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January Special Offer


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To start the New Year with a real flourish, we are giving away gift vouchers, to be used on your next purchases. The big advantage is that this offer works for all of you, not just those buying particular items. You could earn up to £50.00 to spend next time you buy from DIYframing or UK School of Framing.

 

We are offering gift vouchers to values listed below when you buy from us in the New Year

Orders over £100* earn a £10.00 voucher
Orders over £200* earn a £25.00 voucher
Orders over £300* earn a £50.00 voucher
(*order values quoted exclude postage)

 

The message is simple: all through January 2009, the more you spend, the more you save.
Please note the offer applies on orders placed and paid for before midnight, January 31st 2009.

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New Year Dates


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Christmas is over, New Year has started, it's time to make those resolutions come true.

Make sure you join one of the early 2009 courses. There are still a few places left on each of our January weekend sessions:

Now is exactly the right time to learn about picture framing, just ahead of the returning day light, when you start to produce all of those fresh pieces of artwork.

After those, the next set of venues are: Manchester; Exeter; Glasgow; Cheltenham; Newcastle Upon Tyne

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Canvas Stretching


Our Canvas Stretching courses are always popular and places are filled very quickly.  As well as booking these sessions as part of our Ultimate Picture Framing Weekend, they can also bee booked as a STAND ALONE workshop. 

Canvas stretching course: 16th February 2009

The training covers details of how to plan and undertake two types of project.  The first is a "gallery wrap" and the second a framed, stretched panel.  You will learn how to make your own stretcher frames, stretch and attach any canvas / cloth based artwork onto stretchers (including neat corners) before looking at a variety of framing options.

 

Bring your own canvases and go home with 2 pieces ready for hanging.

Next session is 16th February 2009, Beaconsfield.  MORE DETAILS

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FREE: Downloadable Mouldings Catalogue


A brand new addition to the website is our mouldings catalogue. For each of the moulding types we have created a simple, downloadable file (PDF) so that you can see dimensions etc for each one*. To access these files, go to the mouldings page and select the "buy by the length" option for a particular moulding style. You will find a link at the end of the moulding description that opens the file in a new window.

free, downloadable catalogue of our full moulding range

You will also find all of the downloadable files for the full range of moulding styles listed in the right hand column on the general, mouldings pages of the site.

* Please remember the illustrations are a guide to colour, proportions etc and have not been produced to scale.

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Decorative Frame Finishes ... The Future


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At the Christmas Bazaar, we demonstrated some new ideas and techniques for adding a more creative look to picture frames. In fact this was an insight into the thinking behind a re-launch of our Frame Finishes course. All of the courses we run tend to be project based, specifically designed to develop skills and techniques involved in a particular area. Up until now the Frame Finishes course was much more about products and how they can be used to develop particular finishes. Whilst that has worked quite well, it does mean that the ideas about techniques and skills used to create different looks have not really been explored.

 

The new look course will end that. There are 4 elements in the day which will be worked on through the day. There are 3 mini-projects, running concurrently, that look at ways of working with colour on natural wood:

  • Applying a gesso base to provide a lighter look and more varied "patina" to a frame;
  • Priming mouldings to create a base that can allow a whole range of paint effects to be applied;
  • Working with natural mouldings directly, where the grain has an important part to play in the final finish

A fourth element involves working on a completed frame using a variety of skills and materials.

 

For more detail read: Bespoke Frame Finishes - A New Look

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Thank you for your continued support.

Until next time...

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January 2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all.   

Amongst all the doom and gloom forecast, one area that you can enjoy very cheaply is your artwork.  Creating stunning photography, art and producing beautifully crafted needlework doesn't require a massive financial outlay.  Then creating your own frames to show it at its best will give your spirits a real boost.

 

Our January sales wil also give you added incentive to buy the right tools for the job,  we are offering FREE gift vouchers on all purchases over £100 AND we are holding price increases on the courses until the end of January again saving on average nearly 10%.

 

So in this, our first newsletter of 2009, we have a few ideas and special offers to tempt you to make the most from your art.

Duncan

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