How to: Make a DIY “Vintage Pull-Down Map” Style Frame for Your Posters and Artwork

Simple wood trim poster frame
Photo: Chris Gardner

I like a properly matted and framed piece of artwork as much as anyone, but sometimes, it can be a little overkill. First off, it’s expensive, especially for large pieces, and secondly, it doesn’t always fit the style of the art. Framing a poster or screen print can often make the space feel more like a weird movie or record exec’s office, rather that a home filled with awesome art.

Whenever I find any large, vintage art, I’m especially struck by the bold graphic design and aged colors and texture. Continue Reading

Is ‘Keep Calm’ so over?

Keep Calm (Red) Premium Giclee Print

Several weeks ago I came across a random post on some interior design website that shall remain nameless that featured an image of a perfectly acceptable decor which contained a ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster. In amongst the comments to the post, there were quite a few that deemed the vintage propaganda image, and I quote, ‘So over.’ For several reasons, I find this  rather sad. First, the poster has incredible historical significance  and second, it’s probably one of the best pieces of advice one can apply to their everyday trials and tribulations, let alone when Nazis come knocking at your door.  Continue Reading

Hardware Store Decor: DIY Frame Project for Posters and Art

To celebrate the release of Make It! Hardware Store Decor, we decided to look back into the Curbly archives to find some great hardware store-inspired posts. First stop, this Curbly video showing you how to make an easy and inexpensive custom poster frame.

created at: 2009-07-21

An attractive frame for artwork always beats thumbtacks or the sticky stuff, but custom jobs at the framing shop come with sky-high prices, often more than you paid for that wonderful screen print from Etsy or the perfect vintage concert tour poster. Continue Reading

Make Your Own Pixelated Portrait from Paint Chips.

Earlier this month, Apartment Therapy Chicago featured a home with a pixelated portrait of Lincoln, which the owners created “by pixelating a photo and boiling it down to 9 shades of gray (both done in Photoshop). [Then they] built the canvas, gridded it off in 2 inch squares, and mixed the different shades of paint. At that point it basically became a paint by number.”

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Then, some clever AT reader took the approach, and recreated the aesthetic with square paint samples from Benjamin Moore. Continue Reading

How to: Make an Easy and Inexpensive DIY Frame for Posters and Art (Video Tutorial)

An attractive frame for artwork always beats thumbtacks or the sticky stuff, but custom jobs at the framing shop come with sky-high prices, often more than you paid for that wonderful screen print from Etsy or the perfect vintage concert tour poster.

So, skip the frame shop altogether, and head to the hardware store for this easy and customizable DIY to protect and showcase your favorite pieces.

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The World’s Most Expensive Movie Poster

World’s most expensive movie poster

Does the robot in this poster look familiar? It should; it inspired George Lucas’s C-P3O. Promoting Fritz Lang’s 1927 film “Metropolis”, the poster, sold at auction back in 2005 by the Austrian National Library, brought in an impressive $690,000. Why so spendy? The movie is considered a masterpiece and only 3 other copies of the poster are known to exist. Its art deco fabulousness doesn’t hurt either!

If you’re groovin’ on the image but are short a million bucks, not to worry. Continue Reading

E is for Eames

This poster rather occupies the space between curbly and weebabystuff,
sure it’s an alphabet poster, but WHAT an alphabet poster.

 

created on: 11/19/08

While most
of us are pretty familiar with our ABC’s it’s nice to have a visual
reminder of our Aalto, Bertoia and Castiglioni’s complete with a
silhouette of their iconic pieces.

The handprinted poster measures 11″ x 17″ and will set you back a very reasonable $35 find it here

 

 

How to Save Big Bucks at the Frame Shop Part 1

Have you ever noticed that–oftentimes–framing your new fabulous print/poster costs ten times as much as the print/poster itself? After suffering from this phenomenon for too many years I finally figured out what I was doing wrong. I was buying my prints FIRST and then framing them AFTER. What I SHOULD have been doing is using the frames I already have and finding print images to fit their openings.

Re-use Your Frames

Okay, we all know this, but sometimes it’s easier said than done. Continue Reading