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Custom Framing

Whether you wish to frame a favorite print or a work of art, The Hampton Photo Arts on-site custom framing team offers the materials, expertise, and passion to meet all of your framing needs in a timely, cost-effective manner. There are many qualities that set Hampton Photo Arts apart from other professional framers.

When you visit our custom framing department, you'll find framing associates who not only have a keen eye for design, but plenty of knowledge to back it up. We enjoy helping you make one-of-a-kind creations. So whether you need us to build a custom frame or answer a framing question, you'll know that you're getting an honest, qualified opinion.

Archival Framing

You deserve to show off your treasured heirlooms. Our careful archival and conservation framing methods ensure you preserve a piece of the past. You can be confident trusting us with special documents, antique artwork, sports memorabilia, and other special memories.

ImageCommercial Framing

We know you're busy at let our experience do the work for you. We welcome the opportunity to meet your commercial framing needs. When you deliver works to us, we know exactly what to do with them. We take pride in handling your high-volume orders with precision and consistency.

Customer-Driven Results

We believe that choosing the right framing materials should be fun. That's why we encourage hands-on participation. Handle the materials that interest you and try out eye catching color and texture combinations until you get the look you want. 

We strive to have all custom orders completed within a 2-week time period. But if you need it sooner, we're more than happy to meet your deadline.

Hampton Photo, Art and Framing

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.

Art Prints – How are they made?

Photography by Laurie Barone-Shafer
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).

Learning to Paint Watercolors

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.

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