From Art

Artist Spotlight: Marc Allante

Posterservice Inc. is very proud to be working with Hong Kong born artist Marc Allante. Inspired by European watercolors and traditional Chinese ink techniques, Marc’s colorful and drippy watercolor style has helped his posters to become best-sellers. We are up to 7 of his images so far, ranging from birds, a lion, panda, buffalo, cityscape and a romantic couple caught in the rain.

With vibrant hues of color popping off a crisp white background, one of his posters is sure to appeal to you!

 

 

Marc Allante
Marc Allante Posters

DIY Picture Frames – Mosaic Picture Frame

Mosaic Picture Frame
Mosaic Picture Frame

Whether you have old picture frames lying around unused or you’re just a creative person who loves new projects, our DIY Mosaic Picture Frames are just the thing for you. A mosaic is art that’s made by combining pieces of glass, tile, stone, etc. in a decorative manner.

Turning your frame into a mosaic is not as difficult as the fancy name suggest. There are a few items you will need to complete your very own DIY Mosaic Picture Frame:

  • Picture Frame
  • Colored Glass (tile, mirrors, stone or pottery would be an acceptable substitute)
  • Grout (or other adhesive)

To start this project you first need to break the items you plan on using to decorate the picture frame with.  Once you feel you have broken your items into enough pieces to cover the picture frame you need to spread some grout onto the frame. With your picture frame covered in grout you now place the broken pieces of your item onto the grout covered frame. Next you need to fully allow your frame to set and dry for a couple of hours. After your picture frame is completely dry there will be a layer of grout on top of your mosaic pieces but it will come off with a damp paper towel.

When doing DIY projects we suggest using our Decorate-it Picture Frames or our Unfinished Picture Frames. These wooden picture frames are perfect for people with that do-it-yourself spirit. Created especially for crafting, these frames can be painted, stained and decorated with ease.

Unfinished & Decorate-It Picture Frames
Unfinished & Decorate-It Picture Frames

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

Postersevice — New Poster Preview

PosterService

Most of you know that Frame USA has a sister site called Posterservice, which specializes in a wide variety of posters included but not limited to:

We wanted to refresh your memory and introduce you to some of the newest posters we have just rolled out.

Groovy Records

Groovy Records

Depicted in this poster is a 1960’s record store with music posters showcasing big names such as The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.

Venice Grand Canal by Leonid Afremov

Venice Grand Canal

This poster is a colorful pallet knife painting of the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. This canal is one of the most traffic infested parts of the city and provides water buses, water taxis and gondolas of people to travel. This painting is brought to us by Leonid Afremov, a distinguished contemporary artist.

Visit Mars

Visit Mars

This poster is part of NASA’s initiative to revamp their space program and get the youth interested in space.

Head on over to Posterservice and pick from our wide selection then have it framed with Frame USA.

Valentine’s Day Is Around The Corner

Valentines Day

Celebrated on February 14th, Valentine’s Day is a holiday dedicated to showing that special person in your life that you love them. On this day most restaurants are booked with reservations, flower shops are running out of roses and jewelry stores are in heavy demand. But one of the best gifts you can give is one that has meaning. Presents that you create yourself or help design can show your Valentine just how well you know them and how much you care about them. One way to do this is by putting important photos or mementos from a special moment into picture frames and then customizing those frames.

At Frame USA we have a number of different frames that would be perfect for creating this kind of unique Valentine’s Day present.

Decorate-It Picture Frame & Unfinished Picture Frame

Unfinished & Decorate-It Picture Frames
Unfinished & Decorate-It Picture Frames

These unfinished wooden picture frames are perfect for people with that Do-It-Yourself spirit. Created especially for crafting, these frames can be painted in different variations of red or pink for a Valentine feel. The flat profile of these do it yourself frames make them ideal for gluing heart decorations in the vain of Cupid.

Unfinished Profile 1
Unfinished Profile 1
Decorate It 2" Frame
Decorate It 2″ Frame

Barnwood Frame Serving Tray

Barnwood Frame Serving Tray
Barnwood Frame Serving Tray

These frames are primarily used to entertain guests while serving drinks or appetizes, so why not kill two birds with one stone. Get your Valentine a Barnwood tray and put a special picture of the two of you in it so next time they have guests over not only will they be entertained, but they will be envious of the love you have for your partner.

Shadowbox Picture Frames

ShadowBox Picture Frames
ShadowBox Picture Frames

If you have any significant mementos or items that remind you of your Valentine, shadow box picture frames are the way to go. Framing mementos will let your Valentine know that not only do you appreciate them, but you also remember even the smallest of memories.

ShadowBox

Laser Engraving

For those of us running short on time or those who just aren’t as crafty, picture frame engraving is the quintessential picture framing idea. At Frame USA we are able to make custom engraved frames with names and logos onto a select variety of our frames, glass or matting. Leave a cute message or the date that you and your Valentine met and watch their heart melt.

Corporate Wide Red Mahogany
Corporate Wide Red Mahogany

So as February 14th gets closer, consider giving your valentine something they can hang on their wall and cherish for many Valentine’s Days to come.

 

Bronze Picture Frames

Bronze picture frames have recently been gaining traction and increasing in popularity. This spike in interest can mainly be attributed to people losing enjoyment with the basic and mundane styles of picture frames and wanting something unique and that tends to stand out a bit more.

Bronze Picture Frames
Bronze Picture Frames

A common issue that hinders people from adding bronze frames to their picture frame collection is that it can be difficult to figure out how to pair artwork or match a room to a bronze picture frame. Bronze is a warm colors which matches with earth tones, dark tones and neutral colors. Bronze picture frames are perfect for pairing with the background tones of the image you’re looking to hang, especially if those tones are orange, pink or brown. Oil paintings and sepia styles of artwork will pop the most when paired with bronze frames because they will blend with your art as opposed to taking away from it.

Hardware Bronze Picture Frames
Hardware Bronze Picture Frames

The Hardware Bronze Picture Frames are the most popular bronze picture frame series we have at Frame USA These modern picture frames are sure to grab attention with their sleek and shiny bronze finish. Request a sample and see for yourself! This series is an American Made picture frame.

What is the point of matting photos or art?

At Frame USA we offer a wide variety of frame mats that run anywhere from standard mat sizes to to custom frame mats.  A mat is a flat and usually thin piece of material included or sold separately from a picture frame. Mats usually serve one of two purposes; additional decoration to make your art pop or they’re used to separate the artwork from the glass frame. The art of putting mats in a frame is called matting and is an often overlooked aspect that can dramatically improve and protect your artwork.

Matts and Frames
Matted and Framed Artwork

In terms of helping your art pop, matting can be a crucial element. Matting your artwork intensifies the art by adding size, color and depth to what’s being portrayed. The point of the mat is not to distract from your art but to direct the person viewing said art to the main focal point of what they are looking at. Some tips when choosing a mat to enhance your art:

  • When choosing a mat for your artwork, the mat should be lighter than the art or picture but darker than the wall it’s placed on. Great choices for mats most times are simple colors such as gray, white and cream.
  • Using two or three mats will give your artwork a three dimensional look
  • The purpose of matting is to protect artwork & add appeal. To achieve this, the mat border should be 2x the width of the frame.

When it comes to protecting artwork, mats are very important. Mats help keep your artwork safe by separating the glass from the art or whatever it is being framed. Having a mat in between your artwork and framing glass is important because any condensation that might develop on the inside of the glass can be transferred to your art causing water damage, mold or mildew.

If you’re framing pictures then separating your picture from the glass is vital because the surface of photographs are particularly easy to damage. Not only photos, but certain art that can smear or be damaged by touch, or anything of value being hung should also be matted so that the glass and the art don’t come into direct contact.

Matted and Framed Artwork
Matted and Framed Artwork

Head over to our Mat Designer site and make your photos look impeccable immediately.

White Picture Frames

One of the more requested picture framing choices is housing an image in a white picture frame. White frames can make artwork more exquisite by creating a clean and classic feel. White picture frames are extremely versatile and can make colors pop without overpowering the image which in turn will make the art standout.

Using white and black artwork and frames to decorate is rapidly gaining popularity much in part to improved cameras and the growing inclination to use earth tones/neutral colors and muted tones such as black, white, gray, brown or beige.

Black and white photographs, artwork and frames add character and depth to walls and living spaces and they do this without disturbing the color scheme of the room. In addition to adding character, white picture frames can also highlight colors like green, red, or yellow and are easy to incorporate.

Normally white & black pictures and artwork are matted with white or cream boards to help separate the image from the frame. Nowadays black & white photography has gained new traction thanks to new technology which allows old color photos to be reprinted in black and white and along with that, new images can be turned into black and white photos due to the same advancements in digital cameras and photo editing technology.
White Frames Black and White Image

White picture frames are great for almost any style of decor. They provide a classic simple clean look to any image and Frame USA delivers with a wide variety of styles.

Wood Picture Frames vs Metal Picture Frames

Picture frames can be made out of a wide variety of materials, but the two most popular types of frames are Wood Picture Frames and Metal Picture Frames. Wood and metal are very easy to find and on top of that they are easy to work with when you’re looking to customize a frame, making these frames highly sought-after.

Although wood and metal picture frames are both versatile and each can suite just about any picture framing need you could encounter, they do have a few subtle differences.

Wood is a classic material for crafting picture frames and has been in use for centuries due to its abundance and how easy it is to use. Wood frames can be painted or stained in nearly every color imaginable, which provides you with plenty of variety when trying to frame art or compliment the aesthetic of a room. Wooden picture frames are perfectly paired with tradition style artwork and are a good place to start for any kind of picture framing job.

Wood Picture Frames
Wood Picture Frames

On the other hand, metal picture frames provide a more modern look and feel than their wooden counterparts. While metal frames don’t have as wide a spectrum of colors to choose from (as opposed to wood picture frames) they make up for it with their durability. Banging or dropping a wood frame can cause chips in the paint or dents. Not only will a metal picture frame resist a few bumps, but if a side does in fact end up damaged it can be unattached and replaced.

Metal Picture Frames
Metal Picture Frames

Our wooden picture frames are a top choice and are crafted from real wood, MDF, eco-friendly wood composite or laminate. Additionally, the metal frames we produce are durable and stylish, made from extruded aluminum, these frames can easily make the right statement when placed in any interior. At the end of the day Metal and wood picture frames are both excellent choices when framing artwork.

The Most Popular Types of Photography, Part 2

Photography, the art, process, or job of taking pictures with a camera, has gained massive popularity due to the abundance of easily accessible and affordable cameras.

A few weeks ago we made a post dedicated to the most popular types of photography.

  1. Landscape Photography captures large regions of space and nature meant to display the size and look of the environment.
  2. Wedding Photography (just as the name suggests) focuses on the activities relating to weddings; photographs of the couple before marriage, the wedding and the reception.
  3. Black & White Photography features images in black, white and assorted shades of gray.
  4. Macro Photography portrays smalls subjects in extreme closeups making the image in the photo larger than its actual size.
  5. Portrait Photography is intended to capture the personality, mood and expression of a person or group of people.

We covered these five types of photography but we left a few off; Photojournalism, Wildlife and Fashion Photography.

Photojournalism documents an event or story as it is unfolding by using images to tell a news story. Some things to note when doing photojournalism:

  • Make sure you have the correct context – Photojournalism is catered towards making sure that people can see what’s happening and correctly understand what you’re trying to convey with your image. People like seeing photos of other people because that helps to humanize stories.
  • Figure out how to convey the emotion of the moment – Capturing people’s expressions, interactions with others and their surroundings, body language, etc. is very important.
Photojournalism Photography - Black and White Picture Frames
Photojournalism Photography – Black and White Picture Frames

Wildlife Photography is the capturing of images of animals in their natural habitat. This type of photography can be extremely challenging do to the unpredictable nature of certain animals.

  • Get an eye-level perspective (or even lower) of your subject – Shooting at eye-level or below brings the person viewing your image right into the scene as well as provides them with the view of the world from the animal’s perspective.
  • Practice Patience – Animals are often unpredictable; you could spend all day not finding a single thing to shoot.
  • Know Your Subject – Wildlife photography is based upon capturing brief interactions or moments so it is necessary that you can somewhat predict your subject’s behavior.
Wildlife Photography - Architect Picture Frame
Wildlife Photography – Architect Picture Frame

Fashion Photography is committed to exhibiting fashion clothing and models and is most prominent in advertisements. Some tips to set your fashion photography apart from others:

  • Use Props – Have items for your models to interact with.
  • Experiment With Emotions – Instruct your models to imitate emotional outbursts (cry, laugh, act mad or sad).
  • Take Random Candid Shots – During a quick break continue to take pictures because you never know what you might stumble upon.
  • Get the Models to Move – As opposed to just sitting in a stuffy, closed-off studio, take your models outside.
Fashion Photography - Verona Wide Picture Frame
Fashion Photography – Verona Wide Picture Frame

There are numerous styles of photography and unlimited things to shoot, so get out there and start shooting now. Then head on over to Frame USA, Inc. your one-stop secure online shopping place for a wide variety of Ready-Made Picture Frames. We’re proud of our products, our service, and the way we stand behind what we do. We guarantee you’ll love our Photography frames. And you’ll love the way we treat you at Frame USA!

 

 

Victorian Picture Frames

The Victorian series of picture frames feature fancy, ornate moldings. These wide picture frames are perfect for vintage photography and museum-quality artwork.

Victorian Picture Frames
Victorian Picture Frames

The Victorian style became popular in the mid to late 19th century during the reign of Queen Victoria. During her rule industrial development exploded and luxurious and rich styles or art, literature and architecture prevailed. Early in the era art focused on realism and moral and spiritual undertones. Later on the Victorian style began to renounce realism and became a more multifaceted and diverse style. Bright colors were very popular during this time because it helped bring attention to the very small details encompassed in this style or art and woman were more often than not the subject of most pieces.

Victorian Picture Frames
Victorian Picture Frames

Victorian not only is the name of this series, it describes it as well. Our Victorian Series is characterized with carved ornament embellishments. Made from high quality MDF wood composite material, Victorian Series picture frames don’t carry a high-end price. These composite wood picture frames resemble the look of carved wood. There are two color profiles offered in this series both with their own unique qualities. Walnut with Gold, features a slate-blue initial color with accents of walnut, the inside frame is brushed with a textured gold stripe, finishing with a walnut colored studded edge. Our Antique Gold is a gold finish with flecks of black throughout. They’re a worthy rival to our Napoleon series. Choose the Victorian Series from Frame USA!