Picture Frames, Picture Framing and Picture Framers' Blog

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Why You Should Not Cheaply Frame Your Own Football Jumper

We thought we should  write this post because of the regular inquiries we receive from customers and sporting fans wanting to Do-Your-Own,  football jumpers, soccer tops, cricket shirts  framing, using  cheap, ready-made, poster frames. Typically they tell us that they have a family football jumper they want quickly framed for a fast approaching birthday or looming event. Often they just don’t only want the jumper framed, they also want photos, tickets, scarves or what have you, combined and all framed together.   They further explain that as their budget is a bit tight,  they are thinking of doing the framing themselves since custom picture framing it would cost an arm and a leg. These callers go on to say that they have seen online our  very cheap 70x100cms black Ready-Made Poster Frames and A0 Black Ready-Made Poster Frames. And the questions they ask us, are pretty much the same.  Do we ...

 
How to Cheaply Stretch and Frame Your Own Counted Cross Stitch

It has been our experience, and in particular during these last 20 years or so of custom picture framing, that Customers seem to be wanting to spend less and less for any kind of custom picture framing. We are finding that most people baulk at even moderate custom picture framing prices, wanting to spend as little as possible  on custom picture frames, even less than what they used to, years ago. Why this is so is beyond the scope of this blog. Suffice to say that the tsunami of cheap, Asian imported photo and picture frames, selling at a fraction of Australian made picture frames, seems to have habituated many Customers into thinking that all picture framing and picture frames should be as cheap as chips and that the average picture frame shouldn’t cost much more than a cappuccino.  Textiles, in particular, can be fairly expensive to frame, much more than ... 

 
How to sell your home faster, quicker and easier

We have noticed an increasing number of customers coming to us with dated and aged, framed art which requires re-framing. During the framing consultations it often transpires that the customer is “doing the place up” as they are putting the property on the market. And just as often, advise and tips are exchanged on some of the helpful strategies to make a property more appealing, more inviting , and hence, quicker to attract bids. and sell. Below we list some of these useful approaches to make your home more appealing and  inviting:  1.Re-frame your dated and so-yesterday picture frames, photo frames and wall frames! Unfortunately, while you most probably sigh and flutter at the sight of your children’s kindergarten or early school photos framed in the old 1” Bird’s Eye Maple and your husband most likely still salivates over his old 1980’s Richmond  premiership ...

 
Six ways of reusing and recycling old photo frames and picture frames

Who hasn’t some old, spare picture frame, poster frame or photo frame tucked away in the garage or spare bedroom?  The answer is, not many of us. According to US statistics,  about 82% of us do just that, keep old house hold accessories and furniture for more than 2 years.  Well then, let’s explore the many, different ways we can recycle or reuse all those picture frames for or towards more good use, with minimal work.  1. Make a Chalkboard.  Take the existing frame and make sure it’s not sprung, rickety or falling apart, then give it a clean with a damp sponge.  Now measure the inside ( not the outside ) at the back of the frame and note down the measurements. Go to your local hardware store, or Bunnings, if you like, to buy the board and hardware.  Get a piece of 8 or ..

 
How do I frame and hang my stretcher-framed oil painting art?

As the first question, does your painting need a picture frame at all? And no, this isn’t too strange a question to ask  –nowadays. This is because many modern oil paintings, or art on canvas, are painted or printed directly on cheap strainer frames. The strainer frames, a cheaper version of stretcher frames, already have an inner frame made up of strainer bars. The four strainer bars already form the perimeter of the frame which can be used as a support to hang the strainer frame form. A separate picture frame is not always needed and the modern trend is to display the art in the strainer or stretcher frame. Many artists prefer this without-outer-frame technique not only because it’s cheaper but also because it allows the beholders of the art to focus entirely in the art, without... .

 
Shoot, print and frame your Polaroid photos

Before digital cameras were invented, there were the analogue cameras. These had rolls of film which captured images and you later took to a photo store or lab to get developed and printed.  A very few of these had the capability of developing and printing photos after waiting a few seconds. Polaroid was the most famous.  If you’re a bit of retro freak or are simply curious about these contraptions, you can buy one cheaply enough on eBay or Amazon for under $50. With one of these you can instantly print a small size photo,  3”x3”, 3”x4”, 4”x6” and frame it in a small picture frame  as a birthday gift maybe. This small photo frame may need to be custom made photo frame or a custom window mat because of the relatively uncommon small image size. And by the by, with these analogue ... 

 
The Ten Steps to Doing Your Own family portraits

1st Step: Plan the photography location with your family.  Typically, the most common settings for family portraitures are photographers’ studios,  public parks,  gardens or outdoors. However you might like to consider a theme park, a playground or a children’s fun  factory as viable and un alternatives. Some parents prefer these. Both because it tends to put younger children at ease and also because they are generally in a happier mood. 2nd Step:  Check and recheck your camera, mobile phone or camera equipment. There’s little point in researching, choosing and travelling to the chosen location only to find that your camera or mobile phone batteries are flat. Also consider, can you use manual flash to ill in shadows?  Some mobile cameras suck as the Samsung Galaxy Tab A6  do not have this option by default and you need to download 3rd party apps for this...  

 
The Poor Man’s Guide to Editing Photos

In the last millennium, when stills and photos were taken with hand SLRs on film rolls, the art of photographic editing was largely the domain of professional photo editors. These people would devote their skills, time and patience to the pursuance of visual betterment and technical improvements in this field. Alas, in this millennium, with the birth and development of the internet age, computers, digitals cameras and free editing software, pretty much anybody can manipulate digital photographs to an exact, or more or less, desired standard or result.  And while commercial, wedding, filmographic and other specialized areas ought to be left to full time professionals, if you just want to improve on your photos, just keep on reading.  1. The photo editing programme.  For very basic photo editing you could conceivably use Windows’ native photo editing ...

 
How can I restore a damaged, old photograph before re-framing it?

There are essentially three ways. The first is to give your photo to an art restorer and pay this skilled professional to physically touch up and re-paint with ink, gouache and watercolour your original photograph. Many people prefer this method. However it can be risky as the restorer must handle and work on the original, it is without guarantees, it is time-consuming and expensive. The second is to give .. your original photo to a digital restores and pay this skilled professional to scan a copy of the original photo and edit or touch up the scanned copy digitally. This is less expensive than the first method, it poses no risk to the original, it is faster and is therefore more popular. The third is to try and do it ...