Tagged Art

Artist Spotlight: Marc Allante

Posterservice Inc. is very proud to be working with Hong Kong born artist Marc Allante. Inspired by European watercolors and traditional Chinese ink techniques, Marc’s colorful and drippy watercolor style has helped his posters to become best-sellers. We are up to 7 of his images so far, ranging from birds, a lion, panda, buffalo, cityscape and a romantic couple caught in the rain.

With vibrant hues of color popping off a crisp white background, one of his posters is sure to appeal to you!

 

 

Marc Allante
Marc Allante Posters

DIY Picture Frames – Mosaic Picture Frame

Mosaic Picture Frame
Mosaic Picture Frame

Whether you have old picture frames lying around unused or you’re just a creative person who loves new projects, our DIY Mosaic Picture Frames are just the thing for you. A mosaic is art that’s made by combining pieces of glass, tile, stone, etc. in a decorative manner.

Turning your frame into a mosaic is not as difficult as the fancy name suggest. There are a few items you will need to complete your very own DIY Mosaic Picture Frame:

  • Picture Frame
  • Colored Glass (tile, mirrors, stone or pottery would be an acceptable substitute)
  • Grout (or other adhesive)

To start this project you first need to break the items you plan on using to decorate the picture frame with.  Once you feel you have broken your items into enough pieces to cover the picture frame you need to spread some grout onto the frame. With your picture frame covered in grout you now place the broken pieces of your item onto the grout covered frame. Next you need to fully allow your frame to set and dry for a couple of hours. After your picture frame is completely dry there will be a layer of grout on top of your mosaic pieces but it will come off with a damp paper towel.

When doing DIY projects we suggest using our Decorate-it Picture Frames or our Unfinished Picture Frames. These wooden picture frames are perfect for people with that do-it-yourself spirit. Created especially for crafting, these frames can be painted, stained and decorated with ease.

Unfinished & Decorate-It Picture Frames
Unfinished & Decorate-It Picture Frames

Send us pictures and let us know how your mosaic picture frames turned out. Then check back in with our Frame USA Blog for more DIY Picture Frames and ideas.

Postersevice — New Poster Preview

PosterService

Most of you know that Frame USA has a sister site called Posterservice, which specializes in a wide variety of posters included but not limited to:

We wanted to refresh your memory and introduce you to some of the newest posters we have just rolled out.

Groovy Records

Groovy Records

Depicted in this poster is a 1960’s record store with music posters showcasing big names such as The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.

Venice Grand Canal by Leonid Afremov

Venice Grand Canal

This poster is a colorful pallet knife painting of the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. This canal is one of the most traffic infested parts of the city and provides water buses, water taxis and gondolas of people to travel. This painting is brought to us by Leonid Afremov, a distinguished contemporary artist.

Visit Mars

Visit Mars

This poster is part of NASA’s initiative to revamp their space program and get the youth interested in space.

Head on over to Posterservice and pick from our wide selection then have it framed with Frame USA.

Valentine’s Day Is Around The Corner

Valentines Day

Celebrated on February 14th, Valentine’s Day is a holiday dedicated to showing that special person in your life that you love them. On this day most restaurants are booked with reservations, flower shops are running out of roses and jewelry stores are in heavy demand. But one of the best gifts you can give is one that has meaning. Presents that you create yourself or help design can show your Valentine just how well you know them and how much you care about them. One way to do this is by putting important photos or mementos from a special moment into picture frames and then customizing those frames.

At Frame USA we have a number of different frames that would be perfect for creating this kind of unique Valentine’s Day present.

Decorate-It Picture Frame & Unfinished Picture Frame

Unfinished & Decorate-It Picture Frames
Unfinished & Decorate-It Picture Frames

These unfinished wooden picture frames are perfect for people with that Do-It-Yourself spirit. Created especially for crafting, these frames can be painted in different variations of red or pink for a Valentine feel. The flat profile of these do it yourself frames make them ideal for gluing heart decorations in the vain of Cupid.

Unfinished Profile 1
Unfinished Profile 1
Decorate It 2" Frame
Decorate It 2″ Frame

Barnwood Frame Serving Tray

Barnwood Frame Serving Tray
Barnwood Frame Serving Tray

These frames are primarily used to entertain guests while serving drinks or appetizes, so why not kill two birds with one stone. Get your Valentine a Barnwood tray and put a special picture of the two of you in it so next time they have guests over not only will they be entertained, but they will be envious of the love you have for your partner.

Shadowbox Picture Frames

ShadowBox Picture Frames
ShadowBox Picture Frames

If you have any significant mementos or items that remind you of your Valentine, shadow box picture frames are the way to go. Framing mementos will let your Valentine know that not only do you appreciate them, but you also remember even the smallest of memories.

ShadowBox

Laser Engraving

For those of us running short on time or those who just aren’t as crafty, picture frame engraving is the quintessential picture framing idea. At Frame USA we are able to make custom engraved frames with names and logos onto a select variety of our frames, glass or matting. Leave a cute message or the date that you and your Valentine met and watch their heart melt.

Corporate Wide Red Mahogany
Corporate Wide Red Mahogany

So as February 14th gets closer, consider giving your valentine something they can hang on their wall and cherish for many Valentine’s Days to come.

 

Bronze Picture Frames

Bronze picture frames have recently been gaining traction and increasing in popularity. This spike in interest can mainly be attributed to people losing enjoyment with the basic and mundane styles of picture frames and wanting something unique and that tends to stand out a bit more.

Bronze Picture Frames
Bronze Picture Frames

A common issue that hinders people from adding bronze frames to their picture frame collection is that it can be difficult to figure out how to pair artwork or match a room to a bronze picture frame. Bronze is a warm colors which matches with earth tones, dark tones and neutral colors. Bronze picture frames are perfect for pairing with the background tones of the image you’re looking to hang, especially if those tones are orange, pink or brown. Oil paintings and sepia styles of artwork will pop the most when paired with bronze frames because they will blend with your art as opposed to taking away from it.

Hardware Bronze Picture Frames
Hardware Bronze Picture Frames

The Hardware Bronze Picture Frames are the most popular bronze picture frame series we have at Frame USA These modern picture frames are sure to grab attention with their sleek and shiny bronze finish. Request a sample and see for yourself! This series is an American Made picture frame.

What is the point of matting photos or art?

At Frame USA we offer a wide variety of frame mats that run anywhere from standard mat sizes to to custom frame mats.  A mat is a flat and usually thin piece of material included or sold separately from a picture frame. Mats usually serve one of two purposes; additional decoration to make your art pop or they’re used to separate the artwork from the glass frame. The art of putting mats in a frame is called matting and is an often overlooked aspect that can dramatically improve and protect your artwork.

Matts and Frames
Matted and Framed Artwork

In terms of helping your art pop, matting can be a crucial element. Matting your artwork intensifies the art by adding size, color and depth to what’s being portrayed. The point of the mat is not to distract from your art but to direct the person viewing said art to the main focal point of what they are looking at. Some tips when choosing a mat to enhance your art:

  • When choosing a mat for your artwork, the mat should be lighter than the art or picture but darker than the wall it’s placed on. Great choices for mats most times are simple colors such as gray, white and cream.
  • Using two or three mats will give your artwork a three dimensional look
  • The purpose of matting is to protect artwork & add appeal. To achieve this, the mat border should be 2x the width of the frame.

When it comes to protecting artwork, mats are very important. Mats help keep your artwork safe by separating the glass from the art or whatever it is being framed. Having a mat in between your artwork and framing glass is important because any condensation that might develop on the inside of the glass can be transferred to your art causing water damage, mold or mildew.

If you’re framing pictures then separating your picture from the glass is vital because the surface of photographs are particularly easy to damage. Not only photos, but certain art that can smear or be damaged by touch, or anything of value being hung should also be matted so that the glass and the art don’t come into direct contact.

Matted and Framed Artwork
Matted and Framed Artwork

Head over to our Mat Designer site and make your photos look impeccable immediately.

The Most Popular Types of Photography, Part 2

Photography, the art, process, or job of taking pictures with a camera, has gained massive popularity due to the abundance of easily accessible and affordable cameras.

A few weeks ago we made a post dedicated to the most popular types of photography.

  1. Landscape Photography captures large regions of space and nature meant to display the size and look of the environment.
  2. Wedding Photography (just as the name suggests) focuses on the activities relating to weddings; photographs of the couple before marriage, the wedding and the reception.
  3. Black & White Photography features images in black, white and assorted shades of gray.
  4. Macro Photography portrays smalls subjects in extreme closeups making the image in the photo larger than its actual size.
  5. Portrait Photography is intended to capture the personality, mood and expression of a person or group of people.

We covered these five types of photography but we left a few off; Photojournalism, Wildlife and Fashion Photography.

Photojournalism documents an event or story as it is unfolding by using images to tell a news story. Some things to note when doing photojournalism:

  • Make sure you have the correct context – Photojournalism is catered towards making sure that people can see what’s happening and correctly understand what you’re trying to convey with your image. People like seeing photos of other people because that helps to humanize stories.
  • Figure out how to convey the emotion of the moment – Capturing people’s expressions, interactions with others and their surroundings, body language, etc. is very important.
Photojournalism Photography - Black and White Picture Frames
Photojournalism Photography – Black and White Picture Frames

Wildlife Photography is the capturing of images of animals in their natural habitat. This type of photography can be extremely challenging do to the unpredictable nature of certain animals.

  • Get an eye-level perspective (or even lower) of your subject – Shooting at eye-level or below brings the person viewing your image right into the scene as well as provides them with the view of the world from the animal’s perspective.
  • Practice Patience – Animals are often unpredictable; you could spend all day not finding a single thing to shoot.
  • Know Your Subject – Wildlife photography is based upon capturing brief interactions or moments so it is necessary that you can somewhat predict your subject’s behavior.
Wildlife Photography - Architect Picture Frame
Wildlife Photography – Architect Picture Frame

Fashion Photography is committed to exhibiting fashion clothing and models and is most prominent in advertisements. Some tips to set your fashion photography apart from others:

  • Use Props – Have items for your models to interact with.
  • Experiment With Emotions – Instruct your models to imitate emotional outbursts (cry, laugh, act mad or sad).
  • Take Random Candid Shots – During a quick break continue to take pictures because you never know what you might stumble upon.
  • Get the Models to Move – As opposed to just sitting in a stuffy, closed-off studio, take your models outside.
Fashion Photography - Verona Wide Picture Frame
Fashion Photography – Verona Wide Picture Frame

There are numerous styles of photography and unlimited things to shoot, so get out there and start shooting now. Then head on over to Frame USA, Inc. your one-stop secure online shopping place for a wide variety of Ready-Made Picture Frames. We’re proud of our products, our service, and the way we stand behind what we do. We guarantee you’ll love our Photography frames. And you’ll love the way we treat you at Frame USA!

 

 

Victorian Picture Frames

The Victorian series of picture frames feature fancy, ornate moldings. These wide picture frames are perfect for vintage photography and museum-quality artwork.

Victorian Picture Frames
Victorian Picture Frames

The Victorian style became popular in the mid to late 19th century during the reign of Queen Victoria. During her rule industrial development exploded and luxurious and rich styles or art, literature and architecture prevailed. Early in the era art focused on realism and moral and spiritual undertones. Later on the Victorian style began to renounce realism and became a more multifaceted and diverse style. Bright colors were very popular during this time because it helped bring attention to the very small details encompassed in this style or art and woman were more often than not the subject of most pieces.

Victorian Picture Frames
Victorian Picture Frames

Victorian not only is the name of this series, it describes it as well. Our Victorian Series is characterized with carved ornament embellishments. Made from high quality MDF wood composite material, Victorian Series picture frames don’t carry a high-end price. These composite wood picture frames resemble the look of carved wood. There are two color profiles offered in this series both with their own unique qualities. Walnut with Gold, features a slate-blue initial color with accents of walnut, the inside frame is brushed with a textured gold stripe, finishing with a walnut colored studded edge. Our Antique Gold is a gold finish with flecks of black throughout. They’re a worthy rival to our Napoleon series. Choose the Victorian Series from Frame USA!

Leather Picture Frames

If you’re attempting to make a room, living space or piece of artwork look high-class or fancy, then leather picture frames are an easy solution.

Our Black Leather series picture frame has a textured leather finish for contemporary styling. These wood picture frames are available in 3 distinct profiles. The narrow and wide profiles have a beveled appearance, while the rounded leather frame profile has a smooth curved face.

Black Leather Picture Frames
Black Leather Picture Frames

As mentioned above, our Leather Picture Frames pair great with contemporary styling. Contemporary style unlike most styles, incorporates more than one style of artwork and is meant to reflect the current trends. Contemporary focuses on a variety of artistic styles that were developed in the last half of the 20th century. Neutral colors are a staple of the contemporary style, brown, gray, tan, white, taupe and cream are often used.

The sister to our Black Leather Picture Frames is our Brown Leather series. The brown leather picture frames are great for framing certificates or awards to hang in your office as well as paintings or artwork to enhance a den. When you want to say high-class, choose the made in America Brown Leather series.

Brown Leather Picture Frames
Brown Leather Picture Frames

If you are looking for a great textured frame to help your art or images stand out, you should check out these eco-friendly wood frames today.

 

 

The Most Popular Types of Photography

Photography, the art, process, or job of taking pictures with a camera, has gained massive popularity due to the abundance of easily accessible and affordable cameras.

It wasn’t long ago where you had to go out and actually purchase a camera. These box cameras had a standard amount of pictures you could take, then you had to take the camera to the store in order for them to develop your photos. Prior to this you had to buy your own film in addition to your own camera. Once you used all your film you then had to find a dark room and develop your own pictures.

Now-a-days pretty much everybody has their own camera able to take endless amounts of pictures thanks to the evolution of cellphones. As cell phone cameras continue to improve and with the addition of apps like Instagram, which come with plenty of filters to enhance you photos, everybody can now become a professional photographer in their own rights.

Some of the most popular styles of photography include Landscape, Wedding, Black & White, Macro, and Portrait photography.

Landscape Photography captures large regions of space and nature meant to display the size and look of the environment. Most landscapes include very little to no human interaction and instead are focused on an unadulterated representation of nature. When taking landscape pictures make sure to:

  • Photograph the same image multiple times but with different points of view – These altering points of view can bring an unexpected aspect to your image.
  • Maximize your depth of field – This is a good technique for landscape because it causes everything in the photo to be in sharp focus.
  • Place points of interest in your foreground
Appalachian Barnwood Lanscape
Appalachian Barnwood Lanscape

Wedding Photography (just as the name suggests) focuses on the activities relating to weddings; photographs of the couple before marriage, the wedding and the reception. Wedding photography is big business and most good wedding photographers have their weekends booked from spring until fall. Important things to remember when taking pictures of weddings:

  • Visit the wedding venue – It is important to see the locations of the places you’ll be shooting (church, reception hall, etc.) in advance, that way you can have an idea of a few positions and shots you intend to take.
  • Turn the sound on your camera off – There’s nothing worse then a loud noise interrupting an intimate moment and you as the photographer are going to be have access to all the intimate moments the wedding will posses, so turn your camera sound off and make sure you don’t ruin the evening.
  • Shoot everything – Make sure to include even the smallest details of the wedding (shoes, menus, flowers, table settings, candid shots, nameplates, etc.) to ensure the couple is completely satisfied and it will help add a little extra boost to the end wedding album.
Colori Picture Frame -- Wedding Photography
Colori Picture Frame — Wedding Photography

Black & White Photography features images in black, white and assorted shades of gray. This version of photography is popular due to the old time feel it can add to images ass well as the fact that if you take a picture in color and the colors don’t pop, you can make it a black and white image and it will be an impressive picture. Some things to pay attention to when shooting black and white:

  • Shoot and edit in color – Doing these steps in color ensures that you have more detail to work with so once you convert your photo to black and white you’ll have a much stronger image.
  • Take advantage of poor weather – Dark and overcast days usually provide low contrast due to the lack of light.
  • Pay attention to texture, contrast and shape – When shooting in black and white you don’t have colors to bring an image to life so you need to look for scenes with strong black and white tones as well as various shapes and textures in the image to allow the blacks and whites stand on their own.
Black and White Picture Frame -- Black and White Photography
Black and White Picture Frame — Black and White Photography

Macro Photography portrays smalls subjects in extreme closeups making the image in the photo larger than its actual size. There are a few steps to making the most out of your macro photography:

  • Use natural light and back light – The sun, especially at dawn, is great for bringing out previously unknown details.
  • Take pictures using the burst effect – Setting your camera to shoot in bursts is a great way to get a lot of decent images of a moving object, or and object that can’t sit still such as insects (which are perfect for macro photography).
  • Select a simple background – Doing this ensures that the subject and background aren’t competing for attention.
Verona Picture Frame -- Macro Photography
Verona Picture Frame — Macro Photography

The goal of Portrait Photography is to capture the personality, mood and expression of a person or group of people.  When taking portrait pictures you want to make sure to:

  • Fill out the frame – You want the subject of your picture to take up the majority of the photograph.
  • Leave the studio – Shooting portraits in a studio is fine but changing the location can give you pictures a refreshing feel. Simply going to a park can add so much more to your picture than simply taking it in a photo studio.
  • Ditch the on-camera flash – The built in flash on a camera is for people just snapping pictures to capture a moment. If you’re serious about photography then having additional lights is important. The on-camera flash is very flat and often creates a “deer in headlights” look.
Metal 1 Picture Frame -- Portrait Photography
Metal 1 Picture Frame — Portrait Photography

There are numerous styles of photography and unlimited things to shoot, so get out there and start shooting now. Then head on over to Frame USA, Inc. your one-stop secure online shopping place for a wide variety of Ready-Made Picture Frames. We’re proud of our products, our service, and the way we stand behind what we do. We guarantee you’ll love our Photography frames. And you’ll love the way we treat you at Frame USA!