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DIY Picture Frames – Chalkboard Picture Frame

A lot of people have old picture frames lying around with nothing to put in them. If you have run out of artwork or pictures for framing or simply enjoy do-it-yourself projects, then our DIY chalkboard picture frame tutorial is just the thing for you.

Chalkboard Picture Frame

If you don’t have an abundance of picture frames lying around then you should head over to our Frame USA closeout section for a variety of very affordable picture frames.

Chalkboard picture frames have been becoming increasingly popular as people are looking for unique ways to liven up living spaces. These chalkboard picture frames can also be used as drawing station for toddlers, birthday or holiday gifts and a wide range of other uses.

To start this project, you first need a picture frame. Once you found a suitable frame (the bigger the better so you have more space to write on your chalkboard), remove the glass and clean it so there are no smudge marks or blemishes.

Once your glass is clean you then need to apply a glass primer and allow it to dry. It’s important that after each step you allow your work to dry or your DIY picture frame will turn out very mediocre. Next you apply two steps of chalkboard paint, remembering to let it dry after applying each coat.

After the second coat of chalkboard paint dries, place you glass back into the frame and your DIY chalkboard picture frame is complete!

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DIY Chalkboard Picture Frames

Check back in with our Frame USA Blog for more DIY Picture Frame ideas.

A “Creative” Introduction

Creativity: the “state or quality of being creative”… New, original, thinking out of the box. The ability to create.

Social media posts nowadays are filled with ways people have been “embracing their creative side.” Most of the time they are referring to a new craft they were able to finally try from a DIY site they have visited over 100 times in the past two years. Some are posts of an idea they had, they tried and it worked. It is exciting to see so many people stepping out of their comfort zones and creating something totally and completely new to them. Sometimes these “creative bursts” turn out with such success that the person embraces a brand new talent and runs with their newly found abilities… or it epically fails and they discover that some Pinterest pins are better left to decorate their board instead of their living room.

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Being a person who greatly enjoys making art, the process of “being creative” has always been something of great interest to me. From the blank sheet of canvas, or paper, to the finished piece of work; sketch by sketch, stroke by stroke, the process of creating is thrilling. Taking something that starts as nothing and making it into that something you wanted is a joy that words cannot describe. You are taken in, absolutely captivated by the process.  When you have finished your creation you may have something you love, or maybe you’ll have something you will never show another living soul… whatever the outcome you have this inner excitement that you just did something great, YOU created it. If it was a success, you feel as if you could conquer any project you put your mind to. If it failed you bury it in the files of your mind that say either try again with different methods, or find a new and totally different project. But there isn’t a feeling of defeat. There is a desire to do more, a desire to take it a step further, to push your creative abilities just a little farther.

My name is Karla Spencer, and as the new Creative Designer at Frame USA, creating ideas for new and wonderful products is in my job description. Yet, the love of creating goes much farther than the job. Everyday holds new opportunities to create something great. To push a little farther in our abilities. To try something new, to challenge yourself and your ideas. Everyone should take the opportunity to awaken that creative person within and create like never before!

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Frame-A-Tee – T-Shirt Framing At Its Finest

I’m sure you, just like me and many others out there, have a ton of t-shirts that you don’t wear. They may be in drawers you don’t even bother to check, shoved to the back of a closet or even in a storage bin tossed somewhere in the basement. If you’re looking for something to do with that piece of clothing that you just can’t get rid of, Frame USA has the thing for you: Frame-A-Tee!

Our Frame-A-Tee collection consists of t-shirt frames that are perfect for when you want to frame a collectible shirt or jersey! These American made wood picture frames have a 1 inch depth making it easy to fold and display your shirt. Frame-A-Tee comes in with 3 different colors to choose from (Black, Natural and Walnut) and three different sizes to fit your apparel (12×12 for small/medium shirts, 14×14 for medium/large shirts and 14×18 for large/extra large shirts).

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The Frame-A-Tee series is a very popular way of showing off what high school or university you attended, shirts from different places you’ve traveled, sports teams you support, a shirt from a race you entered, or something as simple as a favorite shirt you don’t want to part ways with. In addition to the color and size options, every Frame-A-Tee also includes: frame, plexi-glass, two pieces of black foamcore, two pieces of cardboard, a wire kit for hanging and instructions for assembly.

Similar to our Frame-A-Tee series, we also have Frame-An-Album. Our Frame-An-Album collection is the perfect complement for your favorite record album cover or artwork.

Frame An Album

We know you will enjoy this product so head on over to Frame USA, get one now and let us know what you decide to frame in your Frame-A-Tee.

Where do I buy Art Posters?

As framers, we often get asked by our customers where they can buy art posters and art.  Our sister company, Posterservice Inc. carries one of the hottest selection of art posters around. With over a hundred art posters in stock and ready to ship, our wide assortment of art from famous artists, as in Marc Allante, to various styles, we guarantee we will have something for you!

There are several different ways to select an art poster:

By Style of Art:
Artwork should represent your style and the design of your house. It should flow with the decorations already in place.  A kitchen wall picture can and usually will differ from the pictures for the walls of your basement.  At posterservice.com, we carry different styles ranging from abstract art, photography to watercolor art. From photography prints of The Colosseum to fantasy posters, as in Night Trawlers II, you will be able to select a piece to fit your style and taste.

By Famous artist:
Selecting a poster by your favorite artist is easy, but discovering an art poster by a new artist is great too.  Our pictures of art range from Dean Russo, Marc Allante, Ralph Steadman, and more.  Marc Allante creates watercolor renditions of animals and buildings, as in this art poster Achilles and Monolith II.  Achilles was the first Marc Allante poster we added to our line.  Due to it’s continued success, we have added more and more of his art posters over the last few years. 10315

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Dean Russo creates abstract art by using bright colors, abstract patterns and turns them into animals, scenery and people. Starry Night by Dean Russo is currently a best seller.

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When you’re done browsing our cool art pictures and finding the perfect art poster for you, head back over to frameusa.com and choose the best frame to protect and professionally frame your masterpiece!

Picture Framing Tips

Many people feel picture framing is an intricate and time consuming task.  We want you to know that it doesn’t always have to be!  We know often times the endless amounts of matting, framing, and glass options, picture framing can be overwhelming.  Based on the outcome you’re looking for though, there a few tips and tricks you can follow to make picture framing easier.

The picture frame should complement the image it is housing as well as the space where it’s hung. If you’re hanging artwork in a modern looking room then you’d want to avoid using an oddly shaped frame. On the other spectrum, if the room has a more classic feel, then the best advice would be to stay away from shiny, polished metal or modern looking picture frames.

Color picture frames can be instrumental in bringing your artwork to life. Choosing a white picture frame or a gold picture frame is a guaranteed way to make your art pop, you just have to be mindful not to select a frame that clashes with what’s being hung.

Colorful Metal Picture Frames
Colorful Metal Picture Frames

The type of picture frame you opt for is just as important as your color selection. Wood picture frames are the most popular and traditional frames due to their versatility. Wood can be stained in a variety of colors and already come in various themes such as the rustic wood frames or the driftwood picture frames. On the other end of the spectrum, metal picture frames are more practical based on their material and tend to last a lot longer.

Wood Picture Frames
Wood Picture Frames

Be aware of how you hang your pictures:

  • Frames ideally should be hung at eye level, not too high and not too low, about 60 inches (or 5 feet) above the ground.
  • When hanging a picture above a table you want to leave 4-8 inches of space between the bottom of the picture frame and the top of the table.
  • If you’re hanging a picture frame above a couch or other piece of furniture there should be a 3-6 inch space between the furniture and the picture frame.
  • Try to avoid hanging your artwork in direct sunlight. The purpose of framing art is to make it look nice and protect it, sunlight and moisture are detrimental to this.
  • Place your framing wire as close to the top of the picture frame as you can. Doing this helps keep your picture flat against the wall by raising the pictures center of gravity.

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When choosing a mat for your artwork, the basic principle is that the mat should be lighter than the artwork or picture but darker than the wall. The mat is there to provide visual space between your picture, the frame and the wall. People often make the mistake of getting too fancy when choosing a mat which in turn takes away from the artwork.

Put these tips into action when framing your next picture and find out how easy picture framing really is. If you have any questions, we over here at Frame USA would be more than happy to assist you. Good luck on your next project.

BoJack Horseman Posters Available Now

Posterservice, Inc. Releases BoJack Horseman Posters for Just-Premiered Season 3

Season 3 of BoJack Horseman, a Netflix exclusive show, premiered Friday, July 22. Within hours of premiering, it was already renewed for Season 4. The animated series centers around BoJack, a self-loathing alcoholic and washed-up sitcom star trying to make a comeback in Hollywood. The characters consist of anthropomorphic animals and humans living in Los Angeles.

Posterservice, Inc. picked up the poster license for BoJack Horseman, making them available for purchase on July 15, 2016 on our website, www.posterservice.com.

Entertainment Weekly’s July 22, 2016 issue rates BoJack Horseman an A and their website chose it as Pick of the Night for its release on July 22 to binge watch. In this same print issue, BoJack Horseman makes The Must List (a list of top 10 things Entertainment Weekly loves this week) for TV, saying “brutal cynicism, devastating poignance, and animal puns ensue.”

According to a July 27, 2016 article in Business Insider, Rotten Tomatoes has confirmed with them that BoJack Horseman has “the highest rating of any show released this summer”. Bojack season 3 also has a 100% review on Rotten Tomatoes, a popular film review aggregator.

BoJack Horseman Posters Available at www.Posterservice.com

 

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– Key art for the show from season 1, of BoJack and his everyday vices.

 

 

 

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PSA010970 BoJack Horseman – Dive Bar
– Major and minor characters being themselves in the local dive bar.

 

 

For further questions about this hit show and/or our newest posters, please contact us today!

Angela Aronow, Licensing Director                                                           Laurel Waldron, Marketing Analyst
513 250 4145                                                                                                513 250 4129
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The Perfect Poster Frame

When looking for the perfect poster frame there are many things you can keep in mind.  First, all of our sizes on www.frameusa.com are the inside dimensions/your poster size.  Therefore, if you have a 24×36 poster, you need a 24×36 poster frame.  Keep in mind, that all frames, no matter the type or style of frame, will overlap your poster slightly.  This is what keeps the poster from falling through the front of the frame.

 

Here are our top 3 poster frame options:

 

A few helpful hints:

  • The most common poster frame size is a 24×36 posterframe. Budget Saver Poster Frame
  • A typical movie poster is 27×40, so you would need a 27×40 posterframe.
  • All frames can be used to frame posters, no matter the type or style.
  • An 11×17 poster frame is great to frame a poster for a child’s room or office.

 

Looking for more details, check out our poster frame page today at: http://www.frameusa.com/poster-frames!

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Guest Blog: Horsing around with Hillary

My first day horse 2 of high school I became friends with a girl who was taking horseback riding lessons. My mom agreed to let me take lessons with her which I was so excited about because I had always loved horses! I took lessons for a couple of months when one day my mom surprised me with my very own horse. Her name was Gracie, I instantly fell in love and knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to join my trainer’s 4-H group and show Gracie at the county fair.

 

Gracie wasn’t like the horses I had been taking lessons on. Instead of being a bomb proof, beginner horse she was stubborn. I started to get horse 6 discouraged because she just wouldn’t listen to me. I’d steer her one way and she would walk the other way. It was time for my very first show, the butler county fair. It was awful, I placed 8th and 10th out of 10 riders. At this point I was ready to give up, but then I realized something, these girls I was showing against had been doing this for years. It wasn’t easy, showing/training horses it is a lot of work. I had only been riding for 9 months. I told myself that I could do it. I would place first and get a blue ribbon. I went to the barn and rode every single day. I was horse 5 determined to train Gracie myself. I wanted bragging rights in the show ring. Over the next few years I grew better and better, and then finally it happened I beat all of the girls who had been teasing me and showing me up in the ring. I was finally one of them, the unbeatable. And I had done it all by myself (with some help from my awesome show mom). Gracie is my best friend. I know it sounds silly but she’s there all of the time for me. In the show ring and at home. She knows that she has a job to do and since I horse 3 have gained her trust and respect she will go above and beyond to please me. This is what I love about my hobby. I will always have that one person, well a horse in this situation whom I can always go to when I am down. Gracie has carried me (literally and figuratively) through the last 11 years and I couldn’t have asked for a better partner. We are both equally sassy and compassionate. horse 1

 

 

 

 

 

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Colorful Frames

Wood frames with a simple stained finish look great. Wood grain lends a rustic flavor to a room. Sometimes, though, you want a pop of color. At Frame USA there are plenty of picture frames, wood frames, metal frames and poster frames, that are available  in more than just the typical wood finish.

It’s easy to find white frames and black frames, any store with crafting supplies or knick knacks will have those. Where do you go, though, if you’re looking for something in a blue, or yellow? When you want colorful picture frames, Frame USA has a number of series that come in multiple colors including some very bright choices.

When it’s bright cheery colors you’re looking for, our Colori series of wood wood picture frames is going to be a great choice. The Colori series has a medium and a large profile and comes in 7 bold colors; white, black, red, green, blue yellow and orange. These are ideal in rooms where you want to entertain, or in kids’ rooms

Colori Wood Picture Frames
Colori Wood Picture Frames

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re looking for something with a good selection of colors but with a more mature look, you might be interested in our Rustic picture frames series. Like the Colori, the Rustic series comes in a wide and regular profile. They have a darker hue than the Colori and also have a distressed look to give them a more serious feel. Dark red, dark blue, dark brown, light brown, black and white are all available.

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Rustic Dark Red Picture Frame

 

Rustic Blue Picture Frame
Rustic Blue Picture Frame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If wood frames aren’t your cup of tea, however, we also have metal picture frames that come in all kinds of great colors. All the ones you would expect can be found, white, black, silver and gold. In addition to those, however, are some more unique colors. Our Metal II series has Old World Pewter, Blue Pewter, and Steel Grey. Our Glory Metal series includes purple and green.

These are just a few of the picture frames and frame colors that are available at Frameusa.com. If you think you’d like to explore design choices using colorful frames, come on by and click on through, you’re sure to find something you like.

Frame Closeouts

Mixing and Matching with Closeout Frames

Frame Closeouts Sometimes a project comes up that requires you to get a lot of frames. Maybe a school arts and crafts day or an awards ceremony. When you have to buy for a large group, getting brand new frames can be a hefty expense. Sometimes you might need 50 to a hundred to even 300 picture frames for an event. If this is employee run or a charity or a PTA your budget is going to be limited and you need to stretch your spending dollar as far as you can. A great solution for this is buying closeouts from Frame Closeouts.

Framecloseouts.com offers a hugevariety of wood picture frames, metal picture frames, and poster frames at very low prices. There are over 30 different styles and sizes and thousands of closeout frames to choose. from.

These are frames that have been returned to us in great condition (maybe someone ordered the wrong color) or that we made too many of. Most of them are sorted only by size. This is because we offer a 24 hour turnaround on getting closeouts shipped out, from the time you place your order. This helps ensure they can be pulled fast. Our regular wood closeouts, however, are sorted by size and color. So if you need 50 gold 11 x 17 frames, you can choose them.

Because they are sorted this way, when you choose closeouts, there’s no way to know exactly which style you will be receiving. This makes them ideal for gifts where they don’t need to match each other, where each person is getting something unique.

So when you need a lot of high quality frames and cheap picture frames prices or if you only need a few or even one, but quickly, take a chance on Frame Closeouts. We think you will be glad you did.