Our Frame of Mind

A collection of tips, framing techniques and artist insights.

The Skilled Craftsmanship Behind Antiqued Gold- and Silver-Leafed Frames

Antiqued frames are mouldings that undergo a unique manual process of applying metallic leafing to the surface of the wood in an overlapping fashion. This is all done by hand, requiring a high level of skilled craftsmanship. The effect of antiquing in either gold or silver leafing is both distinctive and beautiful, and these types of wood mouldings are ideal for framing traditional paintings or media, as well as wedding portraits, documents and gallery displays.

August 23, 2022

Artist Profile: Jessica Mia Vito

Jessica Mia Vito is an emerging artist specializing in both traditional and contemporary approaches to oil painting and drawing. Originally from the Cleveland, OH, area, she knew from a very young age that she wanted to be an artist.

July 28, 2022

The Importance of Preservation in Photography

The concepts of photography and preservation go hand in hand. After all, photographs are, in essence, preserved moments in time. Photography’s unique capacity to communicate these moments from a very personal point of view makes it a nuanced form of expression. Combining intricate equipment know-how with a knack for leveraging variations in lighting, color, angles, perception, digital enhancement, and more, a photographer’s work is incredibly valuable—making preservation all the more integral.

July 1, 2022

How to Frame Artwork: Oil Paintings

Oil painting as a medium is steeped in rich history and universally appreciated. It has served as the most common technique for artistic painting on wood panel or canvas for centuries—beginning in Europe and spreading around the world. Although the process of creation is often a slower one, given the time needed for individual colors or layers to dry, oil painting offers the distinct advantages of flexibility, richness of color and overall density. Today, oil paintings remain as relevant and popular as ever.

June 23, 2022

Announcing Our Virtual Showroom: Live Design Assistance at Your Fingertips

Whether you’re a seasoned artist or photograpgher, a part-time hobbyist, or someone who simply appreciates the beauty of framed work, there are times in the custom framing process when pros and first-timers alike could benefit from some personal guidance and design assistance. To support our cherished art community in meeting this need, American Frame is excited to announce the opening of our virtual showroom. 

June 14, 2022