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standard photo sizes

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.

standard photo sizes
Two popular sizes, the 5×7 and poster sizes (shown: 24×36.)
framing artwork

Framing Artwork – Artist Perspective

If you follow our Paper.li news feed, we try to share some great advice in the art and framing community throughout the week. You can find this online publication here.

One article that stood out to use was and article called “Framing Artwork”, a robust and long-winded article on art becoming  more than the act of creating art, but also involving labor and democracy, that art makes up more than creative and technical processes but includes labor as any other job does.

We happen to agree. The author also cites examples from Warhol, who was the first artist to relate to society’s conformity and democratic approach to art. To quote the author,

“Art is not simply the place where desires get expressed and monetized. It is also where desires get fulfilled and monetized. There will always be a remainder, and that remainder is the libidinal investment in art as a space different from other spaces, and in creativity as a more expansive ideal of production. The persistence of this remainder demands a critique of artistic labor that goes beyond the terms offered by political economy, a critique that takes seriously those desirous investments that become entwined with—but are not reducible to—art’s institutions and economic engines.”

We think it’s good to keep this in mind when framing artwork. Art is most complete through hard work and working to improve yourself, and of course, working to make your work ready for display. Don’t be afraid to go the extra mile! We also offer custom framing services if you need help along the way.

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Source: E-Flux’s article, “Framing Artwork” by Lindsay Caplan

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A Deeper Look At Colorful Picture Frames

bright colored picture frames Today we are going to spotlight several of our brighter colored wood picture frames. As we head into the holiday season, there are many uses for bright colors that represent celebration! From the oranges and yellows of Autumn to the red and green of Christmas season, we have you covered.

OK, I have to admit, when I go looking for a picture frame I’m usually looking for something that is fairly neutral. For photography I’m a bit partial to simple black frames, but sometimes you just need something with a little more flavor. Today we are going to take a look at some of the more colorful framing options available on our Frame USA website.

Colored Picture Frames

Our Colori Series frames are available blue, green, orange red, and yellow colors. Both are also available in black and white, but for this article we’ll concentrate on the bold , bright colors. These are colorfully wrapped wood frames. The Colori Medium have a thinner 1 1/4″ profile than our Colori Large Series frames, which have a 2″ wide facing profile. Either of these series of picture frames offer an excellent choice for when you require bold colors to set off your wall art.

Colori Medium Series Frames

Colori Blue Picture Frame Colori Green Picture Frame Colori Orange Picture Frame Colori Red Picture Frame Colori Yellow Picture Frame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colori Large Series Frames

Large Yellow Picture Frame Large Blue Picture Frame Large Green Picture Frame Large Orange Picture Frame Large Red Picture Frame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kid Stuf Colorful Picture Frames

Now it’s time to take a look at our Kid Stuf colorful picture frames for kids. Now let’s be honest, the bold primary colors of these frames can be used for all kinds of art, photos, and even collages. These frames have a rounded 15/16″ facing profile. Available colors: Yellow, blue, green, red, baby blue, and pink.

Yellow Picture Frame for kids Blue Picture Frame for kids Green Picture Frame for kids Red Picture Frame for kids

 

 

 

Baby Blue Picture Frame Pink Picture Frame

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you need wood frames in bold colors any of the above frames make a great choice. Take note of the differences in the profile of the frame and decide what will look best in your setting.  We have colored frames with wide, flat profiles; narrow profiles; and rounded profiles.

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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.

Art Frames
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

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Charity of the Month for July – Fill the Truck

Fill the truck back to school logo We are in the throes of summer and everything is nice and relaxing!  But we all know what is lurking around the corner; it is there in the back of our mind.  Some might be excited about it while some dread it.  Some might even be shocked to see it already!  But there is nothing we can do to stop the end of summer and start up the new school year (trust me, I tried for years!).  However, no matter what your opinion on the matter is, one thing is for sure: School supplies are expensive!  This can be a huge burden for many families here in the Cincinnati area.

This is where we come in!

We have a 20’ truck to fill with school supplies!  The Frame USA family has the ability to help children succeed by making sure that they have the supplies they need for school.  That is why Fill The Truck goes Back to School!  Just like our December program where we collect different goods to fill a truck and deliver to a local charity before Christmas, we are collecting school supplies and summer clothing for children going back to school.  Everything that we collect this summer will go to Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center’s Back to School program, where they handed out over 500 book bags last year.

Frame USA has already committed to donating 100 book bags this year!  However, that is not enough to help Valley Interfaith take care of all their families.  We need your help too!  Without you, we will not fill the truck!  The brand new items we are collecting are: dry erase markers, tissue boxes, paper towels, two pocket folders, zippered pencil pouches, highlighters, backpacks, binders, composition books, single subject notebooks, pencils, wide ruled loose leaf paper, pens, glue, markers, crayons, colored pencils, shoes, t-shirts, shorts, and socks.

There are many ways you can help:

1)      Spread the word!  Post about FTT on Facebook, Linkedin, Youtube, Twitter, ect.

2)      Check out the website. www.fillthetruck.org

3)      Drop off items at Frame USA. 225 Northland Blvd, Cincinnati, OH 45246

4)      Purchase items online. www.fillthetruck.org

5)      Donate cash. www.fillthetruck.org

6)      Buy something from Frameusa.com *We are still donating $1 for every order placed online! (Will you match our donation?)

We are including our Retail store in the action too!  Every Custom Framing order that is placed in July will be worth $1 from Frame USA as well!

We have a 20 foot truck that we need to fill.  We need your help!  Please consider donating, and change the future for the children.

To find out more about Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center please visit their website at www.vifcc.org.

For more information on Fill the Truck, please visit www.fillthetruck.org  or www.frameusa.com

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Great Examples of White Picture Frames

What do you think of when you think of white picture frames? Do you immediately think Wedding Photos or do white frames remind you more of a newborn’s nursery? White is often associated with purity and innocence. Let’s see what we can dig up for great ideas using white frames.

value added white picture frame

showcase shadow box in white

cheap but good white frame

Over the years, we have seen a multitude of great ideas and uses for white frames. Some are DIY projects that use an existing frame as a base, while other folks start with a natural wood frame and paint the frames themselves.

White frames have a grand history of use in both black & white or color photographs. They accentuate images without distracting from the original work that it frames. The white border tends to pull out the contrast of B&W and it really makes the color pop out of color photography. I favorite among gallery owners.

white driftwood frame

white metal frame

abstract series - white frame

 

 

 

 

 

Take a look at the following images of white picture frames in use. We hope you will be filled great ideas…

White Frames In Use

 

No matter what colors may change in your home or office, white picture frames will always remain neutral while bringing out the best in your artwork. Make sure that you visit our online frame store to check out all of our latest picture frames.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to give our customer service representatives a call at 1.800.577.5920. If you have any special requirements such as custom inserts, mats, shells, or laser engraving of your company logo, please fill out our custom frame contact form. Someone will be in contact with you within 8 hours.

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Our Most Popular Black Picture Frames

Black picture frames are extremely popular with many different artists and photographers. The diversity that a black frame offers artwork is vast to say the least, and we offer a very wide variety of black picture frames. Check out our list of the most popular black picture frames!

1. Corporate Black

Corporate Black Picture Frame
Corporate Black Picture Frames

Corporate frames come in three different profiles and many colors, but Corporate black is by far our best selling wood picture frame. Not only is it an incredibly versatile frame, it’s made from an eco-friendly wood composite!

2. Architect Black

Architect frame
Architect Picture Frames

The Architect series is known for its incredibly narrow profile and minimalist design. With a nice blend of shiny and mat finish, the possibilities are endless for this black frame.

3. Black (Series)

Black frame
Black Picture Frames

True to its namesake, this series is indeed a black picture frame! The big draw to this one is the unique corners on the profile that add a layer of depth to your artwork. Have a look!

4. Glory Metal Black

Metal Picture Frames
Glory Metal Black

For a truly minimalist style, our customers reach for the Glory Metal Black picture frames. Our metals are used by a variety of artists with abstract galleries that rely on simplicity of form. We’re also told that these frames almost give off that “custom made” look that professionals always desire in their work.

5. Rustic

Rustic Vintage Frame
Rustic Picture Frames

5. For fans of sites like Etsy (Or vintage design in general), you owe it to yourself to have a look at our Rustic 1+2 series. Rustic 1 is a narrower profile, while 2 is more wide. Imperfections designed into the MDF wrap make this frame perfect for more “earthy” homes, especially with all of the color tones fitting the definition of aged, natural colors.

What’s your favorite black frame? Leave a comment below!

Frame Glazings - Museum Glass

What are the Different Types of Picture Framing Glass?

Museum Glass - Picture Frame Glazing Picture framing glass (“glazing,” “conservation glass,” “museum quality glass”) usually refers to flat glass or acrylic (“plexi”) used for framing artwork and for presenting art objects in a display box (also, “conservation framing”). Source – Wikipedia

When having your artwork framed, there are several choices available when it comes to the type of “glass”, “glazing”, or “facing” that can be used. In this article we are going to take a moment and discuss what choices are available and what benefits each type offers, when it comes to the protection and display properties of your art. Keep in mind, most of these choices are only available for custom framing where conservation or anti-reflective coatings are important to the preservation of your photos or artistic works.

Glazing Choices Available in Our Ready-made Frames Available at FrameUSA.com

Basic Glass – This type of picture frame glazing is the most common in ready-made frames that you will find in retail stores or online. Basic glass protects your art from dust and scratches only. It does not protect your artwork from harmful UV rays or contain any anti-reflective properties.

Styrene – This type of frame facing is popular for it’s light weight,  affordability, and resistance to shattering. Styrene is the most affordable non-glass facing and provides physical protection from dust and scratches. WARNING – Do not use household cleaning chemicals or solutions! Clean only with a soft, damp cloth.

 

Different Types of Picture Framing Glass

 

Glazing Choices Available in Our Custom Framing Location – Cincinnati, OH

Basic Glass – This type of picture frame glazing is the most common in ready-made frames that you will find in retail stores or online. Basic glass protects your art from dust and scratches only. It does not protect your artwork from harmful UV rays or contain any anti-reflective properties.

Styrene – This type of frame facing is popular for it’s light weight,  affordability, and resistance to shattering. Styrene is the most affordable non-glass facing and provides physical protection from dust and scratches. WARNING – Do not use household cleaning chemicals or solutions! Clean only with a soft, damp cloth.

Basic Non-glare Glass – This type of frame glazing provides physical protection from dust and scratches. This type of glass also has a slightly frosted glass to prevent glare and reflections. This glazing does not preotect your art or images  from harmful UV rays.

Conservation Clear® picture framing glass offers the highest level of UV protection available in the industry.  Over time exposure to indoor and outdoor UV light rays can contribute to fading and deterioration of art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes. Conservation Clear glass effectively blocks up to 99% of UV light rays to protect against fading and help keep framed pieces brighter, longer.

Conservation Clear Framing Glass

Technical Info:

  • Blocks up to 99% of UV light rays
  • Meets ISO 18902 and passes ISO 18916, by providing at least 97% UV protection
  • Does not degrade or delaminate over time.  Tru Vue uses a proprietary inorganic, silica-based UV blocking coating, which is “baked” into the glass substrate producing a permanently bonded coating.
  • 2.5mm glass substrate

When To Use:

  • Ideal for any framing application, if reflection-free viewing is not important.
  • For protecting art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes against damage and fading caused by UV light.
  • To provide fade protection for posters. The inks, papers and other materials used to create these prints are more likely to deteriorate at a faster pace than higher quality reproductions.

 

 

Conservation Reflection Control® glass enhances the beauty of artwork with a matte-like finish that scatters light to minimize unwanted glare.  Additionally, it effectively blocks up to 99% of UV light rays to help protect art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes from fading and deterioration caused by harmful UV light rays.

Conservation Reflection Control Frame Glazings
 

Technical Info:

  • Matte-like finish to minimize glare and allows 89% light transmission
  • Blocks up to 99% of UV light rays
  • Achieves over 97% light transmission to enhance colors, brightness and contrast levels
  • Meets ISO 18902 and passes ISO 18916, by providing at least 97% UV protection
  • Does not degrade or delaminate over time.  Tru Vue use a proprietary inorganic, silica-based UV blocking coating with a matte-finish, which is “baked” into the glass producing a permanently bonded coating.
  • 2.5mm glass substrate

When To Use:

  • To minimize glare while protecting art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes against harmful UV light rays
  • Use on any framing project with up to two mats away from piece without significant resolution loss

 

Museum Glass® anti-reflection picture framing glass with Conservation Grade UV Protection is the best glazing option available for art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes.  Along with its nearly invisible finish, it effectively blocks up to 99% of harmful indoor and outdoor UV light rays so framed pieces remain clearer and brighter for longer.

 

Frame Glazings - Museum Glass
Technical Info:

  • Reduces reflection by over 85% (to less than 1% of total light), the lowest possible reflection rating available with UV protection
  • Achieves over 97% light transmission to enhance colors, brightness and contrast levels
  • Blocks up to 99% of UV light rays
  • Meets ISO 18902 and passes ISO 18916, by providing at least 97% UV protection
  • Does not degrade or delaminate over time.  Tru Vue uses a proprietary inorganic, silica-based UV blocking coating, which is “baked” into the glass producing a permanently bonded coating.
  • 2.5mm glass substrate

When To Use:

  • For virtually invisible glazing that will enhance colors, brightness and contrast levels of all types of artwork, even posters
  • For protecting valued diplomas or irreplaceable artwork against damage and fading caused by UV light
  • Ideal for framing applications including shadow boxes, multiple mat or deep framing projects

 

If you have any questions about framing or glazing choices available to you, please give us a call at 800.577.5920. A customer service representatives can help you make an informed choice.

If you are looking for wholesale orders with custom glass, laser engraving, or custom mats, please take a moment to fill out our Custom Quote Form.

Thanks!

 

 

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Our Frames In Use – Customer Image Submissions From Facebook

Over the past year, we have had several customers or clients send us images of how they are using our picture frames, poster frames, and shadow boxes. We love seeing these images.

We have seen our frames in use for custom birthday messages and certificates. We have seen our shadow boxes used for three dimensional artworks. We’ve seen our wood frames series and metal frames used for 27 x 40 movie poster collections. We’ve seen alot, but we haven’t seen it all.

Do you use any of our products in your home or business? Are you an artist or photographer using our frames for your finished pieces? We would love to include your pictures in a future post! You can visit us on Facebook and upload them there: https://www.facebook.com/frameusa

We can’t wait to see what you guys come up with next!

Promotional Poster Frames Poster Frames Frames in Use Frames Shipped Custom Frames Resturaunt Frames Shadow Box Frame Photo Frame Landscape Photography Frame 3D Art Frame Framed Birthday Greeting 16 x 20 shadow box frame Photography Frames Framed Feathers Barn in Barnwood frame Frames Used In Retail Framed Mixed Media ArtworkFramed Mixed Media Artwork Framed Photogrphy

If you are looking for some great frames for your art or photography, be sure to check out the following links:

shadow boxes

wood frames

metal frames

poster frames

Remember, if you need any help with any picture frames, please call 800.577.5920 or click here if you have custom framing needs.

Making A Frame Collage

Picture Frame Clock
Photo Courtesy: Nathan Tribbett

Sometimes your regular, run-of-the-mill frame simply won’t get the job done. While a frame can truly go a long way and be sized to anyone’s palette, the standard is that one frame will support one image. This can be limiting if you have several pictures and only a limited amount of space, or you  have a vast amount of pictures and want to display them instead of leaving them to collect dust in a photo album.

Luckily, there are ways around that (and they make pretty tasteful décor statements too!) You’ll need a pretty decent amount of wall space for hanging your frames, and some idea of a theme for your pictures in general: for example; family photos, personal art or design work, decorative art, posters, etc. In this article, we’ll give you some tips on how to make some really great design-inspired frame collages for your home.

Frame Collages

  1. Use your creativity and purchase 5-10 small, complementary frames. Place each picture in a small frame. Make sure that each one complements each other based on color, design, profile depth and compositional quality. This may sound more advanced, but it’s mostly based on your personal preference and intuition. More than anything, the frames and images should reflect your home, style choices, personality, and personal tastes. Don’t get too hung up on making the frames “perfect,” or trying to match all of your colors.
  2. Buy one large frame, but use mats to create small openings for your pictures. This is a very popular means of creating a collage for your pictures. Using simple or decorative mats, have a professional framer (or us!) create specific cut-outs for your individual pictures. While we do pre-determine your mat layout, it is something that Frame USA can take into account when you order. When your mats are cut, simply place your photos or artwork into the open spaces in the mat. There are hundreds of combinations as far as color and technique with mats—for example, our sister website, Matdesigners.com, sells literally hundreds of incredibly different and high-quality mats for frames of all sorts.
  3. Using parts from method #1, create a collage of similarly-colored frame shells, creating a collage. If you don’t have a lot of pictures that you want framed, or want to try creating a bold design statement, try using frame shells as part of your wall décor. Frame shells, if you have not heard the term used before, are regular picture frames without the backing, mat, or even an image. They are literally only the outside “shell” of the frame. When used as a standalone decorative art piece, they make a very bold, modern and unique style choice for any home.

As with anything you place in your home, make sure it’s something that works for you. In the end it’s all about finding something that works for you and makes your home a more comfortable environment. Creating a frame collage is simply one of many ways to make an ordinary home extraordinary!