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As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you. I wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off proud accomplishments. A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos posted monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then. I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to email your own photos to me at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com

As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you. I wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off proud accomplishments. A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos posted monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then. I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to email your own photos to me at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com

 

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Daniel Jolly, owner of Mukilteo Art & Frame, used a pre-programmed V-Groove pattern from his CMC,  to accentuate this vintage photo.  So many have this capability - but say they forget to utilize it.  Simple, elegant, and beautiful - taking this design from good, better, to WOW!

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Cindy Nord from Daniel Smith in Seattle, used up some colorful mat scraps in her attractive organized-looking readymade frame display.  What a nice way to get customers to think outside the box and use color rather than the basic white mat which comes in the mass produced RM's. It also encourages them to use wider and creatively weighted matting.  The color and matting in general, lends an eye-catching, polished, professional and clean look to the group of frames.  Her printed sign, which says it all, is a great touch as well.

Painted bevels are a simple and extremely beautiful and effective way to add color to a framing design,  or eliminate  the sight of a white bevel or the architectural void of a reverse bevel when done only to hide a white bevel. Sadly I arrived too late to take a picture of Tida Meesrikul of New Dimensions in Bellevue, doing the very beginning step where the masking tape is placed overlapping the line where the mat opening will be, which is why you see the mat window replaced after the painting had been done.  This is just to give a visual reference.

Mask, paint, remove and enjoy!

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As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you. I wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off proud accomplishments. A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos posted monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then. I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to email your own photos to me at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com

As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you. I wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off proud accomplishments. A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos posted monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then. I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to email your own photos to me at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com

 

Sophie of U-Frame-It Renton, showed me this trick they learned from someone at Larson Juhl's warehouse.  By adding black paint to one of their bottles of wood glue, a lot of time is saved and mess spared by not needing to use black putty so often.

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As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you. I wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off proud accomplishments. A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos posted monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then. I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to email your own photos to me at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com

As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you. I wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off proud accomplishments. A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos posted monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then. I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to email your own photos to me at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com

 

 

Admittedly I am taking advantage of having this platform, but I just wanted to proudly show off a couple matting ideas I came up with after getting inspired by the pros in classes and trade magazines.  After mainly being interested in the architectural features and colors of mouldings, I bought these photos specifically to do some creative matting.
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Ray Miles, of Phoenix Art Restoration, made his own title cards for his art work using scrap materials, yet they still look like a million bucks.

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Step Up Your Game – December 2013

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As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you. I wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off proud accomplishments. A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos posted monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then. I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to email your own photos to me at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com

As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you. I wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off proud accomplishments. A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos posted monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then. I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to email your own photos to me at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com

Last year I showed a fun matting design on a Christmas piece my Mom did for me, and I’ll continue that tradition.

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I took my own advice and used some fancy corner cutouts and added ornamentation learned from a Brian Wolf article.¬† The red pieces are just reverse bevel circles adhered to the bottom of the matting.¬†¬† I wish all of you a Merry Christmas! ¬†‚ÄďJennifer Patterson

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As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you. I wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off proud accomplishments. A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos posted monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then. I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to email your own photos to me at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com

As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you. I wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off proud accomplishments. A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos posted monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then. I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to email your own photos to me at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com

There is a two for one lesson here.  The first is an out of the box approach to matting.

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In this sea shell grouping done by Juanita Schmidt of Frame It, Ltd., 2 of the frames have unique weighting to break up the sameness of everything being even.  In the second picture, Holly of Daniel Smith gave the bird more perching room by bottom weighting her mat.

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The second lesson here and quite possibly the more important one, is the use of Museum Glass in ALL of these store displays.  I believe to show this glass is to have customers fall in love with it, and want it - seeing its performance helps to justify its price tag.  Very sadly and alarmingly, I recently heard two different framers describe Museum Glass to their clients as something to use and attempt to sell only on heirlooms.  My response to that is the opposite - anti-reflective glasses are for when you want to actually see what's on your walls!   Having art you cannot see is like having a favorite comfy chair you cannot sit in!

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As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you. I wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off proud accomplishments. A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos posted monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then. I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to email your own photos to me at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com

As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you. I wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off proud accomplishments. A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos posted monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then. I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to email your own photos to me at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com

 

This creative and fun design by Anna Johnson of Tacoma Framemakers, demonstrates both a practical and a whimsical technique.

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For the practical, the glass has been placed between the textured scoop liner moulding and the top block cap frame which creates a natural lift or shadow box effect. This is a very attractive, easy and effective trick to do when the art is lifted and floated. Using two mouldings can be an intimidating proposition to sell, but considering there is no matting here, the united inches are much lower.  All the money saved in keeping it smaller can go towards a flashier fantastic frame design.

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The whimsical factor here is the hand painted "blood spatter" on the linen mat, which did a great job in soaking up the red paint. A thinner paint wash was applied first then more concentrated dripping created this look.

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As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you. I wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off proud accomplishments. A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos posted monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then. I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to email your own photos to me at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com

As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you. I wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off proud accomplishments. A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos posted monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then. I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to email your own photos to me at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com

 



 

Christopher Framing and Gallery in Edmonds built this wall to separate the production area from the rest of the store to create a distinct display and gallery area.  Previously they just had one small end wall for gallery space.   Such a simple and easy addition absolutely recreated and transformed this frame shop into something brand new and entirely different!

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It is so easy to forget to add a name and price tag to the art we hang on our walls which we want to sell and serve as inspiration.  We spend so much time and money to finish these projects, then often quit once they are hung, or hastily place an unprofessional looking  hand written sign, but they need a proper price tag to be totally finished.  Handwritten signage makes the price look made up therefore arguable.  Here they printed out the information, mounted on 3/16th black foam core, then cut out with a reverse bevel  - super fast, easy and cheap, yet very clean and professional looking.

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As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you. I wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off proud accomplishments. A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos posted monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then. I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to email your own photos to me at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com

As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you. I wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off proud accomplishments. A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos posted monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then. I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to email your own photos to me at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com

 

 

Vangie La Gesse of Puyallup Custom Frame & Art does all her mat cutting old school‚ÄĒno CMC here‚ÄĒyet ¬†has more decorative mat cutting on display than I've seen in ages.¬† Separated and regular V-Grooves, debossed lines (Again by hand, she used her burnishing bone and a straight edge.) notched corners, applied cut outs, etc. can also be seen the following collection.¬† As a credit to her, Vangie is not shy about admitting that she is 85 years young and still going strong. ¬†Although she recently admitted that maybe selling her business in the thriving downtown Puyallup area would be nice so she can do other things.


These embellishments add such a nice touch of elegance and design even in their simplicity.

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As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you. I wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off proud accomplishments. A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos posted monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then. I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to email your own photos to me at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com

As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you. I wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off proud accomplishments. A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos posted monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then. I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to email your own photos to me at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com

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Danny Donovan, of Ben Franklin Monroe, cleverly uses  3M Scotch Magic removable tape to mask a mat with an applied fillet in order to putty its corners without dirtying the mat. In a specialty mat treatment class from Brian Wolf, he used this same product as a mask when painting, gilding, or otherwise coloring bevels.

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This is a painting I saw in a gallery beautifully using a colorful moulding in lieu of a linen liner. A fun and bold way to enhance our framing designs and use those bright colorful moulding lines we have.

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As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you. I wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off proud accomplishments. A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos posted monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then. I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to email your own photos to me at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com

As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you. I wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off proud accomplishments. A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos posted monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then. I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to email your own photos to me at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com

The Laurel Tree Framing and Gallery incorporated this sign into their window display to draw in business and make people think of all the things they have at home to bring in. The sign and images within it also promote framing even to those who do not read the sign.photo 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angie Masterson of The Laurel Tree Framing and Gallery beautifully incorporated a fillet in this frame design - not inside the mat like you'd expect, but on the outside of the floated art. Unique, different, unexpected and striking.

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Here Angie used the red linen mat as a spacer and build up to accommodate the floated art. A simple yet elegant touch as an alternative to regular spacers.

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Here Angie creatively used scrap moulding to build display trays. I am always visually stimulated here, and amazed with their merchandising skills. An art in itself!

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As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you. I wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off proud accomplishments. A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos posted monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then. I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to email your own photos to me at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com

As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you. I wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off proud accomplishments. A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos posted monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then. I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to email your own photos to me at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com

Incorporating asymmetrical shapes, lines, and angles can be a fun and creative approach to your matting.  CMC's sure come in handy, but these designs can be cut on your table top cutters as well.  Some framers tell me they forget that they have the ability to do such things, so I hope to inspire you to think outside the box.

Design by Molly Boone-Jones, Seattle Custom Framing

Design by Molly Boone-Jones, Seattle Custom Framing

Design by Anna Johnson, Tacoma Framemakers

Design by Anna Johnson, Tacoma Framemakers

Design by Karol Priebe, U-Frame-It Ballard

Design by Karol Priebe, U-Frame-It Ballard

Design by Anna Johnson, Tacoma Framemakers

Design by Anna Johnson, Tacoma Framemakers

Design by Sheri Wright, Fourth Corner Frames

Design by Sheri Wright, Fourth Corner Frames

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As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you. I wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off proud accomplishments. A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos posted monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then. I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to email your own photos to me at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com

Juanita Schmidt, owner of Frame It, LTD, recently had the chance to reinvent herself after losing her lease and moving into a far better location and space.  She took a bunch of her old ready-mades, painted them white, and assembled them into an attractive, eye-catching doorway into her ready-made sales room.  It advertises and pleases at the same time.

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In Frame It, LTD's new space, these display rounders were built by owner, Juanita Schmidt's, mother.  Talk about a labor of love!  They are in the large storefront window and visible from a busy road. I was so impressed by these and so appreciative of how they created a way to house and show many samples in a small area.  Attractive and effective.  Call Juanita, 206-364-7477, to be put in touch with her mother for pricing information, as this is something she would like to continue to do.

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As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you. I wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off proud accomplishments. A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos posted monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then. I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to email your own photos to me at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com

Anna Johnson, owner of the Tacoma Framemakers, created this beautiful design that’s unique in its stacking. The cap frame is smaller than the liner frame.  It is much more common to see the opposite.  This combination is the perfect compliment and extension of the batik it's framing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rami Alhakeem of Tacoma Framemakers pokes a brad through the mat where he is going to mount an award medal using E6000.  This gives him much stronger adherence, plus there is no worry of the surface paper of the mat peeling away causing the object to fall.

 

 

 

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As a sales rep and a true custom framer at heart, I enjoy seeing the creative designs and problem solving exhibited by you. I wanted to post a "brag column" allowing framers to show off proud accomplishments. A focus of this guild is education, and through the photos posted monthly in this feature, I wish to get our creative juices flowing and hopefully teach an old dog a new trick or even a new pup and old trick every now and then. I promise to always have a camera with me, plus invite you to email your own photos to me at JenniferJPatterson1@yahoo.com

Anna Johnson of Tacoma Framemakers, brings her artistic talents to her framing designs by painting her bevels with acrylic paint.  This not only enhances the matting, but incorporates the matting into the design itself. It's a beautiful alternative for eliminating the white bevel of a mat without resorting to a reverse bevel.

Rami Alhakeem of Tacoma Framemakers steams out a small dent in this stained wood moulding. Since the dent was found after the piece was finished, he used a mat scrap for a protective barrier to the art, and folded a slightly dampened paper towel and ever so lightly applied a hot iron to that area. The hot steam "re-fluffed" or reactivated the wood fibers. This process should be limited to stained woods and only after a test is done on a scrap of the same moulding. This is a similar process to touching up a dented mat with a lightly moistened Q-Tip.