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Art Exhibition Mockup

How to Prepare for an Art Exhibition

As an artist, getting accepted into an art exhibition can be super exciting but also overwhelming. You’ve put the hours into creating your artwork, but now it’s time to make it presentable. The work itself is what got you accepted into the show, but your presentation is what will help you sell.

Arranging Your Work

One of the first things to consider is how much space you have. If you know the dimensions of the wall or room you’ll be displaying in, you can make a mock-up of how you want to arrange your pieces. This way you don’t have to worry about whether or not everything will fit once you’re ready to set up. You can do this by measuring each piece and drawing a to-scale diagram of the space. Or if you want to see how it will really look, you can measure the actual size in your home or studio, arrange your pieces in that space, and take photos to reference when you’re setting up.

Art Exhibition Mockup

Photograph Before Framing

Before getting your art display-ready, you’ll want to make sure you have high quality documentation of each piece. Depending on the kind of work you’re showing, you should photograph or scan it before adding a frame with glass or any other distracting display materials. This way, if you sell any pieces during your exhibition you’ll still be able to use it in your portfolio.

Art Exhibition

Create a Price List and Business Cards

You’ll want visitors of your art exhibition to be able to easily find prices and information about your work. Before your show starts, create a list with each piece’s title, size, media, and price. This list should be displayed somewhere that is accessible to the audience. Depending on how big the show is, you might want to print multiple copies and set them in different places.

Business cards are also important to display at your show. This way if someone is interested in your work and wants to get in touch in the future, they’ll know how to contact you. People might walk into the exhibition on a whim without the funds to purchase something. However, if they have your business card it will remind them that they enjoyed your art, and they’ll be able to easily find you.

Frame Your Work and Prepare for Display

If your art is 2-D you’ll want to make sure it’s framed and ready to hang. There are tons of options for picture frames for your work. However, it’s important that the frame doesn’t out shine or distract from your art. Keep it simple so that no one is paying more attention to the frame than your art. Black or white frames are usually a safe bet. Depending on how you choose to use a frame, or if you go without one, you might need additional hardware to be able to easily hang your work.

Art Exhibition

Be Personable!

One of the best ways to make connections is to have genuine conversations with your audience. Let them know that you’re the artist and you’re open to answering questions. If they don’t have questions for you, ask them how they heard about the show or what made them stop by. If someone seems interested in your work at all, let them know you have business cards. Being likable in general will make people more engaged with your art.

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Wedding Photography Framing Tips

Tips for Wedding Photography and Framing

I grew up believing there are a few important stages in life: graduating from college, finding your first “big kid job”, getting married, and then all the fun stuff that follows marriage. So when those steps fell into place perfectly in my life, I was over the moon! Right after getting my first big kid job post-college, my boyfriend of 3 years proposed to me. I could finally put that lengthy Pinterest board to good use.

Since I’m the baby of the family and all of my siblings had already been through wedding planning, I had plenty of help. Growing up, I remember being surrounded by wedding photos of my parents, siblings, and grandparents. So as I began planning, I knew immediately that finding a fantastic photographer was one of the most important things for me. In fact, it was the third thing I finalized.

So the question is – once you’re back to your normal routine after your wedding, what is the best way to display the hundreds of photos?

My personal favorite is a gallery wall! It’s a great way to display photos of all the people you love. Choose your favorite photography of you and your family, husband, or bridal party to display. Then mix them with action shots from the reception, like this lovely cake-in-the-face shot or your first dance.

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The frames you choose for your gallery wall don’t have to all be the same. In fact, most of the time it looks best when you select frames of different sizes, textures, and styles. Here’s a tip for using our picture frames. If you love the style of a frame but the color doesn’t fit your needs, don’t be afraid to paint them! Painting the different frames all one color is a great way to take your wedding photographs and turn them into a conversation piece.

How Can Frames Be Used While You’re Still Planning?

If you stumbled on this post while you’re just beginning your wedding planning, don’t fret! You can still use our frames BEFORE you actually have the photos to put in them. Our specially crafted frames are perfect for decorating your reception. Print out your favorite love related quote or song lyric in a fancy font and frame it. Then you can place it on a table of other framed photographs of your family, your in-laws, or photos through the years of your relationship!

The latest craze right now is signature drinks. If you’re thinking of having one at your wedding, print out the recipe and stick it on the bar! This way when your guests love the drink, they know how to make it!

Framed Wedding Photos Make Great Gifts!

Use frames to gift family members the special photos from your big day for their birthdays, holidays, or just because. Something I’m going to do for my niece (who holds a special spot in my heart) when she’s older and getting married is give her this framed photo of her wearing my wedding shoes to her as her ‘something old’. I will tell her how for the entire summer leading up to my wedding she practiced her walk down the aisle for her wedding.

Wedding Photography
On your wedding day you are surrounded by not only the person you vow to cherish until your last breath, but also everyone who has shaped and molded you into the person you are. There really is no better feeling than being surrounded by love. After the buzz wears off and you go from the fantasy bubble to the real world, your wedding photos will be what brings you back to that love filled day. So don’t let those beauties get tucked away in a box and forgotten. Take the tips shared here, display them, and remember the love.


– Brooke Sanders

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

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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!

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

Creative Uses of Frames

Creative Frame Uses by Frame USA Customers

We love seeing creative frame uses by our customers!

creative frame uses

Here at Frame USA, our customers are our top priority. However, they are more than just important to our business – they inspire us! Seeing our products used in such a variety of creative ways brings out the artist in all of us.

For instance, the photo above was sent to us by the owner of an Etsy shop called CreativeGlassByBecky. Becky uses frames from Frame USA to create faux stained glass artwork that she sells in her shop. We love that our American-made frames are being used to create art and help an American small business owner run their company.

creative frame uses

Above is another piece of art made with a Frame USA Wood Frame. This reverse glass painting was also made by an American Etsy shop owner whose shop is called KRAM Gifts & Crafts. Reverse glass painting consists of painting in layers on the back of a piece of glass and viewing it from the other side. It is a technique of painting that has existed since the Middle Ages.

 

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These next photos are examples of our custom frames. Frame USA offers a wide variety of standard frame sizes, however sometimes customers have pieces they want framed that are not standard sizes.

This customer had these beautiful posters they wanted to display, but needed a custom size to fit them.

All of our standard frames can be made in custom sizes by using the “Custom Sizes” tab on our site.

The Design a Frame section of our website is also an option for designing your own custom frame.

 

creative frame uses

Our Decorate-It frame series is another popular frame that leaves room for creativity. These wood frames come unfinished so that you can decorate them yourself however you please! These photos are examples of how one customer decorated their Decorate-It frames. This series is great for painting on or using to collage onto like this artist did.

 

creative frame uses

Weddings are also an occasion where having the perfect picture frame is important. This customer used one of our frames to commemorate their big day in 2011. It’s a great way to decorate a wedding ceremony or reception, or to show off photographs from your wedding afterward. Jared and Diana spelled their last name “Thompson” in a photo collage and displayed it as a decoration.

We love seeing all of the different creative ways our customers use our frames. If you’ve purchased a frame from us, we want to see your photos! Contact us on social media – Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or email us at [email protected]. We will gladly give you a shout out.

 

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!

 

 

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!

 

 

What Is A Floater Frame?

In the world of art, photography and picture framing, the different variations of frames and what they are used for can get a bit confusing. To the untrained eye. picture frames can all look the same and seemingly be interchangeable. In reality, that is not the case. Based on the material, style and size, each picture frame is chosen for a different reason. Due to this, a common question we often encounter is; what exactly is a floater frame?

Floater Frames are used for works of art that are painted or printed on a canvas. This style of frame is particularly popular among photographers and painters. A Floater Frame provides extra space around the canvas and can make is seem like the artwork is floating, hence the name. The floater frame provides a very safe space for the picture housed inside it and often compliments the artwork by adding a three-dimensional feel.

Floater Frame
Floater Frame

 

Floater Frames are in high demand among painters and photographers who prefer canvas prints. Floating frames provide extra space around your canvas which not only adds additional protection to your art, but also compliments your work by adding a three-dimensional feel. These floating frames are perfect for paintings and prints. Offered in two great colors- black and american maple. We guarantee you will love these! Take a look at our Blog for tips and ways to use your Floater Frames.
At Frame USA we offer our Floater Frames in many different ready made sizes and styles. If you don’t see the size you’re looking for don’t worry, we even offer custom sizes for your special projects.

Picture Wall – A Fun Way to Revitalize a Living Space

A picture wall is a wall frame display similar to your own mini art gallery. Basically, it is a ton of different sized pictures thrown on a wall with some kind of order to it. A picture wall is a popular way to display family portraits, artwork, or any type of memory you want to share with the world.

A popular place many people are designing their picture wall is around their staircases. A picture wall display easily livens up a usually boring staircase and is the perfect area to place smaller family photos. As you walk up or down the steps you can arrange the wall frames to gradually age for a nice effect.

Picture Wall
Staircase Picture Wall

One way to spice up your picture wall is to use shelves to help display your pictures. The majority of picture walls are simply a collection of wall frames hung together that all have a matching theme. Using shelves is an underrated means to add a different feel to your picture wall. Also, using a ledge display can save space because you can layer your pictures in order to fit more in a smaller space, something that’s not as easy when arranging them on a picture wall.

On a similar accord, monograms are a nice decorative design that can add flair to you picture walls. This is especially prevalent if you are hanging family photos as it can be a nice way to identify the people photographed as well as break up the monotony of the wall frames.

The newest trend in picture walls is taking full advantage of your bathroom. Similar to how picture walls can be used to liven up a staircase, they can also bring to life a bland bathroom.

Picture Wall
Bathroom Picture Wall

A mistake that some people don’t even consider when embarking on their own picture wall journey is sticking with only the standard photo size. The pictures you chose to hang on your picture wall do not have to be uniform. In fact, using different photo sizes as opposed is a great way to make your picture wall less repetitive.

Lastly, make sure you know the proper methods of how to hang pictures so as not to damage the wall or the frame. Then head on over to Frame USA and select some frames so you can get your picture wall started today!

Take a look at our DIY Page for more do-it-yourself picture frame ideas.

Beth Kuhnell

What I frame in my Home: Beth Kuhnell Posterservice Licensing

I think it’s a fair question to ask what an employee of a great frame and poster company would choose to hang on the walls of their own home, I mean we are the experts, right? (Fun fact: We are!) Of course, what attracted me to this company in the first place was my love for art, so of course I also enjoy decorating my own apartment. I would like to share what I’ve chosen to frame on my own walls, whether it came from Frame USA and Posterservice, (which have obviously been great enablers in terms of what I choose hang up), photos of my own, or even my own artwork.

It’s tough to choose the favorite thing I have up, but ultimately I would have to pick my wedding photos, (Okay, so maybe it’s not that tough) which I had framed at our retail store earlier this year. They came out amazing and I get compliments on these all the time.

My Wedding Photos
My Wedding Photos

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Above our fireplace (slash beer shrine) I have a copy of a Cincinnati skyline print that we gave away to customers and employees here at Frame USA to celebrate our retail store grand re-opening back in 2013. Besides being a stunning shot of my home city, this image is also pretty special to me personally, as I was the one

Over the Mantle
Over the Mantle

who communicated with the artist Keith Allen to get him on board from the project. Below the mantle you’ll also notice the license plate from my last car, which sadly was totaled last year (RIP Car), luckily I came out of that fine, but decided to keep a little memento, because why not?

Speaking of beer… here is the arrangement we have behind our couch in the living room. (Noticing a theme?). My husband and I really love the craft beer theme, and even homebrew our own beer.

Beer Posters
Beer Posters

I also don’t mind framing some of my own artwork, including one of my pieces from my senior thesis project

at UC – DAAP. This piece, “Fibers” is illustrated on stained wood!

Cyberpunk
Cyberpunk

Another drawing of mine is hanging in our computer room, and sports a wicked awesome wood picture frame courtesy of the Frame USA custom framing team.

This isn’t technically on a wall, but on the door to our bedroom. I cut this Legend of Zelda logo out of contact paper and placed it on the door. I really enjoy creating unique wall art like this.

Legend of Zelda
Legend of Zelda

The next one I guess you could call a combination of my own artwork, and a Frame USA/Posterservice project. I designed this ‘Shots!’ poster for the Posterservice line in 2014, since then it has taken off and can even be found in Spencer Gifts stores throughout the nation! So naturally I had to have a copy of my own.

Shots
Shots

While that is not everything I have on my walls, those are for sure some of my favorites! (And some of them would not be there had I not started my career at this company.) I think the

Fibers
Fibers

best rule to follow when choosing what to put on your walls is, have FUN!