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Fantasy and Vintage Car Art Prints by Michael Fishel, For Sale

Bright. Colorful. Magical. Fantasy. These are some words that can easily describe the artwork of Michael Fishel. Michael Fishel is an illustrator that loves to paint with no restraints so that he can let his imagination flow onto the page.

Growing up, Fishel won a drawing contest with a drawing of a clown holding balloons. His drawing became the cover of a national Scholastics magazine, and that was where his love of drawing and painting began. His father used to sit him down and teach him how to draw ducks, birds, frogs, etc. This helped him to become aware of how nature inspires and applies to art. As a teenager, he loved wild cartoonish drawings of race cars, like in Hot Rod. But he also found an interest in the Great Fantasy Masters of Old. He decided that he wanted to start drawing cars, but with fantastical creatures driving them.

His work today is very much a mixture of both. You can find detailed paintings of fantasy art, vintage car art paintings, and a lot more colorful illustrations. His work has been posters, book covers, children’s book illustrations, greeting cards, and puzzles, and will soon be able to hang in your own home! With Art & Canvas, you will have the ability to print his art on demand, and hang it anywhere you would like!

       

 

If you are in dire need of a Michael Fishel print today, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-666-7654 or e-mail us at [email protected]. You can also check out some of our full size Michael Fishel posters at www.posterservice.com

Vintage Gas Pumps                                            Dream Garage                                                     Universal Flag

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Princeton Closet – July 2019 Charity of the Month

Every month Frame USA partners with a different local or national charity. We give to each charity through donating time, money, exposure, and resources. For every order placed on frameusa.com $0.75 is donated to the charity of the month. The charity for July 2019 is Princeton Closet

Princeton Closet Building

The Princeton Closet was started by Susan Wyder, a former teacher, in 2010. What started in an actual closet has since expanded to two rooms at the Princeton Administration Center. The closet features basic items such as clothing and shoes all the way to food and school supplies.

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Families identified through referrals by Princeton counselors and principles can pick up a box of food once a month. They also don’t have to live in Princeton City School District to be eligible to receive supplies.

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If there’s a need she doesn’t ask who or where, “We Always Help”.  If they closet doesn’t have a particular size that is needed, Susan herself will go out and purchase the item.

There is always a need for donations to help this organization make today’s students successful!  If you are interested in getting involved please Contact Susan Wyder by Email.

And remember that for the month of July 2019, $0.75 of every order on frameusa.com is donated to The Princeton Closet. You can also add an additional donation if you’d like on our checkout page.

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Why Does My Artwork Look Cloudy?

When you purchase a frame from Frameusa.com that is larger than 11×14, it will automatically come with styrene instead of glass. There are some other frames such as our Poster Frames that no matter how small you order it will always come with styrene. Not only does this allow for your frames to arrive safely in tact, it also keeps the cost of shipping down.

So now that you know what material you will be getting when you order these frames, its time to answer the most common question that our customer service team receives:

Why Does My Artwork Look Cloudy?

Cloudy Simply Poly

As you can see from this image of our Simply Poly frame the vibrant header we place in all are poster frames is cloudy and doesn’t look very good. One of the biggest indicator besides the size and that cloudy look, that the frame you have ordered has arrived with styrene is this handy little sticker.

Styrene Sticker

As mentioned in the sticker, our styrene is shipped with a recycled clear plastic sheet on both sides. This allows for the styrene to arrive in perfect condition! All you have to do is peel off both sides to reveal a crystal clear piece ready to protect your artwork.

Still unsure of what we mean by clear plastic sheet? We asked one of our sales reps, Lindsay Allen, to demonstrate how to remove the film.

She also gave this little hint: “Use a piece of tape at the corner to get the peeling started!” Lindsay has been with the company for over 11 years so you could say she’s an expert when it comes to working with Styrene!

 

Looking to purchase cleaner for your styrene to keep it in tip top shape, check out our Glass & Plastic Cleaner! If you have any more questions reach out to us on any of our social media platforms or contact our customer service team!

Colorful Art for Sale by Dean Russo

You may, or may not, have heard of Dean Russo. But whether you are a fan, or soon to be fan, our upcoming print-on-demand website will give you access to print over 300 images from this motivated artist! Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Russo found that he was extremely inspired by the urban landscape; deserted buildings and walls re-imaged by lively murals and graffiti. He decided to take that style, and create pop art prints about animals, and what is truly happening behind just their face. Using all sorts of mediums, Russo paints different animals with bold, black outlines, and then bright colors and patterns. Doing this, he is able to portray the pureness and joy that comes with these beautiful creatures.

Russo also has other prints that are not related to only animals. Using his same eye-catching style, he creates prints about a lot of different topics. With the launch of Art & Canvas, you will have the opportunity to search through a ton of Dean Russo’s vivid and colorful art prints, to find the perfect one(s) for you!

     

If you are interested in purchasing a Dean Russo print today, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-666-7654 or e-mail us at [email protected].

You can also view some of our full size Dean Russo posters at www.posterservice.com

       

Dean Russo – Elephant                           Turtle by Dean Russo                                          Einstein by Dean Russo

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New Series Spotlight – Chalked Picture Frames

New Picture Frame Series Spotlight – Chalked Frames

It’s finally summer, which means it’s time for some brand-new picture frames here at Frame USA! Our first brand new series to our Frame USA Collection ­­­­— the Chalked series. With the emergence of new series means two things:

  1. You have another great option for those old photos that you might have laying around.
  2. That piece of art that you’ve been searching high and low for the perfect frame to compliment it will finally find its mate.

Our new Chalked series offers a rustic look with a lot of warm earth tones that will compliment any wood tone in your house. We will be adding this series to our already large selection of eco-friendly frames. Similar to our current eco-friendly frames, Chalked is made of recycled material and then wrapped with a high-quality color wrap which allows the moulding to be blemish free.  This frame will come in a 1.25” profile, and available in 4 brand new colors: Greige, Natural, Shagbark and Coffee. Each of the colors feature a unique take of the rustic and very popular chalkboard look.

Chalked Greige
Greige
Chalked Natural
Natural
Chalked Shagbark
Shagbark
Chalked Coffee
Coffee

This series will be released on FrameUSA.com in July, so check back soon to order your picture frames online with Frame USA. We have a few more new series up our sleeves so be on the look out for a brand new series spotlight!

Frameusa.com Website Launch – Brand New Features!

Frameusa.com

Earlier this year, we launched the brand new frameusa.com. Our marketing team spent months re-photographing all of our product images, so that our products looked the same on your screen as they do in your hands. We updated the overall look of the site as well as simplified the ordering process.  We also added a few new features that we wanted to take a moment to highlight. Check out our walk through below.

If there are features you wish for us to highlight in the future or have suggestions on some you would like to see, comment or reach out to us at [email protected]

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!

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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!

Dorm Room Decorating

Dorm Room Decorating Tips for Back to School

Tips for Dorm Room Decorating

Dorm Room Decorating
When decorating your dorm room there are a few things to keep in mind. Make sure you’re having fun, get creative, and let your personality show through!

Times have changed since I graduated college ten years ago. However I recently helped my younger cousin move into her dorm at the University of Cincinnati. We decorated her walls together.

Whenever I decorate any room, I like to start by drawing a template. My cousin and I drew a little sketch of her room before we started. We positioned her bed and desk first because we were unable to use the wall space above them. Next we drew the areas that we wanted to decorate and decided what to put in these areas.

Most young adults going off to college are on a tight budget. The money they do have they’re trying to save that for food and fun activities, not room decorations. One inexpensive way to decorate your walls is with posters, either by themselves or in frames. This is what we did for my cousin. My cousin loves art, animals, and music so when we went to posterservice.com we shopped mainly in the art and music categories.

Since dorm rooms can be small, plain, and often have little to no natural light, we wanted to stick with colorful posters. An important interior design tip for decorating walls is to hang things in odd numbers, never even numbers. So on her smallest wall we chose 3 posters and hung them in a “V” shape. We called this “Marc’s Wall” because we only used posters by Marc Allante.

Chai Marc Allante Two Step Marc Allante A Portrait of Hong Kong Marc Allante
 

On the left of the wall, we hung up the poster titled “Chai” by Allante. In the middle bottom of the “V” shape, we used the poster “Two Step”, and on the right we hung “A Portrait of Hong Kong”. Some other great posters that are colorful and also very popular are Lion Rasta, Circulation, Melody of the Night and one of my favorites Let That Sh*t Go.

Pink Floyd Masse   Golden Road Grateful Dead  
Summer Tour Grateful Dead
 

My cousin has an old soul and is a fan of classic rock music, so on Bob Marley Guitar one of her other walls we did a music theme. It was hard for us to narrow down our choices because Posterservice has such a great selection of music posters! We ended up going with Pink Floyd Masse, Grateful Dead – Golden Road, and Grateful Dead – Summer Tour in one area. We also used our black corrugated poster frame to hang The Beatles Yellow Submarine. My cousin also loves Bob Marley, so right above her bed we put a popular poster titled “Bob Marley Guitar”.

The final poster we hung in her dorm room was on her door. We decided for this spot to use one of her favorites, Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”. Once we were finished with her room, it went from looking like a prison cell to a comfortable, inviting, and fun living space!

The Wall Pink Floyd No matter what your style is, Posterservice has something for all personality types, interests, and hobbies. If you’re having a hard time deciding on a poster or poster frame, just call me – Jen Riggsby, Posterservice Manager at 513-250-4135. I would LOVE to help you out. As long as you send me a before and after picture – that is the most rewarding part!!

And if you’re in need of a frame for your new poster, Frame USA’s feature frame of the month for August 2018 is our poster frame series! You can view our selection here and use coupon code “SCHOOLRULES” for 10% off all poster frames through the end of August!

 

 

 

Barnwood Frames

DIY Projects Using Picture Frames – Tips and Ideas

DIY Projects – Tips and Ideas using Picture Frames

 

DIY Projects
Do it yourself projects are a huge trend right now. They’re a great way to bring out your creative side, manage stress, or decorate on a budget. I look at a picture frame and think the possibilities are endless. There are hundreds of styles and sizes that can be transformed into exciting DIY projects!  We’ll start small and work our way larger.

Let’s take a 4×6 frame and place a photo in it. It might seem DIY Gift Ideas obvious, but this could make a great gift for grandparents or other family members. You could also use that same frame and place a gift card inside – now there is a great gift idea! Using a picture frame instead of a greeting card is not only more exciting and unexpected, but many frames are more affordable than the average greeting card. They can also reuse the frame themselves.

Frames make for great wall decor just by adding printed craft paper or chalk board material. Check out this photo below of one of our customers who decorates the outside of our frames and sells them on Etsy! Our Decorate-It frame series is perfect for this kind of project. These unfinished frames are great for your DIY project like painting or collage.

 

DIY Projects Frames

One of my favorite DIY ideas is to add mirror glass to picture frames. Large or small, they can sit on a table or hang on a wall. This makes your frame a one of a kind wall decoration. We have frames that can be stained, painted, any custom finish that one can think of.

Barnwood Frames
Another favorite is the versatility of Frame USA’s natural Barnwood frames.  This series has a great rustic look and can be filled with any style of photo, or decorated with paint or collage. We have even turned them into serving trays that can be customized by simply adding a seasonal paper or family photo.

Last year the employees at Frame USA had the opportunity to make a project from their favorite frame. Each project was unique, creative, and awesome!
We are always adding new mouldings to our frame lines. The possibility of new ideas for creative DIY projects is endless! Get creative and send us your photos of any projects you use our frames for on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter! We love seeing how creative our customers are!

Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation Charity

Charity of the Month August 2018: Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation

Charity means a lot to us at Frame USA.

Every month, Frame USA selects a different local or national charity to donate to. It’s our goal to make a difference in the community by providing resources and donating money and time to a variety of charity foundations.

As part of our Monthly Charitable Gift Program, we donate to that month’s chosen charity organization $0.75 for every frame purchase made on our website, and $1.00 for every custom frame order through our local retail store. We also collect donations from our customers, vendors and key partners.

Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation Charity

This month we have a returning local charity – The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation. This foundation works to help prevent melanoma through education, awareness, and supporting research to find a cure. They named their foundation after Andy Caress, a young man from Cincinnati who lost his battle to melanoma at age 24 in August 2010.

On their website, The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation says this about Andy and his battle:

“In October, 2008, Andy became concerned about a mole on the back of his neck and went to a dermatologist. The biopsy indicated that the mole was melanoma, a disease that Andy and his family knew next to nothing about. Then Andy started on a 22 month journey to try to beat back “the Beast”, as he called it. He started with surgeries to remove the mole and the lymph nodes in his neck in Cincinnati, then continued his treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. There he worked with an incredible medical team, headed by world renowned melanoma specialist, Dr. Patrick Hwu. Andy and his close friend started a web page, andycaress.org, where Andy chronicled his journey, and friends could send him messages. To date, there have been over 36,000 visitors to that site!

Andy bravely endured more surgeries on his neck, the insertion of a rod to strengthen his femur, countless rounds of radiation, and weeks upon weeks of debilitating bio-chemo therapy. He remained positive and confident that he would win his fight. He became friends with other young adults who were also battling melanoma, and referred to them and himself as ‘Melanoma Warriors.'”

To continue the work that Andy began, ACMF has based their mission around his goals. They list their goals as the following:

  1. Creating awareness about the seriousness of melanoma and that it affects all skin tones and races
  2. Educating the public about steps that can be taken to prevent melanoma
  3. Increasing opportunities for a cure for this deadly disease through work with leading melanoma and cancer research organizations
  4. “Wipe melanoma off the face of the planet” – in Andy’s words

Along with taking donations through Frame USA’s Charity of the Month and other private donations, ACMF is always in need of volunteers for events. If you are interested in getting involved, visit their website here for more information.

August Charity of the Month