Picture Frames, Picture Framing and Picture Framers' Blog

Welcome to our weblog about picture framers, picture frames and picture framing. It is published and maintained with the goal to share information, knowledge, tips, ideas and opinions about this industry. All posts are grouped in the sections listed below. For help with orders, please visit our Store Help and FAQS page, or use our Contact page.

In praise of the humble picture frame Cardboard Corner Protector (CPP)

Cardboard corner protectors (CPP) as the picture here shows are placed over each corner of photo frames or picture frames to protect them. Artists packing framer works for exhibitions, people moving houses and customers collecting picture frames from their picture framers are prime examples of framed art being moved or transported.  Protection is recommended and necessary when you are carrying or transporting framed art, for instance when moving house or shipping it.  A careless drop, or knock , bump, fall or a slip may damage, spring the corner open, crack the glass  and damage the picture frame, the art, or both.  Framed art can be anything, from an inexpensive holiday poster, to a cherished family heirloom, or a valuable work on paper or painting. In our experience, cardboard wrapping. Bubble wrapping and marking items with ... 

 
Help! I’ve never had anything custom framed before! How does it work?

We agree, if you have not done this before, it can be a little scary.  Maybe you’ve heard stories,  possibly bad ones, on how difficult and expensive it was, and you’re a little wary. But relax, we’re here to help, so let us give you some helpful advice. The first thing to remember is that, almost invariably, you will be working with professional picture framers. Those professionals will have made their mission in life to do the right thing by you, their craft, and your artwork.  A professional picture framer will welcome you into his or her store and ask you how they can best help you. This is where you come in, and all you need to is ask the framer all the picture framing question you can think of or want to know.  Most customers have an idea, at least, of the colour and size of the picture frame they want. If you tell the framer what you would like, he or she will probably discuss, comment ...

 
The new "Transterior" decor trend in picture frames and picture framing

Transterior is quite a recent interior design term.  In a nutshell, it’s that place in the house choose to build and have where the inside and the outside are made to come together. It is meant to connect, and evoke a feeling of transition, between the external nature outdoors and the internal, man-made indoors.  Years ago people called this the “outside room” the ‘sunroom’ even, where that alfresco ambience could be, if not met, at least hinted at.  This space can further define as the border where bricks meet the grass, as a verandah or sliding external door does.  Often it’s just the ‘family room’ because that room tends to lead directly onto to the outside garden or back yard.   In that place, space or room, the décor and picture frames may be designed and styled with earthy, unfinished, natural, organic or handmade furniture, décor and materials.   Many architectural ...

 
Help! My picture's gone all weird, wonky, bubbly and funny! What's happened?

Every now and then we get Customers either bringing framed art similar to the one shown here or ringing in about this predicament. The problem is, in most cases this: the document, photo, print or art has been simply shoved or crammed, unmounted, in a tight picture frame. With the passing of the time and seasons, heat, humidity and other factors, the framed art has ... expanded, or grown larger, in both height and width. In doing so, the art has hit the hard sides of the frame and, not having room to move or anywhere else to go, it has begun to crumple and buckle. Imagine, if you will, a moving car hitting a brick wall. The most immediate and obvious effect is that the car's bumper, hood and bodywork will begin to crumple and crush after impact. And so it is with expanding art inside a ...

 
Someone mentioned picture frames with “stacked mouldings”, what are those?

As the word implies, it means a picture frame made up of  two or more frames ( mouldings) stacked, or put on top of each  As the word implies, it means a picture frame made up of  two or more frames ( mouldings ) stacked, or put on top of each other. Referring to the image of the framed art in this post, you will note that there are two, disparate frames. The external, or outside one is of a light brown, or tan colour, the internal, or inner one, is of a warm cream colour.  The outside frame was built first, the inner one later. The picture framer then fitted the internal frame inside the external one.  Because mouldings ( picture frames ) can fir and sit on top of each other, these are in effect,  stacked.  The stacking of mouldings in picture framing, is usually done to enhance the aesthetic design of  the art being framed. Again with reference to the image herein, it can be seen that ... 

 
When at the framer’s, who should open up and remove prints and poster from mailing tubes?

At first glance this seems a trivial and unimportant question.  You go to your picture framer’s shop, or store, with your freshly-arrived, eBay or Amazon poster rolled up in a tube, you get it opened or unpacked, show it to the framer, and get it framed, what’s the problem?  The problem is, what happens when the framer opens up the tube, removes your print or poster, and then presents you with damaged art?  This necessarily begs the question, was the print or poster already packed in that state, or did the damage occur while it was being unpacked or removed?  This is a situation that occurred to us a few times over the years and once more, just recently. As  a result our Staff no longer affords Customers the courtesy of opening tubes, parcels but instead request that they do so themselves. 

 
Is it worth it being a nice person anymore and should we always be kind others?

Wait, what's this about being nice to others? How did we get from picture framing to philosophy? What's the connection? Well, we posted this blog as a result of a number of incident and customer observations we made over the years and some of which we will recount. First incident: Giving away free picture frame hooks. When we first started picture framing someone read someplace .. (probably in a U.S. picture framers' magazine) that a good customer goodwill exercise was to give away a free packet of picture frames wall hooks with every custom picture frame sold. The reasoning behind this being that most customers want to hang their pictures as soon as they get home but often, when at home, they find that they don't have that one picture hook they need to hang the picture up. So to avoid a possible disappointment, the free picture frames hooks packet would be included ...

 
Help! My new photo under the photo frame glass has weird "wet" marks or spots!

You will most likely to see this unusual phenomenon when you put a glossy, brand-new photo inside a picture frame, or a photo frame, so that it touches the glass of the frame. In fact, if you squeeze the glass and the back of the frame together, or run a fingertip hard across the back of the frame, you should see the mark, 'spot' or 'stain' increase or travel in the same spot or direction as your .. squeezing or your fingertip travel. And the more the photo touches the glass, the bigger the mark or 'stain' will appear too be. Release the pressure or lift you fingertip and the mark will lessen or disappear altogether. This will confirm to you that this occurrence is caused by the photo coming in contact with the glass. Those odd, seemingly "wet" or dark marks, or spots, you may see when a photo touches the ...

 
How, why, when and where light can damage your precious, framed art.

We had already written a few posts on the subject of light fading art but recently we came across an old and rather interesting article. After reading it, we deemed it as being far more detailed and better researched than we had already written, even though our posts are based on our experiences and empirical observations over the years. This article, reproduced below, had all the headers cut and was pasted in an old school project book. Although we'd like to attribute it to its original writer, we can't, as all the authoring information was removed. Nevertheless, if someone does know, please email us. In the meanwhile, here's the article: Darkness is the enemy of visual pleasures while its nemesis, light, is its friend and ally. Without light we could not behold all which satisfies our eyes and ...

 
Help! My brand new window mat is all scuffed and dirty, how do I fix it?

This is a question we often get asked from Customers who do their own picture framing or assemble their picture frames and photo frames. New window mats (also called window mounts) shouldn't get to Customers dirty or scuffed but occasionally this does happen. If you do get this problem, you have the choice of going back to the mat supplier and asking for a mat replacement or try to fix .. the problem yourself. This post will not address the former solution but the latter. When a window mat or matboard bears scuff marks (the sort or marks that show up and you can see when you run your fingernail over a black mat) an easy and inexpensive solution is to wipe the affected area with a damp kitchen  ...