Hampton Photo Arts has added three new items to the popular Margaux Collection. The collection is comprised of sophisticated decorative mouldings with finely detailed embossed patterns. Margaux features over 40 styles in gold, silver and warm black, and with more than 25 items under 1” the collection has become very popular for small works of art, decorative gift frames, watercolors, and for use as inner frames and embellishments in multi frame projects.
A new addition has been made to Hampton Photo Arts popular Rhodes series, designed to bring the collection’s rich finish and classic profile to another level in framing projects: shadow box design. With these four new items, rendered in transverse mahogany and walnut veneer, shadow boxes can be customized in depth by adding one or more stackable Risers. Risers come in depths of 1 ¼” and 2” and when used in combination, can be tailored to accommodate a great variety of three-dimensional framing projects. Rhodes Stacker profiles are perfect for sports memorabilia projects, heirloom framing, historic articles, and display solutions for decorative art objects.
Hampton Photo Arts presents Salon, a collection of 18 new items with an eye toward the luxurious design details of French palatial architecture. During the era this design style was at its peak, ornate mouldings with baroque flourishes were the most employed decorative element in the interiors of the grandest buildings. This collection showcases the same fine details and ornaments with deeply embossed patterns. The finish is applied meticulously to attain the antique quality that is essential to complement the sculpted relief of each design and to achieve a look tied to a period that was the archetype of refinement.
Lexington from Hampton Photo Arts is a collection of 8 classic profiles presented in stunning renditions of honey, walnut, mahogany and charcoal transverse wood grain finish. This eco-friendly moulding is made from fast-growing and sustainable plantation wood, which is grown for the specific purpose of production. The finish is created from non-toxic water-based pigments, making this collection one that is right in place with environmentally conscious products of today.
Hampton Photo Arts introduces the Signature Series in beautiful renditions of walnut burl and mahogany transverse veneer. The Signature Series captures the true essence of the plein-air style exhibited by a wide center panel, recessed between a ribbed inner lip and the raised fluted back edge. Available in 3” and 2” widths this collection now provides custom framing applications in a moulding style often only seen in finished corner and readymade frames.
Hampton Photo Arts unveils an old-world treasure with a collection of distressed veneer mouldings designed to attract interior designers and custom picture framing customers seeking traditional and distinctive framing solutions. The Magellan Collectioncontains 6 items; 1 ¾” and 1 ¼” profiles in honey, cherry and ebony walnut stain. The top edge of the cavetto profile is detailed with a classic scroll pattern, while the painted outside edge and inner lip contrast the variegated grain and hand rubbed burl finish, making for a finely tailored look
Hampton Photo Arts is pleased to present Accord, a collection boasting 30 items, showcasing 6 colors in 5 different profiles. Though the eye will tell you that these are natural ramin, they’re actually a man-made finish applied over a gesso base. This provides an eco-friendly answer for the demand in ramin, which is now an endangered species. With this unique finish, this collection provides consistency in color and tone that otherwise couldn’t naturally be controlled. With a fantastic array of wood tones and profiles, the Accord Collection provides countless framing solutions.
Hampton Photo Arts has uncovered a treasure in terms of style and finish with their newest collection Vogue. The finish has a soft luster reminiscent of enamel furniture and early 20th century European cloisonné accessories with their jeweled glossy enamel finish. The sophistication in craftsmanship is apparent in the delicacy within the hand application of metal leaf integrated with layer after layer of translucent pigments.
The Metropolis Collection available at Hampton Photo Arts idealizes the power and beauty of the Art Deco Era with 15 new custom frames, consisting of 3 size variations in 5 colors. The finishes represent the most popular metals used in the architecture and design during the machine age; silver (aluminum, steel), gold, pewter, copper, and black iron. The hammered surface and subtle weathered tones give warmth and dimension to the strong, curvilinear profile, sustaining an overall richness in color and texture throughout this skillfully crafted collection.
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.
Nowadays just about anyone can take a good quality photographs with a digital camera. Or take a few hundred pictures and the chances are few will be good, and even one or two outstanding.
Here are a few tips, tricks and techniques on how to make art print poster ready photographs and print ready digital files. Don’t get overwhelmed, there is a lot of information here, but a lot of it is just intuitive. Well, a bit of patience will always help.
First thing – Photo Size
If you taking a digital photo of you family or friend the largest size you would print is usually 5 by 7 inches, maybe 8 by 10 at the most. Even small size digital photographs (2MB or less) are ‘good enough’ to create a decent print. But if you want to create prints that are 16 by 20, 20 by 24 inches or larger you need more pixels (in pixels 20 by 24 inches photo is actually about 40 times larger than 3 by 4 inches photo assuming they have the same resolution).
Watercolor 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.