Christmas Custom Framing Deadline

So it’s that time of year again and I’m sure you’re looking forward to a wonderful Christmas surrounded by loved ones, family and friends. And I’m sure you’d like to also spend it with nothing missing from your walls so we thought it best to let you know that the cutoff for framing this year is tomorrow, Saturday 14th December. The reason being that we are reliant on the frame molding companies getting us the frame sticks in time to build them, and they all have different shipping schedules as they’re located all over the US. Anything that comes in a few days after Saturday 14th will be charged a 20% rush fee BUT we will only go ahead if we can guarantee getting the frame molding in time from the supplier so we’ll have to call them first to check last minute delivery schedules before the Christmas break, and Continued reading →

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Free Framing Friday

Free Framing Friday One Day Only! BLACK FRIDAY 10-6 pm Exclusive – One Day Only! Buy any piece of art Black Friday ONLY And Receive FREE Framing Equal to 25% of the Purchase Price of the Unframed Art Use your framing credit on your art  purchase or anything else you wish  to frame, with no expiration date! Use your credit now or use it later  This deal may not be combined with any other coupons/deals in one purchase.

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Hanging original street art by Swoon

Every now and again someone brings something into the frame shop that takes your breath away. I had a client do just that last week with an original work of art by the New York street artist “Swoon”. I have to admit I wasn’t too familiar with Swoon as an artist but was immediately captivated and converted to a fully signed up member of her fan club.Swoon is a street artist born in New London, Connecticut, and raised in Daytona Beach, Florida. She moved to New York City at age nineteen, and specializes in life-size wheat-paste prints and paper cutouts of figures. Swoon regularly pastes works depicting people, often her friends and family, on the streets in various places around the world. Usually, pieces are pasted on uninhabited locations such as abandoned buildings, bridges, fire escapes, water towers and street signs. Her work is inspired by both art historical and folk Continued reading →

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Repairing flood damage

Here at ART on 5th we don’t only design, build and fit custom frames, we can also help deal with repair and restoration issues. We have a local expert restorer who can work magic on your most treasured pieces of art whether they’re on canvas or paper. Due to the recent flooding in some Southern Austin areas we’ve had a few pieces come to us with flood damage. One was a beautiful needlepoint piece that was done by the clients mother some 40 years ago. For obvious reasons the piece had incredible sentimental value and had sadly suffered from water damage due to water running down the wall it was hanging on.The backing and paper matting was clearly soaked with condensation visible on the inside of the glass so we worked quickly to remove the fabric from danger and let it air dry naturally. With pieces as old and delicate Continued reading →

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How do I put a custom frame on a canvas?

Before I started working here at ART on 5th I just thought you put frames around flat artwork and photographs and canvas pieces were stretched onto wooden frames and put on the wall with nothing else on show other than the canvas itself. In some cases that’s absolutely fine, it might not suit the piece to have a frame covering the sides. Sometimes we do what’s called a gallery wrap where the canvas is wrapped around a hidden wooden frame with the actual artwork continuing around the sides. One of the best examples of how effective gallery wrapping can be is currently on view here at ART on 5th. One of our regular artists Isabelle Dupuy uses thick layers of paint to make flowers look 3 dimensional on the canvas and the flowers continue around the sides to create a great effect on your wall as you can see in Continued reading →

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An eclectic mix of custom framing in Austin

As we like to say here in Austin, “Keep Austin Weird”. This past month has seen an amazing eclectic mixture of custom framing jobs pass through our door, helping to keep that saying alive. It’s not that any of the items we’ve framed are particularly weird, but the point I’m trying to make is that, lets just say, we’ve had a weird and wonderful mixture of jobs which is why we love what we do. We’ve framed, amongst others….   A giant flat screen TV that is a mirror when switched off – TV when switched on (very cool but also very heavy..!) A huge 1940’s advertising poster with the biggest cartoon squirrel you’ve ever seen (my favorite piece to date) A certificate hand signed by President Obama (and signed by Hilary Clinton too..!) An original New York City Subway NYTA advertisement (one of the skinny ads that go above 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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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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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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Labor Day

So this coming Monday is Labor Day, the first thing I thought was “they spelt it wrong….it’s spelt LABOUR”, the second thing I thought (after running through all the other stuff that us Brits spell differently to you guys – color/COLOUR, neighbor/NEIGHBOUR, humor/HUMOUR etc) was that I’ll be just fine as long as I remove the letter “U” from everything. Because we realize that people don’t always have the time to come by before or after work to get that certain special picture framed, we’re going to be open from 11am to 4pm on Labo(u)r day just for you..! So far I’ve seen us frame everything from a certificate hand signed by President Obama and Hilary Clinton, to a really cool poster for one of my favourite (yes that’s how we spell favorite in London) bands The National’s 2010 tour or Europe, so if you think that it’s just pictures Continued reading →

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