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Quick & Simple Frame & Matte Guide + Diagrams

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So you bought a piece of artwork that you love, yay! Now what?

Yep. As printmakers and sellers we get these questions on daily basis from our online shops and in person at craft & art fairs. If you are wholly unfamiliar with the elements of framing prints and artwork it can seem like a math puzzle with multiple sets of numbers to keep straight. But really? It’s simple, we promise.

And to prove it, I’ve broken down the main elements in the below diagrams that I illustrated for you. Ta-da!

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The 3 Basic Framing Elements:

  1. Artwork: The print, water color painting, vintage wallpaper, etc. that you want to display. This will be the smallest element in size. Shown here as my illustration of a tulip, including the entire artwork area.
  2. Matte: A thick paperboard “frame” with an opening where your artwork will be centered. Mattes can be any color (white or black are the most common), any width, and you can even “double matte” (or triple matte if you are feeling ultra fancy) artwork by layering 2 different sized mattes over one another and over your artwork to be framed. Your matte will be longer and wider than your artwork at it’s outer dimensions, but the inside opening will cover the edges of your artwork (the green areas as above) for a seamless fit. The matte doesn’t have to cover your artwork uniformly, it just needs to lay over the edges so that your artwork is centered in the matte’s opening.
  3. Frame: The frame that you choose, yep, it’s pretty self-explanatory. But like mattes, frames come in many sizes, but also in a wide variety of materials such as metal and wood, and in practically any color and finish that you can imagine. The frame will be your largest sized element, and like the matte goes over the edges of your artwork? Your frame will go over the outer edges of your matte (which in turn are over the outer edges of your artwork).  Framing is basically a layering game!

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However, note that a matte can be an optional element of your framed art, depending on your style and the artwork itself. Above you see a my diagram of the same artwork in a frame, but without a matte. To illustrate that difference further below are two examples of our Ghost Ship By Day Print framed, one with and one without a matte.

Example A:

With a matte below, in the upper right corner (photo by a sweet customer with great taste in prints @mylittlecherry on Instagram):

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Example B:

And the same print without a matte in the middle between two cuties (photo by one of our lovely retailers @apple.village on Instagram):Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 3.24.01 PM

As for the actual framing? Again, lots of choices to fit every aesthetic and budget are available. We love our local Frame Shops here in Pittsburgh:

We adore three places online that have great frames and mattes and both places offer all American Made materials, plus all frames and mattes are cut to your specs, which is amazing and really great. They all ship quickly and safely. All very affordably!

  • Frame USA – features an incredible selection of frames, mattes and materials from low to high end.
  • All Barn Wood – many of their frames have a more rustic and camp vibe with lots of reclaimed wood options.
  • Matteboard And More – offers custom size, color, and material options in mattes, backing boards, frames and show kits and more.

There are of course off great off the shelf options these days now too at places like IKEA, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond also where frames usually come with a matte included. If you are going that route, we suggest that you find a frame that you like, and then get a matte custom cut to your artwork’s size for about $10 at places like Michael’s & JoAnn’s craft stores, or at your local favorite framery or art supply shop.

So there you go! If you have any questions feel free to comment below. We hope that this post helps you get you new artwork up & beautifully displayed.

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Come See Us At Craftin’ Outlaws!

craftinoutlaws_main2016Come join in the fun this Saturday December 10th – We’ll be heading to the fellow Rust Belt gem Columbus this weekend for one day only, as vendors at the fun Craftin’ Outlaws Holiday Show for our 3rd participating year.

Craftin’ Outlaws is back this Saturday for our 11th annual CRAFT FAIR! 100 of the best HANDMADE vendors are ready to invade the Greater Columbus Convention Center on December from Noon – 5pm with FREE ADMISSION! Swag bags will go to the first 100 guests at the door or for your die hard DIYers we still have Early Bird shopping options, which comes with a handmade gift and early access from 11am-12pm

productsIn addition to handmade goods by American Makers  you can embrace the spirit of DIY at fun make and take stations. Grab a cocktail or enjoy a beer while you shop and get into the Holiday spirit. A cash bar will be available in the lobby from 11am-5pm. And get your dance on with vinyl being spun by our in house DJ from Wholly Craft.

We will be bringing our selections of Art Prints, Greeting Cards, Alphabet Prints, Rock Posters, Lunch Bags, and more. The full list of Craftin’ Outlaws Vendors is here. And here is a wonderful round up & preview of some of the vendors by our screenprinting buds Alison Rose!

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GIVE BACK with the Columbus Diaper Coalition who’s hosting another DIAPER DRIVE with us. Bring in a new box of diapers and win your way into handmade raffles. Diapers of all sizes are accepted but larger sizes are desperately needed!

The Details:

  • What: Craftin’ Outlaws Holiday Show
  • When: Saturday December 10, 2016 (only!) from 12pm – 5pm.
  • Where: The Greater Columbus Convention Center in Downtown Columbus, in the Grand Ballroom.
  • Why: Because Handmade, by American Makers is the best for the Holidays.

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Doors open at 11am – 5pm This show features FREE ADMISSION, so come on out and shop Handmade for the holidays! For more info, location and details click here.

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Hooray Handmade Arcade!

Yay! It’s here! It’s here! It’s Handmade Arcade Time! Come join us + over 150 other amazing Handmade Makers from around the country this Saturday, December 3, 2015 (one day only!) for the best of the best in every way. Handmade Arcade is FREE to attend and very family friendly with lots of maker-activies for everyone.

Handmade Arcade is highly anticipated event that attracts more than 9,000 attendees in one day. HA provides craftspeople and artists working outside mainstream and fine arts sectors with a grassroots, high-visibility venue to sell wares, build community, network and share their artistic practice. Handmade Arcade, founded in 2004, is Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair. Now in its twelfth year, HA brings young, innovative crafters and progressive do-it-yourself designers to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on December 5, 2015 to sell, their handmade, locally produced, and offbeat wares at a bustling marketplace.

Come join in one of the best, biggest, and brightest Holiday Shopping and Maker events in the US this Saturday and share good times with friends & family while finding incredible, Made In The US handcrafted goods.

HA_2015_shoppersHere is a list of the 2016 Vendors and for more info about Handmade Arcade visit their About Page here.

And as always Early Birdie Shopping Passes are available for stress-free first looks before the crowds roll in.

With past Handmade Arcade Photos and Videos here. It’s a super fun time, and we can’t wait to see you all this year!

  • The Details:

  • Who: Over 150 Maker Artists and Handmade Crafters from around the USA.

  • What: Handmade Arcade, founded in 2004, is Pittsburgh’s first and largest independent craft fair.

  • When: Saturday December 3, 2015 from 11am – 7pm – ONE DAY ONLY!

  • Where: David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown Pittsburgh – 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15222

  • Why: Because Handmade is best yinz!

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday Small Business Weekend Deals!

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Hello! A quick and heartfelt word from us on this Black Friday / Small Business Saturday / Cyber Monday holiday gift buying weekend. We are just a two-person studio and every single purchase is incredibly meaningful to us. Each & every single one. We’ve met many thousands of lovely people in person at shows and those encounters are warm and wonderful. (We love to nerd out about art!) But it’s not always as simple to have that same connection with an online transaction. We know, we get it. So we just wanted to take a moment to say how much it means to us that with every purchase, someone is living with our work in their homes, offices, or even school rooms.

As a big thanks, we love to do some Holiday Sales & Deals, so here you go friends! Feel free to use any of these coupon codes on our Bigcartel Shop here or in our Etsy Shop here.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.

This year, like every year, we wish one and all a wonderful day of Thanksgiving, no matter who, or where you are.

And like every year, the best way I know to recapture that ultimate Thanksgiving feeling is via this perfect and lovely Charles Schulz cel illustration. Why? Because it’s the best there is.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving in all of it’s meanings for you & yours.

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Hello Crafty Supermarket & Cincinnati!

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Here we go Holidays! Crafty, Maker, Handmade awesomeness times are upon us. Let’s all celebrate what’s good and positive together this season. In that spirit, we hope that you can join us on Saturday November 19th for the lovely Crafty Supermarket in Cincinnati, OH. And yep, this show is just ONE day only! And Crafty Supermarket is FREE to attend. Hooray!

Now in a new location for 2016 as the usual venue Music Hall is under renovation, Crafty Supermarket will be at the University of Cincinnati Rec Center, 2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati, OH 45219 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. This show features handmade goods only — no commercial products. Crafty Supermarket is a fun, lively, family-friendly a FREE to attend holiday event with an anticipated 6,000 shoppers, a live DJ, hands-on craft activities, local food and free swag bags for the first 100 shoppers!

We will have our Alphabet Prints, Rock Posters, Art Prints, Cardinal Seasons Prints, Greeting Cards and more available. So come on out and enjoy the day with us!

The Details

  • When: Saturday November 19, 2016 from 11am – 6pm. One day only! FREE ADMISSION.
  • Where: University of Cincinnati Rec Center, 2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati, OH 45219
  • Who: 130 Makers, Artisand, and Crafters from all over the eastern U.S.
  • What: Handmade goods and gifts, plus delicious snacks, drinks, and a DJ, plus craft activities and swag bags for the first 100 shoppers.
  • Why: Because Handmade with love is best.

For more info CLICK HERE or check out Steam Whistle Press‘ awesome hand printed poster with details on the show.

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Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween to all ghouls, ghosts, goblins & witches!

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Hello Louisville & St. James Court Art Show!

Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 12.42.31 PMWell hello hello Louisville! We are awfully excited to get to know you this weekend at the historic, 60th Annual St. James Court Art Show! This is our 1st participation in this amazing show, so come find us and say hello at Booth 909, South 3rd Street Section (3S). We’ll have our Art Prints, Rock Posters, Lunch Bags, Alphabet Nursery Prints and one-of-a-kind Test Prints along.

The St. James Court Art Show is a juried fine arts and fine crafts show that hosts an impressive 750 artists from North America. Held in the heart of historic Old Louisville among the country’s largest collection of Victorian homes, the St. James Court Art Show® has for over five decades provided our neighborhood, city and state with a rich cultural and artistic legacy.

A huge event for the Louisville area, St. James Court Art Show is FREE and open to the public. There is parking in the area (check here for more info), and there are 2 Shuttle Services to choose from. Parking Shuttle Service directions 2016.

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  • What: St. James Court Art Show, now in its 60th consecutive year with over 750 participating artists from around the country.
  • Where: Old Historic Louisville, KY –  For GPS location use this address: 1402 St James Court, Louisville, KY 40208. For more info click here.
  • When: September 29th – October 2nd 2016. Hours: Friday 10am – 6pm / Saturday 10am – 6pm / Sunday 10am – 5pm

Below is a Map of the show for you, so come on out!

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Join Us At A Fair In The Park!

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Fresh September air, hundreds of artists and beautiful Mellon Park, come out and enjoy it all this weekend! Now in its 47th year the historic A Fair in the Park in Pittsburgh time is here! This show is artist-run and presented by the Craftsmens Guild of Pittsburgh.

We will have our Alphabet Prints, Rock Posters, Art Prints, Cardinal Seasons Prints, Lunchbags and more on hand, as well as new pieces in booth 86 in the lower field, under the trees. So come on out and enjoy the weekend with us!

A Fair in the Park is held in the lush surroundings of Pittsburgh’s Mellon Park. An estimated 20,000 dedicated visitors enjoy the opportunity to interact with over 100 regional and national artists working in a variety of mediums including clay, fiber, wood, jewelry, glass, metal, mixed media, and two-dimensional art.

This annual contemporary fine art and fine craft festival is FREE to attend and family friendly. Once again there will be a wide variety of great local food optoins at this year’s Fair. A Fair in the Park is held rain or shine.

The Details:

  • Who: Over 100 regionally & nationally recognized artists and professional craftspeople will be showing and selling their works.
  • What: A Fair in the Park now in its 47th year, presented & organized by the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh.
  • Where: Mellon Park, in Pittsburgh, PA’s East End at 6300 Fifth Ave. Pittsburgh PA 15232
  • When: DATES: Friday September 9 through Sunday September 11, 2016. HOURS:  Friday: 1pm – 7pm // Saturday: 10am – 7pm // Sunday: 10am – 5pm

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Hello Columbus Arts Fest!

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Hello Columbus, Ohio! We are so excited for our first time participating in the Columbus Arts Festival this weekend, Friday June 10 through Sunday June 12.

The 2016 Columbus Arts Festival will be held along Columbus’ beautiful downtown Riverfront, which will again be transformed into a stunning outdoor art gallery as the nation’s top artists display their work and attract art enthusiasts from all over the country. In addition to hosting more than 300 nationally acclaimed artists, the 2016 Festival will feature fantastic gourmet fare from some of the city’s finest restaurants, live concerts, dance and theatre performances, film screenings, hands-on art activities and more—there will truly be something for everyone! For more info CLICK HERE.

The Columbus Arts Festival is open to the public, family and pet friendly and FREE to attend!

  • Who: Over 350 nationally selected artists are juried into this show from over 1100 applications each year. There will be fine arts fine hand crafts well represented.
  • What: The Columbus Arts Festival silly!
  • When: Friday June 10, Saturday June 11 & Sunday June 12. Festival Hours are:  Friday 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.  / Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. / Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
  • Where: The Festival will be located along the Scioto Mile, Columbus’ signature riverfront park – and in front of COSI, the Center of Science and Industry. The 2016 Columbus Arts Festival will be June 10, 11 & 12.
  • Why: Because Handmade and Artisan Craft is best!

Below is a map of the Columbus Arts Festival grounds and we will be at Booth 203M. See you there Columbus!

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Come On Out For 3 Rivers Arts Fest

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It’s time Pittsburgh! The Three Rivers Arts Festival is here!

Three Rivers Arts Fest is the biggest summer event every year in Pittsburgh, so we are honored to be participating once again in the amazing Artists Market. This year we are at Booth #61 from Friday June 3rd to Tuesday June 7th (only!) – right on Gateway Plaza and Penn Avenue Extension and we can’t wait for the adventures this show always brings.

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The Three Rivers Arts Festival is a 10 day celebration of Arts, Music, Performance and more that is always family friendly and totally FREE to attend. For the full schedule of events and musical performance line up as well as activities CLICK HERE

Founded in 1960 by the Women’s Committee of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Three Rivers Arts Festival has presented, during its vast and varied history, more than 10,000 visual and performing artists and entertained millions of residents and visitors. Such notable and memorable stage performances have included Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Phillip Glass, Steven Reich, Smokey Robinson as well as literary legends Allen Ginsberg and Spalding Gray. Contemporary dance artists Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, Lar Lubovitch, Pucci:Sport and many others have performed, and within recent past, concerts have featured Norah Jones, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Sonic Youth, The Wailers and the Black Keys.

The Festival begins on the first Friday in June and takes place at the confluence of Pittsburgh’s famed three rivers in Point State Park, throughout picturesque Gateway Center, and in the city’s world-renowned Cultural District.

Click here for this year’s musical line-up!

And here is a handy map for you to find your way around the Artists Market and music stages too. See you there Pittsburgh!

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Richmond Spring Bada Bing 2016!

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Spring is springing finally! And that means it’s Richmond Craft Mafia Spring Bada-Bing Time y’all. We are heading to Richmond, VA for our first show of the year on April 16th in Richmond, VA at the super fun Hardywood Park Craft Brewing. This coming Saturday (only!) April 16th come join us in celebrating the return of Spring with a lovely, highly curated selection of 40+ vendors of handmade & handcrafted wares.

We will be outside under the big tent with lots of hand printed silkscreen rock posters, art prints and nursery decor.

As always Spring Bada-Bing is FREE to attend and a family friendly event!

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Sip a craft beer and shop over 40 vendors, featuring wide variety of work in categories such as clothing, accessories, plush toys, jewelry, pottery, bath and body products, 2-D art, food gifts and much more!

Join the movement and buy handmade!

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What I’m Watching: Best Of Enemies – Vidal vs. Buckley

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I’ve always been a movie junkie. I attribute my transition from childhood’s “All movies are fun!” sentiments to actually, really deeply loving film and movies to my Dad who harbors a keen interest and love for the form himself. On more than one occasion he handed out reprieves from getting my homework done so we could watch something great on broadcast television like Mel Brooks’ The Twelve Chairs or John Sturges’ perfect and perfectly American The Great Escape.

While working in the studio either screenprinting, packing orders or just cleaning up and re-organizing I tend to gravitate to watching old TV shows and movies (when I’m not listening to music or podcasts). Of late, I’ve been on a documentary kick, and came across the epic, whip-smart, and incredibly energetic film Best Of Enemies, written & directed by Morgan Neville & Robert Gordon, about Gore Vidal & William F. Buckley’s intensely bitter relationship. And it’s this relationship’s enmity that brought them both to wider recognition and audiences around the world as both political commentators as well as leading critical thinkers (for good or for ill) around the world. In this current Presidential election cycle, this film couldn’t be more current, prescient and on-trend.

Enough said, luckily it’s available in at the film website here, as well as on iTunes, Netflix, & On Demand. Enjoy!

ABOUT THE FILM

In the summer of 1968 television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other’s political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult—their explosive exchanges devolving into vitriolic name-calling. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed, and a new era in public discourse was born.

 

Merry Christmas To All!

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Happy Handmade Holiday Sale & Deals!

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There is a lot going on for everyone at this time of year , so let’s keep this short & sweet.

Our annual Happy Handmade Holiday Sale is now ON and runs through January 15, 2016. Choose to use either Coupon Code:

  1. HOHOHOLIDAY20 – For 20% off of any order, shipped anywhere in the world!
  2. HOLIDAYFREESHIP – For free Priority USPS Shipping anywhere in the US (only).

Our annual Happy Handmade Holidays Sale and Coupon Codes are good through January 31, 2016! And both Coupon Codes are valid in our Webshop here and in our Etsy Shop here as well. So you can treat your friends, family and even yes, yourself. You’ve been good. You deserve it too.

We are shipping every day with joy from our studio right to you until Christmas Eve, December 24th. For USPS Christmas Delivery Dates, click here. And for expedited shipping rate quotes email us! We’re happy to make holiday magic with you.

A Quick Word About Shopping Small:

When you shop with small businesses, handmade makers, and American made artisans your purchases make a direct impact on many lives. For instance, in our case, when you shop with us, we then also support other small, local businesses. How? We source our materials from US-based and US-manufacturing producers & distributors for our papers (like Domtar Cougar and French Paper), inks ( we use mainly Speedball), screens, squeeges, output films (all from Pittsburgh’s own Tech Support Screenprinting Supplies) and more. We also wholesale our art work to many independent shops (local favorites Wildcard in Lawrenceville and Sapling & Sons in Beaver, PA) around the country who do more of the same and support more small businesses in turn.

We think it’s a pretty great cycle; we hope that you do too. Best & brightest! Happy Holidays to all!

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