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Portrait of Hong Kong

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Marc Allante

In today’s blog we’re going to spotlight an artist that we at Frame USA/Posterservice have had the pleasure of working with: Marc Allante. His print “Achilles” is one of our most popular posters and anytime we get new art from him we’re always pleased and excited.

Marc was born in Hong Kong and is currently based there where he is represented by the Avenue Des Arts gallery. He has lived in Sydney and London as well and it’s this blend of eastern and western cultures that informs his unique vision.

A self taught artist, Marc creates his images by combining traditional Chinese inks with European watercolor and pen techniques. He has a distinct style, often incorporating a paint drip and spatter look. His subject matter is varied with animals and architecture comprising much of his most striking work. In particular he has a way of capturing the energy and joy of birds in flight. He also incorporates silhouettes to create romantic imagery like his popular “Two Step.” 

He’s a versatile artist whose voice continues to change and develop in new and unexpected directions. Check him out at his website Marcallante.com to see his full portfolio and where he will be exhibiting. While you’re at it, follow him on Facebook and Twitter (@marcallanteart) .You can also come over to Posterservice.com and search “Marc Allante” or go to our Art Posters section to see the 24×36 posters we currently carry. If you are looking for art to put in picture framds that encompass beauty, color and joy, you’ve found it in Marc’s work.

Portrait of Hong Kong
Portrait of Hong Kong
Marc Allante's Two Step
Two Step
Achiles
Achilles
summer vacation

Summer Vacation Means Photos!

The phrase, “Summer Vacation” packs a wallop of images, emotions and memories. You can almost smell the hot dogs cooking on the grill; hear the sound of a baseball hitting a bat and the roar of a crowd at the ballpark. You think back to running through the sprinkler on the lawn to cool off. You remember sticky ice cream melting  onto your hand as you hurry to finish your cone. But if your family ever went s away from home during the summer months, that’s probably what you think of the most when you hear “Summer Vacation.”

Road trips to the grand canyon, umbrellas and loungers on the beach, poorly erected tents in the woods; the vacation could have many different faces but their was always a pattern to the whole affair . Sing-alongs in the car the first hour maybe. The license plate game, snacks and sodas. Everyone getting along. At some point the novelty of being out and about wore off and people settled back into their habits of getting on each others nerves. But always with love, and through it all, you enjoyed sharing the experience with each other. It didn’t matter if you bickered here or there, you grew closer with every little delight and disaster. And while all of this was going on, someone was snapping pictures.

Every family seems to have at least one photo bug. Before the digital age they would have a clunky old Polaroid or Kodak hung around their necks on a strap. Cajoling everyone to, “say cheese,” and click-click-clicking away at the shutter button. Afterwards when you got home they’d get their spools of film developed and meticulously sort them and put them into an album maybe, or make a collage. These moments, captured forever on a piece of photo paper, become treasured family heirlooms. The tradition of vacation photos is as strong as any holiday tradition a family observes. It’s a way to preserve those moments for future generations and for those whose memory has maybe gotten fuzzy. They’re important.

So when you want to frame your vacation pictures, a sense of style should be considered. These are not just vacation photos, these are the ones important enough to take out of the album and put on the wall. The frame you choose will impact the way the picture is viewed.

A flat fronted profile is always a good way to go. Sleek, and versatile, you can really use them in any decor, whether it’s modern, country or shabby chic. Our corporate series of frame is a great example of this.

But let’s say you want something with a little bit of pizazz. Nothing ostentatious but with a little bit of design interest. A slim frame with a rounded face and maybe one beveled channel. Our Classic series comes in Black, walnut and cherry and can give it that extra little bit of oomph you’re looking for.

Whatever you decide, hang your summer vacation photos with pride. Let them remind you of the smells of grilling and the sounds of baseball. Let them transport you to those moments where you felt wonder alongside annoyance and love.

Our Classic in walnut
Our Classic in walnut
Corporate_Walnut
Corporate Frame
Framed Newspaper about Pete Rose

Thanks for the Memorabilia

With San Diego Comic-Con and the Major League Baseball All-Star-Game having both just wrapped up, it’s been a big couple of weeks for collectors of all kinds of memorabilia. Millions of dollars were spent, on posters, bobble heads, shirts, autographs, toys and items of every kind; all to be taken back home to be proudly displayed. A few of these may just be thrown here and there or shoved, forgotten on to bookshelves but serious collectors require serious displays. Frames, shadowboxes and wall shelves become the pillars of the monuments to their fandom.

The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead 4
Item # PSA009739

Memorabilia is the common ground where comic book nerds and film geeks meet sports fans and music freaks. Collecting is a big business. In an increasingly digital age, people who are passionate about the things they love–the things that form part of their identity–want tangible examples that they can hold and touch. In a world where you can download any song, or image or movie or picture, it can be very satisfying to say, “I actually went to a place and bought this. I was with other people who love what I love and here’s a real souvenir of that.”

Depending on how much the items mean to the collector, the amount of money spent on memorabilia can go from a very small amount (one retailer has a vintage Princess Leia action figure for sale at $12.99) to what may seem unimaginable to a non-collector ($7.2 million for the original manuscript of Don McClean’s “American Pie” lyrics). When a collector spends that kind of money on something they want to preserve it and display it in the best way possible. There are nearly as many different kinds of displays for memorabilia as there are actual types and genres of collectibles. Some of these are ornate and expensive; huge, multi-tiered curio cabinets with non-glare, uv protected glass and humidity controls. Some may be hand carved wooden mantlepieces where a fan’s collection of the 1975 Cincinnati Reds baseball cards may sit, each one mounted to it’s own plaque. But after spending so much on the items, there are ways to display one’s collection without blowing out their bank account.

Frames and shadowboxes are great ways to show off your collectibles. For flat pieces like newspaper clippings, prints, posters, art and programs, wooden frames are great for hanging your piece. There are a lot of great frames at Frame USA that are perfect for this. Our Black and White series is a simple but elegant frame that will show off your piece without distracting from it.

But maybe what you’re trying to show off isn’t flat. Maybe you want your friends to ooh and ahh over your vintage 80’s original My Pet Monster doll. For 3 dimensional items, a Shadowbox is always a great way to show off collectibles that have a little more heft. We have three different shadowboxes that are perfect for this purpose. Our Shadowbox Elite is great for smaller items (action figures, lead painted figures, baseball card collections). Our Shadowbox Showcase has a bit more depth so your Lord of the Rings Mithril chainmail shirt and ring of power have room to breathe. And for your 12″ tall Tardis replica? Our 3.5″ deep Shadowbox Boxer is perfect. Sports fans need not feel left out. All of these shadowboxes are also great ways to display your jerseys, bobbleheads, game-balls and autographed items.

So show your collectibles with pride! Let everybody know that you’re a Dr. Who/Star Wars/Batman/Walking Dead/Avengers/Bengals/Metallica/Stanley Kubrick/Cavaliers/Disney fan. Frame up those pieces and let people know who you are.

 

Framed Newspaper about Pete Rose
Pete rose breaks Ty Cobb’s record

How to Decorate your Apartment Without Nails or Screws.

There are so many sites and blogs out there dedicated to helping you decorate your first apartment or house. In fact when you do a quick google search for Decorating your first apartment  you will get about 23,400,000 results to sift through.

After going through the first page of results I had an overwhelming realization that not many of those 23,400,000 results gave me something that was temporary. All of them talked about hanging frames, or screwing in mirrors or adding shelves. All of which are the perfect solutions for those that have purchased a house (we’re personally biased on the hanging frames part). However for those that are transitioning into their very first apartment, all of these tips are crap. When you’re  renting a space you don’t have the ability to screw things into the walls, add shelves, hammer in nails or even sometimes paint your walls a fun color without the risk of forfeiting your security deposit.

So what is a new renter supposed to do to turn their rented Apartment into a home?

We’ve come up with some great ways to decorate an apartment that doesn’t require nails or screws.

one of the easiest ways to decorate your apartment is with fun furniture. A funky couch or chair can really spice up a living room. For those that aren’t into having such a big purchase be the focal point of the room. Try to use pillows or blankets as a way to add color. You can get pillows with sequins or lace  or different colors the possibilities are endless.

Since we aren’t a full shop for decorating we know more about decorating with picture frames and art. The only problem is that what happens when you have a large piece of art— large frames take screws or nails.

But don’t worry you have some options, for one, if It is a frame that is not too terribly large you can purchase what we refer to as an easel mate.

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The easel mate is perfect for the larger more manageable frames such as 11×14 and smaller that don’t normally come with an easel back. It screws into the back of the frame and turns  that hanging frame into a table top frame or a shelf frame.

The other option if the piece of art is too large is to have an easel mate is to use poster mounts or mounting tape. This is a mountable adhesive that allows you to hang posters and art prints to just about any surface and have it easily remove.

Apartment Mounting tape

The other option for the larger pieces is to hang it with a frame. If you are thinking how can i hang my art with a frame, didn’t you just say that large frames don’t work in apartments? You would be right, I did say that. This isn’t your normal type of frame. This frame is something called poster hangers.

apartment poster hangers

These are plastic pieces that slide on to the top and bottom of the piece and sit flatly on the wall. These poster hangers typically come with metal saw tooth that you screw into the wall but for our particular purpose that won’t work. But these can also use the poster mounts or mounting tape as a way to add some pizzazz to a piece and still not leave a mark.

 

So use these tips and go forth and decorate your new home but first, tell us, What are some of your apartment decorating tips that don’t require screws or nails?

Revamped View on Gold Picture Frames

Your thoughts about Gold Picture Frames are dependent on your generation. The younger generation, those of you that are early 20’s to mid 30’s grew up seeing gold picture frames in our grandparents houses and churches and thus have labeled them as ‘outdated’ or ‘ostentatious’. As the time comes for this generation to begin decorating their own homes they chose a style that is completely opposite, opting for more shabby chic or modern decor. For the older generation, those that are late 30’s on, have seen the value in gold picture frames from the very beginning. This generation has and always will have the right view on gold picture frames, and it’s time for everyone to have this view!

Gold Picture Frames: Revamped

The color gold is such a complex color that it’s hard to come up with one specific value to describe it, each shade and tint of the color is unique. This complexity gives our company, as a picture frame manufacturer endless possibilities when it comes to providing gold picture frames—and we take advantage of every single one.

Not only are there numerous possibilities when it comes to the color of gold, but you also have the option of choosing a shiny finish or a matte finish.

These possibilities are the reason that gold picture frames no longer are outdated or ostentatious (unless of course you want them to be).

American value Gold Picture Frame   Cambridge Gold

Frame USA offers everything from the traditional gold frames that everyone is used to seeing all the way to frames with the more muted end of the gold spectrum like our Cambridge Series.

When you purchase a gold frame from Frame USA you’re purchasing a frame that will go the distance, not fall into the trend category that will be considered out by the following week.

Whether you’re looking for a frame that will make you reminiscence about the good ole days or looking for a stylish frame to add some value to your decor, Frame USA has you covered with our great line of American Made Gold Picture Frames

 

 

Frame-an-Album Black

Frame USA’s New Product: Introducing Frame an Album

A few months back we created a new position entitled Creativity Designer and hired a talented trained photographer by the name of Erin Corley. One of the many jobs that Erin does is bring in new products for Frame USA. Thanks to Erin we have begun the process of adding a record number of new picture frame series to our product line. These new products are sharp, unique, timeless, elegant, funky, and downright perfect new additions to our current selection of picture frames.

Our Industry considers frames that serve a specific purpose that is outside the normal realm of photographs, and art work to be specialty frames. A frame that is most commonly considered to be specialty that most people are aware of is a Shadowbox Frame. This frame is known for its depth and display power for priceless keepsakes and treasures.

Along with our Shadowbox Frames we also have our certificate frame series, which are the perfect inexpensive choice for your companies awards and certificates. Most recently we added a brand new and unique frame to our specialty frame section: Frame A Tee. This T-shirt frame was definitely not the last of the unique specialty frames that Frame USA carries.

Introducing Frame-an-Album

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The music industry is an industry that is constantly changing with improvements to technology. The one thing that hasn’t changed for those folks that are die hard music fans is there is no better medium to listen to your favorite song than a record album. The casing of your favorite albums can only last so long, so why not protect the exquisite art by framing it.

We have taken our In-depth Series and turned it into something to preserve and display your investment in the classics. Frame-an-Album comes in two classic colors, Black and Natural and is the perfect size for standard record albums. This frame series comes equipped with everything you need to turn your precious album covers into beautiful displayed art.

This series comes with 1 piece of our flat black backing, two pieces of cardboard a wire kit for hanging and glass for protecting.

It’s time to bop to the beat of your own drum and order and frame-an-album today!

 

Stay tuned for more new product introductions!

Useful Tips for Decorating

National Decorating Month: Useful Tips to Make Decorating Easier

April 2015 — National Decorating Month

Almost every month has a whole bunch of really obscure holidays that go unappreciated. The Month of April has April fool’s Day on the 1st but it also has countless other holidays to celebrate daily. Today there is the option of celebrating Rubber Eraser Day or Titanic Remembrance Day. Most of the holidays serve as a silly way to pass the time and great conversation starters. Among the daily holidays, the month of April has been designated as National Decorating Month.

Decorating for some people is as easy as walking, for others, decorating causes immense anxiety. Being in the framing industry we would like to consider ourselves experts at decorating, but even we sometimes have questions. We found that the best place to find the answers is Pinterest.  Almost everything you ever need to know can be found on Pinterest, you just need to know what to search for!

We’ve decided to take the grunt work out of research by providing you with an easy way to get useful tips from one source: Our Pinterest Board.

Pinterest Decorating Post

Our Pinterest board is a mecca of a variety of different topics relating to home decor. The most recent induction to our Pinterest boards, Useful Tips, is where you can find the answers to your questions and turn decorating back into something fun.

Useful Tips for Decorating

Here are some of our favorite tips that we have found to be useful! Check out our Pinterest board for even more useful tips!

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Hang frames decorating tips

 

 

If you have any tips we would love to feature them on our blog and add them to our Pinterest Board, reach out to us!

Frame A-Tee Introduction

Introducing Frame-A-Tee: Frame USA’s T-Shirt Frame Product Line.

The Newest T-Shirt Frame Product Line: Frame-A-Tee

Throughout a persons lifetime it is inevitable that they will have been given and or purchased a large amount of T-shirts.

The T-Shirt hording probably started in high school during pep rally’s and concerts. Continued on after graduation, maybe you went Greek in college and got a new t-shirt every event, or maybe you were an avid sports fan and really represented your college well with spirit wear.

After college and probably even before you may have participated in a charity event/race and received a T-shirt for participating or you wanted to rep your favorite professional sports team with T-shirts. Next thing you know you have an entire dresser filled with just T-shirts. If you’re like me, you probably only wear a quarter of the T-Shirts you have in your possession.

So what do you do with the other T-Shirts!? 

If none of your T-shirts have any sentimental value attached you could just donate them to goodwill or a homeless shelter.

If you have a large group of shirts you can’t bare to part with you could take them to a seamstress and have them made into a blanket, so the memories are still there but the shirts aren’t taking up space.

However you are bound to have at least one or two T-shirts that you couldn’t bare to part with or the idea of them being chopped up tears you up inside. Thanks to a Frame USA Employee you now have a way to properly display and protect your beloved shirts: Frame-A-Tee

We took one of our popular wood moldings, In-Depth and turned it into an outlet for clearing out your closet, and decorating your home!

Frame-A-Tee comes in 2 classic colors, Natural, and Black.

T-Shirt Frame Black    T-Shirt Frame Natural

After testing these frames out we have come up with 3 standard sizes that work for all sizes of T-shirts: 12×12, 14×14 and 14×18.

Each T-Shirt Frame will include the following:

  •  A Frame
  • 2 pieces of Black Foamcore
  • 2 pieces of Cardboard
  • wire kit for hanging
  • Assembly Instructions

All of our employees are so excited about this product and we think our customers are really going to love these. So pull out your T-shirt collection, choose your favorites preserve the memories with Frame USA’s Newest Product: Frame-A-Tee.

Bulk Volume Ordering–Save More when you Spend More

Frame USA Bulk Volume Ordering

It’s no secret that we pride ourselves on offering exceptionally priced american made products to our customers. We have frequent sales and offer discounted pricing to our wholesale customers. Something else we offer that people may not know about is Bulk and Volume Pricing for orders.

We want to help businesses get the custom frames they need for their hotel, restaurant, corporate office or gallery.

We’ve made it easy and economical for our customers to purchase picture frames in bulk.

Here’s a 4 step process to make bulk volume ordering as simple as: lather, rinse, and repeat (which is what you’ll be doing once you get your picture frame order) .

Step 1:

Pick out the picture frames and/or mats that you absolutely love. We have a huge selection to choose from many of which are able to be laser engraved with a custom message.

  Volume Order Verona Wide   Bulk Order Unfinished   Bulk Order Metal I Silver   Bulk Order Cherry Certificate

Step 2:

When you have the picture frames you would like to order fill out our custom quote form. Once you this is complete one of our customer service agents will get back to you with your price within 8 hours.

Bulk Order Quote Request

 

Step 3:

So you have received your custom quote back from one of our agents, your next step is to place your order. But before you do that I bet you want to save even more, right? Here’s how: Volume Discounts.

We have two very not so secret discount codes available for our customers that spend big with us. There is a banner located right on the homepage of our website that when you click on it you find the codes.

Bulk Order Volume Discount

These volume discounts are offered in two tiers:

$750+

7.5% Off your entire order. Offer only valid on ordersfrom $750-$999.99. Cannot be combined with any other promotion/discount. Enter coupon code: 7.5off750 at checkout.

$1000+

10% Off your entire order.  Offer only valid onorders over $1,000. Cannot be combined with any other promotion/discount.  Enter coupon code:10%off1000 at checkout.

Step 4:

Place your order, receive your frames and be ecstatic with how your business looks.

 

This process is a fail-proof method for decorating your business, take advantage of our bulk ordering and volume discounts today!

Upcycled Picture Frames

Upcycled Picture Frames

Unconventional Uses for Picture Frames

Almost everyone knows what picture frames are for—to protect, enhance and display a piece of artwork, a precious document, or a family portrait. That is not the only thing that picture frames can be used for. The uses for picture frames are endless. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite unconventional uses for picture frames that I’ve seen around pinterest, television and even from customers!

1. Apartment Door Decoration using an Upcycled picture Frame

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This use was something I had never thought of until I saw it on the TV Show Selfie. Use a decorative picture frame in shell form (without glass or backing) such as our Napoleon or American Value Silver frames on your door! You can also use a picture frame as a festive wreathe. Our Barnwood frames are perfect for a fall wreathe. This is perfect for apartments to make a door stand out among the sea of doors!

2. Upcycled Frame Collage Artwork 

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Picture frame collages with images in a bunch of different style of frames all painted one color to match but make a statement are very popular. This takes that idea but uses the picture frame shells as art itself! The different styles of our wood frames would be great for this idea.

3. Upcycled picture Frame turned Coffee Table 

I don’t have a picture of this next one since it was an idea from a customer that she is planning on doing. She is planning on making a tabletop with a 2” thick frame to display seashells. She is substituting acrylic instead of glass and wooden dividers for the seashells and to support the acrylic. She figured out that this would be much cheaper than one of those coffee tables that are made for displays. Our Shadow box Elite comes in an unfinished profile which would be great for this so you can stain it and paint it in a color to match your décor.

4. Serving Tray using Upcycled Picture Frame 

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Who doesn’t love parties? Create a unique tray to serve food, drinks or bottles on. Using scrap book paper and acrylic glass in one of our frames. Our Victorian Picture Frames would be a beautiful conversation starter about where you got this vintage looking tray.

5. Nail Polish/Spice Rack using an Upcycled Picture Frame

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This is perfect for the nail polish or food obsessed. Using a picture frame painted with the color of your choice or even just your favorite frame, for me it would be our Black Smoke Series and wood pieces adhered to the back to hold nail polish bottles or spice containers. This is both a piece of art and a handy storage system!

 

I hope my top 5 favorite unconventional uses for upcycled picture frames inspired the DIY crafter inside you. Show us your favorite upcycled picture frames!