ABC’s of Framing!

THE ABC’S OF FRAMING       The More You Know…

 

When you are at a frame shop, do you hear terms you aren’t familiar with? Does it sometimes feel like a foreign language? We’ll take you back to school – grab a pen & paper and let’s begin!

ABC's of picture Framing
Abc Framing

A is for ART –

The reason and foundation for framing

B is for BALANCE –

Various art & framing components working together

C is for CONSERVATION –

Making sure no materials are used to harm your art

D is for DESIGN –

It must be pleasing to the eye!

E is for ELATED! –

How you feel when you receive your completed project

F is for FRAME –

It holds it all together

G is for GLAZING –

Glass or acrylic protection from dust, bugs and harmful UV light

H is for HANGING –

Let us do it – we’re the professionals! 

I is for INSPIRATION –

What our designers can do for you!

J is for JOINING –

Attaching the cut moulding together to become a frame

K is for KEEPSAKE –

A special memento fit for framing

L is for LIGHTING –

You want to see the art, so illuminate it!

M is for MAT –

To keep the glazing off your art and make it look pretty!

Abc Framing

N is for NON-GLARE –

Glazing that has a reduced reflection for enhanced visibility

O is for OPEN! –

M-F 9-5:30

P is for PICK-UP –

You can come in to pickup your framed work or we also offer a delivery service!

Q is for QUALITY –

It’s what we build. We want your project to last forever – guaranteed!

R is for RELATIONSHIP –

Nothing is more important to us than building one with you

S is for SHADOWBOX –

A deep frame for 3D objects

T is for TAPE –

Special framer’s tape holds fine art in place without damage

U is for ULTRAVIOLET –

Rays that can harm art. Use UV-filtering glazing for protection

V is for VIRTUAL –

You can browse what we have done for many others and get some really great ideas from our gallery collection online at framingnook.com

W is for WOOD –

What our frames are made from – NO PLASTICS here!

 

X is for XCellence–

We strive for it in all we do!

Y is for YELLOWING –

Discoloration that can happen when acidic materials touch your art

Z is for Z-BAR –

The best hangers to use when hanging heavy or large pieces

 

Now you know your ABCs!

How many terms did you know?
Most of them are familiar, but if you knew all 26 – you must be a framer!
If you knew 15, you’ve had several pieces framed OR you listen to us when we talk.
If you knew 5, we need to see you more often – Stop in today!

Framing

Dress Up Your Chalkboard
A chalkboard: The old school way of communicating. Still a great way to capture notes. Here is an elegantly framed chalkboard worthy of the classroom’s attention. Dress up your chalkboard with a custom frame!

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What we have been working on…

A father to remember!!

 

As much as Arlene and others will miss her father, she will certainly remember and take value from his qualities, and enjoy this tribute to him on her wall. We put together this job without the client coming into our store, working with her over the phone and via email to learn about him and what would go well in this memory piece. Being a true Canadian outdoorsman and creation-care-full person, we incorporated lots of nature in the photo, natural colours in the matting, weathered maple-leafs and some precious gold in the “Goodly Heritage” caption. Till you meet again, Arlene and family and friends!

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Frame Your Travels!

Remember your vacation every day!

 

Travel, souvenirs and memories – they go together like a hand in a glove. Some of the best memories are triggered by the souvenirs you bring back from vacation. They tell a story. By preserving those souvenirs with custom framing, you can have that memory forever. What’s your favorite travel story?

travel frame

Wedding Necklace from Africa

It was hard to choose from the many necklace styles that were handmade by the village women, but you liked this one the best. What a great conversation piece you created by having it framed.

Postcards & Photos from Hawaii

You know postcards are meant to be sent in the mail, but these images were frame-worthy! You made a great choice choosing a frame that looks native to the islands.

Hawaiian sunsets never disappoint, and it’s hard to take a bad photo of such rich colors. Neutral framing lets the bold view stand out.

National Park Poster from Yellowstone

Vacationing in USA’s first National Park was on your bucket list, and you finally made it! You couldn’t believe how much wildlife there was to see up close and personal, or how impressive Old Faithful truly was. Now you have the framed poster to remember the great time you had.

Etching from Italy

While strolling the avenues of Florence, you found a street artist who was selling etchings of the very view you were looking at – the Piazza Del Duomo. How could you resist? Now it hangs in your office to give you a mini vacation from work.

Papyrus Grass Art from Egypt

The papyrus plant is a tall, leafless aquatic plant that can grow up to 16’ high and is native to Egypt. The white pith inside is used to make the paper, which is used to paint on. It is an old-world craft, from an old country. But the paper is brittle and needs protection, so you were wise about getting it framed.

Redecorating Your Home Office?

This last year you’ve most likely spent more time in your home than you thought you ever would. You may have even rearranged some things around to create a home office or noticed that your home office needed a re-do. A little paint, a new rug and fresh art – that will work! Vacation photos and artifacts make the perfect addition to help take your mind off work occasionally.

Tip: If you are working with an Interior Designer, talk to them about incorporating travel souvenirs into a design plan.

Bringing Art Home from Vacation

While on vacation, you fell in love with a painting that had already been framed. The question is… do you ship it home that way? How much do you love the frame? Will the dealer or artist reduce the price if you don’t want the frame? How much would it cost to ship it home framed? 

If you decide to bring the painted canvas back unframed, ask the dealer or artist to remove it from the frame – DO NOT cut it off the frame! Take the staples out of the stretcher frame. Cover the painting with glassine and roll it up (not tightly) and put into a tube – plastic is best. That is the least expensive way, and then you can have it framed exactly the way you want it. 

If it is a piece of art on paper, and fairly small, cover both sides with glassine, and secure between 2 pieces of hardy cardboard. If it is small enough, you should be able to transport it in your luggage. If you cannot, shipping it will not be a financial burden. Once it is safely home, remove it from the cardboard and take it to your framer.

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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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