Transitional Framing

          Over the weekend we had a fantastic trunk show with an art dealer from NYC.  Two clients purchased a few pieces but they couldn’t decide if they were going to keep the pieces in their Austin condo or another home in the Midwest.  They were almost positive they would keep the painting in Austin but challenged me to find something “transitional” in case they changed their minds.    Our philosophy for custom framing is always frame for the piece and this frame job was no exception.  Typically natural wood frames are the most transitional because they can be dressed up or dressed down.  The clients have a lot of wood in both homes and wanted to go with something a bit different.  We looked at highlighting the blues in the piece but decided that a bronze with red undertones would not only enhance the warm Continued reading →

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Custom Plasma Television Frame

Why would you need frame a television?  Sometimes a client will want to frame a regular TV, but this is no ordinary television.  We have a client who’s TV essentially has two functions; a high definition television and a mirror when not in use.  When powered off the television acts as a normal wall mirror.  Since mirrors are usually framed, this is when custom framing comes into the picture.  When dealing with a piece of equipment as high-tech and modern as a plasma screen/mirror, a traditional frame just wasn’t cutting it.  We decided to go with a sleek glossy 4″ black lacquer frame to highlight the modern interior of the client’s home and the shiny finish on the frame works well with the mirror’s reflection.  This was a very fun and unusual request for us, we always love a good framing challenge.  We have been framing a lot of mirrors lately Continued reading →

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Custom Framing Vintage Movie Posters

                           Here at ART on 5th we’ve got an amazing collection of over 500 vintage movie posters, all originals dating from the 1920’s through to modern day. The posters are available unframed, but lets face it, you wouldn’t want to put your original Star Wars poster from 1977 on your wall with thumbtacks or chewing gum. We have plenty of options here with our custom framing shop but we also have a great simple way to show off your prize movie memorabilia while keeping it safe from harm. We offer Plexiglas mounts, both in regular acrylic Plexiglas and UV acrylic Plexiglas to protect your poster from fading in sunlight. Each poster is placed on a black metal backboard with your vintage movie poster sandwiched in between. Sometimes the posters have creases where they’d been stored for many years Continued reading →

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Two Diplomas, One Frame

College and high school diplomas are often a client’s first experience with custom framing.  At ART on 5th we use our signature custom framing elements to make diplomas look like a piece of fine art.  Many universities use a combination of colorful mats in their school colors.  We use our signature hand wrapped linen mats instead of the paper mats to add sophistication to such an important document in the client’s life.  Today, I had a client bring in her Bachelor’s diploma that her cat had knocked off the shelf.  She also had her Master’s diploma and asked if we could put both in the same frame.  Here is what we came up with!                     We selected a wooden frame in a dark cherry with a traditional profile.  The wood tone compliments the gold on the university seal plus burgundy is one Continued reading →

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Floating on Linen

One of my favorite techniques when framing, is a float.  First, what is the difference between floating a piece of art or just putting it in a shadow box? The main difference is the height of the frame. Shadow boxes are normally intended for larger items such as jerseys, guitars, textiles, even shoes!  So the frame generally has to be substantially taller to allow space between the item and the glass.  Floating can be used with smaller frames used in normal/traditional framing.   Certain paper pieces have deckle edges, the feathered edges give the piece character and I don’t like to cover that up with a mat or a frame.  This is where a “float” comes in handy.  It creates a dramatic effect that makes the art appear to be hanging in space. The piece isn’t confined to a certain space inside a traditional mat with a beveled edge, it is on Continued reading →

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My final custom framing tuition

    This week I decided to throw myself in the deep end and start to work on actual framing jobs rather than sit passively watching the experts at work and taking notes. It’s become increasingly obvious to me that custom framing is not as straight forward as you might expect and this becomes more apparent when you see the paperwork we process for a framing job for the first time. It looked a little intimidating to me to say the least so I decided a final bit of one-to-one tuition with my colleague Mary was needed. I found a small Dr Seuss print that I recently received free with a very cool Dr Seuss book and set to work on my first (pretend) framing job. Which color mat should I use? Which frame samples should I try? (There are so many to choose from), should I use a fillet? In Continued reading →

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To shadowbox or not to shadowbox…

Shadowboxes are a great way to custom frame three dimensional objects.  We have framed everything from jerseys to guitars in shadowboxes and always love to see what people will bring in next!  Below is a Dallas Cowboys jersey that we finished recently.   To create a shadowbox we float (piece on top of mat) the object, jersey, etc on our signature hand-wrapped linen mats then we also wrap the sides of the frame with linen to create a linen “box” for the artwork to live.  When the sides of the frame are wrapped the piece is recessed into the frame instead of being pushed forward like a regular frame.  This recessed look causes the shadow in the shadowbox. For jerseys there is an additional step to secure the piece to the mat.  Since everything we do at ART on 5th is archival we sew the jersey to the backboard instead Continued reading →

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The Power of a Fillet

We like to think of custom framing as getting a new piece of furniture.  So when clients want to keep a frame simple so it doesn’t clash with other pieces in the home, an easy way to make it personal to the art is a small inner component called a fillet.  Fillets are a great way to highlight detail.  We love to use colorful fillets to bring out a specific color, black fillets to add contrast, or an ornate fillet to dress up a simple black frame.  In this case we used the fillets to personalize and connect the different pieces. The simple white frame with the hand wrapped linen mat keeps the piece light, delicate, and modern.  The fillet acts as a small inner frame that highlights the main color in the piece, while connecting the two frames without being identical. Another great addition to these pieces is the Continued reading →

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Getting your framing right first time

  So here’s me a few weeks into my new job here and I’m still learning about the surprisingly complex world of custom framing. One thing that stood out when I sat in on a framing quote with gallery owner Joe Sigel, was him explaining to a client how we work hard to get you a custom frame that perfectly compliments your art. Because of this your framed treasured art will remain timeless, no matter how many times you move home or redecorate; if the frame is right for the artwork in the first place it will always work, you should frame to the piece and not to this weeks “in color” according to the latest interiors guru. One thing that was pointed out to me was that we often get clients here wanting to re-frame pieces that were originally framed elsewhere a few years back, but we never see Continued reading →

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