Author: PennyJarr

Game Changing Social Media Scheduler for Creative Entrepreneurs

As a business owner, time is a thing difficult to come by. One thing you’ll quickly learn is that you don’t have time to post multiple posts on all your business social media accounts every day. There are a lot of other priorities on your to-do list and keeping your audience engaged can be an enormous task.

When I first started trying to manage my business’s social media, I used the popular platform Hootsuite. However, I felt it really lacked the visual representation I was looking for and overall just felt overwhelmed. It’s also a bit pricey for a small business to use a platform that doesn’t even end up working out.

Earlier this year, I discovered a new platform called Planable.io. Because it’s relatively new, they are still in the process of developing features, but the features they currently have were more than enough to win me over.

Visuals

The first feature that caught my attention was the visual representation of what the post will look like. Here is a shot of my DIYvinci workspace. Once you’ve connected your page, it’ll pull in your current profile and timeline cover images, though there is also an option to hide this if you feel it gets in the way.

This is what the feed view looks like. I primarily use this view because it’s closest to how the post will appear when it’s published.

Each post preview allows you to see the image, video, or link view, edit text, and set a date the post is to be published.

Another way to view your post is with the calendar view. It condenses the posts into a thumbnail on the days they have been scheduled. It’s a quick way to verify that you have enough posts for a given day and what is still needed.

The last way to view your posts is in a list view. I personally don’t use this view very often, but it’s another way to quickly locate a post.

Team Members and Approval Process

Another feature that was a huge selling point for me was the ability to add multiple team members with various roles. I’ve added a couple freelancers to help with post creation to my business and it really helps keep everything organized by seeing who created the posts.

You can view and add your team members in the top bar on the right-hand side.

After one of my freelancers creates a post, I can then either edit or approve the post to be scheduled simply by clicking the green arrow on the left side of the post and then hitting the arrow button just below the approval checkmark. There is also an option to add comments on the post that are only visible to you and your team members.

There are many additional features that make this platform worth utilizing such as rich details, duplicate and sync posts, drag and drop media, saving posts as Facebook ads, setting your target audience, labels, filters, version history, and much more.

Not only is it great for a single business, but also is great for those who are social media managers who work for multiple companies. You can have all your workspaces under one account. I personally have two workspaces. One for my company DIYvinci and one for my personal art business.

The last major plus for me is the price. Planable’s plans start out at just $14 a month with other plans to fit your business size and needs. Want to learn more? Check out their website here: Planable.io

What are your must-have features in a social media publishing platform?

Start Quilling Your Own Art

Quilling is the art of using paper strips to create various shapes to form a decorative design. I started learning Quilling a couple years ago and have since fallen in love with using paper as an art medium. It’s very versatile and you’re only limited by your imagination. With a little patience and practice, anyone can learn how to quill beautiful intricate pieces.

To get started, you’ll need a few supplies. Here are the ones I recommend:

Paper Strips

Quilling can be done with a variety of paper types and sizes. The most common size is 3mm or 1/8th.

Other popular sizes are 5mm (1/5th), 7mm (1/4th), and 10mm (2/5th).

I love using these metallic papers! They come in a variety of iridescent colors.

JUYA Metallic Paper Quilling Set 

Another favorite paper pack I use are these basic paper strips:

Juya Paper Quilling Set 720 Strips 36 Colors 

 

Slotted Quilling Tool

A slotted quilling tool is going to be your primary tool for quilling your paper strips. As the name indicates, it has a small slot at the end making it easy to grip the paper and curl it into a coil.

UYA Quilling Slotted Tools with Stainless Steel Head (3-pc set, Blue)

Quilling Needle

Can be used to apply glue to the quilling pieces or used to help position the quilled shapes.

Quilled Creations Quilling Paper Needle Tool

Tweezers

These are used for grasping small paper pieces that are otherwise difficult to pick up.

Quill On Quilling Tweezers – Set of 2 – Quilling Tools-Combo Of Fine Tip Tweezer And Self Closing Tweezer- Essential Quilling Tool

Quilling Comb

Quilling combs can be used to create unique intricate shapes:

Quilled Creations Quilling Comb

Hand-operated Quilling Crimper

Is used to crimp the paper strips into waves:

DOYOLLA Hand-operated Paper Quilling Crimper, Paper Slip Wave Shape Making Quilling Tool

Top 15 Unique Photoshop Actions

Whether you are editing photos, creating digital art, or designing a book cover, Photoshop actions can speed up your design process. There are many ways to combine various actions to achieve unique results.

What exactly are Photoshop actions? These are specific actions recorded in photoshop that can then be applied to a photo of your choosing. They are typically used so you don’t have to repeat the same design process over and over again. Instead, all you have to do is press play and Photoshop will repeat the actions within seconds.

The best part is that artists can share their actions for you to use in your own projects. Here are 15 of my most favorite actions available for download:

1. The Ultimate 1001 Text Effects

Stamp, Ink, Chalk, Pen Drawing, Gold Foil, Hot Foil, Fabric, Felt, Metal, Wood, 3D and many more… Different backgrounds and effects. Easy to change the colors of the effects.

Get this collection and make your awesome text effect in just seconds!

2. Hand Drawn Photoshop Action

How does the Hand Drawn Photoshop Action work? You simply brush over your photo where you want to apply the effect and play the Action!

The video tutorial link is included in the ‘Readme.txt’ file in the download. The video tutorial covers how to set up your Photoshop file as well as in-depth effect customization techniques.

3. Storm Photoshop Action

Storm Photoshop Action

How does the Storm Photoshop Action work? You simply fill in your subject with a color and play the Action!

The video tutorial link is included in the ‘Readme.txt’ file in the download. The video tutorial covers how to set up your Photoshop file as well as in-depth effect customization techniques.

4. Grunge 2 Photoshop Action

Grunge 2 Photoshop Action

How does the Grunge 2 Photoshop Action work? You simply fill in your subject with a color and play the Action!

The video tutorial link is included in the ‘Readme.txt’ file in the download. The video tutorial covers how to set up your Photoshop file as well as in-depth effect customization techniques.

5. Speed Ink – Smart PSD

Speed Ink - Smart PSD

Have you been thinking about how to transform you text or design into realistic ink illustration? You don’t have to now! With SPEED INK – Smart PSD you are done in seconds. JUST-ONE-CLICK.

6. Smoke Photoshop Action

Smoke Photoshop Action

How does the Smoke Photoshop Action work? You simply fill in your subject with a color and play the Action!

The video tutorial link is included in the ‘Readme.txt’ file in the download. The video tutorial covers how to set up your Photoshop file as well as in-depth effect customization techniques.

7. Dripping Gold Photoshop Action

Dripping Gold Photoshop Action

How does the Dripping Gold Photoshop Action work? You simply fill in your subject with a color and play the Action!

The video tutorial link is included in the ‘Readme.txt’ file in the download. The video tutorial covers how to set up your Photoshop file as well as in-depth effect customization techniques.

8. Perfectum 2 – Watercolor Artist Photoshop Action

Perfectum 2 - Watercolor Artist Photoshop Action

Professional multifunctional artistic action transform your photos into watercolor impressive artworks with a lot of elements and options to customize and improve. Highly detailed result, a lot of possibilities. One click action. Video tutorial included.

9. Winter Photoshop Actions

Winter Photoshop Actions

How do the Winter Photoshop Actions work? You simply open a photo and play an Action!

The download contains:

  • Snow Action
  • Rain Action
  • Day to Night Action
  • 21 Color Actions
  • 44 (High Res) Cloud/Fog/Mist brushes
  • Rain Splash Brush

10. Water Photoshop Action

Water Photoshop Action

How does the Water Photoshop Action work? You simply fill in your subject with a color and play the Action!

The video tutorial link is included in the ‘Readme.txt’ file in the download. The video tutorial covers how to setup your Photoshop file as well as in-depth effect customization techniques.

11. Archi Sketch Photoshop Action

Archi Sketch Photoshop Action

Archi Sketch Action turns your photo into profession architecture sketch. Action perfect works with exteriors, interiors and other types of architecture. Action contains 10 color FX. Save hours of work with this action. After action finishes the work you get a well-organized and structured file with the many layers, folders, and settings to improve the final result.

12. Chalk Generator

Chalk Generator

This item comes with 14 extra actions to make your main shape/text/raster have a chalk writing look. You can play with many ready-made icons to give your chalkboard a unique look. I´ve also included 3 layer patterns to play around and 3 chalk brushes presets to make your own drawings with the brush tool. The item also has 2 original chalkboard backgrounds that will make your presentation much more beautiful.

13. Portfolium – Post Processing Photoshop Action

Portfolium - Post Processing Photoshop Action

Universal post-processing Photoshop action with studio lights and soft focus effects. Best for portraits, faces, profiles etc. Highly detailed result, a lot of possibilities to easily customize and improve. One click action. Video tutorial included.

14. Landscape Photoshop Actions

Landscape Photoshop Actions

  • Combine actions to get custom results
  • Has been tested on Photoshop CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6 and CC
  • Only works on Photoshop in English Version
  • Works for any canvas size
  • Non-destructive actions (Original image is untouched)
  • Well organized layers (Actions are grouped into folders)
  • Editable results (Easily change the values of “Adjustments layers”)
  • Help document included

15. Myth Photoshop Action

Myth Photoshop Action

How does the Myth Photoshop Action work? You simply fill in your subject with a color and play the Action!

You can choose from 8 different light source angles.

The video tutorial link is included in the ‘Readme.txt’ file in the download. The video tutorial covers how to set up your Photoshop file as well as in-depth effect customization techniques.

The One Stock Resource Every Artist and Designer Needs

I’m an Artist, Designer, and Entrepreneur. If you’re like me, you may have waisted a lot of time and money searching for graphics to help speed up your design process or for something to help complete a project by its deadline. Less than a year ago, I discovered the stock site Envato Elements and it has honestly saved me so much stress and headaches. If you aren’t using Envato Elements as part of your stock resources, then you’re missing out. Here’s why:

More than Stock Photos

Envato Elements doesn’t just contain stock photos. While they do have thousands of professional images on endless topics, they also have WordPress themes, Shopify themes, graphic templates, mockups, fonts, illustrations, Photoshop plugins, 3D objects, stock Video, and much more. It is seriously like walking into a candy store for a Designer. You’ll find yourself wanting to download items before you even know what you’re using it for.

Unlimited Downloads

Really. Unlimited downloads. No monthly limits or extra fees. This was a huge factor for me. You want to focus on great design, not worry about adding credits or managing download limits. With unlimited downloads, you’re free to push your creative boundaries and try new things.

Simple Commercial License

All items come with an easy to understand commercial license. This is a breath of fresh air. There’s nothing worse than spending a ton of money and time on something to find out you can’t actually even use it for it’s intended purpose without buying a more expensive license outside of your budget. With Envato Elements, you can use items with confidence in all your projects. Read more about their license here: https://elements.envato.com/license-terms

Unlimited Creativity

Envato Elements opens up a world of creative possibilities for all your design projects. Powered by a community of talented designers, our subscription puts great
design in reach for everyone. Check out how other designers are using Envato Elements here: https://forums.envato.com/t/made-with-envato-envato-elements/137720 

Learn How to Draw and Paint Books for Under $10

Find Cheap Textbooks - Save on New & Used Textbooks at AbeBooks.com

As an artist, I believe in continuous learning. Art books are a great way to learn new techniques and to enhance your skills. Whether you’re a beginner looking to get started or just want practice, these books are a great deal!

How to Draw Animals (Paperback)

$ 5.96

Drawing animals requires fast thinking and quick execution. Unlike artists of landscapes or still-life, the animal illustrator must adhere to this golden rule: observe much and long and draw quick and little. This respected guidebook, written by renowned wildlife illustrator Charles Liedl, shows you how. In How to Draw Animals, artists of every level will learn the techniques for portraying animals accurately and gracefully.

Light, Shade and Shadow (Paperback)

$ 6.04

During the first half of the twentieth century, E. L. Koller wrote a series of art instruction books for home study, designed to simplify various techniques for beginning artists — and help established artists polish their craft. The books are as relevant — and the information as essential — to artists today as it was then. A classic in this series, Light, Shade and Shadow, shows how the study of light is a necessary foundation for creating an appealing work of art.

Art Handbooks: Wild Flowers in Watercolour (Paperback)

$ 6.28

he Art Handbooks provide the best in art tuition in a small, handy format, covering all the major aspects of painting and drawing in various media. There is excellent advice on what materials are needed and on basic techniques, followed by step-by-step demonstrations with clear photographs of each stage and easy to follow instructions.

Art Handbooks: Perspective (Paperback)

$ 6.33

Ray Campbell Smith has written an excellent introduction to perspective that will be invaluable for all artists. Beginning with basic perspective, he covers the eye level line, vanishing points, basic constructions and shadows. We then progress to ellipses, curves and curvilinear objects such as boats, with plenty of advice on how to simplify difficult shapes. The section on reflections will be invaluable to landscape artists. There is then a section on aerial perspective, detailing the use of tone and color to create depths in a painting. The final section on stretching the rules shows how unconventional perspective can produce dramatic compositions. There are exercises along the way to help artists to improve their accuracy and plenty of painted and drawn examples. Beginners to drawing and painting will find this an essential introduction, and more experienced artists will learn many tips and techniques to improve their drawing and paintings skills.

Pencil Drawing: Project Book for Beginners (Paperback)

$ 6.87

The age-old art of drawing is one of the most important foundations of all the visual arts–and it s also a relaxing and enjoyable pastime! This book offers a simple, step-by-step approach to learning the fundamentals of sketching–from starting with basic shapes to rendering accurate still lifes, landscapes, animals, and portraits. You will learn techniques used to render various textures, including glass, metal, foliage, and fur. Even if your only experience with a pencil is writing with one, you re still perfectly capable of executing these easy-to-follow basics.

The Art of Portrait Drawing: Learn the Essential Techniques of the Masters

$ 3.49

Learn how to turn what you see into masterful, expressive art. With the practical instruction and advice in these pages, you can develop the skills necessary to draw fine portraits in the realist tradition.

Drawing: Drawing 1: Learn the Basics of Drawing (Paperback)

$ 3.63

Inside Drawing 1, you will find an array of beautiful drawings that will inspire you to explore the medium further. The author covers a wide range of the most popular subjects as he introduces a number of basic art concepts and drawing techniques. You’ll learn about creating basic face and figure proportions, developing realistic textures, adding depth and distance to landscapes, and more. You also will learn about the tools and materials you will need to get started drawing your own favorite subjects.

Drawing: Birds: Learn to draw a variety of amazing birds step by step (How to Draw & Paint)

$ 7.57

Birds are an intriguing subject for artists of all skill levels, and aspiring illustrators and bird enthusiasts alike will find creative inspiration and valuable drawing instruction in Drawing: Birds. This comprehensive book opens by introducing pencil artists to the essential drawing tools, including graphite pencils, erasers, paper, and other materials.

Drawing: Trees with William F. Powell: Learn to Paint Step by Step (Paperback)

$ 7.59

In this book, William F. Powell invites you into his artistic world as he shows you how to render a variety of beautiful trees in pencil. The author explains a number of basic drawing techniques before exploring basic tree shapes and leaf types. As you learn how to draw branches, bark, and ground foliage, step by step, you’ll also discover important tips about shading, creating textures, setting up compositions, and applying perspective helping you develop your own tree drawings to their fullest potential.

Drawing Birds with Colored Pencils

$ 8.74

With Kaaren Poole as teacher, learning to draw colorful birds becomes an enjoyable experience. She reveals the secrets of creating her beautiful, realistic, and richly detailed pictures, showing how she builds them step-by-step, in layers of color. Poole explains her chosen medium (colored pencils) and how to use it, gives tips on bird anatomy, provides color theory basics, and then illustrates her technique with 27 popular avian subjects, including the robin, goldfinch, chickadee, and quail. When you master Poole’s easily-learned method, it’s simple to recreate her lovely projects exactly or to use her ideas to enhance your own work. To finish the at-home course in style: a quick lesson on pairing colored pencils with watercolor, iridescent inks, and graphite.

 

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Learn How to Draw

Admit it. You saw a cool piece of artwork at one point or another and said, “I wish I could draw”. I’m here to tell you that you can. Anyone can learn how to draw with a little patience and practice. You don’t have to go to some expensive college or upscale art studio in order to learn either. There are many talented artists who have shared their skills in the form of easy to follow online courses. The great thing about taking online courses is that you can watch them at any time that is convenient for you and replay portions of it if necessary.

Here are some great online courses worth checking out!

How to Draw Comic Style Eyes – Step by Step

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“You will learn how to draw male and female eyes, how to draw different expressions, and how to draw eyes on an angle. Eyes are windows to the soul so if you want your characters to be more expressive for your comics this can be a great class for you!”

How to Improve Your Creature Design Drawings – Step by Step

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“Welcome to my class on Creature Design! In this class, you will learn a lot of the valuable techniques and exercise that go into improving your creature design drawings every day. I will walk you step by step through my process of combining various animals into new creative concepts. By studying existing life you will never have a shortage of ideas.

You will learn how to study the spines of different animals so that you creatures have a solid foundation to work from. You will learn about the benefit of creating thumbnail sketches before working on your next masterpiece! I will show you techniques on creating variations within your concepts. You will also learn about proportions, merging concepts, working from a script, and much more!”

How to Draw Wildflowers – Ink Floral Illustration (Bonus: Printable Guide)

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“One of my favorite things to draw are flowers; especially wildflowers. I’ll show you how to illustrate some of these, step-by-step, and we’ll then work on a final project together that combines the lessons into a floral quote. No lettering skills needed!”

Fashion Illustration: How To Draw The Body

“In this class, we will be focusing on the basic building block of fashion illustration – the body (or croquis). The more you grow in your understanding of the human form the more lifelike your illustrations look!

Many beginning illustrators skip straight to drawing clothes, without fully understanding that the base of your illustration (the body) is the main factor in the success of the final result.

This class is for everyone – from absolute beginners to more advanced students wanting to have a refresh on the basics.”

How to Draw Cool Character Designs – Mech Warrior

“In this class, you will learn all the techniques I use to create cool character concepts. I will show you how to start with a basic rough sketch and work up the forms to create your awesome concept art! We will talk about using basic primitive shapes and loose sketch lines to let your imagination work effectively. By the end of this class, you will have created a new character concept and be on your way to making lots of your own designs!”

Art Basics – How to Draw 2D and 3D Shapes

“If you’re a complete beginner looking for a place to start or you want to commit to the basics after years of never fully comprehending them, this is the perfect course for you!

In this class, we will narrow the very broad topic of art into a much smaller subsection – drawing 2D and 3D shapes. If you think of drawing like building with blocks, the first step is to obtain the blocks. This is what 2D and 3D shapes are to drawing. Without them, the best case scenario is that you will struggle to draw and the worst case scenario is that you will be completely incapable.

The good news is that it is fairly simple to learn to draw these shapes, and if you understand why it is that they are drawn in the way they are, you will be well on your way to advancing your artistic journey. So join me in this class as we learn to draw shapes!”

5 Reasons Why Every Artist Should Learn Photography

You may have found your true passion in a traditional art medium. Whether it’s acrylic painting, drawing, sculpting, or even digital art, learning the basics of photography can greatly improve your skills in your chosen field of study.

Learn to See the Details

As you start your photography journey, you’ll often start searching for subjects of interest. It could be a portrait, still life, event photography, nature, and more. As you learn to search out a subject, the more you’ll start to notice the small details of the subject that you normally might have missed. These details can make all the difference in portraying the story or concept you are looking to get across in your artwork.

Learn Composition

One of the key aspects of capturing a compelling photograph is learning composition. Composition is something studied for all art mediums. However, photography can offer you a new perspective by teaching you how to frame the subject and paying closer attention to the rules of thirds which helps direct the viewer’s eye towards the most important element in the image.

Learn Lighting

The word Photography means light drawing. The Greek word photos means (“light”) and graphe means (“drawing”). In other words, you are drawing or painting with light. Light can completely make or break an entire piece of artwork. By learning photography, you’ll begin to see how light reflects off a subject and can give a certain atmosphere or mood depending on the light source.

Reference Photos

There are many free and premium stock sites on the web. However, they don’t always have what you are looking for and may have restrictions of its use. By learning photography and taking your own photos, you can start building your own reference library of subjects and textures. Since you’ll be starting from an original resource, your work, in turn, will be more original.

Learn How to Prepare an Image for Print

Once you have captured your images, you’ll begin to learn how to edit them and add your own artistic style. If you’re a traditional artist, it’s not uncommon to want to photograph the work and create reproductions for print-on-demand purposes. Digital photography can help teach you how to edit those images and prepare them for the specifications needed for print.

Learn Photography Online with these Classes

Photography Masterclass: Your Complete Guide to Photography

This course is designed to teach you the ins and outs of photography, even if you have little to no experience with it, to help create profitable images that help you stand out from the crowd and sell.

While there are plenty of photography courses that focus on specific styles or how to use gear, it’s hard to find a comprehensive course like this one, which is for beginner to advanced photographers.

This course is designed for all levels of photographers who want to improve their skills, take stellar images, and make money with their photos.

The Ultimate Photography Course for Beginners

What Will I Learn?

  • You will walk away with A COMPLETE package of knowledge on all the basic understandings you need in photography.
  • Various composition techniques that will help you improve your photos dramatically.
  • An overview and explanation of what a good workflow in photography looks like.
  • The required skills on how to organize your photos better and more effectively, and how to post-process them into amazing looking images.
  • A deeper philosophy and understanding of photography.

iPhone Photography | How to Take Professional Photos On Your iPhone

This online photography course will teach you everything you need to be a professional digital photographer with nothing more than an iPhone or similar smartphone. You’ll learn all the basics of professional iPhone photography in this course as well as plenty of tips and tricks that you can use during every day shooting to make your photos stand out from the rest.

This course is designed for:

-Beginners that have little to no experience and want to become a skilled photographer without spending thousands of dollars on expensive camera equipment.

-Anyone that wants to develop a more impressive portfolio or social media account (i.e. Instagram).

-Anyone that wants to turn digital photography into a career.

The History of Quilling

What is Quilling? Quilling is the art of using paper strips to create various shapes to form a decorative design.

The practice of quilling has been around for centuries and used by people of all backgrounds around the world.

Monks during the time of the Renaissance used quilling to decorate book covers and religious items.

In the 18th century, woman in Europe used quilling on jewelry boxes, frames, baskets, and purses. Young ladies were often taught how to quill as a proper pastime for the upper class. During this time, Quilling was more known as a type of filigree and wasn’t called quilling until it was later introduced into the American colonies. Some believe the term Quilling came about because those who partook in the hobby sometimes used a goose quill to roll the paper strips.

Old book, quill and black ink

Today, there are a plethora of tools and uses for quilling. At first glance, quilling may seem daunting and complicated. However, once you learn the basic shapes, and with a bit of patience and practice, it’s easy for anyone to create intricate designs. Ready to start your masterpiece? Join me on Patreon and I’ll teach you how to get started!

Boost Your Creativity by Working in Multiple Mediums


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Many artists and creative professionals have considered working in more than one medium. A watercolor painter might be interested in learning how to use oils, a sculptor might want to experiment with drawing, or a visual artist might want to branch out into performance art. Although changing media, form, style, or genre might seem daunting, it can actually be beneficial, providing a way for artists to boost their creativity.

Branching Out

Although a number of artists are famous for working within a single medium, there have also been famous masters who have been successful in more than one medium. For example, Michelangelo achieved success as both a sculptor and a painter, while Pablo Picasso dabbled in everything from pointillism to poetry. Because many artists are accustomed to thinking symbolically, aesthetically, and abstractly, they can often transfer their skills over into other areas.

Creative Power

Branching out into other forms of art is also a good way to fuel your own creativity. By working in other media, you can explore new ways of expressing yourself and experiment with new styles. A genre or format that you aren’t familiar with imposes new constraints and eliminates old ones, allowing you to think laterally and take risks.

Multimedia Potential

Another benefit of exploring multiple art forms is that it allows you to build connections from piece to piece, even across media. For example, you might explore how a single subject can be represented in multiple ways, or you can create companion pieces that take advantage of your growing skills. You can even combine your varied artistic abilities to create multimedia pieces.

Professional Advancement

Some professional artists worry that it can be more difficult to market themselves if they work in more than one medium, but thanks to the internet, more options for selling your work are available than ever before. If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut when it comes to creativity, then switching media might be just what you need to find inspiration and make your art stand out.

To Frame or Not to Frame

“Should I frame my work?”

Just like with art, framing art is subjective. While there aren’t set rules on framing your artwork, it is important not to let it become an afterthought. The way you display your artwork has an overall effect on both its value and its aesthetic. So how do you decide what is best for your piece?

Here are some tips including different types of frames, hanging your work, plus other factors to help you arrive at a decision that works for you.

Different types of frames

Framing with a mat: If you go this route, you usually just want a simple frame with a mat that adds visual space between artwork and the edge of the frame. Keep the frame smaller in width than that of the mat. Make sure that it has a very classy and clean aesthetic. This works great for flat artwork done on paper such as photography, pencil, pen, and watercolor artwork.

Gallery Wrap and Floating Frames: Whether you use one these or not will depend on the types of materials you’ve used. This depends on the types of canvas, fabric, linen, or other stretchable materials. Pay attention to the varying thickness of the sides. This can be displayed as is or used as a floating frame.

Wood, Metal, and Glass: There are various styles these materials can come in including simple, elegant, or vintage. Different aspects of these that you want to pay attention to include thickness, weight, whether it is glass or plexiglass and whether or not it is reflective or nonreflective.

Hanging your work

Wires: Once your artwork is ready to hang, try using a wire and avoid anything toothed. Make sure the wiring can safely support the weight of both the artwork and frame.

For a Gallery Wrap with Painted Edges: Oils, acrylics, and similar art done on gallery wrapped canvas can be displayed as is. Most prefer to have the edges painted while keeping staples in the back.

Other factors to consider

Use neutral colors: If you’re going with a mat or a frame, avoid bold colors as well as anything bright. When in doubt, opt for an off-white. Keep in mind that frames and mats may play a part in a collector’s decision to purchase art based on their existing décor.

Using Glass and Acrylic: Photography, drawings, and other artwork is done on a flat surface are usually preferred to be framed and behind glass. If you go with this option, use a museum quality and non-yellowing plexiglass.

Foam Core: Foam core can be used as backing for flat artwork such as photographs, or done on a paper-like material. This will then be added to the frame.

Dust Cover Backing: These can be used for gallery wraps to allow the canvas to breathe.

It isn’t always necessary to frame your artwork. Some collectors prefer to frame themselves while others like art to be framed and ready to go. It’s subjective based on your collector or gallery and it pays to do your research.

If you do decide to add a frame, it’s important to think of it as part of your work. Try using something that is hand designed and non-traditional. Avoid anything that would distract from the work itself.

Finally, if you do purchase a frame for your artwork, don’t forget to add both the cost of it and the time it took you to frame it to your total asking price.

 

Framing Resources

 

Online Frame Stores

Level Frames

https://www.levelframes.com/

American Frame

https://www.americanframe.com

London Art and Framing

http://www.londonartandframingltd.com

Framebridge

https://www.framebridge.com