DIY tutorial on road-show kits
As an artist, one of your main goals is to sell your art. There are many avenues you can take to accomplish this, such as galleries, Etsy, your own website, Society6, and the plethora of other social media outlets available to us today. As most artists are aware of and are actively doing, another great way to sell your art is to go set up a booth at an art festival in your area. The challenging part is that you have to literally take your art on the road with you. In this blog post, we are going to cover putting together what is called a "Road-Show Kit". They are simple to make, look great to your customers, protect your art, and are easy to pack and take along with you.
You can make a Road-Show Kit with your original artwork (as long as it is on paper) or you can make it with Giclee prints of your artwork, which is what we will be using here. So with no further ado, lets get started!
Here is what you need:
-Mats cut to fit said artwork
-Backing board to fit mats, in this tutorial we are using acid free foam board, you can also use matboard.
-Acid free protective bags
These are four Giclee prints, printed by Farrell's Frame and Design. The talented artist is Karen Mosbacher, you can see more of her work here:
We are using a bright white mat, the mats' outside dimensions are 11x14. This is a standard size, so your roadshow kits are easy to frame, if your customer does not want to get a custom frame made. The inside dimensions will vary depending on the size of your artwork. For this tutorial, our mats are cut as follows:
1) 11x14 mat with an 8x10 opening
3) 11x14 mats bottom weighted with an 8x8 opening.
Here are our 4 pieces of acid free foam board cut to 11x14, that we will be using for backing. As mentioned above, you may also use matboard for the backing.
These are the protective bags we will be using. As you can see, they are sized at 11x14. These bags are available in a variety of sizes, and you can get them at most art supply stores, or online.
We will be using Linen Hinging Tape to adhere the art to the mat boards. If you missed our blog tutorial about what kind of tape to use, and how to adhere your artwork to the matboard, please jump over to this blog post (click on the button below), as we will be using the same process to attach Karen's artwork.
Step 1: Attach your artwork to the matboard! Please follow the step by step instructions listed in our blog post, "T-hinges and the great tape debacle" if you aren't sure how to do this.
Step 2: Slide your artwork into the protective bag, making sure that the lip of the bag is on the front side, so when you fold it over, it will adhere in the back
Step 3: Seal your protective bag. Do this by pulling off the strip of plastic covering the adhesive strip. Once that is off, fold the lip of the bag over and press it closed.
Repeat this step for the rest of the road show kits you are assembling, and there you have it! Beautifully matted, protected, easy to transport and best of all, ready to sell!
Making your road show kits the same size and having them in matching mats, makes them look great in groupings, and encourages the buyer to purchase multiple pieces! Don't these two following groupings look great together?
Here is an image of how nicely they stack together, you can just load them into a bag, box, or print bin, and you are good to go!
Now, I know after looking at these amazing pieces of art, you are ready to see more of Karen's beautiful creations! Here are the websites you can find her art on, and more information about her. We also have prints as well as originals available at our shop! Come on in and see them in person if you are interested.
If you are interested in getting Giclee prints made of your original artwork, this service, as well as road-show kits are available at Farrell's Frame and Design.
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Curved V-Grooves that is
As a framer, and I'm sure most framers will agree with me here, I love a good corner. Most of my days are consumed with squares, rectangles, and angle cuts. Straight lines are one of the most important parts of a framers job.
But just because we normally walk a straight line, doesn't mean we don't appreciate a set of good curves.
Below you will find a video of our wonderful Wizard (a CMC mat cutter) who we have named Whitney, cutting us a custom mat. This mat features a traditional rectangle opening, but we are mixing it up a bit by adding two curved V-Grooves.
The photograph we are using was captured by photographer Leisel Schultze, of Lili Photography. You can check out her other work here: https://www.facebook.com/LiliPotography
The smooth curves of this car are enhanced by mimicking their shape with this type of V-Groove.
So, the next time you are wanting to get something matted and framed, keep in mind, framers are also really good at thinking outside of the box ;)
Tell us what you think! and be on the lookout for the finished product, we will post this again once it is fully framed!
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Today, we are going to stretch a canvas! If you would like to schedule a one on one lesson, please comment, email or come by the shop!
Here is what you need:
-Stretcher Bars that fit your canvas
- A staple gun loaded with staples
- Canvas Pliers
Step One: Build your stretcher bars. The type of stretch bar we are using are tongue and groove, so they slide together, but be sure to add wood glue, so you get a tight fit!
Step Two: On the back of your canvas, mark where you are going to fold the canvas. This will ensure you stretch your canvas straight. Do this by folding your canvas where your image ends, and then using a ruler and a pencil, make a straight line across the fold. Do this on all four sides.
Step Three: Line your stretcher bars up with the lines you just made on your canvas.
Step Four: Using your canvas pliers, stretch your canvas around the first edge of your stretcher bars.
Step Five: Repeat this process on all four sides of your canvas, so you end up with one staple in the middle of each stretcher bar.
Step Six: Rotate your canvas while using your canvas pliers to stretch the canvas around your stretcher bars. Add two staples at a time, one on each side of the original staple.
Step Seven: Repeat this process until you have stapled two sides of your canvas all the way to the edges.
Step Eight: This is the tricky part. We are now going to fold our corners. Begin by pulling the canvas corners so that the extra canvas is flat against your stretcher bars.
Step Nine: Fold your canvas over the corner of the stretcher bar, and using your canvas pliers make sure the canvas is stretched tight around the corner.
Complete all four corners using the same process, and you are done!! :) (this is my darling girl Bonnie!)
Thank you for tuning in today! If you would like to schedule a one on one tutorial on canvas stretching please comment, email or come by!!
With thousands of colors to choose from, as well as different textures, such as suede and linen; mat boards are a great way to add style, flair and color to your custom framing order. But the aesthetic benefits are just the tip of the iceberg as far as why mats are important when framing a piece of artwork, we are going to explain why.
First of all, mat boards are the buffer between your art and the glass. The farther away your art is from the glass, the better. Over time, moisture seeps into your frame and if your art is not adequately spaced from your glass, there is a very high chance that your artwork, or your photograph will become stuck to the glass due to that moisture. That means, you will never be able to take your art or photograph out of the frame without damaging or ruining it.
The distance created by using mat boards is not only helpful in that sense, but also because it helps protect your art from light, be it natural sunlight, or artificial light, both are damaging to art over time. Using mat boards to create more space between your glass and artwork, allows less light to get to your artwork, hence helping it not fade over time. With the use of acid free mats, and UV protective glass, your artwork can last for generations to come.
Not only do mats act as buffer between your artwork and the glass, they also act as a buffer between your artwork and the frame. The wood that frames are made of, have acid in them, and while we do line the frames with frame sealing tape to keep that acid from touching the mats or your artwork, adding mats to that equation always helps. The farther away your artwork is from anything containing acid, the better! If your art comes in contact with any acidic material, it will start to yellow, due to a process called 'acid burn'.
In order to keep your artwork protected, we suggest you use 2-3 acid free 4ply mats, or 1 8ply mat when framing your artwork. Picking the colors, textures or styles that fit your artwork will be the fun part. There are several ways to utilize mat boards in the design process, from adding pops of color, to helping the framed artwork stay neutral and easy to hang anywhere, and everything in between.
With so many benefits it is easy to say and believe, that mats really do matter!
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We will be here until 7pm today, if you decide to swing by, we will see you at the shop!
Working in this industry, we hear certain questions all the time. One of the most common is, "how do I attach my art to the mat?" with the follow up question of "what type of tape should I use?" Today we're going to answer both of those questions for you!
There are several ways to attach artwork to a mat, but the easiest is called a T-Hinge. In today's blog, we are going to walk you through that process, BUT, first, lets talk about tape.
Unless you do this sort of thing all the time, you probably do not have specialty tape just sitting around your house. What most people have are easily accessible tapes like, every day scotch tape, duct tape, masking tape, and packing tape. While yes, technically you can use these tapes to adhere your artwork to a mat, this is why you shouldn't. Most every-day use tape like the ones listed above are full of acid. Using a tape that is acidic to adhere your art to a mat will cause your art to yellow, as a result of acid-burn. Additionally, most tapes of that nature are not meant to be easily removed, so if you need to take your art off the mat, you risk tearing your art in the process. Tape's like the ones listed above are also not meant to withhold the test of time, so eventually, they will start to brittle and crack, causing your art to become unattached.
So that brings us back to the original question, "what type of tape should I use?" Pictured below you will find an example of an acid-free tape, this tape is simply called "Artist Tape". You can get it at almost any art supply shop. If you cant find that tape, or would rather just run to a corner store, or grab tape when you are out grocery shopping, just look on the packaging labels of different tapes, any tape that says "Acid-free" is a much better option than every-day use tape.
Now, lets talk about the best option. Pictured below you will see a tape that is called "Linen Hinging Tape" this tape is made for doing T-Hinges. It is made of fabric, is acid-free and is easily removed. There are two different types of this tape, the self adhesive version, and the gummed version. If you get the gummed version, you will have to add water to the tape. I suggest getting the self-adhesive version, simply because it is easier to use, and you wont have to get water near your artwork. You can find this tape at art supply stores, such as Blick or Sam Flax, however, most frame shops should also have this tape. (Like we do and can order rolls of it for you). If you have a bunch of art or photos to mount, you can go grab a whole roll, its rather large and will last a long time! If you only have a few to do, come see us! We will give you a few pieces to use, no problem.
Now, onto the fun part! How we do it. Lets go step by step.
What you will need:
-A mat cut to fit your artwork
-A backing board cut to the outside size of your mat. (We are using acid free foam, you can also use matboard)
-Tape (We are using linen hinging tape)
Step one: Cut four pieces of tape. Two at about one and a half inches. The other two at about three inches
Step Two: Attach your mat to your backing. This is to make the hinging process easier, if you attach the mat to the backing, you can open and close it like a book, which will make step three much easier and faster! Just use a strip of tape to line the edge of your mat and the edge of your backing.
Step three: Place your art on the backing you are using, and position it the way you want it to show through your mat opening. You can open and close your mat/backing book as many times as you need to, to make sure your art is in the perfect position.
Step Four: Once you get your art in the perfect spot, use something heavy to hold it in place, so it will not move around while you are making the T-hinge. We would normally use something called a print weight, which is made to hold art in place, but because some of you wont have those, we will use a roll of tape.
Step Five: Using your two shorter pieces of tape, place them sticky side UP on to your art work, so the tape adheres to the back side of your art. You dont want them all the way on the edges, so come in about an inch on each side. Make sure that you have some tape sticking up above your artwork.
Step Six: Make your T-Hinge! Take your two longer pieces of tape, and place them over the exposed sticky side of the shorter pieces of tape. Make sure not to let this tape touch the front of your artwork. This tape should adhere to the backing board.
Step Seven: Smooth the tape down to the backing with your finger to make sure that you will get a good hold! This is all the tape you will need to use, it is very important that you do not place any tape on the bottom of your artwork, doing so will cause your art to eventually wrinkle. Leaving the bottom loose, allows the art work to breath, which means that it can expand and contract with our (ever)changing weather, and humidity levels, without being constricted by tape holding the bottom in place.
Step Eight: Close your mat/backing book. You are all ready! This can go inside a frame, or an art bag.
Thanks for tuning in!! :) I hope you found this helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to comment, email or come by the shop!
Have a great rest of the day, and weekend! Its supposed to be a beautiful one! We will be here until seven, if you want to swing by!
We will be back Tuesday with another very enlightening post!
Framed by Farrell- A blog, tutorial, and wealth of information you might want to know.
Hello!! I am glad you are here reading this! I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself, and tell you a little about the journey that has brought Farrell's Frame and Design to Broad Street in Rome Georgia!
Thats me, (and one of my silly pups, her name is Lola).
I've been in the framing industry for going on 12 years now. I've worked for several companies over the years, starting out as a framer-in-training at a wonderful Mom and Pop shop, then moving on up in the corporate world at Micheals to the Framing Manager, then adding to my corporate and management experience, as well as adding a new skill under my belt, as the Framing and Giclee Printing manager at Blick. It has been a dream of mine for almost 10 years, to one day open up my own framing shop, and until very recently... it was just a thought. Well!! As you can see, we've taken the jump, decided that it was time to venture out into the world of business owners and show the world what a seasoned framer supported by an absolutely wonderful husband, and two of the greatest employees one could ask for, can offer!
That there, is the absolutely wonderful husband I mentioned earlier, His name is Chris. He is one of the main reasons we we're able to take my dream of opening a frame shop, and turn it into reality. He is a hard worker, a great support system, and (let me me tell you) he is one smart cookie! With him by my side, no challenge is too hard, and no obstacle is too big. Team Farrell all the way! :)
I'd like to also introduce the other two main players involved in Farrell's Frame and Design. This is Savannah (pictured in the top picture), and this is Antoneisha (pictured in bottom picture). We all used to work together at the Micheals in Macon Georgia. We all immediately became friends, as well as a very productive and effective work team! When Chris and I decided to start the journey of opening Farrell's Frame and Design, we knew that we had to get some rockstar employees to help. Savannah and Antoneisha fit that bill. They are not only two of the nicest, and caring people you will meet, they are also hard workers, with immense knowledge of the services we have to offer here at the shop. From the start of this journey, we have all worked very hard, as a team to get the building ready, get our walls decorated, and to collaborate on great ideas to work on! We all know that this journey will be a continuous work in progress, and that makes us excited! There is nothing we like better, as a team, than to have new, challenging and exciting goals, projects, and ideas to conquer together.
All of the players in team Farrell's Frame and Design have different talents and ideas to bring to the table, and that helps us to be able to offer solutions to a wide variety of services and requests! If you've got a project, and you need advice, come see us! We love to help!
So, lets start at the beginning, of what we like to refer to as "Frameland Adventures".
Here it is, our blank canvas. The first time we walked into the building and began brainstorming about what we were going to do, to make this building a place we were going to be proud of, a place that we feel is inviting and comfortable for our customers, and a place that we are glad to call our second home (cause lets face it, we spend a lot of time here!)
The construction began. With the help of some awesome family friends, we learned how to build a wall!
Then we learned how to build counters! It was already starting to feel like home!
What we were in desperate need of, was some color! We love color, so the painting began,
The painting, kept going, and going, and going! This is a big building! (with really tall walls! lol) But after about a week of hard work, we had a bright airy space to work in!
Then of course, we decided to add some color to the front of the building! I think we picked the coldest day of winter to get up on those ladders outside, but we got it done!!
Most days were dirty days! We went home covered in dust and paint, but we had fun getting dirty, and getting work done!
There were bumps in the road (or giant gaping holes discovered in the floor YIKES!) But no matter what life threw our way, we kept on working!
I'd like to show you the finished (for now) product!