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  • British F1 Grand Prix drivers montage
  • Limed and painted frames for Tjili's art.
  • June(1):
  • Invictus Games montage (part two)
  • May(2):
  • Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary Fly Past at Goodwood.
  • Invictus Games montage (part one)
  • April(2):
  • 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?
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  • Shades of grey
  • Jurassic Petersfield
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  • How do you get a 1936 Rolls Royce on a ferry?
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  • Tipple ART
  • Are you a Scrabble fan?
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  • Medals
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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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  • 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!
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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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    Limed and painted frames for Tjili's art.

    Category: Case Studies

    We recently framed these amazing images from an artist called Tjili who was born in Cambodia with cerebral palsy and profound deafness. We used a painted and then limed oak profile to create this effect.


    The use of oak allows the grain to remain open and is then exaggerated with a lime effect. This can be achieved with any colour paint and any oak profile. We have written about limed oak and hand painted effects on frames before. However the effects are so varied and can form such a perfect match for any picture they really are worth mentioning again. 

    Here is the finished effect on two of Tjili's images. 

    I really love the image of Baloo from one of my favourite films The Jungle Book ("Come on Baggy, get with the beat!"). The limed effect frame really suits the open brush style of Tjili's art. For more information about Tjili's art follow this link. 

    29 July 2017, 15:02

    British F1 Grand Prix drivers montage

    Category: Case Studies

    Just in time for the forthcoming British F1 Grand Prix this weekend at Silverstone we recently framed this trio of former British Grand Prix race winners. The three original pieces of art were created by Dan Binns and more of his work can be found on his website. The work is very appealing as the slightly abstract nature of the artwork makes a nice change to photographs of F1 cars. 

    A limed oak frame compliments the subject matter very well. The drivers are Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and Jenson Button. 

    15 July 2017, 13:33

    Invictus Games montage (part two)

    Category: Case Studies

    So you may recall part one of this article about the Invictus Games montage from 2014. Here is what it looked like once framed. 


    The customer made an interesting statement as I delivered the picture to his home to the effect of "I certainly won't achieve anything better that this in my life." Well, it turned out he was wrong. In the months leading up to the 2016 Invictus Games in Florida, my customer was contacted again by the Georgian Sitting Volleyball Team. This is also, incidentally, after he had helped to secure funding for their own purpose-made sitting volleyball court in their home country of Georgia. No small achievement in itself but this wasn't what the call was about. The Georgian Team wanted him to train them again in Florida. Well of course he was really excited with another opportunity to work with his friends so off he went to Florida.....and came back with this montage:



    Unbelievably impressive to have won a bronze medal I would say. The customer wanted a few photos in the montage this time to reflect the mood of the games which always was such passion and commitment. We experimented with a few layouts of the shirt and medal but settled on this format with some text added:


    The most important aspect of this type of framing project is conservation. Also the customer might want to wear the medal again. He stated that he did not think he would ever wear it but it has been framed in such a way that it could be very easily removed from the frame and worn if required. In other words, in the true meaning of conservation framing, the items to be framed could be returned to their original states prior to framing with ease. It was decided that apertures around each item would set them off well against the black background. 


    Here is the finished montage framed to match the montage from the 2014 Invictus Games as they would ultimately hang together. 


    I must say I was pretty proud to be part of this story but the most exciting part of this job for me was to see the photos, especially the one with the customer giving one of the team member a high-five just after he had won a point. The Georgian Team member's face is a real joy to see and summed up the whole team's emotions throughout the games. Amazing indeed. 


    I do count myself as very lucky to be part of my customers amazing achievements and this is certainly one of the best behind the scenes far! 




    02 June 2017, 20:19

    Invictus Games montage (part one)

    Category: Case Studies

    A customer came in a while back with a very impressive story about his experience at the 2014 Invictus Games in London. He was one of the trainers for the sitting volleyball team for GB. The Georgian team were also present at London and sadly did not have the use of trainers like a lot of the other teams at London. So my customer very kindly offered to help the team from Georgia. To begin with there was a language barrier as none of the members of Team Georgia could speak English. Also it was pretty much the first time they had played together. The team ended up finishing 4th, just missing out on a medal. To thank our customer the Georgian Team presented him with a signed shirt and a ceremonial dagger with a sheath from Georgia. After a while considering what to do with these items, he decided to frame them.


    The dagger was quite a heavy item so the back of the board had to be suitably reinforced. 


    The items could well be used again and so conservation framing techniques were used throughout. 


    A photo and text were also added to provide context to the Georgian Team items. 


    Each item had a window mount cut out from black mount board to provide a 3D effect. 


    The finished frame was chosen to match the colour of the shirt. 


    The customer wanted to frame the items as he said he did not think he would ever achieve anything better professionally in his life. Well, he turned out to be a little wrong on that statement and you can read about that in our next blog article. 

    21 May 2017, 19:44

    Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary Fly Past at Goodwood.

    Category: Case Studies

    The Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary fly past at Goodwood was an amazing gathering of planes involved in the Battle of Britain and was an incredible event to attend back in 2015. A customer recently decided to frame a selection of photographs taken at the event. The lady at the top of the montage is the customer's Mother. There were many more photos than this to begin with so the customer chose this selection of nine photos to be arranged around a poster of planes that flew during the Battle of Britain. A simple off white colour mount to be combined with a 20mm grey / charcoal profile was chosen for the mount and frame.

     A caption was added to be positioned at the base of the mount to read: "Take off from Westhampnett for Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary 15th Sept 2015"


    As with every multiple aperture project, a plan is a must:

     Hopefully everything adds up to achieve the outside size of the frame.....!

    Once the mount was cut out the layout looks like this:

     All the photos and the poster were dry mounted onto thicker card so that they do not cockle up over time with temperature and humidity changes in the final hanging position. 



    Add the frame and glass and viola, or rather Tally Ho! 

    A really impressive looking montage for an amazing gathering. Probably the last time so many Spitfires and Hurricanes would be in the same place and time and actually flew as well. As a child I often made the Hurricane Airfix model and I am still completely in awe of the Battle of Britain planes whenever I am lucky enough to hear them fly overhead. We are particularly lucky living near to Goodwood aerodrome as the twin seater Spitfire often flies over. A very distinctive sound indeed.   


    01 May 2017, 11:14

    Scouting For Girls montage

    Category: Case Studies

    Scouting For Girls are a great group. A customer recently treated his wife to tickets to see Scouting For Girls and also bought a poster, a bag, a signed CD and some badges. We decided to set the montage out like this:


    Some of the items are quite deep and needed a box frame to keep the glass away from the items. A black background and a white frame were the preferred choice of materials:


    The flat items such as the poster, the CD cover and the tickets always look better with openings in the mountboard so that the white bevel makes the items stand out. 


    The bag was the trickiest part of the job as the handles were very long and if fully extended would have made the resulting picture frame huge. So I decided to fold the handles around the back of the bag but so that it still looks like a bag. 


    The finished montage looks really effective, especially with a white frame to provide contrast to the black background. 

    In case you are wondering which songs Scouting For Girls recorded, do the words "She's so lovely" help? (Don't worry, I had to look it up too!)

    14 April 2017, 17:06

    West coast to East coast, USA

    Category: News

    How long does it take to drive through 48 state capitals of the U.S.A.? This was a question that a customer recently asked themselves and produced a map charting their amazing journey. The customer's plan changed unexpectedly for a holiday in U.S.A. and so they decided to something "different for a change." They flew out to the West coast and started in California and drove up and down through the 48 states taking in the state capital whilst travelling through each state. A heck of a lot of driving but they managed to achieve this amazing feat in 23 days. A real whistle-stop tour! The customer bought a map of the USA and drew their route with a permanent red marker and then used a red frame with silver inner bevel for effect. 


    As the uniqueness of this map required an explanation, a text aperture was cut into the mount to read thus:

    A pretty amazing trip and it all came about from a last minute idea. Excellent! Plus having the map framed really shares the great experience with your friends and family. We have talked about maps here quite a few times on this blog but they really do make a great talking point in your home. So......have you been on any amazing trips lately?? If so, get a map, get it suitably framed and share your travels. 


    09 April 2017, 09:56

    Things in draws, items under beds........

    Category: Case Studies

    I am inspired to write this article about pieces of art that you may well have at home or work and haven't got around to framing them. I am talking about the things in draws "for safe keeping" or items under the bed or on top of the wardrobe to "keep them flat". Customers often come in to my workshop and say that they feel bad as they have had this piece of art lying around "for ages." Ages is extremely subjective period of time as it can mean a couple of weeks, since last Christmas or sometimes it can be years. A recent customer has just set the new record for putting things in draws off to frame, that record is now 69 years! The customer had a set of felt slippers framed which she remembers were in her Mother's bedside draw in 1948 and she always meant to frame them but never got around to it. What a pity to have something so amazing tucked away for safe keeping and to never enjoy the beauty of such a sentimentally valuable item on their wall. You cannot really appreciate something in a draw or on top of a wardrobe. I would say get it framed so you can share the precious memory with others. Also framing will help to protect the item for years to come. So there you go, the current record for putting off picture framing is set at 69 years. Can you beat that?? 



    26 March 2017, 22:05

    The "Wow" factor

    Category: Case Studies

    It may sound a little cliché but the "wow" factor is definitely something we are looking for as an initial comment from our customers when they collect their framing. This is something that we are particularly interested in hearing when re-framing works of art. Recently a customer bought in a picture they had had framed and then re-framed but were still not happy with how it looked on the wall. The customer had kept their original first choice of frame as the second frame was considered worse than the first and they were thinking about putting the artwork back into the original frame. This was definitely a option and could have worked. However let's not forget the customer wasn't happy in the first place!  Hence we took a little more time than usual to ensure that the choice of framing with us was more likely to be a success. The first word that the customer said as we presented the finished frame? Well, you can probably guess. However if you have had something framed and your original reaction was something less than wow, perhaps you might like to pop along to our workshop to see if we can help restore the wow factor to your walls. 

    06 March 2017, 22:56

    What is the largest picture you can frame?

    Category: Case Studies

    A question we are often asked and it really depends on the type of picture to be framed and whether the picture requires glass. This is probably one of the most important factors due to the strength needed in the frame if glass is required. We have framed quite a few large pictures in the past (a very large brass rubbing and a 6 foot long papyrus  to give a couple of examples) and one of the main things to consider is how you might get the framed picture back to your home? This can be easily overlooked when you bring the picture into our workshop in a tube. We do offer a delivery service for the bigger pictures but this will be an added cost to take in to consideration. Also it may be worth considering how you intend to hang the picture once it is framed? If it is really large it may be best to screw the frame to the wall. This may mean that the fittings will show on the bottom and the top of the frame. One of the main limiting factors with picture size will be the length of the moulding. Most moulding will arrive in at least 2.4 metre or 8 foot lengths. This in theory allows for at least an 8 foot square picture. However this may become an issue with getting the framed picture out of our workshop let alone onto your wall! All things to consider and also issues that we are very familiar with. Here is a recent example of a very large photo of the Grand Canal entrance in Venice. 




    To act as a guide to size I photographed this with a doorway behind for scale. A bit of a whopper for sure! Also an amazing piece of stitched photography and a wonderful view. 

    29 November 2016, 21:56