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Petersfield Framing Studios
Unit 4A
Buriton Business Park
Petersfield, Hants
GU32 3NJ

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  • Hampshire Open Studios and Petersfield Arts and Crafts Exhibitions.
  • 2018(3)
  • Wedding invitation in a double hinged frame
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  • Firescreen from a tapestry
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  • Invictus Games Montage (part three!)
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  • Fun with flags!
  • Steve McQueen embroidery
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  • British F1 Grand Prix drivers montage
  • Limed and painted frames for Tjili's art.
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  • Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary Fly Past at Goodwood.
  • Invictus Games montage (part one)
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  • Scouting For Girls montage
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  • The "Wow" factor
  • Things in draws, items under beds........
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  • Surprise, surprise!
  • What is the largest picture you can frame?
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  • Very large brass rubbing of soldier
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  • Jigsaw transportation and framing
  • Reglazing a veneer frame with a gold slip.
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  • The signs are encouraging!
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  • Gordon Rushmer awarded the Rowland Hilder Award at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Exhibition
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  • Hand painted frames..........again!
  • Free Customer Parking
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  • Digital copies of photographs
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  • Scratch Maps
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  • Framing Sports Shirts
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  • Jigsaw framing
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  • To over-frame or not to over-frame? That is the question!
  • Hand painted frames
  • Very large oil paintings on canvas
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  • Favourite books on one poster
  • Unusual map of the United Kingdom
  • 2011(1)
  • 6 feet Papyrus Painting!
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    Tips and Hints
    17 posts in this category

    Surprise, surprise!

    Category: Tips and Hints

    Planning a framed surprise for Christmas or a special occasion? A perfect idea and we love surprises. Picture framing a loved one's favourite piece of art and keeping it a surprise is a brilliant idea and often makes one of the best presents. I have been (and are currently!) involved in framing many surprises for people and have been involved in many subtle methods of keeping secrets for customer's surprises. This has even involved sneaking into customer's gardens and leaving a framed item in their shed. I wish that customer had remembered to take their dog indoors. I'm still not sure who was the most surprised! However the important thing was the surprise was still kept for the customer. What is also important is to let me know it is a surprise for someone in your household as I will contact you when the framing is ready and I do not want to give away any surprise. This may involve us leaving a message on an answerphone or e-mail so please make sure you let me know how I can communicate with you without giving the game awayand keep your surprise presents a surprise. 

    14 November 2016, 20:09

    Jigsaw transportation and framing

    Category: Tips and Hints

    Jigsaws are projects that we frame from time to time. The jigsaws must be dry mounted onto a thicker piece of card so that they remain flat (and in one piece!) throughout the framing process. A customer bought in their jigsaw to be framed in an ingenious roll up storage device that you can easily transport the jigsaw without any concerns about the jigsaw falling apart. The idea is that you work on the jigsaw on top of the cloth.


    Then when you have finished working on it you can simply roll the jigsaw up until you want to work on it again.

    This must also have the advantage of freeing up the dining table whilst the jigsaw is being solved! I suspect this is a great idea that has been around for a while and I have only just stumbled upon it but it certainly beats the splintered piece of marine ply that I used to use for jigsaws!

    12 October 2014, 15:15

    Delivery of large pictures

    Category: Tips and Hints

    Sometimes it can be a bit of a surprise just how large your pictures can turn out to be once they are framed. They may arrive to you in a tube and the picture appears fairly small. You might have unwrapped it at home but then might feel a little worried about creasing the picture as it is rolled so tightly in the tube and wisely leave the unrolling until the picture framers. Plus the size will increase if you have selected an overmount and perhaps a fairly wide moulding profile. All things considered the picture may not now easily fit into your car when you come to collect it. If you have a car that the seats fold down flat that is always the best way to transport your framed picture back to it's new home. The picture may fit upright on the back seat and this may seem tempting but be careful if you have a reasonable distance to drive and need to brake suddenly as the picture can shoot forwards and the picture could be damaged. Sometimes customers collect their pictures whilst doing other errands (quite understandably as we all have busy lives!). Hence their cars are often filled with shopping and 'little people' which can mean the pictures cannot safely be transported back home. Here we can help with a delivery service. I tend to not charge for this service if the customer's home is more or less on my way home and can be delivered at a time to suit both parties. However if the picture is too large for my van (which will only fit a framed and packed picture 66" long) then you may need the services of a courier. We have access to a highly recommended service and they generally charge around £25 for a local delivery in and around the Petersfield area. Something to consider as the last thing you want after having your picture professionally framed is for the picture to then be damaged in transit.

    03 June 2014, 15:18

    Matching décor and furniture

    Category: Tips and Hints

    When choosing a frame or a mount for your picture you may wish to match an existing frame in your home or possibly the décor in the room that your picture will hang. A very good way to match existing frames is to bring along your old frame to our workshop when you visit. If your picture is too big or it is not practical you can always take a digital photo of the frame and e-mail it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you are in doubt you can always borrow our samples and see which is the exact or nearest match. Additionally when using stained or plain wood it is probably best to compare our samples with your furniture to ensure a good match. Another great idea suggested by a recent customer is to bring in some of your furniture to ensure a suitable match. In this case the customer bought in a pillow from her sofa. It may seem a little over the top but it is incredibly easy to think that the colour frame chosen looks the perfect match only to discover when you get home that the match wasn't quite as good as you had hoped! I am not expecting you all to bring in your oak kitchen tables for matching purposes but please feel free to use any of the above methods to ensure a good match with your décor.  

    23 February 2014, 16:27

    Prints and copies of your originals

    Category: Tips and Hints

    A common occurrence among a lot of my artisan customers is a personal attachment to the work that they create. A perfectly natural, emotional attachment to feel and I suspect that this stems from pride at the achievements. Imagine you have just started painting and your work is on display at the local arts and crafts exhibition. Wonderfully, it sells! What a great feeling. However, what about keeping a record of your work that you have produced? It would be such a shame to not at least have a copy of your works as you produce them. Or you would simply like a copy of your favourite artistic creation to date? How can this be achieved if you sell everything that you paint? Well I would point you in the direction of Artist Gallery Printing in Liphook, Hampshire. There Rob Jenkinson can help you make digital copies of your original work so that you have at least a copy. You can then also make prints of your work if so required. Do keep in mind copyright laws and you would need to be the original painter of the work of art to have ownership of the copyright and hence it is ok to make a copy of the artwork. Then with Rob's help you can keep an electronic copy of all the work that you create. A great service at a very reasonable price.

    23 June 2013, 20:42

    Free Customer Parking

    Category: Tips and Hints

    This may seem a slightly unusual topic to mention but it is something that has been bought to my attention as a useful feature of the Petersfield Framing Studios by quite a few customers. Granted the idea of free car parking should not be the only reason to bring your pictures for framing to us but it might be a consideration. Imagine the scenario; you have quite a large picture to frame. You are not exactly sure how to frame it but you are aware that it might take a little bit of time to choose the correct materials. You have to park in a car park that charges where it is perhaps £1.00 for the minimum amount of time. Will that be enough time? Also the car park is a bit of a distance from the framers in town. Also, as we live in the UK, it is of course raining! Can you keep the picture dry from your car to the framers? Is the picture already framed and quite heavy to carry from the car park to the shops? Suddenly a relatively straight forward task becomes a bit of a chore. Also you are now not exactly in the best mood to choose picture frames! Not a problem at the Petersfield Framing Studios. Car parking is free at the Buriton Business Park where our workshop is located. Also if you have a heavy picture to frame or would like a hand in with your pictures, just come and get me and I can give you a hand. Also we can wrap your pictures in a bag or blanket if it is raining (I use the term "if" with eternal hope in mind). Also you can take your time to choose your picture frames safe in the knowledge that your parking ticket will not run out!

    27 March 2013, 19:05

    Digital copies of photographs

    Category: Tips and Hints

    We are often asked to frame, or re-frame old photographs. It is a great part of the job as the photographs are usually of family or friends at particularly pleasant occasions such as weddings, birthdays etc etc. It is amazing to see how fashions have changed or even styles of photography when far more formal photography was more fashionable. Photographs can fade with exposure to daylight and this is particulary true of older, sepia toned images. These can often be quite faded already when they come to us to perhaps have the glass cleaned or a new overmount fitted. With the age of these photos it is extremely likely that the negatives have long since disappeared thus making copies once the photo is back in the frame rather difficult. With the dawn or the digital age it becomes quite easy to make a copy of the photo to preserve the images for future generations. Hence you would have a copy of the image to print off at a later date if the origianl fades away completely. Also you can make additional copies for friends and family or maybe use the copies to upload the images onto Facebook or other such social media sites. We can provide a simple scanning service for your photographs as they come into us but it is something you may want to do yourself before you bring them in for framing.

    20 February 2013, 19:40

    Scratch Maps

    Category: Tips and Hints

    I must say I had never heard of these maps until a customer bought one in to be framed the other day. The idea is that you scratch off the parts of the map (usually the world) that you have visited. The scratched parts of the map are in a contrasting colour so that it is easy to see which parts of the world you might have been lucky enough to visit. What a brilliant idea! Also it is a great way to see where you might like to visit in the near future. These seem to be readily available on the internet and a google search for "scratch map" should do the trick. However there is a potential downside to these maps . If you are not very accurate with your scratching you can reveal parts of the world that you might not have visited yet. This could be a costly mistake as surely you must visit that country now or else the map will no longer be accurate!

    05 November 2012, 19:32

    Thunderbugs are go!

    Category: Tips and Hints

    What on earth are thunderbugs I hear some of you say? Others will be all too familiar with these, especially if you live in the countryside near open fields. Thunderbugs are little tiny flying bugs that become airbourne usually around humid, thundery weather conditions, hence the name. They become airbourne and seem to get into every nook and cranny in your home and then pretty well dissapear as quickly as they appeared. Their lasting impacts however are often to be found in picture frames. They will land on the picture frames and crawl into the back of the frame and appear between the glass and the picture. They then unfortunately get trapped and die in your picture frames! The favourite location seems to be between the glass and any white or off white over mount surround (they do actually get everywhere but this is where they become particularly visible). The bugs should be removed as quickly as possible as if they are left trapped in the picture frame for any significant time they may leave permanent stains on the over mount or even worse on your original picture. The easiest way to cure and then prvent these bugs is to take the offending picture frames along to a picture framer and get them to clean and refit your pictures. This will cure the existing bugs problem but any future occurences will be prevented by ensuring that the pictures are properly sealed when they are refitted into your existing frames. Also a good idea whilst the pictures are stripped out is to think about conservation for the picture and to make sure that such materials as the mount or backing that have been used are acid-free.

    07 October 2012, 09:27

    Provenance and other information about pictures

    Category: Tips and Hints

    Behind every picture is a story. That is one of the most exciting aspects of my job and it is always interesting to hear that story. The picture in question may be a family photo, a papyrus image from a holiday in Egypt, a print of a favourite view from a small break away or just simply your favourite image. It doesn't really matter what inspires you to frame a picture just as long as something does. However it might be nice to share that reason with future generations. Often the real interesting part of a picture framing project is any information that may be on the back of the picture that the owner might have jotted down. This information might be who is in the picture. This is especially important with old photographs so that the next people to inherit them know who they are. Useful information might also include where the picture was purchased and perhaps how much it cost. This is always interesting to know and will know doubt grow in interest as time goes by. We always as a matter of routine copy any information from the back of a picture onto the new backing so that future generations know the relevance of that image. A colleague of mine always states that people are merely the keepers of pictures for that generation and the picture will often outlive the owner. What a pity if really useful information about the picture is lost forever as this happens.

    30 September 2012, 20:02