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Framing Fine Art

A 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. Fra [ ... ]


Do You Need Custom Framing for Your Artwork?

While there’s 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 it’s a pict [ ... ]


Design: What a Difference a Frame Makes

From fancy gold leaf to colorful textures, frames are now available in an incredible selection—but how do you choose the right one for your picture?The style and size of the frame should be coordinated with the artwork and any m [ ... ]


Tips for Hanging Pictures

1. Not too high!  Think in terms of eye level, so that the eye of the average viewer falls aNbout one-third of  the way down from the top of the picture.  This will be about 55 to 58" from the floor.
2. Be sure to use hangers that are strong enough to hold the weight of the picture. Two hangers are better than onefor large pieces—the weight will be distributed and the picture will be less likely to shift.
3. When hanging a pair or trio of pictures, group them together so they relate to one another instead of appearing to float in a large space on the wall.
4. When hanging a picture wall, create alignments, so the viewer’s eye has lines to follow.  These visual lines may be horizontal or vertical.  If a picture wall contains many pictures, there may be several of these alignments. Any two frames should have a common line, horizontally or vertically.

5. Two ways to “audition” a picture wall:
a. arrange and rearrange the pictures on a floor until satisfied with the layout before hanging on the wall.
b. make templates by tracing around each frame on a piece of newspaper, cut out and hang the newspaper samples (taped to the wall with small pieces of removable tape) until satisfied with the arrangement.
6. Use two hooks to hang the picture instead of one. Two hooks will keep the picture from tilting forward and shifting from side to side.
7. Avoid hanging valuable art in direct sunlight: excess light can damage many types of artwork. Use framing glass that filters Ultraviolet rays to significantly reduce harm from light exposure.

For More Framing Information visit Hamptons Custom Framing at www.HamptonsCustomFraming.com

 
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?

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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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