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Offering picture frames, posters, art and more for over 30 years! www.frameusa.com has a great selection, low prices, fast delivery and friendly staff.

At Frame USA, we champion our craft. We make all of our art, frames, and more inside our warehouse. All wood frames produced from Frame USA are 100% made in America! We take great pride with that because not only are we able to produce everything in house, we are still able to offer highly competitive prices.

November Charity of the Month: The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army

Founded in 1865 in London by William Booth, The Salvation Army is present in 127 countries and operates 7,546 centers in the United States alone. The Salvation Army is dedicated to fighting hunger, addiction and poverty by meeting peoples physical as well as spiritual needs. The work of the Army is funded through corporate contributions, kettle donations and the sale of goods donated. These donations are used to establish and run disaster relief, anti-human trafficking, various children’s programs, food distribution and more.

From their website:

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to The Salvation Army in appreciation for your online order for the month of November.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

 

Color Picture Frames and When to Use Them

The frame around a picture or a piece of art is a terribly underrated portion of your artwork. A picture frame is often as crucial an element as the artwork itself, being that it houses said art and will affect how people take in your work. Color picture frames can be instrumental in bringing artwork to life!

When selecting a color picture frame it is particularly important that you pick a frame that does not distract from what is being displayed. Choosing a white picture frame or a gold picture frame is a guaranteed way to make your art pop, you just have to be mindful not to select a frame that clashes with what’s being hung.

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Notice how the frame changes the appearance of the images

It is wise to stay away from photo frames that are a similar color to the artwork that going to be inside it. Casing a light piece of art in a dark frame is common because contrast is a nice way to separate your art and frame. Additionally, using a complementary color for your picture frame helps your art pop and makes the colors look livelier.

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Complementary Color Wheel

Our Colori Picture Frame Series is a fantastic choice for when you’re looking for a brightly colored frame to electrify your art.

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Colori Picture Frames

Put these tips into action when framing your next picture and find out how easy picture framing really is. If you have any questions, we over here at Frame USA would be more than happy to assist you. Good luck on your next project.

DIY Picture Frames – Hanging Photo Collage

As of late hanging picture collages have become increasingly popular. If you have an abundance of pictures laying around then this is a great way to display those pictures without cluttering your walls with a ton of picture frames. What also makes this diy picture frame project nice is that it’s very easy to swap out and update pictures whenever you feel the need, so you can change the aesthetic of your room as often as you’d like.

Hanging Photo Collage
Hanging Photo Collage

This project is rather simple and requires very few items. Things you will need to complete the DIY Hanging Photo Collage:

To begin this project you need to figure out how many rows of pictures you want inside your frame. Once you decide that, you’ll need two hooks (or screws) per row in order to properly hang them. On the back of your picture frame is where you’ll attach the hooks. After the hooks are attached evenly on parallel sides, you fasten the wire to said hooks. Remember to make your wire as tight as possible, the less slack the better, so your pictures won’t sag.

Finally, you take the clothespins, clip the pictures to the wire and voila, you have successfully made your own DIY Hanging Photo Collage. There are other little things you can do to spice up your collage such as: painting the clothespins that you use to hold onto the photos, decorating the picture frame, printing the photos on different color paper, etc.

Hanging Picture Collage
Hanging Picture Collage

 

Send us pictures and let us know how your hanging photo collage turned out. Then check back in with our Frame USA Blog for more DIY Picture Frames and ideas.

 

DIY Picture Frames – Chalkboard Picture Frame

A lot of people have old picture frames lying around with nothing to put in them. If you have run out of artwork or pictures for framing or simply enjoy do-it-yourself projects, then our DIY chalkboard picture frame tutorial is just the thing for you.

Chalkboard Picture Frame

If you don’t have an abundance of picture frames lying around then you should head over to our Frame USA closeout section for a variety of very affordable picture frames.

Chalkboard picture frames have been becoming increasingly popular as people are looking for unique ways to liven up living spaces. These chalkboard picture frames can also be used as drawing station for toddlers, birthday or holiday gifts and a wide range of other uses.

To start this project, you first need a picture frame. Once you found a suitable frame (the bigger the better so you have more space to write on your chalkboard), remove the glass and clean it so there are no smudge marks or blemishes.

Once your glass is clean you then need to apply a glass primer and allow it to dry. It’s important that after each step you allow your work to dry or your DIY picture frame will turn out very mediocre. Next you apply two steps of chalkboard paint, remembering to let it dry after applying each coat.

After the second coat of chalkboard paint dries, place you glass back into the frame and your DIY chalkboard picture frame is complete!

DIY Picture Frames
DIY Chalkboard Picture Frames

Check back in with our Frame USA Blog for more DIY Picture Frame ideas.

A “Creative” Introduction

Creativity: the “state or quality of being creative”… New, original, thinking out of the box. The ability to create.

Social media posts nowadays are filled with ways people have been “embracing their creative side.” Most of the time they are referring to a new craft they were able to finally try from a DIY site they have visited over 100 times in the past two years. Some are posts of an idea they had, they tried and it worked. It is exciting to see so many people stepping out of their comfort zones and creating something totally and completely new to them. Sometimes these “creative bursts” turn out with such success that the person embraces a brand new talent and runs with their newly found abilities… or it epically fails and they discover that some Pinterest pins are better left to decorate their board instead of their living room.

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Being a person who greatly enjoys making art, the process of “being creative” has always been something of great interest to me. From the blank sheet of canvas, or paper, to the finished piece of work; sketch by sketch, stroke by stroke, the process of creating is thrilling. Taking something that starts as nothing and making it into that something you wanted is a joy that words cannot describe. You are taken in, absolutely captivated by the process.  When you have finished your creation you may have something you love, or maybe you’ll have something you will never show another living soul… whatever the outcome you have this inner excitement that you just did something great, YOU created it. If it was a success, you feel as if you could conquer any project you put your mind to. If it failed you bury it in the files of your mind that say either try again with different methods, or find a new and totally different project. But there isn’t a feeling of defeat. There is a desire to do more, a desire to take it a step further, to push your creative abilities just a little farther.

My name is Karla Spencer, and as the new Creative Designer at Frame USA, creating ideas for new and wonderful products is in my job description. Yet, the love of creating goes much farther than the job. Everyday holds new opportunities to create something great. To push a little farther in our abilities. To try something new, to challenge yourself and your ideas. Everyone should take the opportunity to awaken that creative person within and create like never before!

Karla Collage

 

Shadow Box Frames – A Nice Way to Display Valuable Objects

A shadow box frame is an enclosed, glass front picture frame that can hold and display items that have value or particular meaning for an individual. These shadow box frames are deeper than our standard picture frames and are really taking off right now.

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Shadow Box Picture Frame

Our Shadowbox Showcase Frames are inexpensive shadow boxes which are available in 4 colors and many standard sizes. They have easy opening tabs which allow you to open the frame from the back. All you need to do to have your shadow box frame ready for display is mount the items inside, replace the back, and hang.

Our other shadow box series is the Shadow Box Elite. This series is a beautiful and affordable way to put your treasured heirlooms and collectibles on display. The Shadow Box Elite is available in 4 colors (white, black, cherry and honey) and has a depth of 15/16″.

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Whether you’re looking to keep certificates and awards safe or simply display precious mementos, our American made shadow box frames will keep you satisfied and have your guests in awe.

Frame-A-Tee – T-Shirt Framing At Its Finest

I’m sure you, just like me and many others out there, have a ton of t-shirts that you don’t wear. They may be in drawers you don’t even bother to check, shoved to the back of a closet or even in a storage bin tossed somewhere in the basement. If you’re looking for something to do with that piece of clothing that you just can’t get rid of, Frame USA has the thing for you: Frame-A-Tee!

Our Frame-A-Tee collection consists of t-shirt frames that are perfect for when you want to frame a collectible shirt or jersey! These American made wood picture frames have a 1 inch depth making it easy to fold and display your shirt. Frame-A-Tee comes in with 3 different colors to choose from (Black, Natural and Walnut) and three different sizes to fit your apparel (12×12 for small/medium shirts, 14×14 for medium/large shirts and 14×18 for large/extra large shirts).

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The Frame-A-Tee series is a very popular way of showing off what high school or university you attended, shirts from different places you’ve traveled, sports teams you support, a shirt from a race you entered, or something as simple as a favorite shirt you don’t want to part ways with. In addition to the color and size options, every Frame-A-Tee also includes: frame, plexi-glass, two pieces of black foamcore, two pieces of cardboard, a wire kit for hanging and instructions for assembly.

Similar to our Frame-A-Tee series, we also have Frame-An-Album. Our Frame-An-Album collection is the perfect complement for your favorite record album cover or artwork.

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We know you will enjoy this product so head on over to Frame USA, get one now and let us know what you decide to frame in your Frame-A-Tee.

October Charity of the Month: Red Cross Louisiana Floods Relief

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Flooding in Louisiana has recently became insufferable, affecting thousands of families throughout the area and causing immense amounts of damage and destruction. In August, the governor of Louisiana declared a state of emergency as many rivers recorded record level height increases. This flood is considered to be the worst natural disaster in the US since Hurricane Sandy.

From their website:

“The Red Cross, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavors—in its international and national capacity—to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace among all peoples.

The Louisiana Floods Relief have mobilized the largest sheltering and feeding effort since Superstorm Sandy to help people in Louisiana affected by the floods.”

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to the American Red Cross Louisiana Floods Relief in appreciation for your online order for the month of October.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

 

What Is A Floater Frame?

In the world of art, photography and picture framing, the different variations of frames and what they are used for can get a bit confusing. To the untrained eye picture frames can all look the same and seemingly be interchangeable. In reality, that is not the case. Based on the material, style and size, each picture frame is chosen for a different reason. Due to this, a common question we often encounter is; what exactly is a floater frame?

Floater Frames are used for works of art that are painted or printed on a canvas. This style of frame is particularly popular among photographers and painters. Floater picture frames provides extra space around the canvas and can make is seem like the artwork is floating, hence the name. The frame provides a very safe space for the picture housed inside it and often compliments the artwork by adding a three-dimensional feel.

Floater Picture Frames
Floater Picture Frames

 

At Frame USA we offer our Floater Frames in many different ready made sizes and styles. If you don’t see the size you’re looking for don’t worry, we even offer custom sizes for your special projects.

Where do I buy Art Posters?

As framers, we often get asked by our customers where they can buy art posters and art.  Our sister company, Posterservice Inc. carries one of the hottest selection of art posters around. With over a hundred art posters in stock and ready to ship, our wide assortment of art from famous artists, as in Marc Allante, to various styles, we guarantee we will have something for you!

There are several different ways to select an art poster:

By Style of Art:
Artwork should represent your style and the design of your house. It should flow with the decorations already in place.  A kitchen wall picture can and usually will differ from the pictures for the walls of your basement.  At posterservice.com, we carry different styles ranging from abstract art, photography to watercolor art. From photography prints of The Colosseum to fantasy posters, as in Night Trawlers II, you will be able to select a piece to fit your style and taste.

By Famous artist:
Selecting a poster by your favorite artist is easy, but discovering an art poster by a new artist is great too.  Our pictures of art range from Dean Russo, Marc Allante, Ralph Steadman, and more.  Marc Allante creates watercolor renditions of animals and buildings, as in this art poster Achilles and Monolith II.  Achilles was the first Marc Allante poster we added to our line.  Due to it’s continued success, we have added more and more of his art posters over the last few years. 10315

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Dean Russo creates abstract art by using bright colors, abstract patterns and turns them into animals, scenery and people. Starry Night by Dean Russo is currently a best seller.

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When you’re done browsing our cool art pictures and finding the perfect art poster for you, head back over to frameusa.com and choose the best frame to protect and professionally frame your masterpiece!