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Photography and Folk Art on Etsy

Frame USA wants to encourage everyone to shop small this holiday season! We’re featuring Etsy shops to help support small businesses. This list features shops selling photography and folk art.

Photography

Ice-Bell Photography

Ice-Bell Photography sells photography prints. Images in her store are landscape and wildlife from around Missouri and Arkansas. Support an artist by shopping small this holiday season!

Visit her shop here: www.etsy.com/shop/IceBellPhotography

Images by Mary Anne

Images by Mary Anne is an amateur, self-taught photographer from NJ and who sells photos from home as well as her travels. She also takes local, custom requests.

Visit her shop here to support small businesses https://www.etsy.com/shop/ImagesByMaryAnne

Lake Tahoe Photo

LakeTahoePhoto sells calendars, greeting cards, and art prints of photographs from Lake Tahoe.

Visit their shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/laketahoephoto

Folk Art

KRAM Gifts&Crafts

KRAM – gifts&crafts shop creates Polish handicraft made in the USA. They make reverse glass paintings and frame them with Frame USA frames!

Visit their shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KRAMgiftsANDcrafts

Sharon Boody-Dean

Sharon Boody-Dean creates original and unique one-of-a-kind nature art on Birch bark framed in Frame USA rustic frames, along with Birch jewelry.

Visit her shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/sharonboody

Willowbrook Creations

Willowbrook Creations shop creates quilled art pieces. Quilling dates back to the thirteenth century and utilizes small strips of paper in order to create art. These would make lovely home decor, and their framed pieces use Frame USA frames!

Visit their shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WillowbrookCreations

Home Decor and Apparel on Etsy

Frame USA is supporting small businesses by featuring Etsy shops throughout the holiday season. As an all-American company, we believe it’s important shop small! If you’re looking for home decor or apparel for your loved ones or yourself, check out this list of shops.

Apparel

Scrappin’ Twins

We offer t-shirts and mugs for twins and their families. All our designs are created by a twin mom for other twin families! This is the perfect gift for the twins/triplets, families of twins/triplets, or those expecting twins/triplets in your life.

Visit their shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ScrappinTwinsShop

Corporate Arts

Corporate is a home based studio in Pennsylvania.  Our primary product is Auto Art using digital imaging techniques We market Car Show Boards, Canvas Art and T-Shirts. Shop owner Barry Cleveland holds numerous graphic and photo awards in U.S. and worldwide competition. His artwork has appeared in national publications and numerous galleries and shows.

Visit Corporate Arts here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/corporatearts

Home Decor

Treasured Maps

Treasured Maps are framed magnet maps of the USA that teach geography while stressing the importance of personal connections with friends, family, and special places of interest.  Each map comes with printer labels and 18 magnets that you can use to customize with your own images of family members, favorite vacations, and other memorable moments.

Visit their shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TreasuredMaps

Creative Glass by Becky

Sitting around our country kitchen table, I learned to do crafts as a young girl with my Mom and my sister. My Mom always had great ideas and it gave us quality time together. I LOVE creating things! Not everyone is “crafty”, so being able to create things for others to enjoy makes me happy and I feel blessed. Working with glass in all shapes and sizes has really let my creative side come out to play. If you love colorful home decor, come check out my shop.

Visit Creative Glass by Becky here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CreativeGlassByBecky

Debbie’s Music Boxes

Debbie’s Music Boxes and Etched Glass has been making unique music boxes and other artwork on Etsy since 2008. Support small businesses and artists and visit their shop at www.etsy.com/shop/Musicbox4u

Autumn Drift Flies

I am Dave P. Fisher, a professional fly tier, specializing in trout, steelhead, and salmon fishing flies. In recent years I have added Fly Art Works to my line of fishing flies. The art works are framed, and feature vintage post cards, (some over 100 years old), or conservation, state, or international stamps depicting trout or salmon. With these are added flies specifically tied for the piece. I tie each fly individually, I never use mass-produced flies. The pieces are created by me start to finish. I also create small individual framed pieces with a single fly mounted in the frame to be displayed on desks of shelves.

Visit Autumn Drift Flies shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AutumnDriftFlies

Fanatic Frames

Fanatic Frames uses new and vintage sports pennants, street signs, and other memorabilia, combined with your favorite players or teams sports cards to make a collectible for any fan. Each piece is designed, cut, and assembled by hand, and is one of a kind!

Visit their shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/fanaticframes

MMB PhotoGraphics

MMB Photographics sells canvas wall art and other home decor. Their work focuses on colorful photos of animals and nature.

Visit their Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/mmbphotographics

Places Interpreted

Places Interpreted sells canvas, fine art, framed, and metal prints of “a memory, an emotion, a personal connection to places we’ve lived, loved, traveled or dreamed of traveling to.”

Visit their Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/placesinterpreted

Etsy Shops Offering Custom Products

We’re promoting Etsy shops leading up to the holidays to encourage you to shop small! Etsy is full of handmade items and artwork, and that includes custom orders. At Frame USA we know the importance of and the work it takes to create custom items. If you’re looking for a personalized gift, check out the list below of shops.

Personalized Gifts From Etsy

Finch & Cotter

Finch & Cotter specializes in personalized wedding gifts, anniversary gifts, birthday gifts and housewarming gifts. All our items go through the same handcrafted process. They are first designed by us (and then approved by you), printed in our small shop and are then constructed in our very clean, professional studio.

Visit their shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FinchandCotter

Brushwork Portraits

Capturing the people and pets you love in colorful pastel and digital paint. Visit BrushworkPortraits Shop on Etsy and request a custom painting or grab a print of your favorite pet! Visit their shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BrushworkPortraits

Knotooshabby

My business is called Knotooshabby, and I make personalized items for homes and weddings. My subtitle/tagline is “For the little things in your big moments” because I primarily focus on making those small detail items that commemorate, or add to, the biggest events in people’s lives. My products celebrate new babies, homes, engagements, and weddings. I sell picture frames, Christmas ornaments, signs, wedding cake toppers, and wedding invitations.

When you land on my shop right now all of my Christmas tree ornaments are featured for the holiday season, but Frame USA is my supply source for my Picture Frame section. I order “Decorate-It” unfinished picture frames and I  personalize them by hand. Frame USA picture frames are the only items I order pre-made, all other wood products in my shop I make myself (my husband helps too) using woodworking tools I’ve inherited from my Father and Grandfather.

This Etsy shop is my full-time endeavor, outside of managing our household and taking care of our puppy! I can be found on Instagram and Pinterest under my name @lyssalynea where I share content from this business and coming in 2019 I’ll be adding a second Etsy shop and a blog that will focus on my fine art Paintings and Drawings.

Visit Knotooshabby’s shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Knotooshabbystudio

PreservebyPalazzi

PreservebyPalazzi creates custom made aprons designed to preserve a special memory about someone. Each apron has 2 large pockets. They’re perfect as gifts for memorials, celebrations, holidays, etc.

Visit their shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/PreservebyPalazzi

Larisa Designs

LarisaDesigns on Etsy makes customized name photo letter framed prints. Just tell her the name or word you’d like displayed and she will make you a custom piece. All of her work is proudly made in the USA!

Visit LarisaDesigns here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LarisaDesigns

Rich Hours Art

A Certificate of Marriage is a beautiful memento of your wedding. Each one is hand-painted with genuine 23 kt gold leaf and rich colors on fine art paper and contains the names of the bride and groom, date, verse or vows and a beautiful border design. It can also serve as a guestbook, with spaces for all the guests to sign.
My artwork is inspired by medieval manuscripts, but all the designs are original. If you would like a Certificate based on your own ideas, please let me know and we can work together

Visit Rich Hours Art here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/richhoursart

Sugared Plums

Sugared Plums Frames makes personalized picture frames. Anyone can give a picture frame as a gift, but when you give one of our personalized picture frames you are giving a gift with sentimental meaning attached to it. You can personalize your picture frame with your own special quote, lullaby, song lyric, wedding vows, or verse! All of our items are handcrafted by us in California. We hope that you love our creations as much as we love making them.

Visit their shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/sugaredplumsframes

Shop Small on Etsy This Holiday Season!

Frame USA is promoting Etsy shops this holiday season! Small businesses and artists are important to us as a company. We encourage everyone to shop small for holiday gifts this year. Here are the first of our featured shops leading up to the holidays.

Framed Art

AgedPage

Images from AgedPage Photography speak softly to the soul by capturing moments in time, conceived with a nod to the past and a touch of vintage charm. The AgedPage print shop features photographs of country landscapes, still life images and rustic barns.

An Etsy shop since 2011, visit their shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/agedpage

Alphabet Art Photos

At Alphabet Art Photos we love to bring people closer and help them celebrate life’s major milestones through our personalized artwork. Our passion and purpose is to continually create art that brings enjoyment into the home while offering a customer experience that we would want for ourselves.
Have you browsed our store and read the reviews?
Don’t worry if you haven’t cos here’s the news…
Our artwork is designed with you in mind
Each item is personalized, all one-of-a-kind.
So, pick out your letters and choose a font
We’ll take the time to create the look you want.
We’ll send you a proof to look over and consider
A thumbs up from you and we’ll print, pack, and deliver
A personalized gift that is made from the heart
Your name spelled out with our Alphabet Art!

Visit their shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AlphabetArtPhotos

Patent Prints

PatentPrints is the best place to dress up your walls. Choose from multiple prints sizes and paper choices! These are prints of great inventions that have changed our lives. They are fun, educational, and will look great on your walls!

Visit PatentPrints here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PatentPrints

Burning For You

Burning for You is a collaborative effort between a graphic designer and an artist/architect. We offer you custom handcrafted laser engraved wood and hand dyed leather goods and accessories. We really have a passion for creating! Each piece is made with care; from the conceptual stage all the way to the finishing table. Our hope is that you enjoy our products as much as we enjoy making them.

Visit their shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BurninForYou

CT Costa Photography

CT Costa Photography has been an Etsy seller since 2011 and continues selling fine art nature photography worldwide. They create inspiring photography of majestic landscapes and serene seascapes, and frame them with Frame USA products!

Visit their shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/CTCostaPhotography

Faith Wickey

These adorable glass art pieces would make great gifts while supporting a small business! Faith Wickey creates whimsical fused glass art pieces, then creates shadowboxes using frames from Frame USA.

Visit their Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FaithWickey

RibbonMade

RibbonMade on Etsy has some great items to gift this holiday season! They hand decorate Frame USA frames for all sorts of occasions, along with offering children’s benches, keepsake boxes, and other decor!

Visit their shop here

Real Wood Frames

Real Wood vs MDF Wood Frames

What’s the difference between real wood frames and MDF wood frames?

In the world of moulding you will find different types of materials used to create individual styles. It might seem as simple as wood vs plastic, but the real story is much deeper. We’ll start at the beginning of the manufacturing process to see how frames start as trees in a forest, but become our beautiful mouldings.

Real Wood

Real Wood

Let’s start by talking about real wood. Personally, my favorite part about real wood is the visible grains on the frames. It gives the frame a unique and personal feel. The texture can really show off the craftsmanship that goes into making these frames.

So real wood – what is it made out of? Most of our frames that feature real wood come from 2 types of trees: Ash and Pine. Pine is the most common. It’s also featured in one of my favorite series, In Depth. However, Ash is my favorite wood since it’s also used to make baseball bats for the major leagues.

There are big pluses to purchasing a natural and real wood frame. The wood will look amazing and give a rustic and modern look to any room and it is sturdier than an MDF frame!

Real Wood Frames

MDF Wood

MDF is an abbreviation for Medium Density Fiberboard. It is the byproduct of wood chips and sawdust which is then pressurized and held together. Because of this every single piece of MDF looks exactly the same. During the manufacturing process, we add a moulding wrap to the frame. Since every piece of MDF looks the same, it insures that it will always look exactly the same no matter how frames you purchase.

MDF Wood Frames

No matter what you cannot go wrong with choosing one over the other because they both have the biggest plus! They will make an amazing frame!

-Zach Giesting

Tips for creative block

Tips to Overcome Creative Block

How to Get Rid of Creative Block

Creative block happens to every artist no matter how professional they are. We all go through times where the inspiration isn’t there. It can be super discouraging to be a creative person with no ideas of what to make. As an artist, I’ve had plenty of ups and downs. There are times when my imagination goes so wild that I can’t get it all out, and other times when I can’t come up with an idea for anything. Here are some ideas of how to get past the slump of artist block and get back to being creative.

Pinterest

pinterest inspiration
Pinterest is full of inspiring photographs, art, tutorials, videos, etc. When I’m struggling to find an idea for a project, one of the first things I do is make a Pinterest board with relevant images. It’s an easy way to find and store inspiration for your work. Whether you’re looking for a drawing reference or interior design ideas, it’s a great resource to get the creative juices flowing.

Sketchbooks and Journals

creative block
No matter what kind of creative person you are, keeping a journal or sketchbook can really come in handy. During those times that you’re full of ideas, you can jot them down for later. When you’re having trouble coming up with something, just revisit those old notes and sketches for inspiration. I’m a firm believe that you should always have a notebook with you. You never know when a great idea (or even a funny comment or sentence you overheard) is going to strike. You’ll thank yourself later for having written it down.

Mix Up Your Routine

Tips for creative block
Sometimes doing the same things every day can put you in a rut. If you’re moving through the day repeating tasks on auto-pilot, your brain isn’t working to its full potential. This doesn’t mean you need to switch your whole schedule. Making even small changes like going to a new coffee shop or reading a book on your porch instead of your couch will wake up your mind. Sometimes it only takes going a little ways out of your comfort zone to ignite the spark.

Don’t Wait For Inspiration

Creativity
Waiting for the inspiration to come to you doesn’t always work. Even if you’re proactively trying to find inspiration, it might not happen for a while. That’s why it’s important to keep working on projects even when you don’t want to. Even the greatest artists can make bad art, and sometimes it’s essential to the process. The process itself can even be more important than the end product. We learn from our mistakes, so don’t be afraid to make them!

Framing Art
And once you’re out of your creative block and back to making great art, don’t forget to proudly display it in a picture frame!

Matting Art Tips

Tips for Matting Artwork – Color, Size, and Display

Matting Artwork

When looking at a piece of art, matting can really brighten or enhance the image. People often ask if you should mat a picture based on the image itself or based on the room it will hang in. It’s actually a little of both. You don’t want to have a mat, frame, and picture totally clash with the wall it’s hanging on. But you also want to highlight some of the colors from the art. I like a mat to pull out some of the subtle colors in a picture. You can use just one mat or multiple! We’ve matted up to 4 times on some of our framed art in the retail store gallery.

Matting Artwork Tips
We also play with spacing the mats differently so there is a small gap between one mat and the next. It’s fun to try and pull colors out that you are drawn to or would like to feature. Mats can help draw your eyes to the uniqueness in a piece of art. You can play with the reveal (amount of each color shown) for each mat. Typically we have the bottom mat show 1/4″ and the top mat is 2″, but this can be customized depending on the art and the customer preference.

Another way to mat artwork is to do what is called “floating”. When you float something, the mat is solid behind your artwork. This is really cool when you have a signature that is right at the edge. Some artwork has rough edges and it would be a shame to hide the unique effect this creates in the piece. This is when floating can really help finish off the art.

Using Mats For Non-Standard Sized Images

Matting is also a great way to put an odd size picture into a standard size frame. For example, you want to fit your 10×12 picture into an 11×14 frame. We can cut a mat that will fit both the frame and the exact size needed for the image. We have tons of mats in stock in several colors. Plus we have a large selection of mats that we can order for customers.

Matting Art Tips Art Matting Tips
If you are framing artwork as a gift for someone, it is best to keep the colors and frames neutral since you don’t know where they may be hanging the gift.

Occasionally, we’ll have a customer bring in their framed artwork looking for something to spruce it up. Just changing the mats can totally change the overall look of your image. It can make it look like a completely new piece! We have so much fun playing with colors and finding what looks the best to make the art really pop!

-Laurie Meurer

New Frame Series - Timber Barn Wood Brown

New Series Spotlight – Timber Barnwood Frames

Hello fellow framers! As we all know, summer is quickly coming to a close. And with that, comes all the fall things (HAPPY DANCE!). This season we’re introducing a brand new series to the Frame USA collection called “Timber”. Our new series Timber Barnwood is a great way to spruce up that She Shed, or dust off those old time, sepia-toned photos to hang around the house. It’s perfect for bringing the tranquility of outdoors inside your home. You’ll thank us for it once the weather gets cold!

She Shed
Rustic framing, or shabby chic, is becoming a major trend in home décor! With three different colors to choose from in this series (black, white, and light brown), you won’t have any trouble at all finding a place for these frames in your home. This series is made from real Spruce wood, but gives the illusion of reclaimed wood without the imperfections. The moulding gives a natural appearance with distressed ridges. Whether you’re stuck in the city and miss the country life, or you’re in the country and want to bring that feeling indoors, these frames are exactly what you’re looking for!

New Frame Series - Timber Barnwood Black New Frame Series - Timber Barn wood Brown New Frame Series - Timber Barnwood White
Just like all of our frames, the Timber series is American-made in our warehouse in Cincinnati, OH. Buying from Frame USA means supporting an American company and getting the best quality products! Now through 8/26/18 you can try these new Timber frames for 15% off. Just use coupon code “TIMBER” at check out to take advantage of this awesome discount!

Dry Mounting Art

What is Dry Mounting and Does Your Image Need It?

Does your image need dry mounting?

Dry Mounting Art   Fine Art Prints
The process of dry mounting adheres your image to foam core using a heat press. Sometimes when art is printed, the paper will have slight imperfections. The process isn’t reversible, but it will remove any bends, smileys, creases, or curls that may be in your art work.

Dry Mounting for Paper creases

The best way to determine whether your image needs to be dry mounted or not is based on the value of your piece. It is highly recommended by our team that photographs, posters, prints, and newspapers are dry mounted before framing. This is because they can be reproduced, since the dry mounting process is permanent. The paper they’re printed on can also be prone to creases or bends. Another reason to dry mount a piece is if your artwork has been stored in a tube for an extended time. Dry mounting will smooth out the curl in your artwork.

Signed Posters

If you have a signed or numbered piece, it’s best to opt out of dry mounting as it does decrease value. Foam core is not archival. And once your art has been dry mounted, it is not able to be removed from the foam core.

Dry mounting is a way to make your art smooth and flat. The materials that we use are PH balanced, so your artwork will not yellow over time. Knowing the process of dry mounting will help you determine whether or not it’s the right process for your artwork.

If you ever have questions about our process or what is best for your artwork, feel free to reach out to us! You can contact us or visit our retail store in Cincinnati, OH with your questions.

 

– Manda Hill
Frame USA Retail and Specialty Lead

Print On Demand Art Prints

Print On Demand Fine Art Prints

The Frame USA Print on Demand team is always hard at work.

Every week we get tons of orders for art prints that we process, print, and frame. We’re able to complete about 300 images in a day! We currently have about 28,000 images from artists that we license and sell through Amazon.

Our Print on Demand team goes through the orders and resizes images to fit properly in our picture frames. Once the images are sized, we print them on our large format inkjet printers. Some art prints are printed onto canvas, while others are printed on semi-gloss paper. We then carefully trim the prints and organize them by the type of frame the customer purchased. Next our framing team takes them for the final steps. Larger art prints need to be dry mounted, while smaller prints are ready to be framed.

Print On Demand Art Prints

Working for the Print on Demand department at Frame USA keeps us busy and is always exciting. It’s a fun mixture of working with technology and art. We get to work with beautiful images while exploring creative solutions to make the department run smoothly. Each of us puts a lot of care into what we do because we enjoy it.

I’m excited for our department to continue growing. I enjoy producing home decor for our customers. We’re one of the newest additions to the Frame USA company, and I’m proud to be a part of it!

-Carrie
Print Lead at Frame USA