Things You Didn’t Know You Could Frame

When you think about framing things to put on your walls, your mind probably goes straight to paper. Photos, drawings, paintings, certificates. Whatever it is you’re thinking of, it’s probably flat. But why should the pleasure of framing and preserving meaningful or beautiful thing stop there?

When it comes to custom framing, you can frame lots of different things that you might not have even thought of before. Read on for some ideas of different things you can frame with us and why you might want to do so.

Clothes

Old clothes can serve as great memories of the past, especially things like baby clothes, sports uniforms, and graduation gowns. Usually, these things just get left in a box somewhere or thrown out. By framing an important item of clothing, you can preserve it and keep it on display in your home. Read more about framing clothes here.

Memorabilia

Memorabilia like concert tickets and souvenirs from events help you to remember special nights with family or friends. You can put these things together in a framed collage to commemorate an event or a relationship. For example, a collection of all the movie stubs you and your partner have collected together.

Books

You can frame larger items like books in a display case. Light books may be suitable for framing and mounting on the wall, while heavier ones can be placed in a freestanding display case.

Textiles

A sample of your child’s baby blanket is a great example of a meaningful textile you can frame for display. Perfect if you can’t decide what to do with something like this.

Maps

Is there a specific place that means a lot to you? Maybe it’s an old holiday destination, your place of birth, or the place you and your partner first met. Framing a map of this area is a good way to commemorate this.

Children’s toys

Your child’s toys are something else that can mean a lot to you and your family, but often just end up causing clutter. Choose your child’s favorite toy and preserve it in a frame or display case.

Souvenirs

You’ve probably collected a lot of souvenirs from past vacations, and they’re probably scattered in a drawer somewhere in your home. Things like postcards, keyrings, and other souvenirs can be framed to remember each vacation.

At Tanglewood Art and Frame, our motto is “if you can carry it in, we can frame it.” This blog just has a handful of ideas of things you can frame, but if you have other ideas, then let us know. Take a look at some of our past projects if you need a little more inspiration. You can also visit us in store in Clemmons, NC to ask us any questions or get your items framed.

How to frame a puzzle

You’ve just put in a lot of effort to complete a puzzle and you feel extremely satisfied to see the finished result. Maybe it took you hours, or maybe days, weeks, even months. But the next step can feel a little soul-destroying. All that fun and hard work just to break it up again and put it back in the box, maybe never to be looked at again.

Sure, you could take a photo of the puzzle to remember it and show off your achievement, but it just isn’t the same. So, why not frame the actual puzzle and put it up on your wall?

Choosing a puzzle to frame

Which puzzle to frame should be completely personal to you. Usually, it’s one that you’ve spent a lot of time on or that has sentimental meaning to you or a loved one you’re giving a gift to. Here are a few ideas:

  • A challenging puzzle – Perhaps there’s one puzzle that was a real challenge and that you spent a lot of time on, either alone or with friends and family. Frame it to show off your achievement.
  • A custom puzzle – You can get a puzzle printed with whatever photo you want, complete the puzzle, and then frame it for your wall.
  • A child’s puzzle – Celebrate your child’s achievement by framing the first puzzle they completed by themselves or preserve the puzzle that they repeatedly did as a child.
  • A couple’s puzzle – Did you and your partner spend one of your early dates doing a puzzle together on a rainy day? Frame it and remember those happy moments.

How to frame a puzzle

After you’ve completed your puzzle, you want to make sure that all the pieces will stay together even if you move the finished puzzle. The last thing you want is for some pieces to come apart once inside the frame.

One way to achieve this is to use glue on the puzzle. You can get special puzzle adhesive for this purpose, or you can opt for ordinary glue, but try to find one with low water content to reduce the risk of the pieces wrinkling or peeling. Spread the glue evenly over the face of the puzzle using a sponge or a piece of card, for example. You can use a paintbrush for this, but you may end up leaving brush strokes. A spray adhesive could also be quick and easy to apply.

Another option is adhesive tape designed for puzzles. This is usually quick and easy to apply and doesn’t create as much mess as glue. Once your puzzle is secure, you can bring it into a custom frame shop to complete the framing process for you. When choosing a frame, a float mounting frame is the best to choose for these purposes.

If you want to frame a puzzle for your home or as a gift, then contact Tanglewood Art and Frame or visit us in Clemmons, NC.

Should I Restore My Art?

Artwork adds a touch of sophistication and style to a home, but it can start to detract from this if it is fading and losing its original quality. The solution to this is to have your art restored, but is it really worth the cost and effort to have this done? We think so! But, let’s look at the pros and cons of art restoration and anything else you need to consider when deciding whether to restore your art or not.

What is art restoration?

Paintings and statues degrade as time passes, especially if they are not stored or displayed properly. Paintings can become faded by sunlight, torn as they are handled, and worn away by dust and dirt on the surface of the painting. When this happens, you can have your art restored by a professional conservator so that it appears more like its original state. This can involve removing blemishes, repairing damage, restoring colors, and repairing cracked or missing paint.

Pros of restoring your art

When you restore art, you get to enjoy it in its original state again. This could be especially important if the piece of art has sentimental meaning to you or if it is valuable in financial terms. Speaking of which, art restoration also helps to increase the value of the artwork, so it could be a good investment if you plan to sell the painting. It can also help by extending the life of the artwork, reversing the process of it becoming faded and damaged over time.

Cons of restoring your art

Not everyone supports the idea of art restoration, especially when it comes to famous pieces of art. Some people argue that restoring art is disrespectful to the original artist and that it is better to leave the art affected by the passage of time, rather than covering it up. This has caused some controversy whenever plans are proposed to restore a high-profile painting or statue. Any changes made, even for the better are seen as inauthentic.

It’s a debate that keeps on raging when it comes to art such as the Sistine Chapel ceiling, but it still stands that restoration can help to improve the aesthetics and quality of pieces of art. If you’re interested in having your at restored to its original condition, or conserving it to maintain its good condition, then Tanglewood Art and Frame can help. Visit us in store or get in touch if you’re located in North Carolina, including Advance, Winston Salem, Bermuda Run, Clemmons, Lewisville, and Mocksville.

The Joy of Candid Photos

When you think of family photographs being used to decorate the walls of a family home, what comes to mind is usually a thoroughly planned picture of the family posed nicely in a line or with the parents at the back and the kids in the front. But this kind of rigorously planned and posed photography doesn’t often capture the personality of the family and individuals being photographed. This is where candid photographs can offer up something a little different.

What is a candid photo?

A candid photo is one that is not posed or planned. The subject may not even be aware you are taking photos, such as snapping shots of your kids while they’re happily playing in the backyard.

Other times, the subjects may be aware of the photographer but still don’t know when photos are being taken. For example, a wedding day photographer often acts as a fly-on-the-wall during the ceremony or the reception, taking photos of people happily chatting, drinking, or wiping a tear away.

Either way, the idea is that the subject does not change their behavior for the photograph, they are simply acting natural doing whatever they are doing.

Candid photos vs. posed photos

Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of candid photos compared to posed photos.

When people complain about not being photogenic, it’s often because they feel uncomfortable in front of the camera. Someone might have a nice smile when they’re laughing with friends, but point a camera at them and it suddenly becomes an awkward and forced smile, instead. Candid photography eliminates this because you’re photographing natural behavior rather than a forced pose.

However, candid photography can still lead to unflattering poses. It can be difficult to time a photograph just right when someone is moving, talking, and laughing naturally. Candid photography can involve a lot of luck and perseverance to achieve the perfect shot, especially if you’re photographing hyperactive children or animals.

But the best thing about candid photos is that they reflect people’s (or animals’) real personality and uniqueness by capturing them acting naturally or in their natural environment. You can capture an image of someone having fun, working hard, pursuing a hobby they love, or the loving look in someone’s eye when they look at their kids or partner. Whatever kind of candid photo you’re taking, the results are real, not staged.

Great candid photos are perfect for custom framing and hanging on the walls in your home, or even to be given as a gift. If you’re interested in custom framing services around Clemmons and Winston Salem, NC, then contact Tanglewood Art and Frame or visit us in-store.

Photobooth Photo Ideas

You might find photobooths in shopping malls, bars and clubs, or at events like weddings, birthday parties, and corporate events. Wherever you come across them, they’re a great opportunity to take fun and silly photos with your friends, family, or partner.

So, you’ve got this printout of photos that are a great memory of the day, but what do you do with them now? Often, they get stuck in a drawer and forgot about. But it’s time to cherish those memories and display them proudly. Here are some ideas for what you can do with your photobooth photos and how to display them proudly.

Make a collage

If you’ve got a collection of fun photobooth strips from over the years, then combine them to make a frameable collage to display on your wall. You could stick them to a piece of cardboard, or something similar, in any arrangement you’d like. Bring your photobooth photos or a pre-made collage to Tanglewood Art & Frame to get your memories custom framed.

Add them to a scrapbook

If you have a photo album or a scrapbook full of memories, then photobooth strips are the perfect addition. You could stick a few together on the same page or scatter them throughout the scrapbook with other memories from each day or period of your life. If you had a photobooth at your wedding or another event, then you could make a wedding scrapbook filled with everyone’s photos for a fun way to remember the day and everyone who was there for you.

Use them as bookmarks

You don’t even have to do anything for this one. Photobooth photo strips are the perfect size and shape to place between the pages of the book you’re ready in order to save your place. And those memories will make you smile every time you pick up your book.

Turn them into fridge magnets

There are lots of websites and companies that can turn your photos into personalized fridge magnets. Pick your favorites to send in and stick them on your fridge so you can see them every day.

Create a giant photo strip

Why keep those memories in such small dimensions? If you have a single strip that you really love, then have it blown up to larger dimensions and custom framed to be hung proudly on your wall.

Turn them into a phone case

Another personalized item you can create is a phone case with your pictures printed on the back. Most of us have our smartphones with us around-the-clock, so having a cherished memory printed on it can be a great way to share and remember those memories.

All of the above ideas would make great gifts for the people you took those photos with, as well as being great ideas for yourself. If you want to get your photobooth photos custom framed in the Winston Salem and Clemmons area, then contact us today.

Commercial, Volume, and Artist Framing

Most people looking for framework have a single piece of art or memento that they want framing to hang up on their wall or provide as a gift to someone. But, what if you have large quantities of items that need framing. We get customers in who are decorating a commercial space and need custom framing for a variety of pieces of art, or artists to provide framing packages for their work.

There a variety of different volume framing services we provide for our customers, but what is the benefit of having these services performed by a speciality custom frame shop? Here are just a few of those benefits.

Save time

Framing a large number of pictures will take a lot of time in choosing and buying the right materials and framing the items themselves. Leave this to the professionals to save yourself the time and hassle of performing it yourself.

Customized

We have a variety of different materials to suit the style you’re after and the dimensions of the pieces being framed, so your frames can suit the style of the space you’re decorating and the style of the piece of art itself. When framing a large volume of items, you can choose whether to have them all framed in a uniform style or differently to make each one unique.

Quality guaranteed

We use the best quality materials and have the skill and experience to perform each job to the highest quality. So, you know that you will be receiving quality framework at the end of it when you choose commercial, volume, and artist framing from a well-reputed, professional frame shop.

Benefit from additional services

Speciality frame shops and art galleries often provide additional services to help with the entire process. Here at Tanglewood Art and Frame, we don’t just provide custom framing for individual or bulk items, we also pickup, delivery, and professional hanging for all our customers. This can take a lot of hassle out of decorating for you.

Save money

Large jobs can be expensive, especially if you’re buying all the materials yourself. If you come to Tanglewood for your commercial, volume, or artist framing, then you can save yourself some money as we offer competitive rates for these services based on the size of your order.

Do you need commercial, volume, or artist framing? Visit our shop in Clemmons, NC or contact us online for more about our services.

Five Ways Custom Framing Can Enhance the Interior Design of Your Home

Custom framing is a great way to preserve your art so that you can keep it in good condition for years to come and even pass it down through the generations. But more than that, custom framing also adds a great deal to the appearance and design of your home. These are just a few ways that quality, custom framed artwork can enhance your interior design…

Display the artwork that you love

What better way to decorate your home than with artwork that you love? Whether it’s a professional painting that you admire, a family photograph, or your kid’s finger paintings, it’s always good to have things on the wall that you enjoy looking at or that bring back fond memories. This is a good way to design and decorate a room that you’ll like spending time in.

Choose a frame that adds style

With custom framed pictures, it’s not just about the picture itself but about the whole package. The frame you choose will also be an important part of the style and design of the room. Choose a frame that complements the color scheme and interior design of the rest of the room, whether that’s by matching colors and styles or choosing a contrasting frame that really stands out on your wall.

Matting with style

Not just the frame but also the matting surrounding your picture adds to your interior design. The matting is a great way to help small pictures fill up more space within a frame and also make those pictures stand out rather than shrink away in the frame. The color of your matting can also be chosen to match or contrast other colors in the room.

Add your own personal touches

Adding personal touches to your interior design is a great way to make a house feel like a home. You can personalize a room with pictures of things or places that interest you, or with personal memories from your life, like photos, certificates, or personal artwork. This is especially effective when you first move into a home, as they will likely be neutrally decorated. Adding your own custom framed pictures will give your house that lived-in look.

Whatever it is you want framing, Tanglewood Art and Frame can take care of it for you. Get in touch to let us know about what you want framing in Clemmons, North Carolina.

Presenting Your Work: Tips for Aspiring Artists and Photographers

If you’re producing your own art, whether that’s paintings, drawings, photographs, or whatever else, then you want to be able to show off your hard work in the best way. But how do you go about this when you’re in the early days of your career, or even if art is still a hobby that you want to turn into something more? Let’s look at some tips and ideas to help you out.

Presenting your work online

Social media and other online platforms are a great way to get exposure for your work, gauge interest, and even get feedback on your art. Instagram, in particular, is an extremely visual platform with a massive user base. Facebook can still be a good option if you’re targeting a local audience, while TikTok is the latest platform to take the world by storm, especially among younger generations.

If you’re looking to sell your work online, then creating an Etsy store can be a great place to start. People browse Etsy for something unique to buy as a gift or for themselves, so it’s perfect for showcasing your art. For photographers, you could also try stock photo sites. While the pay may not be big, it’s a good way to start bringing in a bit of income from your work. Check out some other sites where you can try selling your art.

Presenting your work physically

A piece of art is almost always going to look better in person than online, so how do you break into the physical world when you’re starting to show and sell your art. One option is to open your own store or gallery to showcase your work and attract interested buyers, but of course, this takes quite a bit of capital to get started.

An earlier step could be to create a portfolio of your work to show to interested parties, particularly if you’re going to be pitching to galleries to show your work, for example. This is a much lower-cost investment that still allows you to show others your talent and show that you’re serious about pursuing your craft.

Then there’s the possibility of having your art shown in another gallery or exhibition. Do some research into local galleries and upcoming exhibitions in your area to see if anything would be a good fit, and don’t be afraid to reach out. You may face rejections, but each one is a step towards your work getting featured somewhere. Here are some tips to help you get your work exhibited.

Whether you’re presenting your work in your own store or an independent gallery, it needs to look professional. Custom framing your art could be the perfect finishing touch. Get in touch with Tanglewood Art and Frame to find out more about our custom framing services in Winston Salem and how we can bring the best out of your work.

Printing Your Photos at Home vs. In-Store

Most of us take a lot more photos than we used to since we have a pretty high-quality camera with us at all times thanks to smartphones. But these photos often get left on our devices and barely looked at again. Printing some of your best smartphone photos can allow you to frame your favorite moments and hang them on the wall or display them on shelves in your home.

You want to make sure that these photos look good, so what are your options for printing them? Let’s compare two options of printing your photos yourself at home or having them professionally printed in-store.

Home printing

You may be able to print your photos at home using your regular printer with some specific photo paper to produce a slightly sturdier and better-quality end result. Or you can get better results by purchasing a quality photo printer. Obviously the second option is costlier, but could give you much better-looking photos.

Generally speaking, you will need to adjust some of the settings on your printer or your laptop/computer to get the best results, which may require good knowledge or research into photography and printing. If you’re printing photos regularly, then this extra investment in terms of time spent learning the tools and money spent on a new printer can be worth it.

However, if you’re just printing a few photos a year, then it will be more cost and time-effective to simply choose between getting your photos printed professionally in-store or compromising on quality by printing your photos at home on good-quality photo printing paper.

Professional printing

Various stores offer printing services, from general stores and supermarkets to more specialist printing companies. The specialists are likely to be more costly but also produce better results, while general stores may be cheaper and more convenient but with slightly lower quality. Overall, it can be much more convenient to rely on professional, in-store printing rather than having to mess about with your own printers, cartridges, and paper to figure out how to print good-quality photos at home.

Another option is to use an online printing service, which will print your photos and mail them to you. All you have to do is send in digital files of the photos you want printing, plus information about the number and size of prints required.

When your photos are ready for the wall, come to Tanglewood Art and Frame to have them professionally custom framed, making sure you present them nicely in your home. Contact us for custom framing services around Advance, Winston Salem, Clemmons, Lewisville, and Mocksville, NC.

Fun Creations with Your Kids

When it comes to decorating your walls or shelves with artwork and frames, why not get your kids involved to add some more fun and personality to your décor? And you can enjoy a fun, family activity as well by creating something together. Here are some simple ideas for fun, creative activities you could do with your kids to make colorful creations for the walls of their bedroom or other places in the house.

Handprints

Most kids will love the idea of getting messy and sticking their hands in paint without getting in trouble for it! Handprints in a picture frame make for a simple yet effective aesthetic. You may want to do this with your baby’s hand and footprints to look back at how small they were. And if you have more than one child, they can stamp their handprints in size/age order.

If you’re willing to take the risk, then colorful handprints can also make a fun and eye-catching decoration for the walls of the nursery or kids’ room. Draw out a border around the room in the middle of the wall and have your kids fill it with handprints! Look for non-toxic paint so that it’s safe for babies and infants, or you could even make your own safe paint.

Decorated frames

Good-quality and nice-looking frames don’t have to be your typical stained wood or sleek metal. Liven them up by letting your kids loose with the paints or crayons. This is a good way to personalize a baby photo or a photo of your kids playing together. They could draw or paint their art onto a plain frame or you could have fun with splatter art by flicking paintbrushes at the frame in different colors of paint.

Squirt gun painting

Water fights with squirt guns are already a fun activity, but you can also have fun with them without getting wet by using them to paint a blank canvas or piece of card. Buy a few of those cheap, plastic squirt guns (or use ones you already have lying around) and fill each with a different colored paint.

Squirt the paint at the blank canvas from close up or further away and in different colors to create fun and interesting patterns. Do this outdoors to keep your home safe from flying paint, and make sure you lay some ground rules so your kids don’t start spraying paint on each other’s clothes or in faces.

What fun and imaginative creations could you make with your kids? If you need a custom frame for your creations or for their photos and artwork, then contact Tanglewood Art and Frame or visit us in our Clemmons store.