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SPECIALS: Christmas Treats

Free Kit DemonstrationsSpecial demonstration days 27th & 28th December 2012, open 10.00am to 4.00pm  

For a moment of calm after all the festivities, why not visit us to view kit and demos or simply have a relaxing browse around the store?

To benefit most from the time, simply contact us to book your space now and let us know what tools you would like us to demonstrate. This really is an excellent opportunity to get lots of free advice.

 

 


 

Free DeliveryHere are our twelve Christmas specials: each one is available with free delivery to UK mainland (excluding highlands and islands) exclusively on orders placed by telephone (while stocks last) up to and including 31st December 2012.

  1. Hobby Starter Kit

  2. Hobby Starter Plus Kit

  3. Mitre Trimmer with measure

  4. Logan 301 Compact Classic

  5. Logan 350-1 Compact Elite

  6. Logan 450-1 Artist Elite

  7. Simplex 550-1 Classic

  8. Logan Simplex 750-1 Elite

  9. Logan Studio joiner

10. Logan Pro saw

11. Logan Pro-Joiner

12. Logan 700-1S Simplex Studio Elite


Giveaway Vouchers

 

Are you feeling lucky? We will make your day!

For every 100 people ordering between now and end of sales on 24th December, we will be giving the 100th customer a £20.00 product voucher!  

The lucky winners will be notified by email.

So, start ordering and good luck!

Posted on: 13-Dec-2012@11:23:37, updated on: 13-Dec-2012@11:23:37.

 

Geoff Baylis - Photography & Framing

Geoff Baylis Case StudyPut simply, Geoff Baylis intends to move to Devon in the very near future, set up his photography and framing business and enjoy being his own boss. After 40 years of a daily, London commute, the thought of being able to work from home, choosing when to work on photography and framing is highly appealing. It gives the chance to balance the longer hours and order book demands with taking time off when it suits: the opportunity to be totally in control of that “work / life” balance. 

 

It’s his love of photography providing the driving force for his business: producing complete pictures, either to a style that he has created, or customised to a customer’s requirements. Hopefully as much as possible of his business will involve his own photographic work, but he is equally at home framing customer’s own artwork as well. He recently launched a website to showcase his work:  www.gbphotosandframing.co.uk 

 

Read the full article.

Posted on: 19-Oct-2012@11:25:27, updated on: 19-Oct-2012@11:25:27.

 

NEW - STAS Minirail

MinirailThe STAS gallery systems of all kinds have been selling incredibly well recently.  If you haven't already done so, have a look at our area given over to STAS: Gallery System.

And now there’s a new range: STAS Minirail. The patented STAS minirail system is the thinnest and most innovative picture hanging system in the world: an elegant white, metal rail that simply attaches to the wall.  At only 16 mm wide, it  blends in perfectly with your room's interior.  As with all STAS systems, the minirail is very easy to use: fitting by means of the specially developed STAS minirail clipscrews.

 For an elegant, barely visible hanging system, the STAS minirail system is the ideal choice. 

Please note we are expecting a price increase on all STAS products (start of November), so buy now to beat the change!

 

Brass Head Pins

Also ...

Our latest “hardware” product: Brass Head, Hardened Steel Picture Pins.  Ideal for hanging up a stocking this Christmas. Never let it be said that only the big sales matter to DIYframing. 

 

 

Posted on: 19-Oct-2012@11:19:15, updated on: 19-Oct-2012@11:19:15.

 

NEW - Silver Rain

New MouldingHot on the heels of the Coastal and Lacquered mouldings in our new Designer Range comes our Silver Rain selection.  These are flat, square cut mouldings finished in a subtle paint effect with ripples of silver breaking through: they provide a clean-cut stylish, contemporary look. 

SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER – save 15%, 1 week only: Silver Rain Moulding @ £7.62 per metre on orders (1m and 1.4 m lengths), from receipt of this Newsletter until 4.00 pm Friday 26th October.

Colours available are: dark grey / silver; white / silver; blue / silver.  View in the Designer Range mouldings

 Vital Statistics


Width (mm): 37.5
Rebate Depth (mm): 13.5
Profile: Flat
Finish: Paint
Wood Type: Fir 

Posted on: 19-Oct-2012@11:12:44, updated on: 19-Oct-2012@11:12:44.

 

SPECIAL OFFERS!

Hobbycrafts SpecialHOBBYCRAFTS OFFER

If you are in Glasgow next week, 25th - 28th October, call in at the Hobbycrafts Show at the SECC.  As well as it being a great exhibition, we have  a couple offers running:

Spend over £150 get £15 mount board FREE.

Spend over £300 get £30 mount board FREE.

Come and say hello - we're on stand B14


 

SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER – save 15%:

Hot on the heels of the Coastal and Lacquered mouldings in our new Designer Range comes our Silver Rainselection.  These are flat, square cut mouldings finished in a subtle paint effect with ripples of silver breaking through: they provide a clean-cut stylish, contemporary look.  

1 week only: Silver Rain Moulding @ £7.62 per metre on orders (1m and 1.4 m lengths), from Friday 19th October until 4.00 pm Friday 26th October.

 Colours available are: dark grey / silver; white / silver; blue / silver.  View in the Designer Range mouldings


 

MOUNTBOARD SPECIAL

Mount Board OfferWe have at last managed to source some discounted mount board in time for all those Christmas projects.  We are expecting a pallet of "slightly damaged" mount board to arrive within the next two days. Last time we sold out very quickly, so place your order today. Packs are made up of 20 sheets of 22"x 32" mount board.  They are slightly marked or have damaged corners BUT are ideal for a variety of uses such as; hinge backs, double mount inners, slip mats, spacers etc. The least damaged boards could even be used as window mounts. Details: Special Price Mountboard

Posted on: 19-Oct-2012@11:01:40, updated on: 19-Oct-2012@11:01:40.

 

August Exhibition - After The Event

Exhibition SuccessShut Your Mouth When You’re talking To Me was the title of the art exhibition, at DIYframing, devised and set up by Darius Beeks and Harry Jones.  The theme for the show was a celebration of growing up and featured a wide range of their own art: photographs, paintings and collage. The exhibition ran from 1st – 10th August and was a great success, with well over 200 visitors attending: on the 3 late nights the attendance averaged around 50 people.  Although nerves were inevitable ahead of opening, by working on every aspect of the exhibition together, Darius and Harry could share the load, talking through any worries or anxieties. Also, having worked flat out, they were pretty confident that they couldn’t have done any more.

 

Local media got behind what Darius and Harry were trying to achieve, with features on the Bucks Free Press website, in their magazine and on Bucks TV.  Other measures of the event’s success were the sales of artwork (30+ pieces) and offers of commissions. 

 

More important though, as they head off to take their art studies further at university, was the positive feedback from visitors.  In particular their friends loved it, and showing them around was especially good, because they all knew how much work had gone into completing the exhibition.

 

Darius and Harry will always remember one of their friend’s comments, as it captures just what they were aiming to express in their art:

'This exhibition is great for you, but it’s also great for all of us because it celebrates our friendship and us all growing up together!'

Posted on: 14-Sep-2012@07:01:57, updated on: 14-Sep-2012@07:01:57.

 

New Venues

Derby ArtsWe are always open to new ideas for locations and venues for our Art & Photography Framing Weekends.  There’s no formula for what makes a training venue a success, but many have been suggested by our own customers, others by art & photography groups wanting to set something up local to their members.

 

Chichester is already proving to be a success (fully booked this year) so we will be returning there next year (5th & 6th October 2013). The venue in Derby (Matlock) has come from contact with “Derbyshire Arts” based at Pear Tree Farm Guest House & Arts Centre (13th & 14th April 2013).  Similarly members of an art group in Darlington were keen to have a local training option (2nd & 3rd February 2013). Finally, our Newcastle Upon Tyne session (22nd & 23rd June 2013) has been moved to a slot in Summer in order to encourage people from the Scottish Borders to make the trek down without the problems of winter weather.

 

If you have a suggestion for where / when we might run a course, then please contact us: Request A Course – we genuinely welcome your feedback.

Posted on: 14-Sep-2012@06:59:41, updated on: 14-Sep-2012@06:59:41.

 

Beechwood Artists

Beechwood ArtistsBeechwood Artists was established in 1996 and has approximately 100 members of varying experience from beginners upwards. All members are amateurs and they create pictures in a wide variety of media for enjoyment and personal challenge. Their members are regular customers at DIYframing, so we are pleased to publicise their next art exhibition:

On 3rd & 4th November

From 10.00am to 5.00pm each day

At Amersham Common Village Hall, 24 White Lion Road, Amersham, Bucks HP7 9JD.

Posted on: 14-Sep-2012@06:56:42, updated on: 14-Sep-2012@06:56:42.

 

New To Cutting Mounts? Want Some New Ideas?

Free Mount Cutting SeminarIf you belong to any art, photography or craft group using mounts to present your art, this free session could be an ideal way to discover how you can improve presentation, very simply.  This FREE seminar / demonstration is for complete novices or those of you unsure about how to progress beyond a simple, single mount. So please pass this on to your contacts, friends or group members.

Monday October 15th, 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm @ DIYframing, High Wycombe.  Session will be presented by our lead trainer, Richard Buttle.


 Themes include:

- Competition rules – working within them but imaginatively: image shape & proportion; Hinge Mount System; mount proportions; range of mountboard;

- Working with Mount Colours and Cutting Styles: double mounts; layers & shadows; deep bevels

- Keeping it Simple: ideas about moulding constraints, variety of finishes combined with a range of mount cutting techniques.  Illustrated by the same photographic image mounted & framed in six distinctly different ways.

- Q & A: Aiming to answer questions from the group about areas discussed (or any other queries).

 

If you would like to attend this free seminar / demonstration it is essential that you contact us to book a place.

Posted on: 14-Sep-2012@06:53:56, updated on: 14-Sep-2012@06:53:56.

 

New Designer Range Moulding

Coastal Shades

Coastal RangeOur new “Designer Range” of mouldings has been especially selected for DIYframing customers from a new set of Arqadia mouldings. The coastal range features several moulding types, each one in a series of natural shades: black, cream, wenge and white. The profile styles and widths allow for great versatility with framing projects and, as the shades are complimentary, you can easily produce a suite of projects where the look is similar but the palette is changed.

 

Contemporary Style

Lacquered RangeThe lacquered range has a clean-cut, minimal look with a truly contemporary style. The high gloss finish will work well with photography and modern, graphic prints. There are 3 widths, each with either a black or white lacquered styling.
View the range

Posted on: 17-Jul-2012@09:39:59, updated on: 17-Jul-2012@10:27:44.

 

Young Artists Put on a Show at DIYframing HQ

Harry & DariusDIYframing is delighted to be hosting (at its High Wycombe HQ) an exciting exhibition of artwork from a pair of inventive and talented young artists, Darius Beeks and Harry Jones.

 

Shut Your Mouth When You’re Talking to Me

... (exhibition title) features a variety of work including photographs, paintings and collage.  The pieces are described as, “the desire to escape naivety juxtaposed with the fear of leaving adolescence and the potential for teenage tenacity.”

Darius and Harry have grown up together in High Wycombe, attending the same schools and sharing the ambition to take their study of art even further: Harry will be attending the prestigious Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing (the art faculty at Oxford University); Darius, the fashionable foundation course at Oxford Brookes School of Art.

 

Art Exhibition DIYframing HQExhibition details:

Wednesday August 1st – Friday August 10th
Open: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm Saturday (closed Sunday) with

Late opening: 7pm-9pm Friday the 3rd August, Saturday 4th August and Thursday 9th August.

Art Exhibition @DIYframingAdmission is FREE & their works are for sale!

Not only does this venture showcase the artists’ creative talents, it also displays real enterprise and endeavour to research, promote and run this event for themselves. We look forward to seeing you here.

Posted on: 16-Jul-2012@14:38:51, updated on: 17-Jul-2012@10:27:36.

 

Photography / Art Groups in the High Wycombe Area

Photo SeminarsEarlier in the year we ran a feature about working with Art / Photography groups around the country (read CLUB TALKS). Since then we have hosted a similar type of event, but at our High Wycombe training rooms. 

 

If you are involved with a photography / camera club why not find out about how we can host an evening out for your group? We provide the venue (plenty of parking), trainer and light refreshments: you have a bit a break from setting the room up and making coffee.  The bonus is that there is plenty to see at the All About Framing warehouse, and your members will come away, not only having discovered what mount cutting and framing has to offer, they will also know exactly where to come for materials, kit and support. 

 

Contact judy@diyframing.com to discover more.

Posted on: 17-Jul-2012@09:37:28, updated on: 17-Jul-2012@09:37:28.

 

Project 11: Military Memories

As part of the Jubilee celebrations we ran a free seminar at DIYframing HQ, exploring Project 11how to address the issue of working with a series of different items all in one frame.  We decided to present a group of 2D & 3D objects, accommodating each in its own aperture with appropriate depths for each item, but with the specific aim of bringing them together with a “unified look”.  At the time we promised to write it up as our next project for our “library”.  And here it is: Military Memories

Posted on: 17-Jul-2012@09:30:48, updated on: 17-Jul-2012@09:30:48.

 

Chop Service Explained

Chop serviceWhy use our Chop Service?

  1. I want to prioritise the kit I buy: having moulding cut, ready for joining saves on cutting and trimming tools;
  2. I need to complete a series of projects quickly – I can be getting the work mounted whilst some one else cuts the frames;
  3. Space is limited – it’s ok cutting mounts and board in the kitchen, but sawing and trimming is just a bit too much!
  4. I’m happy to tackle most projects but with more expensive mouldings, I just need somebody to get it spot on for me.
  5. With the chop service I don’t have odds and ends of moulding I’m not likely to use left – just no over ordering

 


How does it work?

The chop service is where we mitre the moulding to your specified size.  All you have to do is join the pieces of moulding together to make the frame. To order a chop service just fill in either the EXACT SIZE or GLASS SIZE width and height for your chosen moulding type.

EXACT SIZE: the dimensions (length by height) of the external/outside edges of the frame

GLASS SIZE: the dimensions of the board / total artwork package being fitted into the frame. They include the mount, where one is being used (ie the inside internal measurements of the frame). NB when creating chopped, mitred lengths for glass size, we add 2mm to the dimensions in order to create an easy fit.

 

How Do I Order On-Line?

  • finChop Serviced the moulding group (gold, silver etc), 
  • choose the chop service button and
  • use drop down selector to indicate "measurement type" (glass size or exact size)
  • enter the dimensions (in millimetres) of glass size / exact size for that moulding. 

The maximum size for chop services is 140cm (Exact size) or 120cm (Glass size).

 

How much does the service cost?

You will be charged the same per metre charge as if ordering it off the shelf + a small charge for the mitre cuts.

Posted on: 28-Jun-2012@10:29:00, updated on: 28-Jun-2012@10:29:00.

 

FREE Seminars - Working With Muliple apertures

Multi Aperture MountsMulti - Aperture framing can provide some real design challenges, not to mention a bit of extra know-how.  Ahead of the Whitsun bank holiday break, we are hosting some FREE framing seminars at our High Wycombe store & training room.  There will be 2 different, 2 hour sessions (1 per day - includes coffee break). 

View PDF Flyer

 

The first seminar: May 31st   - 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Looking at how to plan multi aperture framing; how to create a uniform depth away from the glass; how to create variable depth when framing combinations of 2D and 3D items.   

Multi Aperture Mounts

The second seminar: June 2nd - 10.30 am - 12.30 pm

Looking at how to bring colour into mounts (special reference to multi aperture pieces) without solely relying on coloured layers.  It includes: a different colour double for each aperture; colour diagonals in a single mount; changes of colour within the inner layer of a double mount.

And as we are approaching the Olympics, and celebrating the Jubilee, there will be a red white and blue theme.  By all means substitute any other national / team / club colours. Please contact us on info@diyframing to reserve a place as it is the way we gauge our preparations.

Posted on: 09-May-2012@11:13:17, updated on: 09-May-2012@11:13:17.

 

Made In Wycombe Fun Day

Made In Wycombe Fun Day, 5th May
DIYframing will have a stand at the Made in Wycombe Fun Day, May 5th, 11.00 am - 5.00 pm at the Arts4Eevery1 Centre, High Wycombe.


Made in Wycombe is an exhibition and series of events celebrating the past, present and future of Wycombe District’s excellence in manufacturing, production and design.

 

There's plenty of fun games and refreshment for all the family, so why not join in?

  • Family fun with arts and craft, face painting, kids sports games and more.
  • Live entertainment  including Jackie Palmer School, Jazzercise & Zumba
  • Exhibition celebrating products and services from Wycombe District
  • Launch of the Made in Wycombe film and art competition and 2013 Awards
  • Fresh local food served in the Café
  • Rebellion Beer Festival all day
  • Evening Entertainment from 7pm
  • More beer!  More food!
  • Live music and karaoke
  • Darts4Every1 and pub games



Time: May 5, 2012 from 11am to 5pm
Location: The Arts4every1 Centre
Street: Desborough Rd
City/Town: High Wycombe

Posted on: 26-Apr-2012@13:35:45, updated on: 26-Apr-2012@13:35:45.

 

Mouldings Discount

Moulding DiscountAnother Brilliant Moulding Offer: 20% off on-line and in-store purchases of moulding during weekend 21st & 22nd April 2012.

This offer applies on moulding orders of £30.00 or more (inc vat) as follows:

  • On-line: moulding orders totalling £30.00 or more (excluding carriage), placed after midnight 20th April 2012 and before midnight 22nd April.  Orders must consist of 1m and / or 1.4 m lengths*     (NB The discount will not appear in your on-line "shopping basket" total, but you will be given the appropriate refund within 2 working days of the order date)
  • In-store: moulding orders totalling £30.00 or more made on Saturday 21st April from 10.00 am until 2.00 pm. Orders may consist of any "off the rack" lengths.*

In both of the above cases, you can purchase other items at the same time but those prices will not form part of the qualifying £30.00 minimum moulding order.

(*discounts do not apply to special offer moulding packs, chop service orders and "packs of" moulding)

Posted on: 19-Apr-2012@11:19:00, updated on: 19-Apr-2012@11:19:00.

 

Follow On Facebook

FacebookRegular users of Facebook will be aware of the new presentation layout and options.  DIY framing is part of the All About Framing page (search for Framing or enter via website home page).  Whilst we do keep “member” customers up to date via our newsletters, we tend to wait until we have a batch of things to tell you about before launching the next edition: usually on a monthly basis.  

However, with it’s easier to navigate new look, we will be using Facebook much more to publicise things as they happen.  This could be to let you know about new stock items, updates of expected deliveries of kit, special events, promotions and so on.  It may even be that short term deals and special offers will be first noted there.  So now’s a good time to LIKE our page and get to know what FRAMING is All About.

Posted on: 29-Mar-2012@07:11:22, updated on: 29-Mar-2012@07:11:22.

 

CLUB TALKS

Andover Art Society SeminarIf you belong to an art society or camera club, we could help with your events calendar.  We are often asked to offer presentations to various organisations: sometimes these are seminars and demonstrations, at other times we run simple workshops.  Over the last two months, Richard Buttle (DIYframing trainer) met with Badby Photo Club, near Daventry, and most recently, the Andover Art Society.  Each group had slightly differing requirements, but very much with the same ends in mind for their members: namely

  • developing the notion of being able to present work for themselves
  • advice about techniques and a few tricks of the trade
  • knowing what kit and materials are available and where to source them.


Just What You Need

With the photographers the emphasis may be more towards mounted work, proportions and extending ideas beyond single mount.  Whereas for many artists, being able to frame their own work is essential from the outset and practical demonstrations are tailored accordingly.  

In both the Badby and Andover scenarios, the sessions fitted in to a club session (approx 2 hours with tea break).  It’s amazing how much we managed to pack in to the time and both groups were genuinely appreciative of the sessions.  Richard also had a really good, time with everyone being so welcoming, motivated and highly interested. 

Just have a look what we were able to do, listed below are outlines of the sessions.

BADBY PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY


1) Competition rules – working within them but imaginatively:

  • image shape & proportion
  • Hinge Mount System (Demo)
  • mount proportions
  • alternative materials (black core, lines, extra thick board)
  • “ a whiter shade of pale” – using textures and best mount board shade

2) Working with Mount Colours and Cutting Styles

  • double mounts – strong colour and proportions (Demo)
  • layers & shadows
  • deep bevels (Demo)

3) Keeping it Simple

  • Looking at the pieces featured in the “Six of the Best” project.  Ideas about moulding constraints, variety of finishes combined with a range of mount cutting techniques.  Illustrated by the same photographic image mounted & framed in six distinctly different ways.
  • Q & A Aiming to answer questions from the group about areas discussed (or any other queries).



Andover Art Society SeminarANDOVER ART SOCIETY


Session 1
A) Framing Paper Based Work

  • Choosing Moulding: key factors - finished v unfinished; practical things to check on moulding descriptions;
  • Working to glass size: planning to find glass size; brief outline of impact on mount size etc
  • Cutting & trimming moulding: DEMO saw only v saw & trimmer; Chop Service option
  • Joining moulding lengths: DEMO use of simple joiner
  • Cutting Glass: DEMO brief view of product; score & snap
  • Dust Free assembling: DEMO
  • Taping in: DEMO
  • Stringing for hanging: DEMO

B) Working with Canvases

  • Impact of stretchers: a view of options
  • Simple frames: guidance on sizes
  • Hardware used with canvas frames: brief outline
  • Slips: samples & description of use
  • Using a second frame: sample to view
  • Stretched photo canvas: description & sample to view

Session 2
C) Mount Cutting

  • Simple proportions: explanation & samples to view
  • Double Hinge Mount: DEMO & samples to view
  • Framed examples: showing how the mount cut can impact on the design of a framed piece without needing to resort to colour changes. 6 pieces: same image, same glass size; varied mouldings; varied mount cuts.

There is always a potential for us to offer a follow-up too.  We can design a training day to your own requirements and, if you membership can provide a venue and “student” numbers, the usual day-rates can be discounted.

Posted on: 28-Mar-2012@12:48:16, updated on: 28-Mar-2012@12:48:16.

 

Extension of Artist's Resale Right

Damage to small businesses from the Artist's Resale Right

One of our customers has written explaining their concerns about the extension of the Artists Resale Right and specifically about the potential threats to those with small businesses. We have included here, their concerns and ideas for registering your concern about the changes. If, after reading this item, you wish to join the petition, there is a direct link to the on-line petition.

"We are all threatened by the extension of the Artists Resale Right to the estates of dead artists until 70 years after their death. This EEC inspired 4% (sliding scale) Levy is a heavy blow to any dealers or Galleries involved in the Secondary Marketplace. We are being obliged to pay this on a quarterly basis. It is a huge additional cost to bear in these difficult economic times when VAT has just been “hiked” by 2.5% and most Galleries sales are down due to the current economic climate of gloom.

Many dealers make a very small profit on turnover. They face losing 8% of this (4% on the purchase and additional 4% on the sale) which is a huge bite out of their revenues. DACS (The collecting agency) has an online Petition with approximately 2000 signatures from various parties supporting this new extension. I propose that we create a Petition with 20,000 signatures opposing it ! Our trade bodies, BADA, LAPADA, SLAD and BAMF have campaigned hard against the extension of ARR. Now is the time for all we dealers to stand up and demonstrate the strength of our opposition. 

 

Please take a few minutes of your time and sign this petition on the link below. If you have time to also please put a 2 line comment -  it does look so very much better on the petition !

But it is not just one signature we need - we need 20,000! Please get all your friends, family, clients and employees who disagree with the ARR extension,  to sign Please do everything you can to resist the threat and to fight it!"

 

Link to petition - Damage to small businesses from the Artist's Resale Right

Posted on: 02-Feb-2012@11:04:28, updated on: 02-Feb-2012@11:04:28.

 
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