Float Frames For Stretched Canvas

FLOAT FRAMES

A Versatile Frame Moulding For Stretched Canvas

Have you seen these frames and wondered what they are used for? They are called Float Frames. Instead of the frame sitting on top of your art, a float frame rests under your art. It is a frame designed to lay behind a painting or stretched art to make the art appear as if it were ‘floating’ within the frame.

Why would you use a float frame? Float Frames:

  • Allow the viewer to see the sides of a canvas
  • Give stability to a canvas and prevent warping
  • Can appear minimal or invisible
  • Are available in a variety of colors, sizes and materials

Sometimes you need to raise the art above the frame.

You can also add a frame within a frame for a dramatic, multi-dimensional effect.

Traditionally float frames are used to rest behind a stretched canvas. It gives a clean, contemporary look.

A float frame is more versatile than you would imagine.

Using a float frame can be a great way to add another frame to your moulding stack, leave a visual distance between your art & frame, extend the depth of the moulding for shadowboxes, or add character to your framing. We’d be happy to show you our float frame collection!

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY HOURS:

Monday-Friday: 9am – 5:30pm

Saturday: 10am-4pm

Closed: Dec 24 to Jan 3

We will be accepting new Christmas gift projects well into December, however IT IS BEST TO START YOUR FRAMING AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE to be sure everything gets done in time! It usually takes 2-3 weeks to have your custom framed project complete but we will also try to get the last minute RUSH jobs completed for you.

DELIVERY & INSTALLATION

We would love to deliver and install your new floated frame or Christmas project. Ask us for details.

Gallery Wrap Vs. Traditional Stretch

With traditionally stretched canvases, the fabric is wrapped around shallow stretcher bars (plain wood frame) and secured to the sides. The edges are unpainted and staples are visible. The canvas is usually intended to be framed before presentation. The shallow depth ensures the canvas can fit inside normal frames.

With a gallery wrap, the fabric is wrapped all the way around the edges and secured to the backside of the stretcher bars. Edges are painted and finished; no mounting methods or staples are visible.

When using a float frame, the depth of the stretcher bars is a matter of preference, based on the look you want. Ask us about your options. Either way, when using a float frame, it is best to have the edges painted (even if it is painted black) since a little edge will show.

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Framing Newspapers and other Documents!

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Framing Newspaper & Printed Articles

There was a time when the only way to receive news was through printed material such as a newspaper. Now newspapers and magazines have become collectibles. Why? Fewer and fewer newspapers are being printed in favor of online and digital sources. Despite our transition to digital media, there is something about seeing a headline in print that makes it feel permanent and important. Just like a photograph, when you see it, it jogs your memory back to a special time. So what do you do with a collectible? You frame it!

Looking for an Old Newspaper?

There are several websites that sell old newspapers. They are a great resource if you want a headline from a specific date like your birthday.

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Conservation Grade Materials

We want your newspaper articles, magazine covers, and other collectibles to survive for a lifetime with minimal change of color, damage from glues, or out-gassing from materials that are not acid-free. Our framers use the very best materials for your projects.

How do you properly frame newspaper articles so that they can last forever? Carefully! Framing a newspaper is challenging – the paper itself is meant to self-destruct. Because a newspaper is printed on a lightweight, non-acid free paper, it needs all the help it can get to preserve itself. We use only acid-free materials that surround the paper to ensure no further damage will be done.

There are numerous ways to mount a newspaper. If individual articles are cut to create a story, then dry mounting is recommended to prevent and remove wrinkling. Mounting is done on a dark backing such as foamboard to prevent ‘ghosting’ (the reverse side text showing through). Because newspaper ‘yellows’ quickly, a UV protecting glazing is used to keep the fading to a minimum.

Where Do You Begin?

Step 1:
Bring in the newspaper article

Step 2:
We’ll help you decide on a design…

Step 3:
Pick up your completed framed project!

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Sometimes wrinkles are part of the charm, like in this old article about Mark Twain.

Your grandparents’ wedding announcement gets new life in a custom frame.

Capture a moment in time by framing your favorite magazine cover.

Vintage sheet music makes a great addition to your music room decor.

If there are any additional headlines or pages that didn’t make the cut, we can secure them in between the backing board & backing paper, or in an envelope on the back.

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Hide What is on Your Wall!

 

Hide It With A Frame!

Disguise Your TV or Wall Safe with a Custom Frame

You’ve spent lots of time and money to design your room just right, but something’s off…it’s not the furniture, or the color scheme…it’s your TV! Your flatscreen has become the dominant focal point of the room; when it’s powered off, it looks like a big black box. Thanks to advancing technology, televisions are much more stylish than they used to be, but visually they are still just a black box. We have clever framing options so you can hide your large TV!

Two Ideas for Disguising Your TV:

Lighting

Lighting your artwork is very important, no matter what it is illuminating. If you have covered your TV or safe completely, light the framed art so you can appreciate it.

Tip:
Install a dimmer switch for ambiance.

Hide the TV Completely

Use framed artwork to hide your recessed TV. The art should be large enough to fully cover the TV’s dimensions (we’ll help with measurements). After we frame the art, we can hinge it to the wall to open when the TV is in use. Voila – Hidden!

Disguise the TV as Framed Art

Frame the TV itself! With a frame around the screen, the TV becomes a work of art.

If you have a ‘smart’ TV, you can program it to scroll through your digital photo collection, allowing it to look like art and bring a smile every time you notice it.

Hide Your Safe in Plain Sight

Safes should be hidden because of the valuable items inside. You certainly don’t want to advertise that you have a safe. Hide it in plain sight. We can build a frame that hinges away from the wall to conceal your treasures.

Interior Designers

Are you working with an Interior Designer to complete the look of your home? Have them come visit us – we can implement their ideas.

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On-Site Consultations

Call us in for a visit. We’ll make sure measurements are correct and we’ll take care of the installation! We realize these projects are more than just hanging a picture on a wall. We want it to be right.

More Clever Ways to Hide Things with Framing!

  • Hide your keys or money:
    We can build a frame that is easy to open and easy to hide small valuables.
  • Show the record cover, but hide the record:
    Frame your favorite album or CD cover, and in another attached frame show the record/disc. Best of both worlds!
  • Hide a Door? Yes – you can hide a door!
    We can frame a large piece of art and secure it to the door so it doesn’t shift every time it is opened.

If you want it hidden, we can build a frame for it.

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Framing Posters!

FRAMING POSTERS

Budget-Friendly Options for Making Posters Priceless

Poster Framing is just like framing any other piece of art, right? Not necessarily. Posters are mass-printed reproductions of photographs, artwork, or advertisements. You’ve seen them plastered on dorm room walls and movie theater halls. Because they are low-cost compared to original artwork, there are a few things to keep in mind when framing them. Your framing will ultimately depend on how you plan to use the poster – you still want it to look good!

How is framing a poster different from framing other art?

Posters are typically printed on inexpensive, light-weight paper. This paper can appear wavy or wrinkly if framed improperly. Unlike original or limited-edition art, posters should be adhered to a backing board using a dry mount machine so that they appear smooth. No more wrinkly posters! It isn’t necessary to use spacers to keep glass off of the art, and you don’t need to use the highest-quality frame moulding to achieve the look you want.

Poster Special

August 2020 ONLY

We have a special framing package and pricing for your poster. Come in and ask us about it!

24” x 30”

Starting at

$149 (Plaquemount)

Black Frame, Drymount & Regular Glass

$229

Why Do People Frame Posters?

Budget

Yes, you can frame on a budget! We offer budget-friendly poster framing options that don’t look cheap. When you are framing a poster for your kid’s room or for a gift, you may not want to invest as much into framing it as an original piece of art. An inexpensive poster may not need a 24K gilded frame or archival quality mounting. Sometimes you just need simple and affordable. We have frames that would work well on your poster and fit into your budget.

Collections

In a room with a poster collection, it is easy and affordable to frame numerous posters similarly. This unites the collection and increases its aesthetic value. This is especially popular with travel, movie, and concert posters.

Temporary Displays

Posters are frequently used in semi-temporary displays. In real estate offices, hospitals, waiting rooms, and classrooms, it is not unusual to change art on a regular basis.

Decorative

You love Van Gogh, but the odds of you owning an original Dutch Master are pretty slim. Poster reproductions are the perfect way to bring famous, beloved art into your home. You want it to be designed as if it were an original piece of art to be worthy of a lifetime of compliments. Just because something was originally a poster doesn’t mean that it can’t look like a million bucks after a good framing job. Our designers are eager to help design that special piece.

One Frame for MANY POSTERS??

If you want to

Change Posters Without Changing The Frame

You need one of our

Magnetic Quick-Change Poster Frames!

Easy to change posters or signage: simply lift off the frame and change the poster.

Come and see our in-store sample on the wall!

Too Good To Be True?

When a big box frame shop advertises “50% + 20% off”, it looks like a great deal, but is it really? What is the original price? Does 50% + 20% = 70% off? Let’s say the project is $500.00. If it were 70% off, it would equal $150.00. If it is 50% + 20% off, it would equal $200.00. Compare our prices!

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Acrylic Glazing

If your poster will be hanging in a high traffic area (waiting rooms), a danger zone (kid’s room) or moving a lot (dorm room, apartment), acrylic glazing may be a better choice than glass. Acrylic resists breaking and is light in weight.

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Explain this Frame, Please!

EXPLAIN THIS FRAME, PLEASE

There is no such thing as ONE perfect frame design…

Do you think there is only ONE perfect frame for a piece of art? The answer is NO! There can be many ‘perfect’ frames for a piece of art. That’s probably why it seems so challenging to narrow down the options. What’s important is choosing the right frame for YOU. Let’s break it down and show you how different frames can work with the same piece of art and why.

BLOOMING BLOSSOMS

About the Art:

Blooming Blossoms is a highly stylized photo of red poppy flowers blooming in a blurred grass field. This piece is a soft, neutrally toned art with a bright focal point. It would complement any area that calls for serenity. When choosing a frame be careful not to overpower the focal point.

About the Frames:

  1. White (upper left): It’s hard not to notice the red flowers in the center, but by using a frame that extends the background, it highlights the flowers even more. Choosing a frame that has a flowing rounded design mimics the soft curves and lends a feminine touch.
  2. White & Red (upper right): Adding a hint of red is going to draw the eye to the red poppies, and emphasize that the flowers are the focal point. Paired with a clean white frame that extends the background, it gives the piece a subtle simplicity with pop.
  3. Blue & White (lower left): When you first looked at this piece, did you notice the soft grey-blues in the background? Now you do. It draws out other colors without taking away from the focal point.
  4. Silver & Gold (lower right): Many people shy away from ornate frames because they might make the art feel too fancy or strict. In this case, the warm gold/silver color combo and the soft, curved carving flows with the art and gives it formality without stuffiness.

 

BIERES DE LE MEUSE
Alphonse Mucha, 1897

About the Art:

Bieres de le Meuse (‘Beer of the Meuse’) was a French advertisement typical of the Art Nouveau period. Art Nouveau is known for its elaborate use of color, flourishes, and graphic design style. It can pair well with ornate frames or frames with clean, elegant lines.

About the Frames:

  1. Gold (upper left): There are many gold tones in this piece, so you can’t go wrong with surrounding it in more of the same color. The frame’s soft, curvy design flows seamlessly with the art, which turns an ornate frame style into something whimsical.
  2. Black (upper right): A black frame is like black clothing – it goes with everything – but you have to be careful. For this piece, choose a smaller frame profile with a touch of gold. Adding a mat allows your eye to easily rest on the art without the black frame dominating. This has a traditional and universal feel so it will match any decor.
  3. Espresso (lower left): There is so much going on with this art; a wide, soft dark brown frame helps calm it down. Notice the detail carved into the outer edge of the frame? That helps tie the design in the art to the frame. This is a transitional look that works well in an eclectic space.
  4. Copper (lower right): This frame has a coppery-gold finish but is carved in an Art Nouveau pattern. It speaks directly to the period in which the art was created. Matting creates a buffer between the art and the frame allowing each one to shine.

 

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Artist Profile: Alphonse Mucha

Alphonse Mucha (pronounced ‘moo-ka’), was born in what is now the Czech Republic on July 24, 1860 and died there on July 14, 1939. He moved to Paris in 1887. Mucha painted in a style called Art Nouveau (French for ‘New Art’). Many of Mucha’s works reflect the flavor of modern life in the latter part of 19th century Paris and the blossoming use of print advertising. Many of Mucha’s advertising pieces featured a single figure or a woman against a halo-like disk, arranged harmoniously with flowers and other decorative motifs. The idea was to draw potential consumers’ attention to a feminine beauty and then send an alluring message about the product being represented. Mucha not only painted, but he designed jewelry, carpets, wallpaper and theatre sets.

 

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