Posts in Framing News & Tips

Go with the flow – of color!

Framing this vibrant mixed media piece by Babs Ludwick was a challenge with all its bright colors and glitter (that might fall off!)! We first chose some blues and greens and even tried out some other colors to bring out the piece. We finally settled on this emerald green mat, but there needed to be a break between the artwork and […]

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Five Simple Framing Tips

Don’t have a measuring tape? Use a U.S. bill. It measures six inches. Fold it in thirds, two inches. Fold it in half, now you have six one-inch increments. Voila! Instant measuring tape! Wiring. In most situations, you want to keep the framing wire near the top of the frame. This way, the pieces lays flat against the wall. Always […]

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Designing a shadow box to hold military pins and medals

This frame measuring 16 x 16 inches was created for one of our Veterans who served in both the Army and Air Force.  A dramatic black velvet background was chosen to display this unique collection of medals from each of the two branches of service. They were displayed in order of their branch and significance.  A simple 3/4-inch faced and 2-inch […]

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Framing a fragile antique magazine

This month I was presented with the challenge of framing an antique magazine of 1914 vintage.  The Modern Priscilla magazine was one of two that I framed, which had been collected by the customer’s father – as this was the name of his daughter. She then wished to display and preserve them without altering the integrity of the magazine. I began by placing […]

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The Look of a Custom Frame: Ed Fitzgerald Painting

The frame we’re showing you here is a very refined and elegant custom finished corner frame originally made in New York by the AMPF Frame Company. Its beautiful varying blue color and segments of gold banding seemed perfect for this wonderful  oil on wood by the late Edward Fitzgerald.  Ed was one our fine artists here at the gallery and has been […]

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Custom Framing: Gerry Davis Fashion Drawing

Photo and framing by Louis Aliotta. “This piece painted by one of our fine artists, Gerry Davis, was especially fun to frame. I was given full rein on this one and chose to give it the very contemporary showcase that seemed to accent the linear design and bold use of black and yellow. Repeating the black and yellow in the […]

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Custom Framing: Shadow Box Frame

This shadow box frame was created for our long-standing customers, who wanted to create a showcase for a gift received from their daughter and her husband. The gift was designed as a salt and pepper table piece but is certainly more cherished in this beautiful black satin-lined shadow box. The frame was chosen for its 2-inch depth and the little […]

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Custom Framing: Vintage Original Drawing

This striking original in pen & ink with a sepia watercolor wash – dated 1939 – was drawn by the late artist Ramona Batsford Bendin while she was still in high school. After she passed away in 2013, her family found this piece in a box of family photos and artwork. They recently brought it to Lou for framing and […]

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Custom Framing: Antique Watercolor Painting

This beautiful watercolor was painted in the early 1900s. It depicts the Sicilian coastline at Taormina. The piece was brought in for framing by one of our long time customers whose family origin of Sicily makes it not only special to them but also to our framer Louis Aliotta who shares the Sicilian heritage. They agreed that this one would […]

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Custom Framing: Wedding Invitation

This unique wedding invitation was framed using a complementary green background and a matching indigo blue linen matting. The mat was spaced about half an inch from the background to allow for the depth of the ribbon and create a three-dimensional shadow box space. The curve of the mat was hand cut. A simple white frame compliments the background the […]

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