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NEW: Frame Finishes Kits

Frame Finishes kitsWith the arrival of the new metal effect paints from Liberon and the fast approaching Adding Decorative Finishes to Frames training day (see below), we decided to take another look at our Frame Finishes kits.  In the years since first putting them together, we are much more aware of which products are used most, along with the additional items that make working on natural wood mouldings more effective and more practical.


As a result the range and balance have altered in the two kits: the larger kit is more geared towards the practicalities of creating your own finishes on a regular basis.



Frame Finishes Training

As mentioned earlier, the next Adding Decorative Finishes to Frames training day is just a few weeks away.  With some early bookings already in place, it’s a good idea to book soon to avoid disappointment:


Monday, February 10th, High Wycombe, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm. MORE DETAIL


We can guarantee that you will have great fun learning about the basic principles of preparing a frame / moulding for decoration; discovering useful ideas about art effects; and having an essential overview of products available and how they are used.  More importantly it’s good fun making a mess!

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Make the Most Of Your Framing Business Ideas


Business Development Week, 22nd – 28th March 2014 – High Wycombe
Individual days can be booked separately, HOWEVER, book all 7 days and you save over £200.00, paying just £999.00
If you have already completed the first two days you can book the remaining 5 days, paying just £707.88

Book now to avoid disappointment.  


The Business Week programme is pretty comprehensive:on the two business days there's a massive amount of information, offering tried and tested ideas about setting up your own business; during the practical days, you learn how to undertake more, specific types of framing.  BUT, in addition to the expected ideas, there are the extra ones of your own, sparked off by passing comments and triggering thoughts of what would work in your own area of interest or locality.  Then, there are the conversations you have with the other people working alongside you: throughout the week you are bouncing ideas back and forth, through all of the sessions.  In the end you come away absolutely fired up, ready to go with a ready made support network. 


A great example of somebody putting that into practice is Andy George, down in Cornwall, with Edgemoor Framing.  We presented a Case Study about how he set up his new business: now, less than a year down the line, things have really taken off. Having seen for ourselves what he has been up to on Facebook, it is well worth visiting Andy’s Facebook page for a bit of inspiration. MORE

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Framing Art on Canvas


Stretching and framing canvas-based art, for yourself, is a great way to save money.  The skills are quite simple and easy to get right quickly, so there shouldn’t be any reduction in the quality of how your finished work looks.  By showing you the underlying techniques and reasons for them, the skills you acquire also ensure you know how to care for work in the longer term. 


If you have artwork on canvas needing a new lease of life or enjoy producing images on canvas either for the home or sale, it’s well worth finding out how to do it yourself.  And, if you frame for other people, there is no doubt that this will be a project you are asked to undertake on a regular basis. 


Our next Stretching and Framing Canvas Based Artwork takes place:
March 31st 2014,  High Wycombe, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm. 

Please read the IMPORTANT Planning Guidance notes carefully (on the “details” page) as they have essential information about the two projects you would be undertaking

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The Photography Show 2014

Photo Show 2014The Photography Show is the brand new exhibition dedicated to the world of photography.  Taking place from 1-4 March 2014, this is the perfect forum for professional photographers, enthusiasts, amateurs, mobileographers, retailers and anyone who operates within the photography industry.


Ticket Offer for  DIYframing Customers:

Book your tickets in advance.  We are pleased to say we have secured a discount for members of DIYframing. Enter code DIY142014 in the designated discount code box and your ticket will be £10 instead of the usual £13 (in advance) or £15 on the door.  Code valid until 20th February

 UK School of Framing

In conjunction with the exhibition organisers, we are running a suite of workshops, demonstrations and seminars about mounting and framing your images and how this might be developed into a framing business.  To find out more visit DIYframing Workshops @ The Photography Show



DIYframing at the Photography Show 

DIYframing will have a stand (N5) featuring:

  • our full range of mount cutters, 

  • workshop framing equipment;

  • hardware, tapes & framing / presentation sundries;

  • STAS gallery hanging systems


There will also be expert staff on hand to demonstrate the kit, mount cutting  & framing techniques plus advice / information about our full programme of picture framing training: places can be booked at the show. 

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A reminder that all dates are available for 2014 training around the UK: visit our COURSES page to see the new calendar.  


Art & Photography Framing Weekends coming up in the next quarter of 2014:

Manchester 15th & 16th February
Ipswich, 22nd & 23rd February NEW VENUE
Bristol 8th & 9th March
Brighton, 15th & 16th March
Exeter, 29th & 30th March
Derby, 5th & 6th April
Canterbury, 12th & 13th April NEW VENUE
Hereford, 3rd & 4th May NEW VENUE
York, 10th & 11th May
Christchurch, 17th & 18th May NEW VENUE
Telford, 31st May & 1st June NEW VENUE 


For events at our main centre click: ALL COURSES 

Reserve places NOW, to avoid disappointment

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Thank you for your continued support.

Until next time...


January 2014

A belated, but sincere and heart felt, Happy New Year to you all.  

Everything seems to be settling back to normal after the holiday breaks and we are having a good burst of interest in our training bookings.  It’s worth checking out dates for the Art & Photography framing weekends over the coming months as they feature several new venues.  Who knows, we might be really close by shortly, so why not make a start with learning how to frame all of those pieces you’d promised to get sorted? 


There’s also news about our updated frame finishes kits, how our Business Development Weeks can make a real difference and how The Photography Show aims to build on the Focus on Imaging Exhibition legacy. 


We hope you enjoy this bright start to your new arts, photography and framing year!


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