Congratulations Class of 2020! Commemorate your Graduation with a Custom Frame from Whispering Woods Gallery

Holy Family custom framed diploma at Whispering Woods Gallery Holland Pa
Your ceremony may have been cancelled but your achievement was not! Call us now to discuss your diploma framing

Although graduation may not be traditional this year, it is still an important milestone!  A diploma is something to display, not put away in a closet or drawer. After all, it took much hard work over the years to earn it.  Here are a few questions to ask when you frame your diploma.

  • What kind of glass will be used?  Does it block UV rays to reduce the fading of the signatures? Do you prefer an anti-reflective solution?
  • Does the mat fit the certificate? Mats from a university book store diploma frame don’t necessarily fit your diploma.  Why cover up something important?
  • How will the diploma be secured in the frame? Does it need to be dry-mounted?  Is this a good idea?
  • Is this framing process reversible?  Quality framing will come out of the frame in it’s original condition, without tape adhesive. Professional framers aim for their work to be reversible.
  • Is the hanging hardware secure and proper for where you will hang it?  A ready-made frame might not have the hanging solution for your walls.  A professional framer will provide a hanging solution that works for you.
  • Do you love it? Ordering online does not let you see the details of the frame design. Does it reflect my personality?  Somebody in the fashion industry might pick something different than an accountant or attorney.  Will the same frame be available for future diplomas and licenses? Is if made from solid wood or particle board?
  • Should I take this to an expert?  Professional framers study for years. They know what’s best for your situation.  You want this to last for generations. Why settle for anything less?

Call Whispering Woods Gallery to set up a time for a shop visit or we can work virtually. Let us show you the many ways we can commemorate your special accomplishment with a custom frame. We care to do it right.  You should too.  Congratulations 2020 Graduates!

Framed Concert Memories

Paul Weller framed concert memorabilia
We framed a concert poster, set list, drum stick, guitar picks, ticket and photos to make a lasting memory of a great performance!

It was a night at the Fillmore that will always be remembered! Jen of Yardley, PA is a Paul Weller fan and she shows her dedication here! She brought us a set list, poster, concert ticket, guitar picks, drum stick and a series of awesome photos to frame this impressive piece.

It was a joy to work with Jen who is a graphic designer. I especially like her layout of her personal photos of the concert.

Let’s hope we can make some new concert memories soon. Until then we are happy to frame your tickets, photos and posters that you have already collected.

View some more framed concert memorabilia framed at Whispering Woods Gallery.

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Celebrating 33 Years!

Enjoy some of our favorite photos from over the years. Click on a photo to see the full caption and larger size. Continue clicking on the arrow for a slideshow. We truly thank all who have supported us over the years!

 

Framing Kids’ Art

Whispering Woods Gallery frames Kids' ArtFraming Kids’ Works of Art: A Different Approach
Kids’ works of art can be special and amazing pieces to display in the home! Many times, colorful mats and frames are incorporated into the custom frame designs, which can be just the right look, especially if the art will be placed in a child’s room or a playroom. But a different approach to share at the design counter is to frame the art in a more sophisticated way so it can be displayed nearly anywhere in the home!
Go for a Gallery Look
Colorful drawings, pencil sketches, photography, paintings and more can be framed with a white mat and black frame for a gallery-style design.
Make it a Masterpiece
Art on canvas can be beautifully highlighted with a wide frame – try frames with a gold, silver or black finish for a dramatic result.
Traditional & Transitional
Frames that highlight the beauty of wood can be a stylish option, and the art can be matted or not, depending on the substrate and medium. Modern and clean-lined profiles, rustic styles, or traditional furniture finishes can all work beautifully to create designs that highlight the art and work well in the home.

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Some recent customer projects

Customers at Whispering Woods Gallery
A few recent custom framing projects at Whispering Woods Gallery.

Upper Left: Vacation memories of Italy with photos and souvenir cards
Upper Middle: Custom framed postcards of Winchester Virginia
Upper Right: A Charle Bofinger embellished canvas giclee
Middle Left: Original art framed to start a collection
Middle Center: Vintage drawing from the 1950’s
Middle Right: Proud Dad picking up his daughter’s diploma
Bottom Left:  A precious family photo with description
Bottom Middle: A framed tool belt of a departed employee to a local business.
Bottom Right: A custom framed map of the Holyland dating back to the mid 1600’s.

 

It’s Graduation Season!

Penn State Diploma Framing with Medal

It’s Graduation season and even though we are striving to live in a “paperless” world, 2019 graduates are still proudly receiving diplomas at their commencement ceremonies.  A diploma is something to display, not put away in a closet or drawer. After all, it took much hard work over the years to earn it.  Here are a few questions to ask when you frame your diploma.

  • What kind of glass will be used?  Does it block UV rays to reduce the fading of the signatures? Do you prefer an anti-reflective solution?
  • Does the mat fit the certificate? Mats from a university book store diploma frame don’t necessarily fit your diploma.  Why cover up something important?
  • How will the diploma be secured in the frame? Does it need to be dry-mounted?  Is this a good idea?
  • Is this framing process reversible?  Quality framing will come out of the frame in it’s original condition, without tape adhesive. Professional framers aim for their work to be reversible.
  • Is the hanging hardware secure and proper for where you will hang it?  A ready-made frame might not have the hanging solution for your walls.  A professional framer will provide a hanging solution that works for you.
  • Is it a great frame?  Does it reflect my personality?  Somebody in the fashion industry might pick something different than an accountant or attorney.  Will the same frame be available for future diplomas and licenses? Is if made from solid wood or particle board?
  • Should I take this to an expert?  Professional framers study for years. They know what’s best for your situation.  You want this to last for generations. Why settle for anything less?

Stop by Whispering Woods Gallery.  We’ll show you diplomas that still look great from generations ago.  We care to do it right.  You should too.  Congratulation 2019 Graduates!  From Whispering Woods Gallery

Diploma Framing at Whispering Woods Gallery

 

Gallery Walls

vintage photo gallery wall
A recent photo wall gallery wall project framed at Whispering Woods Gallery

Gallery walls are a great way to make your home or office a place that feels just right.  Here are some articles that you might want to check out before designing a gallery wall.

This is your area so don’t be hung up about  breaking the rules! If you think that it works, consider it!  Many of the articles suggest not using the same frame for the entire collection. In the above photo, our client wanted to unify his family photos by using the same frame for all on of the items on his gallery wall. For his situation, it works.

Don’t be afraid to add three dimensional objects of different shapes and sizes to your gallery wall. A flea-market find, souvenir from vacation or family heirloom is an appropriate addition. Refer to Instagram and Pinterest for unusual ideas and layouts.

If you have a large amount of items to be framed for your wall, take your time, plan it out and work with an experienced framer who will help you through the process. Since it can be time consuming it’s best to call ahead to reserve a time period.

Here are a few pointers for hanging your gallery wall:

  • Cut out the shape of each item from newspaper or kraft paper and use painters tape to arrange the cutouts on the wall to experience the final effect.
  • Lay the arrangement out on the floor near the wall to see the overall balance before committing to making holes in the wall.
  • Make sure that the items have proper hanging hardware. Wires attached to D-Rings used with professional picture hooks work in most cases. Frames with sawtooth hangers in the top center often get knocked down and should be used with caution. Screw eyes frequently come loose over time so you might please consider other options.
  • Don’t be afraid to hire a professional installer. If you cannot fit it into your schedule, don’t have the proper ladders or simply don’t enjoy the process, contact us and we can refer you to some local installers in the Philadelphia area.

 

Inspect Your Framed Art and Memorabilia

Inspect your framed art
Just because something has been framed, doesn’t mean it should be forgotten.

When you own framed art or memorabilia that means a lot to you,  pay attention to make sure it remains in good condition. The most common problems occur from damaging UV light rays, insects, moisture or temperature change. When you see signs of problems, bring your framed piece in so we can provide advice on how to correct the problem and how to stop further damage. Feel free to give us call at 215-364-4321 for more information.

What is Dry Mounting?

Nearly everything we frame needs to be mounted in some fashion. There are many methods of mounting- hinging, wet mounting, lacing, stretching, and sewing. Dry mounting, used mostly for contemporary open edition reproduction pieces, will adhere regular prints and posters to rigid backings so they will look their best in the frame for years to come. This process keeps your art flat. Without it, your art can become wavy or ripple under the glass, this is caused by changes in temperature or humidity. In most cases dry mounting is permanent so we will automatically advise you when we feel it is appropriate or necessary. We will ask you questions to determine the value and type of art to help make the proper choice.

We rarely dry mount original art, limited edition pieces, articles of value or irreplaceable items. Dry mounting is not considered archival as it is not reversible. We cannot dry mount any heat sensitive item. Some art is damaged in transport, or from improper framing from years ago. Dry mounting can improve the look of the damaged art so that it can be enjoyed for years to come.

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What is a Float Frame?

A float is a minimalist frame option sometimes used when framing art on canvas. The art drops into the front of the frame so none of it’s front surface is covered.  This is beneficial when the painting is extended over the sides or if the lip of a conventional frame would cover important parts of the art. Most float frames are simple profiles, but a second decorative frame could be added for a unique presentation.

In this example, Marena of Bensalem brought us her art that was designed with hundreds of paper hearts made from currency bills which were pinned to a hand pieced gilded background.  It was stunning! By using a float frame the viewer can see the textured sides of the art.

In Memory of Dad

Custom framed high school photo
Custom framed high school photo
Dad’s high school photo

In honor of Father’s Day I recently custom framed my Dad’s high school photo. This original photo is dear to me because it was displayed in my Grandmother’s dining room on top of the china cabinet. I have fond memories of the 1920’s house at 2522 North Second Street in Harrisburg, PA. Growing up, I always admired the beautiful soft photography and how well that it captured my father. This photograph survived several damaging floods from the Susquehanna River throughout the years when most of the house contents were destroyed.

The framing is masculine and suited for my father.  He was always well coordinated and stylish. My Dad loved neckties and the pattern of the frame reminds me of the patterns that he used to wear. I added an engraved plate so that he will always be remembered. I will add some details to the back of the framed photo so that others will know about his life. Stop by Whispering Woods Gallery to see this and many other examples of our fine custom framing. Do you have a memory that you would like to preserve? I am happy to help.

“Vintage is Now” Day 27 – WWII and more

WWII Custom Framed Army medals
Karl helped liberate Dachau on April 29, 1945.

Today’s project was for a customer that I will always remember. A few years ago Karl came to me with several military medal projects to be framed. Karl and I worked on one project at a time, framing his grandfather’s and father’s German military medals. Karl was a retired college professor so he enjoyed telling me the history of each project.

The third frame consisted his own medals from WWII. I noticed that his medals were the same as my father’s Army medals from WWII. Karl’s regiment preceded my Dad’s regiment. He enthusiastically told me details of his experience in Europe as an Army interpreter for Felix Sparks. He answered my many questions. At the holidays Karl came back and presented me with a book called “The Liberator” by Alex Kershaw which is an account of the liberation of Europe.

On April 29, 1945 Karl was part of the 45th Infantry Division that helped liberate the 30,000 starving prisoners of Dachau. Thanks to Karl for sharing his story and for serving our country.