For me, the more I can do on the internet, the happier I am. Grocery deliveries…I’m in. Arranging pick-ups to my storage facility…yes and yes. Getting myself some new prescription glasses…sign. me. up. So when it comes to framing art, I was happy to dive head first into the world wide web in order to find the best and easiest online solutions.
Last week I shared with you my favorite abstract artists, so I’m guessing by now you’ve each gone out and purchased some kick-ass art that you’re ready to frame. So buckle your seatbelt and enjoy the ride as I spill my secrets of 3 of my favorite online framing sources.
This site is nice because they offer you two options: DIY framing (where they send all the materials to you and you put it together on your own with fool-proof, easy-to-understand instructions), or full-service framing where they take care of the whole shebang. You can choose your own frame and your own matte, and their prices are up to 70% less than you would pay retail. Score! If you choose the full-service option, they send you a tube for your artwork, you send it off, and a week or so later, your professionally framed artwork is on its way back to you.
If you’re obsessed with Instagram like I am, you will love Instantly Framed. While this service does not offer much variety in their frames (black walnut is pretty much where it’s at), the fun thing is that you can upload photos from Instagram or Facebook directly from an app on your phone. You can choose to have your photos printed in 4 different sizes (and their system will not let you choose a photo size that is too big as it’s able to recognize the pixel ration of all of your photos), and a short time later they’ll arrive on your doorstep all framed up. Order up a few, and these would work great on a gallery wall.
This site is a great combo of online convenience and a professional framing shop, as each frame is built specifically for your piece of artwork. They also offer special options such as “floating” your artwork on your matte, stretching canvases and larger frames (up to 40×60). They even have an option for framing scarves and textiles, which almost made me squeal. I also got sucked into their awesome blog where they share tips on hanging artwork and interesting stories about their team and customers.
Ok, so I’m hooked on online framing sites but what about you guys? Have you ever tried it before?