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June Instagram Contest – Win a Free Framed Print!

We love a good contest, and our selection for June is a great way to frame some of your favorite instagram shots or artwork — absolutely free!

Of course, we expect some great shots and work from this contest based on what we saw last time. Even if you’ve never shopped with us before, if your work is selected, we’ll frame your submission for you AND send a great offer along with the frame. If you like our work, feel free to use it on an order!

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Do you have any work that you’d love to see framed? Enter it into our contest by posting it to instagram! Just use hastag #FrameUSA when you post and we’ll enter you into our selection process. We’ll pick the 5 most creative and “stand out” art/photographs. Let the creative games begin!

 

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Selecting Art and Picture Frames for your Business

Choosing office decor may not be as simple as you think – interior decorating says volumes about your business.

For those with a business that sees plenty of through-traffic such as hotels, restaurants, marketing firms, cafes or studios: art and interior design are a major selling point of what your business entails.

Let’s start with the hotel example. Think of a time where you have stayed in a nice resort, or maybe a refreshing getaway where the artwork matched the theme of the surrounding environments. Of course, the focus of any average getaway hotel is ambience and design over the importance of displayed content, but the chosen wall decor of your business will undoubtedly be noticed at some point by your guests and clientele.

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A design by Process5. This restaurant features interesting, but not distracting, artwork for guests to view while waiting for their meal. The large framed mirrors are meant to show off the food as art when brought to the table. See the full article here.

So what sorts of wall art would fit your company the most? Consider your target audience, and who will be viewing this art the most (aside from yourself, of course!) If you specialize in design or architecture, perhaps displaying blueprints and sketches would be a great way to capitalize on your wall space. For restaurants, photos of famous/local celebrities eating at your establishment make interesting conversation pieces. Other ideas include photos of the owner, the establishment during construction, group photos of your staff and visually interesting products that your business sells.

If your line of business doesn’t work with much imagery (and chances are, it does to some extent) you can always find related imagery to frame and display. For instance, if you are a dog groomer, you could post a fun bulletin board with pictures of various dogs you’ve groomed over the year. You could also post artistic images of barber salons, dog photography, or imagery that fits your brand. You don’t have to limit yourself to subject matter so long as the imagery supports the branding of your business in some way.

In closing, the decor of your business space is meant not only to demonstrate what your business is all about, but to help convert more sales. The customer or client is already in your office, so you don’t need to go to great lengths to impress them. Let your wall art and branding encourage them to trust you with their business.

Do you have any examples of an extremely well-designed business space? Leave a comment below and let us know! For our Business/Wholesale service, click here to fill out our custom quote form. We’ll let you know how we can help!

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Choosing the Right Frame for the Job

Artist Evelyn Henson Gives Readers a Quick Framing 101

Choosing the right frame for your business can be a lot of hard work. Having the right frame for the job takes both intuition and some pretty basic knowledge of what makes a good complete work of framed art.

This weekend, we discovered an article written by Evelyn Henson that went into some good details about what to buy, where to buy and what kinds of frames go best in any given situation. Join us while we summarize this article (while also adding our own advice as framers!)

Below we will list these tips from Evelyn Henson’s blog, but add our own 2 cents as professional framers!

 

One of the highlights we spotted was to be sure that you’re personally in love with the frame. Before you even think about the artwork, think about how you’ll feel months and even years down the line with that frame on your wall. Once you’ve found a few that fit that criteria, you’ll want to try and see what matches best with your particular artwork. You can also work backwards if you’ve found a great frame, but have no art. Websites like Posterservice.com offer a wide variety of art prints that are more than reasonably priced.

Another question the artist posed was the source of frame material. Knowing whether you’re looking for wood, metal or plastic will save you time and money in the long run. As a general rule:

  • Plastic frames are best used for posters or a more thin printed material.
  • Wood frames are usually some of the best in the market. While Henson was of the opinion that white is the best color, this can be problematic if the frame has defective joins or scratches. We prefer black picture frames, and based on the thousands of orders we see for them, we have to agree with the majority! Black is a very standard, very impressive color for most artwork.
  • Metal picture frames typically go well with modern art pieces and minimalist concepts.

We hope this little tidbit of information has helped you with your framing purchase. Have a great day, and let us know in the comments what your favorite type of frames are!

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To Frame, or Not to Frame?

Framing can become a burden for both client and artist alike. Here are some ways you can save money AND your artist/client relationships.

Framing can be a frustrating task for those trying to make a living on their art. Sometimes, even the responsibilities of framing are unclear. Do you leave framing up to the client, or take care of it yourself? From the other perspective, should you frame a piece of art you bought, or place that task on someone else? Cost is definitely the largest deterrent for artists — the cost of just one framing job can be an unthinkable amount of money to spend up front. This is particularly true if your client is indecisive about framing, constantly asking for different frames for the piece. When time and money are factors, these questions can become a nightmare!

From an artist standpoint, instead of spending all the money on a custom job, you may want to consider covering the framing yourself. That’s where online retailers like Frame USA can help. With thousands of mouldings, frame series and mat combinations to choose from, you can find the look you’re going for without sacrificing any of the cost.

1. Discuss framing choices with your client.

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Before making any big decisions on your artwork, you should talk about the frame with your buyer. Sometimes they won’t have an opinion, and many times they share an opinion too late. You can prevent about half of the miscommunication by discussing it openly beforehand. Are they looking for something more modern, or something more elegant? How will those decisions relate to your artwork? These are just a few questions that should impact your art framing decisions.

2. Take note of the surroundings in which your art will hang.

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Environment is half the battle of hanging artwork. For instance, your work is hanging with older pieces, you should think about fitting the same tone. If your work is to be displayed with other modern artwork, you may want to look for a more simple frame.

In the same regard, it’s not always necessary to have a frame! Sometimes a bare canvas is more situationally appropriate, or a matting job can convey the piece perfectly. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your options.

3. Factor in cost of framing with the total price of the art

Framing your art is a financial responsibility between artist AND client. Think about what your art is worth, then figure a fair price to charge extra based on the framing. A custom job will obviously raise the price significantly, so learning how to size and order your own frames will save you a great deal of hassle in the long run. Some artists even take it upon themselves to make their own frames. The point is, finding out how to make or source your own frames will save you time and money in the long run. If your pieces typically run for several thousand a piece, then perhaps custom framing is exactly what you need!

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The cost of framing can be high. Do you invest in a custom frame, or take matters into your own hands?

 

Inspiration and Photo credit by: ProfessionalArtistMag.com

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The Art of Framing

Artistic framing is precise framing, guiding the customer with their ideas to make the total composition fit their exact needs.

In many cases, the design of a picture frame (as well as the mat pairings, v-grooves, bevels etc.) make as much of an artistic statement as the artwork itself. Framers use design principles such as color theory, geometric correctness, depth perception and texture to decide what will compliment your artwork to the best of their ability. This is, of course, all done with the artwork and your own personal preferences in mind, and a good framer will walk you through the entire process.

It’s also an impressive feat when a framer will not only custom frame your piece to perfection, but engrave and/or carve your specific designs into the wood. While we don’t specialize in custom framing to that degree, we do offer personalization services, laser engraving and a fully-staffed custom framing department that can answer any questions you have about making your artwork even better with a frame job that completes the composition.

Unlike other custom framers (both online and in our retail store located in Cincinnati, Ohio), our  photography and art-creating customers see much higher sales and return by framing with us. How, you ask? Lower price points for all of our items and labor! In one example, we had a customer call in from a local big-name hobby shop that wanted to charge somewhere in the neighborhood of $900 for a relatively small frame job (and that was with 50% off!) For the same service (and better quality, in his opinion!) we worked with him to frame his total order for only $479.

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You can follow our instagram account to see just what kinds of artwork and memorabilia we’ve been framing, from guitars signed by the “Goo Goo Dolls” to movie posters, sports jerseys to ornate wedding photography. Fill out our custom quote form today to see how we can make your art preservation dream a reality (while also saving you money!

 

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Weekly Picture Frame Sale – 3/24 – 3/31

Some of the best frames are also the most simple. That’s the idea behind this week’s picture frame sale of the week.

Whether you’re looking for a standard 2″ (or more) 8×10 frame or a cheap, high-quality frame to handle a large amount of your work, you won’t be disappointed with this week’s frame sales. The theme this week is simple and cheap framing; or frames that will bring out the best look in your art without taking away from the look of your art. There is a fine balance between “simple” and “accenting” that you must find, so minimalist pieces will always look good in the CBG frames.

If you’re going for archival, museum quality framing, you may want to have a look at the premium wood 8×10 closeout frames. They are indeed Closeouts, and therefore very cheap to begin with, but also feature our more substantial mouldings.

So, which sale would be best for you? That’s a decision that you’ll have to make! You can combine them both in the same order though, if you prefer. These sales come out every Monday, so be sure to check in regularly and stay up on the latest deals from Frame USA and FrameCloseouts!

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Wholesale Framing and a DIY Attitude will save you Hundreds!

As a wholesale picture frame manufacturer, we take special care to offer the cheapest options for all of our customers. A quick price comparison will show you that you’ll save hundreds of dollars by sourcing your materials from websites like FrameUSA.com, or EconomyFrames.com. and even more if you’re assembling the frames with the matting and art yourself. (We also offer a Build A Frame service where our team of custom framers make your order to perfection, too.)

WeddingBee.com, if you haven’t heard, is a blog about wedding memories, cool products and maximizing your dollar for “the big day”. Obviously, picture frames go hand-in-hand with wedding photography, and this blog didn’t miss a beat when it comes to framing at an affordable price.

Their biggest piece of advice? Buy a mat cutter, and learn to use it.

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Cutting mats from poster board is definitely a good way to save, though you may save even more by using MatDesigners.com.

Of course, if you can find a supplier of cheap mats, then that’s all the better. Online retailers like MatDesigners.com offer affordable prices for mats with all sorts of cuts, and we offer custom custom mat cutouts if you provide us a specific diagram of how you’d like theme cut. If you can dream it up, we can make it a reality! See this picture for details:

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Name On Your Wall is a customer of ours that has used our mat diagrams in the past. Just call in and give us the dimensions!
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Be sure to mark up your mat before cutting, if you go the “Do it Yourself” route! A wrong cut can throw off the entire look.
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If you see the bevel, you’re on the right track. Do some test cuts with your mat cutter to see which direction the bevel will be, first.

 

Photo, Information Source: WeddingBee.com
Author: “Mrs. Penguin”

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Personalized Picture Frame Options

Create and preserve memories with Frame USA’s Personalization options

So, we all know that personalization is a huge factor when it comes to finding the perfect gift. Maybe you’re looking for a new piece of jewlery for your significant other, or looking to get something special engraved for your parents. Personalizing these items will provide a constant reminder of why you find them to be an extra-special part of your life.

Personalizing isn’t just about words, though. Using different colors, imagery and personal flair can mean just as much as words. So how can Frame USA help you with personalized picture frames?

Build A Frame:

Perhaps the best personalization feature on our website is the Build A Frame web application. Our app will walk you step-by-step through the custom framing process, whether you’d like to upload your own image, give us your own dimensions or pick an image from our wide selection of Posterservice images.

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Create beautiful custom framing jobs in our Build A Frame web app. We’ll print your images, too.

 

Laser Engraving:

Engraving is a classic way of personalizing a wide variety of items. Literally anything with a wood or metal surface can be engraved with great effect. Our customers have been very impressed with the amount of detail our engraving machine can create, especially with our signature Engrave-It series. This is definitely the route to take if you’re commemorating a special event, remembering a wedding, or for anniversaries.

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Engrave images and text — directly on the frame or on a metallic plate.

 

Unfinished Picture Frames:

Both our Unfinished and Decorate-It lines have the crafty folk in mind. These are great for both kids and adults alike, but you’ll definitely get your money’s work when you use these as kid’s craft projects. You can use all of your favorite crafting materials to make it, and a trip to your local art and craft store should inspire you to make some great artwork.

U-Frame Kits:

For when you want something that looks like it was professionally framed at a fraction of the cost, look no further than our U-Frame 1 and 2 kits. These require assembly upon arrival, but we promise it’ll take no more than 5 minutes to put together. We also include instructions on assembly (Just 3 easy steps). Then all that’s left is to drop in your art!

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Our sturdy, easy-to-assemble U-Frame kits are great for that “Custom Framed” look… Without the price of custom framing.

 

What are some clever ways that you personalize your items? Let us know!

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Weekly Picture Frame Sale – March 17-24

This week, we’re expanding on our blog post we made here talking about the typical photo sizes. A standard photo size will fit inside one of these frames without any trouble, whether you’re looking for an office frame for your desk or a poster frame for a large print display.

Now until Monday, March 24, you can save on both Frame USA’s Deluxe Poster Frame series and FrameCloseout’s 5×7 premium wood frames. Just use the coupon code in the advertisement upon checkout!

To find out more about standard photo and frame sizes, see our previous blog post here.

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Two popular sizes, the 5×7 and poster sizes (shown: 24×36.)
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Framing Tips – From Antique Maps to Fragile Art

Being primarily a wholesale framing business, we don’t make it a point to emphasize custom framing quite as much as our great deals and high-quality product. However, we do have a custom framing department both for our Build A Frame feature and our retail store in Cincinnati, Ohio. While not our main focus, we still offer the best deals around with the best service on the market! (For instance, did you know we were recently nominated for “Best Frame Shop” in Cincinnati?)

Today, we thought we’d share four quick tips on how to not only get the most mileage out of your framing, but also how to best select the materials for your work.

1. If you’re going to be matting an art piece or a print, there’s really no reason to restrict yourself on mat size. Use as much or as little space as you need… However, the mat should not be the same size as the moulding it’s inside. Larger/smaller is fine, but not equal.

2. While we love showing off our frames, the primary purpose of a frame is to showcase your art. Matting or not, you’ll want to choose a picture frame that highlights your art, not something that will “blend in” with it. This in mind, choose textures and colors that make the art stand out on its own. This will generally create a better composition.

3. This is a tip for the interior design-minded out there. While framed art is a great way to decorate a room, you should match colors and textures the the art first, THEN try and match to the decor of your room. Rooms will change over time, or you’ll find yourself moving things around at times. The framed art, however, will always remain the same. (And wouldn’t it be rather silly to re-frame your art every time your room changes?)

4. Don’t be afraid to “mix it up” if you have several different frames in one place. Part of the fun of owning or curating a gallery is knowing how to arrange the pieces, so be sure to experiment with what sorts of frames can hang together.

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Experimentation is the key to hanging your framed art.