Custom framing is an art form in and of itself, taking an eye for design, an experienced hand, and a vision for the finished product. It takes the quality up a notch from mass produced ready-made frames, and who doesn’t love personalized service and a unique product custom made just for you? But what many people don’t realize is that framing isn’t just for photos and artworks on paper and art isn’t the only thing that deserves to be displayed on our walls.
There are so many insanely creative ways to use framing to your advantage. Athletic uniforms, historical documents, found objects, and more – we’ve seen it all! Check out some of these fun ideas and get creative with those frameable objects hiding in your storage closet.
Love letters, your grandmothers recipes, even jewelry can be framed! We love the idea of framing old recipe cards for display in the kitchen. Framing those sentimental family heirlooms is such a beautiful way to honor our loved ones, preserve the objects, and put them on display rather than having them collect dust in the attic.
Do you have a vintage tapestry, section of leather or fur, or even a work of art on an uncommon canvas like tree bark paper? These often hard-to-display pieces just need a little custom framing TLC! You’ll have something no one else in the world has, and before you know if your space will transform into the curated gallery of a traveling art collector!
If you have an eye for small objects from antique malls, estate sales, or even sentimental items from your own life like things that belonged to your loved ones that you can’t use, but you don’t want to get rid of. Put them on display! A gallery wall of antiques in custom shadowboxes is a great way to display these things that we hold close to our hearts.
Your space should reflect you! Most people have something they hold onto, but aren’t sure what to do with it. If you’re a music lover, we know you have concert tickets in a box under your bed, mint condition vinyl albums hiding on a shelf, or an autographed tee shirt hanging in the closet, too precious to actually wear – put them on display and your space will exude your personality!
Maybe you’re even an artist yourself – consider framing an old palette or series of paintbrushes! Or if your creative outlet isn’t exactly painting with a palette and brush, framing woodworking tools, architectural drawings, or pressed flowers from the garden will make your space uniquely you.
Call, email, or visit us for a consultation and quote on custom framing!
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It’s Valentine’s Day and we’re feeling the love! This holiday inspires romance, passion, and love, so we have some design tips for making the most of this seasonal inspiration! Add a little something to your favorite rooms in the house with sizzling hot reds, lovely floral motifs, and energetic abstracts. There are no limits to love, or the possibilities when you’re in love with a work of art! We’ve got something for any space you can imagine.
Who doesn’t love a bold statement piece in the family room? The space where we spend the most time with our family, friends, and honored guests is the perfect place to add a piece of artwork that’s going to stimulate conversation. The bursts of red against the black and white in this piece by Anyes Galleani exude passion, seduction, and strong emotions!
Artwork doesn’t always have to be the focal point in the middle of a wall. Give a little love to those awkwardly—shaped nooks! Narrow, vertical artwork is the perfect solution to these often forgotten spaces. But don’t think that because the space is small that the artwork has to sit quietly in the background. Hang a piece full of bold colors and movement! The pop of red in this painting by Frank Satogata is what makes this piece, and now this corner, demand attention!
Make your Valentine’s Day flowers last a lifetime by bringing them into the house on a canvas! These everlasting beauties will never wilt and will stay in season through spring and summer. Soft pinks, like Jim Otrembiak’s floral triptych, will brighten up a white room without overpowering other design elements.
If you’re feeling a little more passionate and bold, a large, impressionistic abstract is perfect for setting the mood. Marlene Yamada’s bold red and orange piece looks like falling petals, but rather than delicate and calm, exudes fiery passion!
If we haven’t hit the spot, maybe your style is a little more on the traditional side. You can bring red tones into your space with a landscape painting, like this one by Trish Weeks. While a bit abstracted, there is more of a foreground and background distinction as well as a horizon. A piece like this would be the perfect Valentine’s Day gift that keeps on giving all year round! These shades will continue to shine through all seasons of the year.
Or maybe your style is even MORE bold than we thought! If your space is full of other bold design elements, you need artwork that can hold its own, right? Go big or go home with Brian Goodman’s abstracted photography! You get your fix of passion, energy, and bold colors, and a work of art that can you adore!
The groundhog has spoken! We have six more weeks of winter ahead, and you know what that means – baby it’s cold outside! Even though it’s already February it feels like the winter season has hardly begun with little snow on the ground. If we must stay bundled up inside, we might as well make our spaces cozy! We’re here to help you winterize your space with artwork for the chilly months ahead.
Blue is the obvious winter color when we think “cold,” so to flow with the season but contrast the chill, use colors that are opposite of blue on the color wheel – orange, red, and yellow. These warm colors help balance the temperature and overall mood of your space, keeping you cozy all winter long!
Your artwork could also be inspired by multiple seasons! Use pastel color combinations like blue and lavender or blue and coral for artwork that will survive your space’s transition from winter into spring.
If you’re a fan of these cold winter months, spice up your space with an enchanting landscape painting over the mantle. A scene through the woods will feel like a portal to your own personal winter wonderland!
Artwork with metallic accents like silver leaf are perfect for bringing a snow-like sparkle into your space for a seasonal feel with a little extra glam!
Whatever your style, it’s the perfect time to find the right artwork for your space as we settle in for another six weeks of cold. We’d love to help you find that perfect piece for your home or office – call, email us, or come by the gallery any time Monday through Friday, 9-5PM for your free consultation!
The “Best of the Year” blogs are always our favorite to pull together because we get to review all the amazing projects and shows we accomplished with our artists! From our outstanding client projects another milestone year for ACA, to the success of our Blink Art Resource Artists, we’re thrilled to give you the top highlights from 2016. And as always we would never be able to accomplish any of what we do without the amazing staff at ADC and Blink Art Resource, and without the support and encouragement from our artists, friends, and family!
Over the years, Graydon Law has been an incredible support of Art Design Consultants through our annual art competition, Art Comes Alive as a Purchase Award Partner. So when they moved into their new downtown offices they couldn’t wait to select artwork. We loved working with the law firm to select artwork that reflected their new space and brand.
Graydon Law is now the owner of artwork sourced from local Cincinnati artists. Curating this vibrant collection has been one of our favorite projects this year and we’re so in love with the finished product!
Corporate executives are always faced with the challenge of increasing employee productivity. Bonuses, constructive feedback, and supportive leadership are some of the common recommendations, but what about the physical workplace? Our environment can either drain or stimulate our energy and where else can mental energy be quantified but at work?
More and more companies are realizing that investing in art for the office is an investment in the wellbeing of their employees and their business as a whole. From wall graphics to original artwork, we had a great time outfitting Bahl and Gaynor’s offices with vibrant pops of colors to add beauty to their white walls.
We had a great opportunity to select artwork for PricewaterhouseCoopers‘ newest location in Columbus. PWC is one of the largest professional service firms in the world with over 50,000 partners and staff nationwide. They do a remarkable job reinforcing their brand through the office design and artwork select for their spaces.
Cincinnati Children’s is a local pediatric hospital ranked among the nation’s best. We’ve been working with the medical center for years, but this year was the biggest project we’ve partnered with them on – the new Clinical Sciences Pavilion.
Our senior art consultant, Allison Banzhaf, collaborated with Kolar Design to curate the vision for the new structure, from art selection and framing to installation. The new structure boasts over 600 beautiful works of art bringing new life and healing inspiration to the space and its patients.
Many of the pieces present a biological theme, imitating microscopic views of Petri dishes, swirling plasma, and organic shapes. The variety of artwork reflects upon and inspires continued collaboration between researchers and clinicians for future innovations.
Art Comes Alive is our annual art contest and exhibit that awards over $250,000 to artists through Gallery Contracts, Publishing Contracts, Purchase awards and so much more! We had a milestone year, not only in the amount of awards given away but a change of venue. We held the awards ceremony in the School of Creative and Performing Arts, which really elevated the event to truly match the caliber of the work we exhibit. ACA is always an incredible reception to celebrate artists’ talent and dedication to their craft.
Get the full recap with all the photos here and see the artist winners here.
From inception in 2014, Blink Art Resource has grown exponentially from the print publication and online platform to a nationally recognized brand exhibiting around the country.
But in 2016 we added another fantastic feature to help artists expand their career with our Artists Opportunities. Year to date we have included over $17,000,000 in grants, RFPs, exhibitions, and calls for artists on the Blink Art Resource website for artists to apply to and gain new exposure!
Blink Art Resource launched our national artist tour in 2015 at Art San Diego and we haven’t stopped since!
We blew Artexpo New York out of the water with our book launch party for the 2016 Blink Art Resource Catalog. It was fantastic to finally show off the publication! With it’s high-end, soft-touch cover and unique design elements, artists and designers couldn’t put Blink down! We say it was a huge success!
Art Santa Fe was a brand new destination for our Blink artists. From glinting, earth-toned beads on bone to contemporary abstract with electric rays of color, our booth housed 26 of our Blink Art Resource artists and showcased a stunning array of mediums and subjects. (Scroll down to see the entire list of artists below).
Residential clients purchased artwork for the home and their office space, while trade buyers like interior designers and facilities managers connected with artists on large commissions for upcoming corporate, healthcare and hospitality projects!
At Spectrum Miami 2016 Blink Art Resource held our first “High Design + Fine Art Interior Design Challenge”, where we invited designers to submit their best design on our Facebook page. The three designs with the most reactions designed our feature wall pulling inspiration from Brian Goodman’s vibrant abstract photography! Interior Designer Ingrid De Villiers was the ultimate winner and pictured below is her stunning design.
Cincy Chic, Cincinnati’s favorite online lifestyle magazine, named Litsa “2016 Women of the Year” for her entrepreneurial spirit and passion for helping others succeed through art!
Read the full article here and learn about our exciting news and big projects for the New Year!