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From Cheap Wood Frames to Masterpiece!

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.

Decorating a Home Office with Oak Picture Frames

Wood frames add the perfect addition to a room that is filled with ambiance. When walking into a home office, bare walls and desks simply do not allow a person to be creative. Not only are they plain, but there is no substance to the room. However, when a room is filled with memories, accomplishments and family photos, it will help a person feel more motivated to start the work day and overcome their daily struggles by remembering accomplishments of the past.

The Coveted Diploma

Diploma Frames A diploma screams accomplishment and shows that a person is willing to sacrifice and work hard to become knowledgeable in their career. Letting a diploma collect dust in a closet is simply not an option. With oak picture frames, it is possible to display a diploma as the focal point of the office. This allows a person to remember that they have the skills and knowledge to provide the utmost service to their customers and clients.
Oaks come in cherry, honey and natural colors. Cherry is among the most popular and will provide a very professional look. With diplomas, the average 4×6 picture frames will not work. Instead, a person will need to know the size of their diploma. Common sizes include:

  • 11×14
  • 11×17

Awards and Certifications

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Family or Event Photos

Photos of events or family members can be placed on desks or above computers to act as a source of motivation throughout the day. While there are many ways to display these photos, the most common are:

  • Placing a 4×6 picture frame right next to a computer monitor or on an office desk.
  • Placing framed pictures right above a desk so that they are frequently seen.
  • Placing a plethora of smaller pictures on one wall to create a collage of sorts for the events that have been attended.

Lighter colored frames tend to work best when placed near darker desks to ensure that they add a little bit of light to the room.

American Hardwoods - Oak Step oak picture frames Oak picture frames Oak picture frames provide a plethora of options that the creative homeowner can utilize to spruce up their home office space. With the addition of accomplishments and event photos, a boring office can be turned into one that is filled with excitement and motivation at all corners. By mixing up colors, the right ambiance will be created to allow for a bright, professional space to be created.

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97 Year Old Woman Holds First Art Show

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.

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Between 90 and 97, Nancy Cole managed to amass quite a collection of her work for 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.

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Do you have a gallery show that you’re preparing for? Fill out our custom quote form and we’ll help you out!

Photo and Story Credit: Kansas City Star

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Gallery Ideas for Contemporary Homes

Contemporary homes and décor take a minimalistic approach to design. This allows for plenty of open space and oftentimes, empty wall space as well. Incorporating a photo gallery will add beauty to your home without taking up too much space. Let’s take a look at some contemporary gallery ideas for different areas of the home.

Entryways

Entryway Pictures A home’s entryway is one of the best places to add a photo gallery. This will be the first thing visitors will see when they walk through the door. A simple layout with no more than six photos will add interest without becoming overbearing. For a truly modern look, opt for modern living picture frames and choose one frame size for the project. Line the photos horizontally with three on top and three on the bottom. If you do choose to vary the photo sizes, limit it to one or two variations and make adjustments to your layout to create balance.

Dining Area

If you choose to place your gallery in the dining area, displaying your favorite artwork may be a better option than displaying family photos. Art prints are relatively inexpensive and you can purchase your own sleep frames to suit your home’s décor. In this room, you want to keep things as simple as possible. Try displaying your photos or artwork above your buffet table. Four simple but generously sized photos will complement this space. To maintain balance, create a square with the photos by hanging two on top and two on the bottom.

Hallways

Hallways are a great place for photo galleries as they tend to provide plenty of open space. Choose as little or as many photos as you like. Longer hallways are best complemented by galleries that extend from floor to ceiling, while shorter hallways look best with a small horizontal gallery. If you decide to create a floor to ceiling gallery, make sure to maintain at least five inches of space between each photo to prevent cluttering the walls.

Living Room

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Perhaps the best room to place a photo gallery would be the living room. Here is where you entertain guests and spend quality time with your family. Displaying your favorite family photos in a clean and simple way will allow you to maintain a contemporary look while still being able to display your family’s beautiful memories. Placing the gallery above the couch will help create balance in the room and fill up empty wall space. Rectangular living rooms can benefit greatly from the addition of a gallery.

Gallery Tips

For a unique look, try incorporating other decorative elements into your gallery. Add a small shelf between photos to display plants or other small decorative items. Wall decals can also help add balance and fill in the gaps.

Remember that your gallery does not have to be limited to photos. You can also frame monograms, art prints or even a peacock feather. You are only limited by your imagination and your budget, so have fun and be creative with your gallery.

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Frame USA’s WCAF Trip – Photos

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!

 

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Framing Artwork – Artist Perspective

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.

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Source: E-Flux’s article, “Framing Artwork” by Lindsay Caplan

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Framing The Holidays – 2013 Gift Ideas

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. etsy art christmas

 

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. DIY

 

 Studio JLM

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.

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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. Shop Owner Mary Ellen uses our White Driftwood frames to create her simple, yet elegany Monogram framed prints!

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. Etsy Art

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!   Name On Your Wall is a [text]

 

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.

Hipchikbrie: an artist who works in beads and jewlery.

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How to Create a Photo Wall: A Step-by-Step Guide

Photo walls are becoming increasingly popular in the world of home décor. Not only do they add interest and appeal to a room, but with the right display, it can turn your home into a professional art gallery. Creating a photo wall can be a bit of a challenge, but the guide below will walk you through each step of the process.

Gather Photos for Your Photo Wall

Pile pf Photos The first step in the process is to gather photos to use in your gallery. Choosing a theme can help tie your photos together and create a harmonious look. Photos from your latest vacation are a great option, or you can choose to create a family photo wall that features your friends and loved ones. Regardless of whether you opt for a theme or an eclectic mix of your favorite snapshots, you need to ensure that the pictures you choose are of high quality and clear.

Create a Layout

Once you have gathered all of your photos, you can create a layout for your wall. To avoid making a mess, try creating layouts using paper first. Measure and cut out large pieces of paper to match the sizes you have in mind. Hang each piece of paper on the wall using masking tape. This will give you the freedom to try out multiple layouts without having to damage your walls.

As a general rule of thumb, you want to create a sense of balance when creating your wall gallery. For example, a tall 8 X 10 photo can be balanced out by adding two horizontal 5 x 7 photos to the left or the right of the large photo.

Plenty of photo wall layouts can be found online, which will give you some ideas based on the location of the photo wall and the number of photos you have chosen. Once you have found a layout you love, you can purchase frames for your photos and get to work.

Select the Right Frame

The most important part of the process is selecting the right frame. Not only should it be an aesthetically pleasing choice, but one that can withstand the test of time. Café wide picture frames can add warmth and elegance to your photo wall with rich and robust colors that complement any photo style.

Most homeowners choose to mat the photos they place on their photo wall. While this is a matter of personal opinion, matting does help create a professional look that will make your photos stand out. Just keep in mind that matting will require you to place a smaller photo in the frame.

Monochrome Photo Wall Photo walls are all about letting your own creativity shine and showing off the best photos in your personal collection. Always remember that less is sometimes more and to keep some space between each photo. Even large walls can wind up looking cluttered and disorganized if photos are placed too closely together. While you may be tempted to put all of your family photos on the wall, try to limit your collection to something appropriate for the wall.

Wood Photo Frames – Adding a Classic Decorative Look

The classic, rustic look is one that is routinely recreated. People love a bit of old added into modern day photography. With the use of crystal clear photographs and a touch of vintage, a home can be seen as classy and sophisticated. It is truly a look that is perfect, but it will require the right photo frames to accompany the pictures that are placed within them.

Napoleon Frame

Napoleon Picture Frames The Napoleon frame is elegant and comes in three distinct colors: black with gold, antique silver and antique gold. With a plethora of sizes, it is best to choose one that is large and place a family portrait inside of it. This is the ideal centerpiece for a home and will be the envy of every living room. With the addition of a family portrait and the beautiful detail seen with the Napoleon frame, this will provide an extremely classy look that is almost regal.

Victorian Frames

Victorian Picture Frames The Victorian age is one that decorators always flock to. It provides class and elegance like no other time in history. Vintage photos are also very popular and will be the perfect addition for a homeowner that wants to add a touch of old into their décor. With the colors of gold and walnut and gold, vintage black and white photos will be the perfect accent for the Victorian frame. These photographs can be taken with the true vintage attire and will bring a home back in time to an age that is merely unforgettable.

Antique Royal Picture Frames

antique royal picture frames Antique bronze or silver are ideal for painting prints. These frames work extremely well with landscape or old salon pieces of art that are now captured in print form. While these paintings can be quite expensive, the photo prints will be more than affordable. Homeowners can choose from thousands of different prints and anything will work well. Italian and French prints are extremely popular. Pictures of an old Italian town or a glass of wine from France will ensure every room is classy.

Wooden photo frames are able to bring rooms to life. They provide a mood that no other frame can offer. With the addition of antique colors, these frames can be used to recreate a look that has been seemingly forgotten by many modern designers. This is the perfect addition to the sophisticated individual that wants to add elegance to a room that is simply boring and bland.

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Etsy Artists and Craftsmen are Welcomed to Help Promote Small Business Saturday with Frame USA

Saturday, November 30th is small business Saturday. While Frame USA is a pretty small business with about 70 employees, a good chunk of our customers are artists and crafty creators that also sell online or in a shop of their town. At Frame USA, we want to show our support to these small businesses and support local economies by offering a great deal to these customers. However, you don’t have to be a Frame USA customer for us to feature your shop! Check out the rules below our promotional image.

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Spread the word! We’re looking to promote all sorts of small businesses and give discounts to those who participate.

As our poster says, we are mainly looking for Etsy art, craft and design creators. Frame USA is an online business and it’s what we know best, so customers with an Etsy account (or other online shopping place) will probably see the most benefit from this initiative. Simply send an email to the address in the image above to get started! If you know anyone who would benefit from a promotion like this, feel free to send it their way.

Thanks for sticking with us, and remember to shop small and shop local!