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  • British F1 Grand Prix drivers montage
  • Limed and painted frames for Tjili's art.
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  • Invictus Games montage (part two)
  • May(2):
  • Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary Fly Past at Goodwood.
  • Invictus Games montage (part one)
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  • West coast to East coast, USA
  • Scouting For Girls montage
  • March(2):
  • The "Wow" factor
  • Things in draws, items under beds........
  • 2016(8)
  • Surprise, surprise!
  • What is the largest picture you can frame?
  • October(2):
  • Shades of grey
  • Jurassic Petersfield
  • September(1):
  • How do you get a 1936 Rolls Royce on a ferry?
  • June(2):
  • Tipple ART
  • Are you a Scrabble fan?
  • May(1):
  • Medals
  • 2015(5)
  • Very large brass rubbing of soldier
  • June(1):
  • Fast and Furious Framing!
  • May(1):
  • BBC Radio Four talks about picture framing
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  • Hand drawn maps or illustrations.
  • February(1):
  • Stretching canvas art such as oil or acrylic.
  • 2014(6)
  • Repairing Plans and Maps
  • Jigsaw transportation and framing
  • Reglazing a veneer frame with a gold slip.
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  • BACS details
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  • Delivery of large pictures
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  • Matching décor and furniture
  • 2013(11)
  • BBC Radio Solent at the Petersfield Framing Studios
  • August(1):
  • Certificates
  • June(1):
  • Prints and copies of your originals
  • May(3):
  • Fitting oil paintings on canvas into frames.
  • The signs are encouraging!
  • Straightening out-of-square tapestries and embroideries
  • April(1):
  • Gordon Rushmer awarded the Rowland Hilder Award at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Exhibition
  • March(2):
  • Hand painted frames..........again!
  • Free Customer Parking
  • February(1):
  • Digital copies of photographs
  • January(1):
  • Framing Teacher website relaunched
  • 2012(12)
  • Scratch Maps
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  • Thunderbugs are go!
  • September(2):
  • Reglazing pictures with broken glass
  • Provenance and other information about pictures
  • August(1):
  • Medals - not just Olympic!
  • June(1):
  • Framing Sports Shirts
  • April(1):
  • Jigsaw framing
  • February(3):
  • To over-frame or not to over-frame? That is the question!
  • Hand painted frames
  • Very large oil paintings on canvas
  • January(2):
  • Favourite books on one poster
  • Unusual map of the United Kingdom
  • 2011(1)
  • 6 feet Papyrus Painting!
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    Andy's Framing Blog

    News, tips and case studies all around Petersfield Framing Studios

    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

    Jurassic Petersfield

    Category: News

    No not the name of the next Spielberg movie in the series but an interesting item to frame here at the Petersfield Framing Studios. A gentleman contacted me about an item he wanted to frame that was rather unusual. A dinosaur footprint. "Unusual" is pretty standard for us I am glad to say so away we went. The footprint was of a Megalosaurus which apparently walked around during the mid-jurassic period. The footprint was discovered in the mudstone of Oxfordshire and then the footprint was cast in fiberglas.

     However it was felt the colour of the background needed to be changed so our neighbour Dub Works (who specialise in VW restorations) sprayed the footprint a different colour for the customer. 


     Once the paint dried we could frame the footprint in a suitably deep enough frame painted a suitable Jurassic green and the picture was ready to hang. 

    The item on the left hand side of the above photo is a metre stick to give an idea of the size of the dinosaur. Estimates put the Megalosaurus at around 9 metres long. Glad we didn't have to frame the rest of it! 


    28 October 2016, 18:32

    Shades of grey

    Category: News

    It is fairly difficult to introduce coloured framing materials to black and white images. It can be done especially if the framing is selected with a room's decor in mind and the pictures to be framed are creating a theme in a given room. However it isn't the norm and hence grey is a colour that we often use for framing monochromatic pictures. Perhaps surprisingly, monochromatic pictures are often the most difficult of pictures to frame as it is all about matching the grey tones within a picture. So we have just introduced a selection of mouldings to give a wider choice with regards to the shade of grey. It isn't quite 50 shades but these mouldings have been very useful, especially with lighter pencil drawings where the more subtle shades are effective. The extreme colours of either black or white could have been selected but these can be too eye catching (especially black) and could dominate the picture. 


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    The mouldings also have a larger and a smaller profile for some of the selection which is always useful for several pictures of similar colour but varying size.

    08 October 2016, 18:24

    How do you get a 1936 Rolls Royce on a ferry?

    Category: News

    No it's not a joke but what I thought was an interesting question that I recently asked a customer when they bought in a portfolio of photographs from an expedition to India. The photographs were taken while the customer and his wife travelled around India in a 1936 Rolls Royce. Possibly not the easiest vehicle to drive around India however the advantages of being able to open all the windows including the front windscreen does become very appealing! This is just one of the images that was framed with kind permission from Mr. Rupert Grey.

     The same image in black and white subsequently framed:


    A simply stunning image but the most interesting question did they get that car on there? For a teaser video follow this link. For some other amazing images from the expedition follow this link. A wonderful trip I am sure with some beautiful images. A real pleasure! 


    16 September 2016, 19:13

    Are you a Scrabble fan?

    Category: News

    Are you a person who still enjoys a board game? Of course you are! Well here is a really innovative idea from Lou Hamer using old Scrabble board games to make up names of your family or friends. It is a great idea for perhaps a friend or family who loves Scrabble. You could spell out your children's names (as featured below) or maybe a friend who you might have challenged to a game in the past. 

    The letters are glued into place on the Scrabble board. 


    Then the board is over mounted with in this case an off white mount board. 


    Once the frame is chosen the glass needs to be elevated away from the letters. This is called a box frame technique and is a technique mentioned many times on this blog and utilised many times at the Petersfield Framing Studios


    The box frame is a great way to create a 3-D effect and also protects the Scrabble board for years to come. This particular version is on display along the corridor on the way to my workshop. Lou Hamer will make these to order for you so why not visit her website for more details on Lou's Home Sewn products.  


    18 June 2016, 11:01

    Tipple ART

    Category: News

    A wonderfully innovative idea from Wendy Richards and Linda Westall, this is all about fun with art. The idea is to have a drink and have a go at painting. Definitely a time to de-stress! No painting experience is necessary as you will be helped to produce your artwork in a lovely setting. Visit their website for more info and availability. Both Wendy and Linda are very accomplished artists themselves and their work can be viewed at their websites. Wendy is one of my favourite artists with some beautiful coastal work. Linda's passion is all things equestrian and creates some stunning images. 

    08 June 2016, 16:50


    Category: Case Studies

    Medals and medallions are a frequent project for picture framing. Quite often the customer will be the children of the person who was awarded the medals. It is a great way to display your pride in your family's achievements and bravery. The frame used will need to be deep enough to keep the glass away from the medals. Also the medals may well be on one pin and care should be taken to keep them intact in case future generations wish to wear the medals. The medals are impressive enough by themselves but what will make the whole project even more of a showcase item will be to display a photo of the person who was awarded the medals and perhaps a relevant photo of where the medals were awarded. Here are a couple of recent examples of customer's relations:

    A caption explaining who the recipient is serves as a useful piece of information for any admirer. Also in both cases the medals are mounted onto black velvet to use contrast to make the medals stand out. Then a suitable colour mount board is used. In both the above cases a relevant colour for the mountboard depended on the type of armed force (Army and Navy). 

    15 May 2016, 16:15

    Very large brass rubbing of soldier

    Category: Case Studies

    This was a very old and damaged brass rubbing of a soldier called Sir Roger De TrumpingtonThe customer had rubbed this herself many years ago and had kept it rolled up as she never had the space to display it properly. The original rubbing was taken from the church of St. Mary and St. Michael, Trumpington, Cambridgeshire. Having recently moved she decided to have it repaired and framed. Here is the condition of the rubbing before suitable conservation and framing.



    The rips and creases in the paper were quite extensive as the rubbing had originally been displayed simply by using Blu-Tac and was easily damaged by time.


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    The brass rubbing was carefully pressed and repaired using acid free document repair tape. Once the image was suitably repaired, a gilt frame was used to protect the rubbing. The type of gilt frame was carefully selected so that the gold colour of the frame suited the gold of the rubbing. 



    The frame was eventually screwed to the wall using glass plates to prevent the frame from twisting on the wall. 



    As you can see the beaded inner edge adds a certain distinction to the overall effect. A wonderful project to be part of and the finished item stands on guard proudly in it's new home. 







    23 September 2015, 19:09

    Fast and Furious Framing!

    Category: Case Studies

    Perhaps a little late for the seventh edition of the Fast and Furious film franchise but another way of looking at this is it is in plenty of time for the eighth edition! This free-standing, life-size cut out figure of the actor Vin Diesel was bought in to the workshop having seen better days. 


    The customer used to have the figure free standing in their sitting room. This is where some damage happened to the end of Vin's gun (no sniggering please!).



    After careful consideration about choice of materials, it was decided that the figure would look best against a black background. This would make the figure stand out with increased contrast. The frame was to be very incidental as well and only really there to protect the image so a black frame was chosen to match the background. Due to the uneven thickness of the supporting pieces of card at the back of the figure Perspex or plastic glass was used to allow for the potential pressure points which could have broken ordinary glass if used. 



    The image was secured onto the backing board to give the impression of running. The use of a black background really creates a three dimensional effect. 



    The end of the gun was also repaired as best as could be achieved. The repair is not invisible and neither is it intended to be. 



    The final framed image is a great way to show off your favourite film character and the use of black materials adds a touch of definition to the overall effect.  


    26 June 2015, 14:43

    BBC Radio Four talks about picture framing

    Category: News

    When you think about it, picture framing is a bit of an unusual practice and certainly takes a bit of consideration. That certainly seems to be the general opinions of all the picture framers and artists interviewed recently for BBC Radio Four. The 30 minute programme covers many aspects of picture framing including unusual items that framers have framed and also some picture framers' ideas of what is good art. My favourite parts include the glazier who also makes picture frames stating that "if you can't tell which way round it hangs it is rubbish!" Perhaps a slight over generalisation but I understand where he is coming from. There is also at least one 'yuk' moment with some of the unusual items that have been framed. An interesting listen if you have half an hour to spend. To listen to the programme click here. Enjoy!

    05 May 2015, 18:58