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Dates for your Diary

Upcoming Courses over the next couple of months:

Photography and Art framing weekends will be held at:

Due to the high demand for this course we have added an additional Basics of Framing course on the 18th February in High Wycombe


We have a Stretching and Framing Canvas course


If you are thinking of building a business around Framing then the Business Development week will help in ways you probably won't even have considered!


The Business Development week includes these Special Skills days which are also open to other participants:

March 22nd 3D Framing | 23rd Conservation Framing | 24th Fabric Framing


You will find a full list of courses here

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Focus On Imaging


Focus On Imaging, the UK photographic industry's biggest show of the year has come around again and DIY Framing will be there.  A large number of our customers is involved in photography in some way or another and we have been going to Focus for several years now to make sure that photographers realise how accessible mounting and framing can be.


The exhibition is on between the 6th and 10th of March at the NEC in Birmingham.  More information and a link to free registration is available here: DIY Framing at Focus on Imaging

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Attention all Photographers - and other Artists!


We have put together a programme for a seminar on presentation of photographs.  The seminar is aimed at photographic societies and camera clubs, to show them how a little imagination in presentation can add a new dimension to your photography.  We will be trialling this programme over the next few weeks to gauge the response.


If you are a member of a club and would like the opportunity to attend one of these events then please let us now how many members you might be able to round up and we will see if we can fit you in.


DIY Framing is dedicated to giving relevant advice to people who would like to mount or frame anything. If you are part of a group, producing things that need framing; painters, needlecrafters, printers or something else, let us know - we could put something together for you too.

Contact us.

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Great New Project Sheets


On occasions, creating impact is about keeping simple lines and using a neutral colour palette to allow artwork to take centre stage.  Keeping it simple does not have to mean making things bland.  During our Spring 2009 Open Day at Beaconsfield (seems like a lifetime ago now) we ran a seminar exploring how a range of mount styles (in white) can produce some stylish looks.  By taking account of how natural light falls on surfaces and edges of mount board, effects are clean-cut and subtle. Good choices of mouldings provide a defining edge to each version of the presentation.   The premise was to keep artwork and glass size constant, but to make the design element have greater impact.  So at the planning stage the choice of moulding, mount cutting style and / or the depth of the mount became paramount.  

At long last, we have featured those ideas in a new project (Six of The Best) spanning 4 downloadable PDFs in the Projects Library. You can read the full article or head straight to our Project Library and see each one in more detail under the banner Six of The Best.  You will need to be a registered member of the site to download the PDF.

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An Elegant Paper Hanging Solution from Stas


We are now stocking Stas Paper rail.  This is an elegant strip to mount on a wall, finished in either white or brushed aluminium.  It is used to support paper for a variety of purposes; temporary display, holding pictures that need changing regularly, even to hold paper for writing on in a conference setting.  The rail is filled with marbles and you just push the paper up into the groove where it holds until you pull it out.  It also incorporates a lip that can be used for hanging other stas system components from. Lengths available are 50cm, 1m and 2m and there are also joining pieces to make continuous runs.

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We have frequent requests for information about framing canvases, particularly asking for product advice and where techniques differ from standard projects.  As with many aspects of framing, once you are told everything falls snugly into place (hopefully both figuratively and literally).  In some ways, however the anxieties are well placed because amongst the “tricks of the trade” there are quite a few skills, materials and equipment specifically linked with canvas work (and heavier weight needlework).

As a result there is a suite of 4 new Handy Hints titles, each one providing an overview of aspects of how to frame canvases.  Read the full article for more detail and links to individual sheets. You will need to be a registered member of the site to download the PDF.


The Two Way Stretcher Bar is a clever moulding design for use with stable canvas (like printed 'Photo Canvas') it can be used for either deep or shallow wraps and is handled liks a frame moulding, mitred and V-nailed.

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Thank you for your continued support.

Until next time...


January Newsletter

Getting started in a new year is always exciting, a clean slate and so much to look forward to.  This month we are thinking hard about photography.  Focus is coming up soon, we've new projects on the site aimed at photographers and have also put together a seminar about presenting photographs.  The other theme in this newsletter is Canvas.  Check out how we can help you present canvas better.


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