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Transporting art can be a tricky endeavor. Before you begin, multiple variables need to be considered to ensure your art makes a safe delivery. Consider the size, weight, dimensionality, value, fragility, potential environmental factors, distance needed to travel, and destination requirements.

Consider researching local companies that have professionals to create the packaging for you. You can package or crate your artwork at home, but many art shipping companies offer packaging services. Sometimes, it is best to leave it to the professionals. Each company will offer different and customized services which need to be taken into account.

The benefits of using art-handling companies over regular shipping companies include having trained professionals handle your art who are skilled in the art packaging process. They typically have specialized equipment geared towards handling art to ensure that your art receives the best possible care. They may cost more, but it is worth it if the art is valuable. If you decide you want to package the art at home, think about hiring an art handling company to unpack the art when it reaches its final destination. This may also be a good idea if you will...

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Many people have no idea what to expect when they walk into their local frame shop. Custom framing can be a daunting prospect for anyone – especially those who don’t have much experience with it.

Never fear: Your local custom framer is an expert! She’s an artist – most likely for real, but also because custom framing is an art form in its own right. Not only will she help you pick the best framing design for your artwork; she also knows the best ways to protect it. She’ll help you stay within your budget, too. Phew! That means you’re off the hook, right?

Well, not entirely. Whether you’re an artist, art collector, or just looking to get your precious memorabilia beautifully framed, there are a few basic things you should know before walking into your local frame shop. Being prepared will help make your custom framing process enjoyable for everyone.

Bring your artwork with you!

The framer needs to measure the artwork in a specific way, even if you’ve already measured it yourself. Besides, a photo will never do the real thing justice. You’ll be surprised at all the nuances in the colors, patterns, and textures of the frames – and you’ll be glad you can see how they look with your art!

If ...

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Plaza Framers pose with Elvis Jumpsuit

When Nacho Mama's asked us to frame items for their new restaurant location in Towson, we had no idea we would be involved in the framing of a genuine Elvis jumpsuit! A stuntman wore this jumpsuit the movie Honeymoon in Vegas during the "Flying Elvis's" scene. Our challenge was to frame this suit as a centerpiece for a space inside the new Nacho Mama’s. 

We met with Nacho Mama's, project manager Allison Parker-Abromitis and their architect, Nestor Zabala, of Curry Architects. Plaza’s framing business manager Carolyn took the lead in determining the aesthetics of the design. I was there to guide how we were going to build and coordinate the installation of the suit. Everyone discussed the color selection and materials for the frame job, and immediately decided to go with blue suede. Let’s be honest here, what would an Elvis jumpsuit be without being displayed with blue suede? (Insert "Blue Suede Shoes" music here.)

We didn't want an elaborate frame, as it would detract from the suit. Eventually we settled on a flat rectangular profile. We had the profile milled from Furst Brothers, and received it raw and unfinished so we could paint and color match the frame to the blue suede fabric....

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Annie Strack - Tugboat tutorial

Painting realistic water can be challenging. Adding shadows and highlights, creating depth, marking distance, and breathing color into painted water can be difficult. In the following "Tugboat Painting Tutorial" guest-post by Annie Strack, you will learn how to make your seascapes come alive. Annie Strack is an expert watercolor painter, a contributing editor for Professional Artist magazine, and a phenomenal teacher. Read more about her work after the tutorial below. Enjoy!

Materials:

>> Arches 14x20 CP Watercolor Block

>> #6 Squirrel Mop Brush

>> Kolinsky Round Brushes, sizes 6 & 10

>> Winsor & Newton

Paints:

>> Payne’s Grey

>> Indigo

>> Ultramarine blue

>> Cobalt

>> Viridian

>> Quinacridone Gold

>> Cadmium yellow

>> Cadmium Orange

>> Cadmium Red

>> Quinacridone Red

>> Burnt Sienna

>> Sepia 

Whenever I get to the beach or around a waterfront area, I get out my camera and shoot a ton of reference photos. Even if I see a subject that I currently don’t want to paint, I go ahead and photograph it and store the photos in my archives, knowing that someday I may want to use them. Such is the case with this tugboat, which I photographed at Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River in Philadelphia a few years ag...

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Comments | Posted in How To By Annie Strack

oil-painting-palette

Getting started with oil painting can be daunting, not only because it is more labor and clean-up intensive than acrylic painting, but also because it seems that more tools are required. It’s true. You may need a few extra mediums and tools than you might need for acrylic or watercolor painting, but oil painting is worth the extra steps. Many artists attracted to oil painting because oil paint offers what many consider unparalleled color intensity, luminescent tinting power and luscious glossiness.

Sometimes it is difficult to figure out which colors to buy to start a basic set to work from. Primary colors are obviously needed, along with black and white. But what other colors are good palette starters? You may want to buy a couple of extra tubes of certain colors to go along with the basics.

We highly recommend taking an oil painting class or workshop to get yourself started. We offer oil painting classes several times a year at our Rockville, Nashville, Towson, and Kenwood locations. Check out our workshop guides to give yourself that extra push to try a new medium.

Which Colors to Start With (Buy These Paints)

There are slightly different opinions about which colors to start out wit...

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