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Art Frames and Custom Frames – Artist Advice on Custom Framing

Artists who think that art frames itself (or customers will) may face some harsh reality.

For many artists, it’s no foreign concept to make that final brushstroke against the canvas and feel an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. All that hard work and your masterpiece is even better than you expected. If you’ve painted or drawn on stretched canvas, your work is ready to sell! If your work is on flat, 2-Dimensional paper, however… you may find yourself wondering how you’ll sell your piece. You could sell your work just as it is, letting your customer worry about presentation. This method, however, runs the risk of not getting the best value for your art, or worse, not selling at all because presentation can be just as costly! For this reason, art frames are a wise investment for any budding or experienced artist.

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Framing your art makes the piece more valuable to your client/customer – they’ll appreciate the extra time and effort.

The most obvious solution for 2-D artists and photographers everywhere is purchasing custom art frames. Framing can be just as daunting a chore as any in the art world, the reasoning behind which is that the LAST thing you want to do is distract the viewer from your artwork. As Jason Horejs said in his recent post from RedDot Blog, “Framing art is time-consuming and expensive, and just when you think you’ve found the right frame, your clients let you know otherwise.” Even more discouraging is putting in the time and effort, only for “…a client [to] see [a] piece of artwork, fall in love with it, and then say, ‘but that frame has got to go.'”

Luckily for most artists, picking out a frame is simply an extension of their artistic eye. Find something that makes your piece “pop” instead of distracting the viewer, and don’t try too hard to match the colors of your art to the color(s) of the frame. Aside from the picking out your frame, the other important factor in selecting a frame is the price. Taking your art to a professional framer can set you back hundreds, even thousands of dollars. However, there are several ways to avoid this cost:

1. Build your own art frames and mats

Using materials such as wood, nails and stain/finish bought from your local hardware store, assemble your own frames! There are plenty of tutorials that can be found online, and we suggest looking around Pinterest to find even more creative solutions to DIY art frames.

2. Create artwork to fit a specific frame size

While limiting in a creative capacity, this process will save you time and money down the road. If you like to create art in series or with a certain color, then ordering in bulk may be your best bet. This will force you to restrict your sizing, but for the most part, this is a great investment either way. Frame USA offers volume orders and discounts for businesses as well – fill out our quote form and see just how much you can save.

3. Order custom-sized, wholesale picture frames from Frame USA

As we referenced in 2, ordering a specific size in wholesale can be a great time and money-saver. We also offer a Build A Frame service that allows you to upload an image or select an image opening, add mats and a frame, backing and glazing. We then assemble your frame and send it to you! Give it a try and you’ll see just how much you can save when compared to your local frame shop.

What’s your opinion on framing art? How do your frame your work? Leave a comment for us in the space below!

Source: RedDot Blog http://www.reddotblog.com/wordpress/index.php/framing-art/

For art frames and more, visit FrameUSA.com

Bit O Whimsey

Bit O Whimsey – Posterservice’s #1 Plaque Customer!

One of the many large  plaque orders by Kandy Myndy!
One of the many large plaque orders by Kandy Myndy!

Our poster division, Posterservice Inc., is very fortunate to have such a diverse customer base. Music stores, museums, smoke shops, poster distributors, Spencers, college book stores and educational resource vendors all depend on Posterservice for the hottest images in poster printing and publishing.

One service that our customers particularly enjoy is a service offered by Posterservice called plaque mounting. Plaque mounting is a display option that allows you to preserve your image my mounting an image on wood, followed by laminating the image in a transparent seal that turns an ordinary wood mount into… well, a plaque! Chances are, if you’ve visited any home decor shop, you’ll find a great assortment of beautiful art prints inside of a plaque.

Kandy Myny – artist, entrepreneur and our number 1 plaque customer – has used Posterservice for just a short period, since February 2011. In this time she has placed an average of 6 orders a month, each order totalling a substantial amount of plaques. It’s customers like Kandy that any business is proud to serve. She loves our wood mount product so much that it is one of the main items she sells showcasing her beautiful art!

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Kandy holding one of the many plaques!

About the artist:
“I am a self taught mixed media artist creating original paintings, collages and reproductions. I love to express the whimsical side of things by using a rich and colorful color palette. My whimsical mixed media style is created using paint, paper, charcoal, and a variety of textural elements to create unique, one of a kind pieces of art. Whenever possible I enjoy using recycled materials both new and old to incorporate into my work. My portfolio includes a whimsical world of colorful neighborhoods and landscapes with trees that resemble lollipops, birds with stilt like legs, owls, quirky homes and girls with inspiring messages. In just a few short years I have created Bit O’ Whimsey Design Studio, travel to juried art fairs, sell to galleries and boutiques, manage an Etsy shop and I have created a wholesale line. My art has been well received and is in homes across the country and the world…

 

Kandy’s Portfolio and Shop: BitOWhimsey.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/bitowhimsey

Etsy: BitOWhimsey

 

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Downtown METRO Bus Shelters to Receive a Facelift From Local Artists

Later this month, Cincinnati local artists will start giving 24 Metro bus shelters, downtown and in Over-the-Rhine, a face lift. Back in January the Cincinnati City Council voted to ban advertising on public right-of-way. The idea was to get rid of the garish billboards and bus stop bench advertisements. The unexpected consequences of this is that all Metro Bus shelters were required to remove all advertising, leaving the bus shelters barren and unsightly. In the end the decision caused the unintended effect of leaving the downtown shelters without advertising, but looking abandoned. Spots where the old bus benches had set are now  just scars on the sidewalk. In the end, Downtown Cincinnati Inc. (DCI) found that most folks had a negative perception of safety around bus shelters.

METRO Bus Shelter - Before In steps ArtWorks and the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA). Instead of seeing this as an aberration they saw this as a grand opportunity to do something new and unique. Starting later this month Cincinnatians downtown will begin to  re-purpose this old space with the help of local Cincinnati artists. 24 of the bus shelters in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine will receive new murals representing works of literature.

“Through this collaborative partnership between ArtWorks, SORTA, the Main Library and DCI, these 12 bus shelters will receive a playful facelift and add to the public art vibrancy in our Central Business District,” explained Cait Barnett, marketing manager at ArtWorks.

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The 24 locations to be updated by ArtWorks…

Barnett went on to say that SORTA will clean and paint the shelters and the lead artist for ArtWorks, Ryan Little, and youth apprentices between the ages of 14 and 21 will design graphic prints for the empty spaces.

The 24 literary works that will be the themes for the bus shelters were voted on by the community through a survey conducted by the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County through June 30. They include:

  • “Roots: The Saga of an American Family” by Alex Haley
  • “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” by J.K. Rowling
  • “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville
  • “Six Dinner Sid” by Inga Moore
  • “Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson
  • “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens
  • “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker
  • “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak
  • “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll
  • “Dracula” by Bram Stoker
  • “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl
  • “Flat Stanley” by Jeff Brown
  • “The Odyssey” by Homer
  • “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank
  • “The Man in the Iron Mask” by Paul Mantell
  • “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White
  • “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathanial Hawthorne
  • “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain
  • “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams
  • “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum
  • “Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister
  • “The Tortoise and the Hare” by Aesop
  • “Tao Te Ching” by Lao Tzu
  • “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck

The Metro Art Shelters project has also been championed by the Downtown Residents Council (DRC), which is hoping to raise $5,000 for public art throughout Downtown. Those interested in giving to the project can do so through the DRC’s power2give webpage.

ArtWorks According to ArtWorks, all donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by The Johnson Foundation.

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Wholesale Wood Picture Frame Options

We’ve talked about real wood picture frames vs. our eco-friendly composite frames on our blog before. The information holds true–if you’re looking for your frames to look more rustic or have a real wood grain, then you’ll want to by a real wood frame. If you’re looking for something that is smooth, sleek and all of the frames need to look identical, go with our eco-friendly wrapped frames.

Frame USA CEO Dan Regenold took some time to discuss the difference between the two as it applies to wholesale buyers. Have a look and see what’s best for you!

For more information, fill out our quote form and we’ll do our best to help you find what you need at a great price!

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Bulk Picture Frames and Custom Framing Quotes

So let’s say you need some picture frames for your next project… Well, SOME is an understatement. You need hundreds, or even thousands! But these can’t be any run-of-the-mill frames, they need to be perfect. You need craft store quality picture frames at “Made In China” prices. Unfortunately, we all know what happens when you outsource a frame job: bad joins, poor quality and an overall disappointing experience (not to mention the fact that you didn’t buy an American product!)

There are dozens of other online retailers for wholesale picture frames, but none that commit to quality and price like we do. We’ve done the research and strengthened our framers to bring you the finest product and price you will find in the United States. Don’t believe us? Fill out our custom quote form and we’ll give you an estimate. Then do the same with one of our competitors. Time and time again, our customers are thrilled to receive such a cheap price point on our high-quality bulk picture frames.

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The more information you provide, the more specific we can be with your quote. We can also offer any specials going on at the time, or recommend better alternatives! We’re here for you.

For even better deals, visit our Frame Closeouts site. From there you can choose between wood, premium wood, metal, poster, and polystyrene frames–All at discounted prices! The only catch to these prices is that the frames are a “grab bag”, there is no way of knowing which series of frame you will receive. For colors, feel free to submit a custom quote and let us know your needs. We will do our best to assist you in any way we can!

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Wood Picture Frames: Eco-Friendly vs. Real Wood

Real Wood or a Wrapped Frame – What is best for  you?

Many times we are on the phone speaking with customers and giving them guidance about the best kind of frame that they may want to use  for their project.   Frequently, when we bring up our “wrapped frames” we might get the comment from customers that “wrapped frames aren’t real wood, so we don’t want to use them.”

Real wood frames are great and we have many manufacturers around the United States supply us with moulding made from ash, poplar, basswood, oak and other woods that customers are familiar with. The beauty of these mouldings is that they come from a real tree and they show the beauty of the wood that is associated with them.

The problem with real wood is that is can show many of the splendors and birthmarks of Mother Nature. The wood might show knot holes or streaks or other imperfections in the wood that simply can’t be glossed over or removed. If we are running a group of 25 or 50 frames for a customer it is possible that there will be minor color variations in the real wood frames. If the customer is willing to accept these subtle differences real wood is fine and we have several real wood frames at great values.

However, several higher end customers – in this Pottery Barn world that we live in—want all frames to match exactly. They don’t want any imperfections or differences. For these kind of customers Frame USA highly recommends our “wrapped wood picture frames”.  Many of them are labeled Bonanza Wood or with an eco-friendly symbol in our catalog or on Frameusa.com.

The thing that makes wrapped frames so great is that every single one looks exactly the same—from 1 to 1000. If you put them all up next to each other on the wall they will match perfectly. Perhaps people get a little off track when they think about “wrapped frames”. These do come from real wood—just pressed wood glued together—it’s just a totally different concept. And the beauty of these wrapped wood picture frames is that they are far more “Eco-Friendly” for today’s world.

Changing to a wrapped frame might require a little bit of a mindset change on your part, but for the price and value, and almost perfect quality I suggest you consider trying one of our wrapped wooden frames next time you have a project. We think you will be thoroughly happy with your choice. If you are die-hard wood fan, that’s OK to stay the course. But change, in this case is not bad at all. Call or email one of Frameusa.com’s sales consultants to discuss or live chat on line with us NOW!

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Wholesale Posters in a NEW Re-designed website!

For those familiar with THE best place to buy wholesale posters, Posterservice.com has worked hard to make your shopping experience easier than it has ever been before! Now you can find posters, frames and closeout frames all in the same place. In about a month, you’ll see another of our websites join in – MatDesigners.com.

Our next step is to introduce Build A Frame, which will allow you to create completely customized, personal frames. In other words, we let YOU be the framer!

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Posterservice.com has had a makeover-AND a new shopping card. Order frames and art in the same place!

 

We hope you enjoy the new site. It was designed with you in mind! When it comes to getting the best deals in art, posters, wholesale picture frames and mats, we want to be the one-stop shop for all of your needs. Please let us know if you have any questions about the new site by emailing us here, or submit a custom quote form for a free, fast quote on your order. Thanks for shopping with us!

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Cheap Picture Frames: 3 Days to Save!

Closeout Picture Frame Sale

Happy Monday! Did you know that FrameCloseouts.FrameUSA.com is having a 33% off sale? That’s right, save 33% on all wood picture frames from now until Wednesday! These cheap picture frames are made with the highest quality standards at a fraction of the cost.

Frame Closeouts already feature steeply discounted prices, and with this 3-day sale, you’re sure to get a bargain. These frames ship fast as well: since most of our frames on FrameUSA.com are assembled right on the spot, they can take anywhere from 5-7 days to ship. With Frame Closeouts, not only are you getting a great deal, but they’ll ship to you within 24 hours! This is great for last-minute projects on a tight budget.

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3 Days to Save on FrameCloseouts.com!

 

Don’t forget to check back often! We run deals on wood picture frames, metal frames, shadow box frames and poster frames every few weeks. Don’t be left out on these great deals from Frame USA and Frame Closeouts!

“Like” us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on current events within the framing industry. Remember, we’re here to assist you with any frame you need–any style, any size, any time!

 

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The Best Shadow Box Frames Made in the United States!

If you are looking to put your collectables into Shadow Box Frames, then Frame USA is the right choice for you. We offer three different Shadow Box options that are all guaranteed to enhance your prized possessions. All of our shadow box products are made exclusively in the United States in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Shadow Boxes

Elite Series Shadow Boxes The Elite Shadow Box Series is perfect for keepsakes, medals and smaller items. It specifically works well for tickets, programs and in many cases albums or cds. The Elite line comes in 4 colors: Black, Honey, Cherry and Unfinished. The depth of the moulding opening is 15/16” high, so make sure the item you are framing does not have a lot of depth to it. The elite series comes complete with a hanging packet to make sure the product hangs nicely on the wall. If you have a shadow box project that has an important budget to meet, try our Elite Series for quality and affordability.

Showcase Shadow Boxes The Shadowbox Showcase Series is our favorite choice for Shadow Box Frames and an extremely great value! The frame comes in Black, Honey, Cherry and White and offers a depth 2 1/8.” It is perfect for framing jerseys, uniforms or anything else with depth to it. The most popular size is our 24×36 Shadow Box because it is priced extremely competitively and comes with a black foam core backing. The backing allows you to glue, or stitch your item directly to the foamcore which will save you time and steps in completing your project. The Showcase Series is a very impressive frame. Sizes 11×14 and smaller come with glass and larger sizes come with Acrylic.

Shadow Box Boxers Series Our Boxer Shadowbox Series rounds out our line of American Made Shadow boxes. The finish on the Boxer is premium and highly consistent. It is a “wrapped” finish as opposed to the real wood finishes on the Elite and the Showcase Series. The beauty of the boxer is that it can be built on top of each other to come up with virtually any size depth. The other nice advantage of the Boxer is that you can specify white foamcore or black foamcore as a backing. The black and mahogany finishes in the boxer series will compete against the best shadow boxes you will find anywhere in the United States. Just contact our sales department at [email protected] if you have a special project that needs quoting.

Looking for Bulk or Volume Ordering?

So as you can, Frame USA is your one stop shop for all of your Shadow Box and framing needs. If you have a large project that needs kick starting, let us help you by putting together a custom quote for you. You can access our volume quote form here, so stay tuned for our upcoming article that will provide more details on our custom and volume quotes and what other products Frame USA has to offer to you!

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High Volume Framing: Our Top 5

High Volume Customers, High Quality Products!

We get a lot of requests for bulk ordering here at Frame USA, and the results are in for the most-sought after frames that we offer. High-volume framing has been the drive of our business for years now, and we’re proud to present our top 5 most-ordered picture frames by our wholesale customers!

Corporate Picture Frames

Always the leading star for our customers, these frames feature a standard, eco-friendly wrapped moulding with 10 colors and 3 profiles. Need a standard black, white or gold picture frame? This series will cover almost any need you may have, and it shows! From businesses to galleries, Corporate has always been a series that our wholesale customers can’t get enough of.

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Corporate Black frames in a corporate setting! Courtesy of Eyman & Associates

Architect Picture Frames

For the more modern, structure-loving designers out there, our Architect frames provide the perfect look for what you’d like to accomplish. These frame are narrow, and are crafted from real wood! You’ll definitely want to check out our “natural” color, used by artist and game designer Scott C Lava!

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Scott C Lava’s Showdown Series, using our Architect Natural frames (Courtesy of @scottlava and @Galleries1988 )

Metal I Picture Frames

Metal frames offer another form of contemporary style to any setting. Our Metal I series is known for the shiny quality and bold, popular colors (6 total.) With metal frames rising in the art and picture frame industries, we promise that you’ll love our high-quality standards!

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Von Biggs shares his art in our Metal Frames

 

Deluxe Poster Frames

Poster frames were one of our first frames to make it big here at Frame USA, since we focused primarily in… you guessed it… Posters! With over 20 years of experience in art framing and poster presentation, we have mastered the craft of wholesale poster frames. And it shows! Deluxe poster frames are high-quality and extremely durable for any special job you may have.

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With a thicker profile than our regular poster frames, everyone loves the durability and finish that the Deluxe series gives to their poster.

Barnwood Picture Frames

Finally, one of our personal favorites: the Barnwood series. These frames are made from REAL  reclaimed barn wood in the United States. Our customers love these for their rustic, “back-home” feel and the Do-It-Yourself style that the frame represents, instantly making any work of art unique.

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Photo credit by Julia & Lance Photography and Design. Just one of many uses for the barnwood series!

 

There you have it, the top 5 frames that our wholesale customers love! From businesses to hotels, advertisement agencies to freelance photographers–you’re guaranteed to find the right frame for you. Don’t forget to submit a free frame quote too: we’ll quote your order before you buy (within 8 business hours!)