What a difference framing choices can make!

I am constantly asked about how I pick the right framing for pieces of artwork. First and foremost, I make sure the frame and materials I choose are going to support the size of the art and protect it from deterioration over time. There are also some rules of thumb I like to follow about color and size, but the simple answer is I pick what I think looks good with the artwork.

If you have ever had something framed, you know that it isn’t always as simple as that. A piece of art can be framed 10 different ways and look great each way.

• Do you choose certain colors and frames because they will go in my room?
• Do you use a mat? If you do, how large should it be?
• Should the framing be bold, minimalist, dark or light?

I have seen nice pieces of artwork that look bad with poor framing selections while at the same time I have seen poor artwork look great with proper framing.

When framing something be open to all ideas and designs. You never know what might look great to you is not what you had thought.

To highlight this I took 2 sets of the same artwork and framed them dramatically different. As you can see from the side by side comparison that framing can make art look very different. You can make a small piece of art large or small depending on what you do. You can make a traditional piece contemporary and vice versa.

Puzzle It – neat ideas for puzzles

Typically puzzles are thought of as something to do for a challenge and fun, but have ever thought a puzzle could be so much more?

Puzzles can be also be used as:
• Invitations
• Cards
• Thank you gifts
• Party favors
• Challenging game with a personal touch
• Unique way to present your photos or messages

Some of the coolest products we have made for clients include:

• Invitations to be in a bridal party with a photo of the bride and groom (to be) on the puzzle holding a sign that invites their friends to be in the wedding party.

• A holiday card with a photo and “Happy Holidays From” text on it.

• An 40th wedding anniversary puzzle featuring a wedding photo with just a note on the box saying what happened on 6-18-1972. So they had to put the puzzle together to see what happened on that date.

The creativity is only limited by your imagination of what a puzzle could be.

With our custom puzzle service, we can take you images, text and turn them into a puzzle or create a unique image just for you.

Puzzles are available in 3 sizes, with more to come.
• 40 Piece 5″ x 7″ – Simple to do
• 48 Piece 8″ x 10″ – Most simple to do
• 252 Piece 11″ x 14″ – Hardest to do

Visit our web site to order a puzzle

Is your artwork getting damaged just by being on display?

One of the great things about artwork is hanging it up and enjoying it, but it can also be one of the worst things to do to artwork. This may sound odd, but actually hanging artwork can be damaging it. We live in an environment that is filled with all kinds of damaging elements like, u.v. light, humidity, heat and polluted air to name a few. If sunlight can burn our skin, imagine what it can do to you artwork.  Here are a few tips that you can use to help your artwork last and still display it.

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How high should you hang your artwork?

People ask me almost every day, “how high do you hang your pictures so they look good?” Unfortunately there isn’t a simple answer to this question, but I do have some suggestions that will help you make this easier. I generally like to hang pictures at various heights throughout the house. In certain rooms pictures will look better higher and in others they will look better lower. Every room also has its challenges, such as furniture and lighting fixtures getting in the way. I also don’t feel as though every wall in a room needs to have artwork hanging on it. Sometimes a little empty space can make everything look better.
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Rescue your photos from those albums!

Move those photos out of your photo albums, that are collecting dust, into enjoyable everyday usable products. It is amazing what you can put your images on these days. Items range from tiles, memo boards, plates to ipad cases. Plus the products are designed to last for years using the latest printing technology. The possibilities are growing with new products being added daily to our web site. Photos products make the perfect gift for friends and family. Put you favorite pet on a mug or your car on a mouse pad. Check out our photo web site for information or to place an order.