COLOURFUL & FUN! Use colour to bring out a range of fun feelings!

Use colour to bring out a range of fun feelings!

 

A question we hear is, “Why is custom framing expensive?” The quick and easy answer is that it is ‘custom’ – it is being handmade specifically for your design and your needs. More importantly, it is because of the impeccable quality of workmanship we put into every project. Details matter in custom framing. Here are a few that deserve a closer look and how they can impact quality.

Red & Orange

Reds & Oranges are energetic colours. They are used to stimulate the body and mind, promote power, and increase appetite.  That’s why many dining rooms and gyms have one or more red or orange walls.

Painting by André Derain,
L’Estaque, 1906

Yellow

It is believed that Yellow stimulates the nerves and purifies the body, lifting your spirits and reducing stress. Is it any wonder many kitchens are painted yellow?

Painting by Claude Monet,
Water Lilies, 1919

Blues and Greens

Blues & Greens are restful, stable colours with a stress management quality. They create a soothing feeling, encouraging calmness. Does it make you think of spas or medical offices?

Painting by Georgia O’Keefe,
Blue & Green Music, 1921

In this image there is an energetic orange flower. Adding its complementary colour blue brings out the best in each

How do you want your space to feel? Playful? Energetic?   Bold?

It’s fun to watch the yellow & orange flowers sway in the breeze, but the blue background makes this image so relaxing.

The red inner frame emphasizes the passion of this fun Las Vegas print.

White Mat or Black Mat?

  • White is the great neutralizer. Sometimes there can be so many colours and so much action in the art, that it is hard to choose one colour – this is where white works well.
  • Black creates negative space – so all you see is the art or image.
  • White is a contemporary / fresh, clean / uncluttered look.
  • Black is a sophisticated and elegant look.
  • White works well when you want to group a look (multiple pieces framed the same).

Colorful Mouldings

Sometimes it’s fun to use a colorful moulding –
here are some examples and we have lots more!

According to
Colour-Related Studies…

 

  • Warm-coloured (yellows, oranges) placebo pills are more effective than cool-coloured (blues, greens) placebo pills.
  • Blue-coloured streetlights can lead to reduced crime.
  • Red causes people to react with greater speed and force, something that might prove useful during athletic activities.
  • Black sports uniforms are more likely to receive penalties.
  • Paint your office Blue & Green: In 1999, researchers at Creighton University found that employees in blue offices felt the most centered, calm and hopeful towards their work. Since blue can lower heart rates and green can reduce anxiety and is associated with money, a combination of blue and green is best for the office.

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It’s all in the Details of Custom Picture Framing! Taking a close look.

It’s All in the Details!

Take a closer look then compare our custom framing!

 

A question we hear is, “Why is custom framing expensive?” The quick and easy answer is that it is ‘custom’ – it is being handmade specifically for your design and your needs. More importantly, it is because of the impeccable quality of workmanship we put into every project. Details matter in custom framing. Here are a few that deserve a closer look and how they can impact quality.

What to look for:

…check out the details…

Example #1: Matboard Issues

  • Notice the over-cut mat corners? This happens when the blade cutting the mat extends further than it should.

The darkened beveled edges are due to the acid in the mat– this can ‘burn’ into your art and damage it. Ask for ‘acid-free’ mats to avoid this.

Example #2: Frame Issues

  • Notice the ragged edges on the corner of the frame? This happens when the blade on the saw that is cutting the moulding isn’t sharp enough, tearing at the wood instead of slicing through it.
  • Some frame corners have large gaps due to uneven cuts or warped moulding. We like to keep our corners clean and even!

Example #3: Fitting Issues

  • Notice the warped mats? This happens when the mat is cut too large for the frame – squeezing it in the package. It also can happen if moisture creeps into the frame package.
  • Turn it over – is there backing paper? This will help keep moisture and dust out, but also bugs that can eat your art.

Example #4: Glass Issues

  • Notice the faded art? This happens because the glass used to protect the art isn’t UV-filtering – offering no protection from UV rays. Insist on UV-filtering glass for your next project.
  • Is glare blocking your view of the art? Ask for options that minimize or eliminate glare.

Check out our difference!

 

 

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Workmanship Guarantee
We offer a workmanship guarantee. Ask us for details.

 

Conservation / Preservation
Grade Materials
Because we want your art or heirlooms to survive for a lifetime without change of color, damage from glues, or out- gassing from materials that are not acid-free, we use the very best materials for your projects.

 

Quality & Design
Quality is not as noticeable at first as design, but it’s just as important! We use Acid-free and 100% cotton rag mats and UV-filtering glass. Many of our frames are hand-finished solid wood. The Design is usually what everyone notices first. Our designers work with you to develop the best design for your piece.

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SO PROUD – Celebrate Accomplishments with Custom Framing

SO PROUD
Celebrate Accomplishments with Custom Framing

There are few things more important than recognizing a person’s accomplishments. As a child, it can set them on a path of confidence and self-esteem leading to success. For an adult, it is a grand ‘pat on the back’, and who doesn’t need or want that? For a Solider or Veteran, it is recognition of what they sacrificed. And last but not least, for our essential personnel – healthcare workers, fire, rescue, and policing, teachers, the staff at grocery stores, caregivers, pastors – there are so many individuals that could use a show of gratitude.

Here are some examples of how you can show them you care.

EDUCATIONAL / LEARNING ACCOMPLISHMENT / DIPLOMA

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

Graduation – A lot of hard work!

What an accomplishment! He’s going places!

Career milestones to celebrate!

An informal memory collection of High School!

SPORTS ACCOMPLISHMENT / INDIVIDUAL OR TEAM

“A little progress each day adds up to big results.” – Satya Nani

Photos, badges, medals and pretty much anything related to the accomplishment can go into the memory box for a lifetime of enjoyment!

Sports and competitions to remember!

Can you imagine all these medals being tucked away in a drawer?

On the wall to show your friends and family!

Memories

of noble military and community service, honor and sacrifice.

 

 

Who do you want to celebrate?

 

WE CAN HELP!

Team Member Extraordinaire

Meet Eric! He is our latest edition to our team, been here for over a year now and is a real asset to us and you our clients. You won’t find a nicer guy, he learns well, and really applies to helping you celebrate those memories!

Museum Glass

Is there anything worse than getting something framed and not being able to see it? That won’t happen with Museum glass. Not only does it have 99% UV protection (keeps your art & objects from fading), but has exceptional clarity, so that you can really SEE what is behind your glass!

CPF

What is a CPF? It stands for Certified Picture Framer, an industry designation for framing knowledge and skill. It means that the framer is not only experienced, but must keep up with current methods and materials in the industry. The certification must be renewed annually to keep the designation. When a CPF builds your project, it is in the best hands. Currently, Eric is in the process of acquiring his CPF.

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MAKE IT SPECIAL Add A Creative Touch To Your Framing Project

MAKE IT SPECIAL

Add A Creative Touch To Your Framing Project

 

What is a specialty mat cut? Most mat openings are cut in a typical rectangle shape. Specialty mat cuts are unusual shapes or designs cut into the mat instead of the usual right angles. A carefully chosen specialty mat cut can creatively enhance the art. There are so many shapes from which to choose, how do you know which one is the right one? As with most framing designs, there is no one right answer.  We took the same art and added different mat cuts. Which one do you like best?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Persian  It has a soft formal look.

 

 

 

 

Grecian Notch   It has a geometric formal look.

 

 

 

 

Nouveau  It has a bold, timeless look.

 

 

 

 

Octangle   It has a feminine, vintage look.

 

 

 

 

Angle Array  It mimics the frills in the dress.

 

 

 

 

Camelback Flair  Its flowing lines match the dress.

 

 

There are no bad options!

It just depends on what you are trying to emphasize.

A SPECIALTY CUT CAN….

…hide unwanted items in the image.                                               …add softness and warmth to an image.

… reflect a period of time.                                               …mimic the feel of the image.

CUSTOM SPECIALTY CUTS

Yes! We can create Custom mat cuts for you based on your framing design needs.

This customer wanted an extra touch to show the Sister’s devotion. A mat cut was designed to resemble a cross.

This custom cut was designed to emphasize and flow with the flames on the jacket.

What kind of specialty cut would add a creative spark to your art? We can do it!

 

Color Tip:

As you can see, a lot of specialty mat cuts require two mats, but you can play with the color for different effects. Use two layers of the same color for a subtle look. Or, make one layer much brighter than the other to highlight something in the art. There is no limit to how many mats can be used!

Design Preview

We know how hard it can be to make a decision from just a corner sample. We can do a design of the matting & show it to you before we cut it!

We Print Art

No matter what size you need, we can print it for you. Just bring or email your digital file to us, and we will print your image in any size on paper, canvas, or – the best high gloss acrylic aluminum.

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