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Raving Fans and Customer Comments

We take customer feedback very seriously here at Frame USA, whether that involves us replacing a faulty order, thanking a customer for their kind words about our services, or… drawing unicorns on a box?

That’s right–one of our more eccentric customers frequently asks for any number of random drawings on their packages, and our team has really had fun with this in the past (we can recall doodles of a dancing penguin and a mummy/pirate duo playing jump-rope).

This time, we had our customer service representative (and talented illustrator) Kelley Kombrinck create the box art for our customer. Needless to say, they were very impressed!

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A more detailed view of the illustration. All because of a comment left in the “notes” section of our checkout process!

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This time, the customer asked for an elephant to be drawn on the box. Again, Kelley delivered…

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You can find our latest  customer comments here, which is updated every 2-3 months.

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Framing and Hanging your Art

A deeper study into hanging and arranging framed art

A recent help guide by Affordable Art Fair in the UK helped spur us to make another post on arranging, framing and hanging your art. Of course, we’ve made several posts on hanging picture frames, but any additional resource is always appreciated when we speak with artists and gallery owners.

When should you frame your art?

Even though we sell picture frames at low prices here at Frame USA, we’ll be the first to admit that not every piece of wall art calls for a frame. In fact, many contemporary pieces are meant to display alone. These can always be spiced up with a Floater frame, but this does not make their existance 100% necessary.

Some times to consider a frame would be any time you do not have a canvas. Your display options are both more limited and wide open when using paper of some sort. Some artist will simply mat their artwork, others will simply buy a frame in the correct size for their piece. Custom framing is another option, but the concept remains the same — don’t let the framing overpower the artwork. As another precaution, don’t frame a piece of art for the sole purpose of matching a room. Art can be arranged in any which way, whereas a room can undergo many changes over time.

What’s the right height for hanging frames?

Ideally, you’ll want to aim for the average eye-level to get the best reaction. Art is meant to be viewed and appreciated, and won’t have quite the same effect unless it’s easily viewable. Try to keep the top of the frames aligned with other horizontal lines in your art space.

Where should I hang my picture frame?

Obviously if you’re at a gallery, you’re going to hang them in whatever way possible that is appealing to the viewer. In a more permanent interior setting, however, you’ll have to consider things like color and size. Don’t ever worry about matching colors exactly — it’s just not going to happen, and it can look rather tacky. Stick to using the art and frame to compliment the room, or allow it to become the centerpiece and stand out. You can also learn more about how to hang your frame correctly in our previous blog post on the matter, which goes over the geometry of the project a little more thoroughly.

 

What are some steps that you take in keeping your wall art up to par? Leave a comment below — we’d love to hear from you!

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Discontinued – Tuxedo Narrow Picture Frames

This narrow black picture frame has always been a favorite. Luckily, we have plenty of other great options!

As part of our efforts to keep customers aware of our frame product line, we’re going to be posting discontinued and brand-new products here as soon as we find out! Usually we love gushing about how beautiful and intricate our new frames are, but discontinued series are just as important if you’re particularly fond of a frame.

This time, our Tuxedo Narrow moulding has been discontinued by our vendors. One of our favorites, the Tuxedo Narrow is a black eco-friendly wood frame with a thin strip of shiny material along the inside that accents artwork with more of a focal point than your standard frame. Fortunately, our vendor still plans to keep Tuxedo Wide in stock, so if it’s the look you’re going for, be sure to check it out!

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If the series appeal is the narrow profile, however, we would recommend our Black series. The narrow profile on our Black series is also angled, giving it a 3-dimensional look from afar that the Tuxedo series also offers. If you’d like help in finding out what would look best with your artwork, you can always email our sales team here and they will be glad to help!

 

Wholesale Posters, Wall Art and Prints – New and Best Selling

For art, wall decor, humor posters and more, you won’t find a better selection for the price!

Posters and wall art have always been an important part of what we do at Frame USA, Inc. With framing being our primary expertise, we also know what looks good inside of those frames. From fine art and pop culture to “Spencer’s-style” humor, we keep a wide variety of imagery available to customers who want a one stop shop for wall art.

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Edgar Allen Poe – PSA010240

Some of our best sellers fall under the Education and Humor sections. Our specialty with posters includes our wholesale ordering, where you can buy a rack of posters and we’ll simply refill your order any time at a great rate! You can also find our hottest posters over on Amazon or eBay with options to frame or mount them on wood.

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Antique USA Map – PSA010405

Pictured Above: An antique map of the USA. This of course being before the colonies were broken up into the states we know today.

Pictured below: The US Constitution. This is one of the most important documents to display for any history teacher, and it looks great as a 24×36 poster.

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US Constitution – PSA010380

We’re not just about college humor and whimsy, however. Posterservice has always been at the top when it comes to pop culture and the biggest trends in entertainment. We’ve also launched a great campaign to find more art that our customers enjoy, still sticking to our roots with surrealness and progressive themes. Particularly relevant lately is our new HR Giger poster, featuring Giger’s own artwork for the Alien movie. (Ironically, we published this only days prior to his passing. A sad time indeed for those growing up loving his art and contributions to sci-fi!)

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Giger Alien – PSA009742

 

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Dali – Swans Reflecting Elephants – PSA010320

 

Want to see more posters like these? Visit Posterservice.com to earn more about what we have to offer!

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Visionaries and Voices Celebrates 7 Years of Outsider Art

Frame USA Hosts V+V’s 7th Year Anniversary

Our retail store located in Cincinnati, Ohio is a proud home to one of the best non-profit art projects and studios in the area. As many of you know, Frame USA hosts a studio for Visionaries and Voices: a non-profit organization dedicated to providing artists with disabilities a chance to develop personally, creatively and professionally. We provide them a space for creating art, selling art and exhibiting art in multiple locations. As far as non-profit organizations go, it’s one we’ve partnered with and appreciated to no end!

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Our poster sales representative, David Estep, stands with Candi Branham, artist of our recently-licensed poster of her art.

 

On May 2, Visionaries and Voices celebrated their 7th anniverary of being a non-profit at our retail store location. The night held a number of events, from auctioning off art to live music and digital imagery. As an art exhibition, the event sold 31 pieces of art and made a lot of great connections between artists, buyers, customers and friends. Along with events such as Double Vision, these exhibitions encourage the social, professional and creative development in artists with disablities.

 

vandv2 Melodic Connections was also at the event, providing live musical entertainment to all guests and artists. vandv1

You can find art from Visionaries and Voices at the location below. We invite you to follow them on Facebook to keep updated on the latest events, and stop into our retail store to find what they have for sale! The art in our store is always changing and improving, and V+V is a very big and important part of that.

Visionaries and Voices Tri County Studio is located at…
Frame USA Warehouse Outlet
225 Northland Blvd.
Cincinnati, OH 45246

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May 2014 Charity – Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation

For the month of May, we promote a charity that is very near and dear to us (much like our holiday Fill The Truck initiative.) May is Melanoma Awareness month — melanoma being a deadly form of skin cancer. If caught early enough, treatment is relatively easy to manage and steps can be taken to prevent the cancer from spreading.

Some patients diagnosed with melanoma aren’t quite so lucky. Sometimes the cancer spreads to the lymph nodes and beyond. Among these cases was Andy Caress: athlete, friend, and a constantly motivational young man to all who knew him.

Meet Andy Caress, a 22 year-old athlete whose life was taken by melanoma. His life goal was to raise awareness and fund research to battle the deadly cancer.

Rather than focus on his bleak condition from the spread of melanoma, Andy created a foundation to raise awareness about this deadly form of skin cancer. The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation isn’t only about raising awareness, however. This foundation has raised thousands of dollars in donations to cancer research, education and prevention techniques for beating melanoma.

As part of Frame USA’s monthly charity initiative, we make a donation to our charity of the month for every order placed on our website. We also take a percentage of every custom framing order in our retail store and donate that. In addition, we also ask our customers upon checkout (both online and in-store) if they would like to donate to the charity. We never require donations or push for them, but we do sincerely appreciate your donations.

If you can’t afford to donate to our monthly charity and still would like to help, we completely understand. You can make a great difference by sharing Andy’s story, or spending some time learning about melanoma from the foundation’s website: AndyCaress.org. Education is the best chance we have when it comes to battling skin cancer.

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You can find out more about the Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation through this recent piece aired by Channel 12 News in Cincinnati:

Source: Local 12 Cincinnati News

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April 2014 Charity of the Month – Charity:Water

charity-water Beginning this April we will be featuring charity:water as our Charity of the Month. From the charity:water website:

Mission Statement:

charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean
and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

We travel the world to find inspiring organizations who are providing long-lasting water and sanitation services, and then we fund their most successful programs. Our goal isn’t just to get water flowing, but to make sure it flows for many years.

Charity:water is involved in multiple types of clean water projects world wide. These projects include, but are not limited to: hand dug wells, drilled wells, rainwater catchments,gravity fed systems, piped systems, water purification systems, biosand filtration, spring protections, and latrines.

Areas of involvement on various clean water projects include: planning, implementation, maintenance, proof and mapping of sites. You can take a look at the current project mappings in the image below.

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You can also take a look at their completed projects in depth by clicking here.

During the month of April, Frame USA will donate 1 dollar of every sale from our website and retail store to support clean water across the world. You also have the opportunity to donate at checkout. Just click the button shown in the image to the right when completing your checkout.

Clean water is a basic necessity that many parts of the world take for granted, but many across the globe struggle with this most basic need on a daily basis. We ask that you please take a stand with us and do what you can to help.

From the website:

Most of us have never really been thirsty. We’ve never had to leave our houses and walk five miles to fetch water. We simply turn on the tap, and water comes out. Clean. Yet there are 800 million people on the planet who don’t have clean water.

It’s hard to imagine what 800 million people looks like really, but one in nine might be easier. One in nine people in our world doesn’t have access to the most basic of human needs. Something we can’t imagine going 12 hours without.

Here, we’d like to introduce you to a few of those 800 million. They are very real, and they need our help. They didn’t choose to be born into a village where the only source of water is a polluted swamp. And we didn’t choose to be born in a country where even the homeless have access to clean water and a toilet.

We invite you to put yourself in their shoes. Follow them on their daily journey. Carry 80 pounds of water in yellow fuel cans. Dig with their children in sand for water. Line up at a well and wait eight hours for a turn.

Now, make a decision to help. We’re not offering grand solutions and billion dollar schemes, but instead, simple things that work. Things like freshwater wells, rainwater catchments and sand filters. For about $20 a person, we know how to help millions.

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Weekly Picture Frame Sales – 4/1 – 4/7

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.

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This week: Heavy Metal frames are 10% off and 5×7 Black Wood Closeouts are 30% off. Save today!

 

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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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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.)