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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

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.

Wedding Decor

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

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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?

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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 sales@frameusa.com. We will gladly give you a shout out.

 

Floater Frames

Floater Frames and Our New Print-On-Demand Service

Floater Frames for Canvas Prints

Frame USA has recently added to our growing list of services an Amazon.com print-on-demand site. As we mentioned in our recent blog post here, this meant adding a new large format printer to our team in order to increase our productivity.

We offer a huge selection of beautiful art prints and photography that we can now quickly print on high quality canvas. One of the most popular ways our customers choose to have their canvas prints displayed is with our floater frames.

Floater Frames

We stretch the canvas over the floater frames, which gives a sleek and clean look to your art prints. Since the frame is underneath the art, there are no distractions and the image is completely visible! Floater frames make it easy to hang art in your home with a professional look. Many artists and photographers even use floater frames to display their original work.

Using a floater frame for prints or artwork also adds a three dimensional look to the piece. Floater frames get their name from the illusion of floating that they create. The extra dimension it gives your art will really make anyone viewing it even more interested!

Visit our amazon store here to purchase art prints displayed on floater frames, or to get a floater frame for your own artwork visit the floater frame section of our website here.

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Collage Photo Frames with Frame USA

Displaying all your photographs of beloved memories can be made much simpler with collage photo frames. Good times with friends and family from years ago displayed all together is a great way to cherish your memories and reflect on fun times. Here at Frame USA we have collage photo frames in all different shapes, sizes and picture capacities. Very few things are more aesthetically pleasing than your own collection of pictures. Spruce up each room in your house with one of our wide selection of collage photo frames, you’ll be able to find an option to hang in your bedroom, family room, or any other room in your home.

 

Capture your child’s first year with a beautifully arranged, multi-window photo frames. The overall mat dimensions measure 16×16″ and includes 12 openings for 2.5×2.5″ pictures as well as a larger, heart-shaped opening for a 4×6″ photo. The mat is available in five colors: red, purple, raspberry, blue and grey. The Frame has three color options to chose from: blue, natural and white.

 

Collage Photo Frames
Collage Photo Frames – First Year
Show off your child’s school years all in one place. These collage photo frames are available in 3 frame options (black, walnut or mahogany) and two different sizes (a 12×16″ vertical frame or a 10×24″ horizontal frame). Both collage photo frames include 12 openings for 2.5×3.5″ pictures as well as a larger central opening for a 5×7″ photo.
Collage Photo Frames
Collage Photo Frames – School Year

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. Collage photo frames are simply one of the many ways to make an ordinary home extraordinary!

 

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!