A frame collage (Or “Gallery Wall”) is a HUGE recent trend in interior design. A recent Kickstarter campaign shows that, in framing, sometimes less is more.
We’ve talked a lot about frame collages in the past, and the great statement they can make when assembled in a tasteful manner. We’ve seen many of our customers take great advantage of this technique, from Bachelor winners to our tasteful twitter followers…
In recent news, however, we’ve found a great example of forward-thinking design for framing mobile photography. (Instagram lovers, this is for you!)
Meet the Fotobit: a modular framing system by Alan Yeung. This product allows you to place the frame on the wall using a single nail, balance the frame with a built-in leveler, and attach the frame to other units to create an assmblage of frames. The concept is very modern and well-received–in fact, the Kickstarter has raised over $4,000 above the expected amount! With this trend in frame collage design on the rise, it’s obvious that this style of design is here to stay.
What are your thoughts on this new product? Let us know if you’re a fan of this modular-style frame, or what you’ve done to mimic this look! (We personally thing that our Architect series could handle the challenge!)
Everyone loves a good deal. And while most of our Closeouts tend to go from anywhere between 20-30% off, we also know that it can be incredibly easy to miss out on a good deal. This time, we decided to extend our sale to a week-long savings event. Not only will you save 10% on already-cheap and high-quality picture frames — you’ll have an entire week to save big on all of our closeout inventory!
Frame Closeouts allows you to pick between wood, premium wood, metal, poster and polystyrene frames. The frames then break down into sizes, which you pick and receive at random (like a “grab bag” approach). This is perfect if you are looking for a large number of cheap frames and don’t really mind what series you are receiving.
Don’t forget to save 30% on 5×7 Walnut Wood frames on FrameCloseouts.com, either! Coupon Code: 57waln. Expires 4.21.2014.
Which of our closeout lines to you use the most? Leave a comment below and let us know!
Join us in celebrating National Photo Month, the PMA’s initiative to spark creativity in photography
With the winter season (hopefully) behind us, it’s time to look forward to sunshine and clear skies. While we’re all outside dusting off our cameras and shooting anything shiny or colorful, it’s a good season for some friendly competition and encouragement! What better way to start it out with a whole month dedicated to Photography?
This coming May starts National Photo Month. Created and promoted be the PMA, this “holiday” month supports photographers and creators of imagery everywhere by promoting education, contests, resources and community involvement in regards to photography. Whether you’re a student, hobbyist or professional, everyone can benefit from Photography month.
So what kinds of things should you shoot during National Photo Month? Besides the obvious answer of “anything you want”, it’s an even better idea to use the month to take experimental photos and push the borders more than usual. Use sources of inspiration like Pinterest and Tumblr blogs to find information on different tips to try, or perhaps subject matter you’ve not yet explored!
Are you a practicing photographer? Leave a comment below about your experiences with National Photo Month! If you plan on getting involved this year, what are you doing to prepare?
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.
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.
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!
Thanks to our friends at the PPFA for retweeting and designer Fred Gonsowski, we found a great guide to hanging picture frames! Not only were there plenty of written instructions, but illustrations to help explain the best practices.
The first step in the process is to find the natural lines in your environment. How do the lines appear in your design space? Do they align well and lend themselves to aesthetics? If not, is there anything you can do to change the lines surrounding your frames? While not necessary. it will make your framing look much more professional.
Once you’ve found the lines, be sure to note the lines on illustration 4 through 6. The lines created by the frames should not be on the same architectural lines as the doors and windows — rather, your installations and furniture should create the lines you’ll be using for your framing. Cabinets, cupboards and vases can be used to make this.
What are some hanging tips that you have found in your interior design experience? Let us know below in the comments!
Your favorite high-quality, cheap picture frames are now on sale.
We’ve got some great deals planned for the first week of April… and no, that was not an April Fool’s joke! Here, we will be going over our standard weekly picture frame sale, and maybe a hint at our upcoming sale later this week!
Heavy Metal Picture Frames
Much like our standard metal frames, these are available in typical metallic colors as well as flat and shiny black. The benefit of these over our regular series? The sturdier quality and heavier material. You can find them here.
5×7 Black Closeout Picture Frames
Along with the 4×6 sized frames, frames that come in the 5×7 size are made for mantles, desktops and any other number of flat horizontal surfaces. These ship with an easel for standing on their own and can be sent with sawtooth hangers for hanging if needed.
A popular size for it’s versatility, particularly in this color. Black picture frames work great for any variety of prints and photographs, and we happen to have of 3,200 of them in stock! To have a look at these frames and more, click here.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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:
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.