Everything you always wanted to know about custom framing in 2011 but were afraid to ask

Art can often be exciting, but even we would have a hard time convincing the average Joe that the frame you put it in is something to write home about. However, without framing you’re gonna have a hard time bringing any art into your everyday life. So by that virtue, yes – custom framing can become very exciting. It just takes a situation wherein you’re framing something of your own that is of value to you.
So now that we’ve established the importance of custom framing for anyone who doesn’t like the sight of naked walls, the question becomes, “What the heck do I need to know about custom framing?” We tried to divulge the high points to you over the past year with incredibly witty and intelligent posts on this very blog. In case you don’t believe us, here is a handy-dandy round-up of some articles in 2011 that featured some tips and ideas about custom framing. Think of it as your adult ed “Custom Framing 101” class.

– First, it’s important to establish the value of hands-on, custom work. So we consulted with a fortune cookie for some sage wisdom.
– We also addressed the age-old debate of store-bought frames VS custom. (Hint: custom wins. Duh!)
– Often times, it’s not “how to custom frame” that is the question, but “what?” So we talked about several items that one might not think of right away. Like a rug, a page of original comic book art, and even some old vinyl records and a needlepoint.
– One item that we see more than any other, are probably diplomas and other certificates – here’s a primer on the do’s and don’ts of diploma framing.
– Once you know what you’re going to frame, that last question is “which design looks best?” There are as many answers to that as there are pieces of art in the world. So we highlighted a few techniques to get your creative juices flowing and give you an idea of what we can do. A stacked frame is a way to truly customize your image or item. If you don’t know how to approach the matting aspect of your design, we showed off some V-grooves as well as why “simple” should never mean “plain.”
That’s just the tip of the iceberg of what there is to see & know about custom framing. After all, this is only the end of our first full year. Stick around to see what we have to show and share with you in 2012. We’ll continue to give you the Big Picture.

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