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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.

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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.

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.

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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