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Conservation Framing

Conservation Framing (sometimes called Preservation Framing) refers to the materials and techniques used by picture framers to frame valued art and objects to the highest standard. From matboards to glass to the paper cover on the [ ... ]


Matting Frames and Looking After Your Artwork

Print Conditions Ensuring that your print hangs in the best conditions possible will enable you to get the best out of your artwork over the longest period of time. Here are some quick and simple steps for ensuring your artwork wi [ ... ]


Do You Need Custom Framing for Your Artwork?

While thereís no shortage of ready-made frames on the market today, sometimes you need a little more. Custom picture framing offers endless possibilities as well as the chance to truly enhance your artwork, whether itís a picture, [ ... ]


Picture Framing Information
Do You Need Custom Framing for Your Artwork?

Hampton Photo, Art and Framing
Hampton Photo, Art and Framing
While thereís no shortage of ready-made frames on the market today, sometimes you need a little more. Custom picture framing offers endless possibilities as well as the chance to truly enhance your artwork, whether itís a picture, photo, or piece of rare embroidery. But how do you know whether the extra cost will be worth it in the long run, especially when there seem to be so many ready-made options for the beginner picture framer? The following will help answer some of the questions you may have about custom framing and to assist you in deciding whether to invest in this process.

Cost-Efficient, Limitless Possibilities

Think of custom framing as being limited only by your imagination, something that canít be said for framing artwork using ready-made frames. Whatever you can imagine for your piece of art, custom framing can help you realize it. Custom framing is especially useful for unconventional sizes of artwork, be they pictures, prints, or photos. Maybe youíve got a great picture at home but havenít been able to frame it because you canít find the right-size frame. While you can continue in your search for that particular frame, if your quest involves one or two costly mistakes along the way, having your picture custom framed could well prove more cost-efficient in the long run.

 
Guide To Custom Framing

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You have a print you would like to get framed. Now, this is not some poster you picked up at a local college bookstore, it's a lithograph by your favorite artist and it is signed! A metal frame from your local discount department store just will not do, and so you decide to have it custom framed. Custom framing is a great way to care for and display a favorite piece of printed art that compliments both the art and your personal style. A custom framing order entails deciding on four factors: mounting, matting, glass and frame.

How your art print is mounted depends a great deal on how valuable it is to you. This does not necessarily mean how much it is worth monetarily, but also the sentimental value of the piece. Standard mounting practices involve adhering the print to a backing permanently, making it more sturdy and eliminating the potential for wrinkling. Archival mounting uses less permanent methods that have the least impact on the print as far as its ability to be removed from the backing.

 
The Best Way to Protect Special Moments

The Best Way to Protect Special MomentsTime is transient and time spent with family and friends can create memories that you will want to keep forever. It isnít possible to hold back time. You can never make permanent your special moments to relish the happy essence eternally. Thankfully, what you can do is capture your elated moments in life with a photograph and preserve it in a beautiful picture frame, to cherish the good memories. The picture frames help you to lock the precious moments of days gone by. Picture frames can also safeguard your photo from depreciation and offer a special look to the photographs held within. A wall photo frame acts as a showpiece to enhance the dťcor of your room and of course, enhance your heirloom or collectible.

Various types of picture frames are now available. You will be stunned to see the variety of colors, shapes, styles and textures that are up for grabs. It will be a tough job for you to choose one from the endless variety. Whatever picture frame you select, consider the one that synchronizes well with your picture at hand.

 
Framing Fine Art

Custom Picture Framing by Hampton Photo, Art and FramingA valued piece of art is never simply taped to the wall. Art can be an investment, and it deserves the best preservation techniques that exist. Improperly framing art fades it, damages the paper, and alters the original piece. Frames are more than a compliment to the artwork: they protect it.

Archival framing protects the artwork from acid degeneration, direct sunlight, and smudging or chipping. Acid is present in paper products, cardboard, and other substances. It causes paper to yellow and disintegrate over time. The artwork should already be completed on acid free paper, but you may want to ask the artist first. The point of archival framing is to prevent contact with other acidic substances.

 
Print Restoration Information

Print Restoration Information
Print Restoration
Because of its nature, paper will deteriorate if not properly stored or handled. Prints are therefore fragile objects due to the material they are printed on. The papers used in printmaking are of archival quality and less subject to alteration than papers composed of cellulose fibers from plants. Nevertheless, prints are all sensitive to temperature changes, to light, to handling, and to all kinds of wear and tear as well as humidity and excessive dryness Any restoring process begins with a careful examination of the work to be handled in order to diagnose the "health" of a print before deciding what treatment must be undertaken. The most common alterations found in:

 
Matting Frames and Looking After Your Artwork
Matting Frames and Looking After Your ArtworkPrint Conditions Ensuring that your print hangs in the best conditions possible will enable you to get the best out of your artwork over the longest period of time. Here are some quick and simple steps for ensuring your artwork will remain in good condition for as long as possible.

Lighting Artworks should not be hung in direct sunlight or on the same walls as windows. If you have a particularly bright home consider covering your art with fabric, taking it off the walls or drawing the curtains if you are going on vacation.

Prints are particularly vulnerable to light's adverse effects (UV rays). Too much direct light can lead to changes in print texture and discoloration, so it is important to strike a balance between the benefits of light for viewing your artwork and its potential dangers.

 
Framing Your Own Needlework

Begin by centering the stitching on the foam core...just "eyeball" it for now, you will exactly center it later. Place a pin in the fabric and into the foam core at the top of the piece, and then stretch the fabric and place a second pin in the foam core at the bottom of the piece. Repeat for the two sides. Be sure you're stretching the fabric before you pin. You will end up with four pins securing your piece to the foam core, one pin in the center of each side.

With a purple fabric marker, draw a small line by each pin in the fabric. Then, take out the four pins and lay your needlework flat on the table.

 
Archival Framing
Hamptons Photo, Art and Framing Archival Picture FramingThe Process of Archival Matting and Framing

Framing for archival preservation means that we are framing with the objective of getting the artwork out of the frame at some future date and having it be, at that time, in exactly the same condition it was in the day we went to frame it. Therefore, in our framing of the piece we must do nothing that will alter or devalue it in any way - we must not use adhesives that cannot be removed and we must not use any material that can damage, fade or stain the artwork. Acid and lignin bearing materials (in other words, any materials made of wood pulp) are a threat to the artwork. Even lignin bearing materials that have been acid neutralized are unacceptable in a truly archival frame job.

 
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Canvas Printing

Printing on canvas is incredibly versatile and a great way to create a ready-to-hang image or artwork. Every canvas that we print  is protected with a UV coated acrylic finish to guard the print from dust, moisture and fading. Do you want your canvas stretched on bars or non-stretched? Framed or unframed? Customize the work to make it truly your own.

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Photography Information

Art of Photography

Art of PhotographyPhotography is an amazing art form. A photograph album is a catalogue of life's history as seen through the camera. People, animals, nature, holidays, celebrations and even disasters are captured instantly and recorded as part of history. It is through the powerful presentations of photography that we better understand the progression of time and life. Hampton Photo Arts has over twenty years of experience working with photographers as they seek to capture and preserve the history of families and communities.

When families get together, both children and adults love to look through photograph albums. They enjoy seeing the childhood photos of older family members and compare themselves to ancestors who lived a hundred or more years ago. Photos are among the most important treasures of every family. They should not be faded and dull. They contain the smiles, tears and emotions of generations. The staff members at Hampton Photo Arts display excellence in the art of photography reproduction. They work with the highest quality materials. They know how to create family memories that will be just as beautiful one hundred years from now as they are today.

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Art Information

Learning to Paint with Watercolors

By Cindy Tabacchi

ImageWatercolor is an easy, fun medium for creating art.  Color theory, composition and design can be explored freely with watercolor paint, paper, and brushes.  Several techniques may be used with watercolors for varying effects including painting wet on wet, wet on dry, layering washes, and more.

Watercolor paper comes in cold press, hot press, and rough.  Rough paper has the most texture, and its hills and valleys can result in interesting effects when paint is added.  Hot press is the smoothest and has the finest texture.  Cold press has a moderate amount of texture and is the paper most commonly chosen by watercolor artists.

Watercolor paper comes in several weights ranging from 90 lb. to 300 lb. based on the pounds per ream of paper.  Most artists prefer to use at least 140 lb. paper.  Papers vary somewhat between manufacturers, so sampling different papers is advisable.  Paper can be purchased in pads, in blocks or in large sheets.  The large sheets are usually the most economical and can be torn into whatever size is desired.

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