Every so often it’s great to share some ideas and tips on picture framing. Here are top 5 ideas for Christmas presents:

1) Limited Edition Prints – These can be obtained directly from artists or shops. Amongst our favourite artists are, Ray Balkwill and Richard Thorn. Ray Balkwill paints familiar scenes from the South West coast and river Exe. His prints can be obtained directly from his website, raybalkwill.co.uk or the White Sails Gallery, whitesailsgallery.com in Dartmouth. Richard Thorn artwork can be obtained from the White Sails Gallery or Haddon Galleries, haddongalleries.co.uk.

2) Family Portraits – Photos or prints of family members past and present. Recent family gatherings and ancestral photos offer a personal and thoughtful gift at Christmas.

3) Special awards e.g. sporting achievements – Family and friends who have reached a goal in sport or other activity may have received medal(s) and photo commemorating the event. This makes a great personal gift to the person who achieved the hard won event (often we don’t like to ‘show off’ our accolades but quite happy for others to recognise them).

4) Original Artwork – Makes a very special gift for a loved one or even to yourself!  We like Haidee-Jo Summers, website: haideejo.com and Roy Connelly, website: royconnelly.com among too many to mention here!

5) Memorabilia and collectables – e.g. badges, campaign medals, objects of personal significance, child’s first shoes, christening dress can all be beautifully framed.


Don’t forget to properly Illuminate your picture hanging spaces to make the most of your investment! We recommend Salisbury based lighting specialists, Light My Space, website: lightmyspace.co.uk

They have shared some tips with us here: Owners of artwork understand that they need good lighting to be enjoyed fully and it can be challenging to make the art—not the light source—the focus. Light My Space share their tips for choosing lighting to make your newly framed images look their best:

  1. Choose lighting that sits outside the line of sight for the artwork so the effect is seen, not the light fixture itself.
  2. Select  bulbs with the appropriate light-beam spread, so you can ensure that the light covers most of the artwork not just a small part of it
  3. Position the lighting carefully to avoid casting undesirable shadows from deep frames.  Having several light sources can minimise this happening.
  4. To keep your artwork’s longevity, always use LEDs or lamps that don’t emit UV and heat.
  5. If you have a photo-wall, rather than light every individual image, a more ambient effect of ‘wall washing’ can make the collection a real feature.

Christmas opening times: We will be open until 2.00pm on 24th December. We will be CLOSED from 25th December to 6th January inclusive. Open again on 7th January.

New Saturday opening times from January 2020: 10.15am until 2.00pm
Merry Christmas!

Marshall Irving

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