Wednesday, July 29, 2015

EconoSpace Framing Spacers

EconoSpace Artwork Spacers were developed to create a proper airspace between the artwork and acrylic or other types of glazing when floating art within the frame treatment. Doing so prevents problems such as staining, possible adhesion of the art to the acrylic, mold growth, and paper buckling, which can cause damage to the art.



Follow these steps to use spacers in your next custom frame treatment:

1. Prepare your acrylic for mounting EconoSpace. If using UV acrylic, take note of the UV label, as this is your surface side.

2. Position spacers on the reverse side of the acrylic and simply cut to the desired length. Now peel up only the edges of the protective paper, and then peel off the protective covering from the EconoSpace. Adhere the spacer flush with and to the edge of the acrylic. Do NOT attach spacer to the frame. Now work your way around the three remaining sides.

3. Once the EconoSpace is attached, flip the acrylic over and place it on the artwork. Now peel off the protective surface cover. Position your frame, flip over, and then install your securing hardware. Be sure to avoid applying pressure when installing the securing hardware. It is ideal to leave the entire package a little bit loose in order to prevent the art and backing from buckling.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Every Day is Art Fair Day at Our Online Gallery

Art fairs are one of summer’s greatest pleasures. Strolling in the sunlight, a little spending money in your pocket, one little tent after another sheltering a creative mind, seemingly at work right before your eyes: pottery, jewelry, sculpture, paintings. Personally, I’ve developed a keen appreciation for stoneware because one of my daughters is an aspiring ceramist, and I have a lifelong love of painting because my mother is a painter. Having grown up with art being created every day, I used to go into a bit of a funk in the fall, when the art fairs folded up and I knew all that creativity wouldn’t be back for a good long while. I bet a lot of you feel the same way: it’s not just the sunshine you miss in the winter.

Artwork by Laura Barnhardt Corle

While American Frame can’t bring you warm days and balmy breezes in February, we can bring that spark of real-time, contemporary artists at work 365 days a year. It’s right at your fingertips, in fact, at AmericanFrame.com’s Art Gallery. Painters, photographers and mixed-media artists from throughout the U.S. and abroad display and sell prints of their work through our online gallery. And there’s more work at American Frame than you’ve ever seen under one tent. We offer thousands of pieces, every one from an artist actively practicing their craft today and available in a variety of custom sizes, framed or unframed.

Strolling through the art fair is half the fun, and the same is true online, only even more so: “stroll,” or search, by medium, artist, color or subject, such as architecture, florals, landscapes and animals. We particularly recommend browsing our Featured Artist Contest winners to find artists working to make a name for themselves. If you’re the spontaneous type, just browse randomly, roaming through the gallery like you would from tent to tent, stopping when something grabs your attention.

Artwork  by Terry Abrams


Once something does? Choose from several print sizes (set by the artist based on their digital file’s resolution and the images’ optimal dimensions). From there, you can either order the print unframed or use our online framing tool to try hundreds of mat and frame options until you find the perfect treatment. Now that’s something you just can't do at the summer festivals!

American Frame supports working artists, which is why 100% of the print’s price goes to the artist. Unlike many other online galleries, we do not take a cut of artist royalties. We charge only for printing and framing, listed separately in the ordering process. Prints are produced by our professional staff with the highest quality fine art methods available and framed by our craftsmen, then shipped ready to hang. We also make it easy to connect with our gallery presenters. Look for social icons associated with each gallery to reach artists’ websites, Facebook pages and other online resources.

Go to the art fairs and festivals. Enjoy the sun, buy a photograph, a necklace, a painting or a beautiful ceramic fruit bowl. But when the tents pack up and the sun dips low, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. At American Frame every day is art fair day.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Jaime Johnson - Featured Artist Interview

We finally had the opportunity to talk in length with Jaime Johnson, winner of January's Featured Artist Contest. Jaime uses a combination of digital and darkroom techniques to achieve stunning results. Jaime received her BFA from the University of Mississippi in Imaging Arts and her MFA in Photography from Louisiana Tech University.

Read more about Jaime here.


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

June's Featured Artist Contest Winner: Deborah Angilletta

We're proud to announce the newest winner of our Featured Artist Contest: painter, Deborah Angilletta. Deborah's winning image, "Putnam Creek, Early Spring" took the lead in June's contest! Congrats Deborah!

To learn a little more about Deborah and the winning image, click here.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Diploma Framing

Receiving a diploma should be celebrated, not downplayed! Show off your new credentials by getting your diploma on the wall. Today, on A Good Frame of Mind, we share some tips on how to frame your diploma or certificate. Read more.





Friday, June 19, 2015

Happy Father's Day 2015

With Father's Day right around the corner, Laura writes a sweet tribute to her Dad, and our founder, Ron Mickel. Happy Father's Day, Ron!  Read it here.


Friday, June 12, 2015

What are H, W and R Measurements in Picture Framing?

When choosing a frame for a specific purpose, it's important to know the dimensions of each part of the frame, so that you ensure to get the look, feel, and function that you desire. The three measurements that should be observed are the H, W and R. What does H, W, R mean? Find out on our At Your Service blog. Read more.


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