We love a good contest, and our selection for June is a great way to frame some of your favorite instagram shots or artwork — absolutely free!
Of course, we expect some great shots and work from this contest based on what we saw last time. Even if you’ve never shopped with us before, if your work is selected, we’ll frame your submission for you AND send a great offer along with the frame. If you like our work, feel free to use it on an order!
Do you have any work that you’d love to see framed? Enter it into our contest by posting it to instagram! Just use hastag #FrameUSA when you post and we’ll enter you into our selection process. We’ll pick the 5 most creative and “stand out” art/photographs. Let the creative games begin!
Framing has many different meanings and many uses as terminology, spanning from artistic photographs/photographic cropping, reflective framed surfaces, and of course, picture framing itself. Exploring the art of framing is diverse and complicated, but an interesting obervation of what framing has meant in the past and what it means today.
Set in the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, this exhibit aims to explore the meaning of framing in both a past and present sense. This exhibit is hosted by Cornell’s History of Art majors, showing that these students not only study the history behind the art, but the artistic perspective itself. You can find out more about Cornell and this gallery at the link provided below.
To learn more about art framing, you can visit our blog archive on the subject here.
Choosing office decor may not be as simple as you think – interior decorating says volumes about your business.
For those with a business that sees plenty of through-traffic such as hotels, restaurants, marketing firms, cafes or studios: art and interior design are a major selling point of what your business entails.
Let’s start with the hotel example. Think of a time where you have stayed in a nice resort, or maybe a refreshing getaway where the artwork matched the theme of the surrounding environments. Of course, the focus of any average getaway hotel is ambience and design over the importance of displayed content, but the chosen wall decor of your business will undoubtedly be noticed at some point by your guests and clientele.
So what sorts of wall art would fit your company the most? Consider your target audience, and who will be viewing this art the most (aside from yourself, of course!) If you specialize in design or architecture, perhaps displaying blueprints and sketches would be a great way to capitalize on your wall space. For restaurants, photos of famous/local celebrities eating at your establishment make interesting conversation pieces. Other ideas include photos of the owner, the establishment during construction, group photos of your staff and visually interesting products that your business sells.
If your line of business doesn’t work with much imagery (and chances are, it does to some extent) you can always find related imagery to frame and display. For instance, if you are a dog groomer, you could post a fun bulletin board with pictures of various dogs you’ve groomed over the year. You could also post artistic images of barber salons, dog photography, or imagery that fits your brand. You don’t have to limit yourself to subject matter so long as the imagery supports the branding of your business in some way.
In closing, the decor of your business space is meant not only to demonstrate what your business is all about, but to help convert more sales. The customer or client is already in your office, so you don’t need to go to great lengths to impress them. Let your wall art and branding encourage them to trust you with their business.
Do you have any examples of an extremely well-designed business space? Leave a comment below and let us know! For our Business/Wholesale service, click here to fill out our custom quote form. We’ll let you know how we can help!
Artist Evelyn Henson Gives Readers a Quick Framing 101
Choosing the right frame for your business can be a lot of hard work. Having the right frame for the job takes both intuition and some pretty basic knowledge of what makes a good complete work of framed art.
This weekend, we discovered an article written by Evelyn Henson that went into some good details about what to buy, where to buy and what kinds of frames go best in any given situation. Join us while we summarize this article (while also adding our own advice as framers!)
One of the highlights we spotted was to be sure that you’re personally in love with the frame. Before you even think about the artwork, think about how you’ll feel months and even years down the line with that frame on your wall. Once you’ve found a few that fit that criteria, you’ll want to try and see what matches best with your particular artwork. You can also work backwards if you’ve found a great frame, but have no art. Websites like Posterservice.com offer a wide variety of art prints that are more than reasonably priced.
Another question the artist posed was the source of frame material. Knowing whether you’re looking for wood, metal or plastic will save you time and money in the long run. As a general rule:
Plastic frames are best used for posters or a more thin printed material.
Wood frames are usually some of the best in the market. While Henson was of the opinion that white is the best color, this can be problematic if the frame has defective joins or scratches. We prefer black picture frames, and based on the thousands of orders we see for them, we have to agree with the majority! Black is a very standard, very impressive color for most artwork.
Metal picture frames typically go well with modern art pieces and minimalist concepts.
We hope this little tidbit of information has helped you with your framing purchase. Have a great day, and let us know in the comments what your favorite type of frames are!
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!)
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!
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!
Recently, we’ve seen a great shift between the realms of 2D and 3D art. Not quite paintings and not quite sculptures, these art pieces are more of an assemblage of 3D objects meant to be viewed on a 2D-plane. You may have even made these in school at some point.
Today, we are talking about dioramas.
Not your average middle school project
Before you get skeptical, these are anything but your average diorama. Shadow box frames are typically used to hang sports jerseys and personal memorabilia, and custom framers are great at arranging these objects to fit whatever the customer may need. Using shadow boxes for fine art, however, requires much more creativity and artistic know-how. You will need to experiment and try different methods of mixed media and sculpture to get the effect you’re looking for.
Don’t be afraid to experiment, though! Experimentation is how you become more advanced in your art, and trying a slew of different things is necessary to become more creative and technically skilled. Find our shadow box frames here to get started!
For a great inspiration board from pinterest, click here.
To see how Audra Krunkle from Oddities: San Francisco does her work, click here.
Frame USA Offers Craft Kits for those who Love to “Do It Yourself”
We get it, we get it! Projects that start with a broken couch and an old rusted locomotive engine often DO make some of the coolest home design pieces. Just like we can’t get enough of lightbulbs turned into gardening fixtures or christmas wreaths made out of coat hangers. It’s fun, stylish, cheap incredibly creative.
We make it a point to offer a few lines of products that our customers can tweak and edit to their heart’s desire. Below, we’ll list some sources of great products that you can use to make your own custom frame designs — but first, a video that should clarify the whole DIY process for beginners!
Once you’ve gotten the hang of the inspiration – create – share phases, you’ll be churning out great projects in no time. Here are some products we offer that have inspired some great customer creations in the past — we’re sure you’ll find them useful, too!
Unfinished Picture Frames: The ultimate favorite when it comes to complete personalization, the unfinished series can be oiled, glossed or stained to create the perfect look you’re trying for.
Decorate – It Picture Frames: A favorite for the kids, the Decorate-It series has always been a great success for ourselves and customers alike. The highlight of this frame is the totally open, flat surface which you can use to decorate in any way you’d like. We’ve really enjoyed taking these to local festivals and fairs, bringing craft supplies and letting kids decorate their own frames. You really can’t go wrong with Decorate-It, as a professional or as a craft-lover.
U-Frame Kits: These metal frame kits are unique in that they do not come assembled, rather, they arrive to you in two pieces per item purchased. What does this mean for you? Total framing freedom! Our easy-to-use kits come with assembly instructions and come with two pieces of moulding per item bought. What this means is that you can buy a 24 inch U Frame Kit and a 36 inch U Frame Kit, then assemble them to create a 24×36 frame! Aside from the freedom in assembling your own way, you also have the ability to mix colors if your art piece calls for something outside of the traditional frame.
Shadow Box / Jersey Frames: Being in the home town of both the Cincinnati Bengals and the Reds, we see a pretty great amount of business from Shadow Box customers. Shadow box frames are also commonly referred to as “Jersey frames” among athletes and sports fans. These are good for many other purposes, however — dioramas, antiques, art installations and 3D assemblage pieces are among many other ways to use these frames to their fullest.
Acid – Free Mat Tape “Frame”: A relatively new method (popularity-wise) that involves wrapping the outside of the frame in tape, creating unique designs where the only limitation is your own creativity. Our mat tape is perfect for things like this! See some awesome examples here!
Custom Picture Frame Mats: We also offer custom mats to fit any frame you may already have built. Using MatDesigners, you can order mats that can fit into almost any picture frame with the exact style and opening you’re looking for.
Other fun series: Barnwood and Corporate always produce fun results for our customers, just because of their versatility and price. Barnwood is naturally a very earthy look, so this frame already fits the DIY description!
Follow us on Pinterest for more on some fun “DIY” projects. We would love to see what great things you’ve created with our frames!