography, however, an art piece can generally be seen as more striking in a standard black frame. Pen and ink can really be framed in any color, though, depending on the theme of your work. For instance, a simple drawing of the ocean or rain storm could look perfect in a frame with blue hues (Clean Cute for instance.) Another idea is to go with a more textured frame like Carbon Fiber if your piece is a bit more cacophonous.
3. What frames are used for canvas displays?
Our best frames for the job include Floater Frames and our In-Depth series. Floater is one of our most recent art frames – made specifically for the purpose of displaying canvas artwork. You can see how these frames look in action below:
4. How do you frame an oil painting?
As with the above response, Most paintings and canvas work will fit best inside of a Floater or In-Depth picture frame. These are our deepest frames and offer the best look for those times you want your painting inside of a frame. Glass is not included with a Floater frame if you’re buying from us, but that’s a fairly standard method of display within the art industry.
5. Which picture frame material is right for me?
Finally, another question we hear often is “Which frame is right for me?” It’s an understandable question when you see how many we have! Wood, metal, shadow box, poster frames, acryllic easels… The honest answer is, you have to find out on your own! Learn whether the room you are presenting in will have a lot of glare, or if that’s even a concern of yours. Know whether or not real wood or eco-friendly wood is important to you. There are plenty of options to choose from most of those choices are situational. Have a look at our past blog posts on choosing the right frame. Our YouTube channel can also help!
What are some questions you’ve had about framing? Leave a comment below!
Typography meets interior decorating: designer Tosha Jackson adds Barnwood Picture Frames to her product line
The trend in typography as an art form is an increasingly popular option for home design and living spaces. The aesthetic shines in a home especially, where a well-designed group of fonts attract the eye and the viewer can take time to read the text.
Tosha Jackson of Turbogrfx makes her living by creating these typographic works of art. The big selling point of her work? Personalization. Customers send in colors they would like her to use, specific words, phrases and even the kind of material that they would like their piece printed on.
We were thrilled to hear from Tosha that she loved our Barnwood frames — not only that, but that her customers loved them! These framed typography pieces are flying off the shelves at her business – and you can see why in the images below. The pairings are absolutely perfect:
Check below to see a video where Tosha’s family and the art are featured:
You can see some popular media where her work has been featured here!
Frame USA offers a variety of options for personalizing your picture frames, from laser engraved frames to, laser engraved mats, glass and plates. Our laser engraving is a great branding and recognition gift solution for businesses and non profits while keeping your budget in mind. This is also a great gift for someone special in your life that you feel deserves special recognition or for a special occasion such as a wedding, Mother’s Day or the birth of a child/grandchild.
The most popular personalization is engraving a logo or text directly on the frame. We have a wide selection of wood frames, from contemporary styles to traditional dark woods that will create that high end look for a wholesale price. This is a great recognition award for an employee or team that will be a lasting acknowledgment of their accomplishment. We can create and edit icons or use your provided art to create a personalized gift that will look great on any desk or wall.
Engraved plates are a more traditional addition to our frames that will give it that professional look for any occasion. This is a great product for recognition awards, special dates to remember, or even to make your child’s artwork look like it belongs in a museum! A professional look for a great price!
Many of our frames are beveled or decorative, and engraving and plates are not an option. This is where a personalized laser engraved mat or glass would be the perfect solution. Engraved mats and glass give you an elegant look for a wholesale price. We can create a design or use your art to create that special gift for anyone.
While considering your options for Personalized Products don’t forget our plaque product. The beauty of the plaques is that we can create artwork with your color logo and that really makes this product personalized for a company presentation. For Employee-of-the-Month or for year-end presentations that are few options that are better than personalized plaques. Plaques are also great for the education market because of the ability to hang a product without glass. Make sure to get a good look at our plaque product and if it is new to you talk with one of our salespeople or “Live Chat” about how this product can work for you.
Frame USA is your one stop shop for personalized frames for any occasion! We are sure you will find the personalized frame that is right for you or your organization by shopping with us!
Fall is finally upon us. What better way to celebrate than with some fall photos?
Not to brag or anything, but our picture frames look great when paired with all the natural beauty of fall photos. This is most likely due to our large selection of real wood frames and eco-friendly lines. With wood being taken directly from nature, you can explect plenty of earth tones and rustic weathered looks from your picture frames.
Today we wanted to focus on some tips for getting some of the best shots when thinking of fall photography. These are great photo sellers if you’re into photography, since this time of the year provides some of the more vast ranges of color.
When it comes to fall photography, the timing is crucial.
“It’s a bear. And a deer. It’s Beer.”
For those who followed our previous post, A&E managed to separate the clip from Brandi and Jarrod: Married to the Job that involved our Beer poster.
In the clip, Jarrod was tasked with making a bar area / game room for his family that met everyone’s needs – the needs of his kids, his wife, their friends… And of course, his own. We think he did an excellent job, and the Beer poster worked perfectly in that setting.
You can see the clip below – be sure to let us know what you think!
There has long been a debate on which medium and method is best for art creation. Even at Frame USA, our artists have vastly differing opinions on whether digital art is as effective as traditional, or if traditional is as well-worth the time as digital. In the end though, we all respect one another’s opinions and talents in their own medium, but this debate has spanned internet-wide among artists since as early as the first years of deviantART’s existance.
So why talk about it if artists have generally concluded that art is art, no matter the medium? Well, there are also some distinct differences when it comes to the display of the art. (Not to mention, both sides will always have strong opinions one way or the other.) Let’s find out how this affects framing!
With traditional art, there are a far greater number of variables to consider before framing your work. If the art is on paper, you’ll have to consider the materials of the art and the paper quality while working on presentation. In digital art, the only real consideration is in how you’ll print or display your piece.
The flip side is in the actual creation of the art – many prefer the precision and “messiness” that traditional media allows, where digital art allows for the correction of mistakes and the ability to make multiple immediate prints whenever you want.
Which do you prefer, and why? Leave a comment below to voice your opinion!
We’ve had some big orders and requests recently for metal picture frames — we can only assume that their style is in high demand! And for good reason: metal frames are the perfect minimalist solution to a lot of different framing needs. From contemporary art to colorful photography, a metal frame is well worth the low price.
This weekend, we’re offering 10% off our entire selection of metal picture frames. Simply enter “allmetal” into the coupon field during checkout and you’ll save instantly! This offer ends September 15 2014, so don’t miss out on this chance to save.
Being both an online picture frame company and retail store location, we’ve learned the ins and outs of the framing business. This is not to say that we know everything — far from it! However, we do know a good deal about the difference of the custom framing process. When we released Build A Frame, we changed how custom framing operated.
In our store, retail and online custom framing are of equally high importance. Both orders are assembled with utmost care, attention to detail and design sensibility. The main difference is price point, which is different with every framer out there. Our Build A Frame process and price in the store is the same as it is online. The main difference? Customers in the store can physically see the products in person.
Have you had a great experience with either a retail or online custom framing experience? Let us know in the comments what made it unforgetable!
Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women during their lives — a frightening statistic, considering the cancer’s devastating effects. Whether women experience it directly or help their friends and family deal with the shock, organizations like the Bethesda Foundation are reaching out to help. That’s why we at Frame USA recently sponsored and attended the TPC River’s Bend Ladies’ Golf “Tee Off Against Breast Cancer” event.
The golfing event went to directly support the Mary Jo Cropper Family Center for Breast Cancer — a center that does far more than raise awareness. All donations go to assist in cancer research, direct medical care for affected patients and general support for those going through this life-altering disease.
It is because of these reasons that we were (and still are) proud to support the above foundations, and plan to do so whenever we can as a company. To learn more about the Mary Jo Cropper Center, click here.
From their website:
As the Tri-State’s leading breast care facility, we provide compassionate and comprehensive services, including screening, diagnosis, research, and the most current treatment options for breast conditions in one, convenient location. Our facility stands out because:
- We are the only local breast center accredited by the prestigious National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).
- SealOur team provides comprehensive services, including 3D digital tomosynthesis mammography, ultrasound, MRI, breast biopsies, and breast cancer rehabilitation.
- We have an expert multidisciplinary team involved in breast care and disease treatment.
- We offer convenient hours and facilities. Our Center provides on-site radiologists and surgeons.
- We offer Breast Health Navigators to educate you and coordinate care, ensuring that you have a supportive team of specially trained nurses to advocate on your behalf.
- The Mary Jo Cropper Family Center for Breast Care actively participates in clinical research to ensure the most current treatment of breast disease.
- Our staff strives to allay patient fears by delivering compassionate care in a nurturing, comfortable environment.
As most of you know, Build A Frame is a great web application used to custom-build your frame without the expense of visiting a custom framer. (When you’re spending $150 online vs. spending $300-$400 at a retail framer — the only difference is price!)
Now at these great prices, how can you be sure of the quality? Luckily, we have that covered. Our framers are top-notch experts in the framing industry – extensively trained on joining frames, cutting precise meaurements, mat selections and fine-tuning the details exactly like you want them. These framers also work for our retail store at our warehouse in Cincinnati, OH – not only are they experts in the field, but they deal with custom orders and customers on a daily basis.
Whether you’re wanting to frame a piece of art you have at home, a Posterservice art print or upload your own image for us to print, we’ll customize your piece to be the perfect fit for you. Check out the Build A Frame feature here!