Laser engraved products are absolutely storming the market, anywhere from engraved jewlery to engraved hunting rifles. A big draw to this is personalization; being able to modify a product so that it reflects something with meaning to the consumer. It goes without saying, then, that laser engraving is something that must be done with the utmost care and skill to give the customer exactly what they want.
In a recent post by DECOR magazine, Lisa Crabtree of Spring, Texas uses her laser engraving machine to corner the engraving market in the small town. She discusses all of the big project undertakings that come with engraving products. You can read more about it here!
The big secret to engraving lies in the craftsmanship, technology and the technical skill of the engraver. One must know how to troubleshoot errors, utilize expert layout skills and have a broad understanding of the engraved material. It can be a very costly process if your engraver is not careful.
Similarly, it’s important to know the limitations of laser engraving. There are many surfaces that can be harmful if engraved, or even ruined. Knowing an expert is half the battle!
Posters from your childhood might have looked good simply tacked up on the wall, but those beautiful posters you bought from a museum or your favorite vacation spot needs more than a tack on the wall. It is rather simple to make a poster look classy and stylish, simply by adding the right frame. Poster frames can be found inexpensively and with the right process can make any poster look like a beautiful print in your home or office.
Obtain your Materials
Before you start, you will want to gather all of the necessary materials. Aside from your posters and the wood frames, you will need a mat board, backing board and measuring tape. Before you purchase your wooden picture frames and mats, however, you should know the perfect size for your poster. After you measure the size of your poster to be framed, add 6 to 10 inches to it and purchase the mat in that size. You can then purchase the frame according to the mat size that you purchased. This will give your poster the classy, expensive look that you desire.
Attach Mat Board to Backing Board
The first step is to attach your poster to your backing board. The backing board should be the same size as your poster. These measurements should be accurate. If the backing board is larger, now is the time to trim it to size. When you purchase your backing board, ensure that you are using acid and lignin free products to ensure the longevity of your poster. Any products that are acidic will cause your poster to wear down over time. Securely attach the poster to the backing board, ensuring that there it is not any room for slipping. Once it is secure, you can attach the mat board to the backing board, also ensuring that it is secure.
The Right Wooden Picture Frames
The higher the quality of the frames that you purchase, the more sophisticated your poster will look on the wall. You can find affordable wood picture frames that are made from quality materials and meant to stand the test of time. Take your time searching for the perfect frame, as there are hundreds of colors and stylesavailable. Take into consideration the décor in the room that it will be located in as well as the style of the poster. A simple, modern poster should not be placed in a frame that is very ornate, just as a traditional or classic poster might look better in a frame with a little more flair. Pay close attention to the glass on the frame, and its proximity to the poster underneath. The more space between the poster and the glass, the classier your finished product will look and the safer your poster will be in the long run.
Placing the Poster in the Frame
The final step in securing your posters is to place them in the poster frames. Simply unhinge the frame, and place the poster that is attached to the backing board and mat into the frame. Check all aspects of the frame to ensure that the poster has a snug fit and that the glass is appropriately distanced to ensure its beauty. It is a good idea to clean the glass before hinging the frame back up to get the best view of your newly framed poster.
Hanging the Poster
Once your poster is framed, you are not done! You need to find the perfect place to hang it to ensure its sophistication. You should avoid hiding it behind doors or lining many of them up next to each other as you might have done in your teenage years. Just as in an art gallery, posters look sophisticated when they are given their own space to appreciate them. If you are going for a more dramatic look, however, you can hang several of them together, in a tasteful grouping to ensure their beauty. If you want to make the look rather dramatic, you can add light directly over your posters or direct the light in the room to make it a spotlight on the area, to give the eyes something appealing to rest on.
It is easy to frame posters and make them look like a classic pieces of art. At Frame USA, you can find cheap wood frames that are affordable, yet make your posters look as if they came from the local art gallery. Take the time to follow the steps to appropriately mount a poster and you could have beautiful works of art to place in your home or office for very little cost.
A video from London Sessions Productions and Rita Konig presents “The Decorations of Houses”, A Guide to Picture Framing.
We were thrilled to see such a well-done and honest video on this subject from the New York Times. In this video, interior designer Rita Konig explains the value and versatility of a picture frame (and of custom framing in general. Rita is known in framing for her rather unorthadox views on picture framing — particularly when it comes to the art involved.
Her biggest design tip? “Each frame does something different to the picture”, she says. The art inside the frame, while obviously having an important place in the composition, is not necessarily the “star” of the finished product. Indeed, oftentimes the frame will accentuate the art in ways that significantly increase the value.
This is a new series by the New York Times that will hopefully be an ongoing project between Rita and the best-selling media publication. Rita Konsig is best known for her work as an interior designer, so we look forward to seeing what she has in store.
To receive a custom framing quote for your own images, or just to get some consultation on framing your own art piece, fill out our custom quote form.
97 year-old Nancy Cole of Spartanburg, Kansas recently opened up her first art show in… Well, ever. In a story of true inspiration, Nancy began her pursuits in art at the age of 90 and never looked back. It tooks seven years of practice and creating piece after piece, but eventually she was ready for the big time. Her instructor, Bailie, saw something special in her work and stories, eventually calling up a local gallery for an official art show featuring Nancy’s work. The resulting art show hailed in great responses from the community and beyond, selling two art pieces within the first 13 minutes of the show.
As artists ourselves, this story is truely inspiring. To be able to create art at such an advanced age is really special! Nancy’s age only adds to the charm of her colorful work. Nancy recalls knowing “historic figures from seemingly different worlds – Gen. George S. Patton, Jr. and artist Georgia O’Keeffe”, and taking wild adventures such as “hot air ballooning in Africa with the Philadelphia Zoological Society.” Nancy believes that life is what you make it, if you take hold of it and live to be your best. We can’t help but agree and take that advice to heart!
“This has been quite an experience… I feel very grateful and very humble about all of this,” she said.
Do you have a gallery show that you’re preparing for? Fill out our custom quote form and we’ll help you out!
Sometimes, you need an extra little bit of motivation to get started with a new year – especially if you’re a creative type. Luckily, we have Pinterest to keep us in the know about simple DIY Art Projects throughout the year. If you haven’t joined the Pinterest community (or worse, haven’t heard of Pinterest), it may be time to crawl out of the rock you’ve clearly been under and join! Pinterest is a great resource for creatives, anyone from stay-at-home moms to small business owners and Etsy merchants.
Many of our Pinterest followers enjoy posting and sharing different DIY projects that they have done, or they’ll share ideas that we’ve shared. Framing is an art in itself, and there’s no doubt that many art projects of this type involve wall-mounted displays.
DIY Craft Materials
Etsy is a great place to find a supplier to get you started for materials. Depending on what you need for your project, you can find things for pretty cheap. Another great place to look is Amazon, but be wary about constantly-changing prices.
We also have some great products and accessories that give you the freedom to display in any way you want. From posterhangers to frame connectors; matting tape to mounting tape — we have it all. Find them here: http://www.frameusa.com/hangers-accessories
Unfinished/DIY Picture Frames
Along with having the right materials, you’ll need a starting point for a frame. If you’re the type to create a frame by hand, then big kudos to you! There are several great ways to do this. For the rest of us, though, it’s great to have a starting point.
Unfinished Picture Frames: These are shaped like a standard frame, but do not have any finish or stain to them (hence the name!) With these, you can alter the color, finish, neatness and anything else you can think of!
Decorate-It Picture Frames: This series has the sole purpose of being decorated. Perfect for fun crafts with the kids or for total customization. Several of our customers love them for Etsy and Pinterest projects!
U-Frame Kits: Made of metal and made to last, these metal picture frames come to you ready-to-assemble. Simply grab your closest screwdriver and start assembling! These babies can hold much larger artwork than the standard metal frame and look great for gallery displays.
Shadow Box Frames: The pinnacle of the “DIY” theme, shadow boxes give you the power to conceive the ultimate creative project. The challenge of creating a 3D composition for a 2D display can be tough, but is always rewarding. Use this for sports collectibles, historic documents, wedding ornaments, dioramas, or contemporary art pieces.
DIY Art Projects Inspiration
For all things creative and art-oriented, you can never go wrong with Pinterest and Etsy. Pinterest is the best place for discovering projects and (if you’re lucky) walkthroughs on how to complete the project. Etsy is great for seeing other completed projects and comparing them to your own. It’s a good milestone in reasoning and comparing whether your finished product could be received well on Etsy or not. Of course, if the DIY art project is for yourself, then you don’t even need this step! Create away!
What sorts of projects are on the horizon for February? Follow us on Pinterest and share what you have planned!
We had a great turnout this year at the West Coast Art and Frame show in Las Vegas. Getting to meet with the nations best artists and framers was a great experience, and we were glad to share it with them!
Pictured below are a few photos of our display at the show. We met with vendors and other craftsmen about our frames, products and poster/printing services.
For more information or to see more about what the West Coast Art and Frame show is all about, visit us on Twitter or search under the event hashtag #WCAF. If you joined us at the show and would like to submit a quote for any of our products, fill out our custom quote form by clicking here!
If you follow our Paper.li news feed, we try to share some great advice in the art and framing community throughout the week. You can find this online publication here.
One article that stood out to use was and article called “Framing Artwork”, a robust and long-winded article on art becoming more than the act of creating art, but also involving labor and democracy, that art makes up more than creative and technical processes but includes labor as any other job does.
We happen to agree. The author also cites examples from Warhol, who was the first artist to relate to society’s conformity and democratic approach to art. To quote the author,
“Art is not simply the place where desires get expressed and monetized. It is also where desires get fulfilled and monetized. There will always be a remainder, and that remainder is the libidinal investment in art as a space different from other spaces, and in creativity as a more expansive ideal of production. The persistence of this remainder demands a critique of artistic labor that goes beyond the terms offered by political economy, a critique that takes seriously those desirous investments that become entwined with—but are not reducible to—art’s institutions and economic engines.”
We think it’s good to keep this in mind when framing artwork. Art is most complete through hard work and working to improve yourself, and of course, working to make your work ready for display. Don’t be afraid to go the extra mile! We also offer custom framing services if you need help along the way.
Next week, we’ll be traveling to Las Vegas for the next installment of the West Coast Art and Frame show. We’ll be joined by some of the biggest names in the industry (Larson Juhl, Tru-View, Pictureframes.com, etc.) as well as hundreds of small business owners, custom framers and artists. We’re excited for this opportunity to interact with others in our industry!
The art and framing industry is constantly changing, and it’s a great time to be a part of it all. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for updates and the latest news from the show. For a live feed of how things are going, search for #WCAF (our official hashtag for the West Coast Art and Frame show). We look forward to seeing you there!
Check out some of last year’s photos below! This year’s booth is #1039.
Some fast framing facts:
In 2012, out of 2,600 American consumers, half of them made some form of purchase in regards to wall art, decor, or some sort of framing.
The top 3 factors influencing a customer’s purchase of a custome frame job are trust, confidence and choice of materials.
45% of customers who classify as “collectors” have multiple items waiting to be framed.
Custom framing customers once had an older audience – the most recent reports show that 56% of customers are at the age of 44 are younger. Customers also tend to be male – about 59%.
The holidays can be a real headache for those of us who are not very good with gifts. Of course, being a picture frame company, we often hear of plenty of customers raving about how they love to give our frames as gifts for their loved ones. The holidays are a great time for memories, and giving a framed photo or art piece is a sure way to know that a gift is well-received. While you may not be able to receive your order by Christmas from us, we have some personal favorite gift ideas from Etsy that can ship sooner than our production allows (and also make great gift ideas for your loved ones!)
Ornaments and Fine Art
Susan Monty is a fine artist with a love for horses and has seemingly endless creativity. Be sure to have a look at her ornaments – we were definitely impressed with how perfect they are! Click here to view her Etsy shop.
William Supko Photography
A brilliant scenic photographer and roller coaster enthusiast, William has created some wonderful compositions in his portfolio. Whether you’re looking for a fun centerpiece or a gift for the theme park enthusiast, William Supko’s photography is sure to impress! Click here for a link to his Etsy shop.
When she’s not finding new products for Frame USA, taking care of Ebay and Amazon or whipping up some great custom framing projects, Jen Miller is making great artwork. Focusing primarily in sculpture and jewlery, she creates consistently great work – both here at Frame USA and on these pieces! Click here to have a look.
Few Kind Words
This shop is actually one of our customers on top of being a great monogram print designer. Click here to visit this Etsy shop.
Junebug’s Creative Concepts
Another customer of ours, Junebug’s Creative Concepts owner Stephanie Bruno creates some truly dazzling pieces using our picture frames as her base. She then applies a great amount of work and creativity by affixing patterns to their fronts, experimenting with different finishes and decoupage styles. If you’re needing to be “Pin-spired”, consider checking out her work and buying some for yourself! Click here to visit Junebug’s Creative Concepts on Etsy.
Name On Your Wall
Name on Your Wall is a shop that uses “letters” found in nature and urban life to make a “name collage” of sorts. See the photos below, and find these prints and more at their Etsy shop!
Other noteworthy artists:
HipstersArt: a growing number of art and graphic prints. Humor, irony, pop-art colors and great prices.
DePeapa: an illustrator from Spain. Also dabbles in screen printing, jewlery and embroidery.
We’ve received some great feedback on our Small Business Saturday Initiative, and we’re more than excited for the opportunity to promote these wonderful artists and small businesses! If you have yet to make your holiday purchases, consider these wonderful artists and craftsmen for your holiday shopping. Remember, shopping small and buying local helps our local and overall US economy! At Frame USA, we’re 100% behind products that are made in the United States.
Susan Monty Fine Art
“I am a fine artist specializing in equine art. I draw and paint whatever captures my eye, but horses will always be my favorite subject. I strive to capture a realistic, but artistic and expressive, likeness of my subjects.
As a lifelong horse lover, I am pleased to donate a portion of sales from my Second Chances series to Pure Thoughts, Inc. Horse & Foal Rescue (www.pthr.org) or New England Equine Rescues (www.newenglandequinerescues.com). Both of these groups have saved the lives of numerous horses, and I am proud to use my art to help. Many of the prints in my shop are from my Second Chances series, an ongoing project in which I paint portraits of rescued horses and tell their stories.
I am also passionate about saving America’s wild horse and burros. I have started a series of paintigs of these magnificent animals. Unless something is done to protect them, wild horses will only be seen in photos and paintings. I will donate a portion of all sales of these mustang paintings, cards, and prints to Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary (www.jersanctuary.org).”
“Everyone needs just a little time and a few kind words! Shop our monogram quote prints for yourself or as unique and personalized gifts for weddings, nurseries, or friends. We print on high-quality card stock and frame in a white driftwood with an antique white mat. We can customize any order with different letters, quotes, fonts, and colors.”
“Decorative photo frames, wood letters and more. Great personalized gifts! Decoupaged and distressed so each item is unique. Any item can be customized.
Looking for a gift? I can mail items directly, and I’ll even gift wrap it and include a hand written note for free. Mark my shop as a favorite and come back often. I’m always adding new things. Thanks for visiting and be sure to “Like” me on Facebook to be the first to know about new items and promos. “
Click here to visit Junebug’s Creative Concepts on Etsy.
Name On Your Wall
“Name art photography, from Name on Your Wall, uses elements found in nature, architectural details and every day objects to create unique and personal works of art. They are the perfect solution for creative wedding gifts, shower gifts, housewarming gifts, new baby gifts, holiday gifts or for any other occasion. They are also the perfect way to showcase your name, or any word that is special to you, on your own wall. With so many different options for each letter, your creation will truly be unique.
My framed name art is elegantly designed with high quality photographs, custom cut mats, and custom made wooden frames. Your project will receive personal and professional attention from me, incorporating all of your preferences. These details will result in breathtaking and elegant works of art that both you and your loved ones will enjoy for a lifetime!”
“I’m a freelance photographer that specializes in outdoor entertainment and events. I have been a professional photographer for over 5 years. My main focus includes amusement parks, carnivals, ski areas, beach scenes and nature.”
We’ll be sure to keep updating this list as we continue to take submissions. Thanks for joining us in our goal to put America’s small businesses at the forefront of our economy! Small business owner? Leave a comment below and we’ll see what we can do for you!