Some Innovative Ideas for Custom Frames

The custom frames can add a touch of individuality to even the very regular photos and portraits. You can display them on the wall, or your shelf or your desktop, the personalization gives a personal touch to them. A custom frame can be created in numerous ways and are suitable for office as well as home. They even make great gift as well.

One of the very easy ways of creating custom frame is to use your craft and scrapbook supplies. You may style using ornamental letters that are used to embellish scrapbook pages. These letters are readily available in any normal supply stores. By just gluing the embellished letters to the frame you can spell out a name or phrase to create that personalized look. The letters can express the sentiments attached with the photo or a simply title to the photo displayed. The embellishment letters are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors which allows you to get a custom look.

You can add dried flowers, ornate the clip frames, add ribbons to create a custom frame. You can decorate a wedding portrait frame with ribbons and baby’s breath to get a unique and personal look. Again, you can decorate the baby photo frames by gluing small objects and stars around the clip frames. You can add a personalized look to them by letting your imagination lose.

You do not have to settle with simple one if you want a custom frames. You can buy shadow box frames and get the inside decorated suitably and ornate the matted part which surrounds your picture. You can use decorative paper and even embellishments to decorate the structure. You do not have to restrict the frames to only photos; you can also use them to frame certificates, degrees, memorable. You can also frame meaningful poems or music score. They make equally amazing art work.

No matter what you have in mind, make sure that you mix and match different articles inside as well as outside them to find out which way it looks good. You can experiment with a lot of different designs and before you add glue to it and make it final. This way you will be able to see what exact look you want. The custom one also makes excellent gift items as well as since they are great keepsake.

You can buy custom frames from a variety of sources and stores. The best way you can customize a frame is buy adding a touch of creativity. With the use of right glue for the right kind of a frame you can create magic. A different kind of glue is needed for wood and plastic. When you buy the frames to personalize, always have a rough idea about the designs. You can ornate the wider, flatter frames by adding embellishments around the edges. The nice rounded and narrow frames work very well with the decorative mat. Therefore, no matter what design you choose, you can create a custom frame in a fun way and expand the affection and creativity

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Spirit by: Q Wang – Book Review

Spirit: The Paintings of Q. Wang is a collection of contemporary paintings by Q. Wang, a current resident of Southern California. In this “Coffee table” style of high-quality art-book of 44 selected works of artist Q. Wang created during the period from 2006 through 2010, are displayed with only title and date of origin; leaving the viewer to “feel the art”, or as stated in the Preface, “hear the music” without the distraction of a narrative.

Working with acrylic over conventional sized canvases, Q. Wang’s work is easily categorized as being modern art, abstract, using color and lines in very unique and impressive ways. Although, admittedly Q. Wang openly discusses his attraction to the art of Maurice Utrillo, I sense some subliminal influence by other renowned artists. I feel the American legend Alexander Calder aligned with his floating shapes; along with aspects reminiscent of Andy Warhol in hisHillary Clinton portrait; Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gough with some cubism. This said, the originality of Q. Wang stands on his own merit with a fundamental Asian influence.

Just as it is obvious to a viewer if a picture on a wall is hung at an angle, not being straight, it is amazingly impressive how parallel, perpendicular, round and exact the geometric shapes are within Q. Wang’s work. He definitely has a highly advanced mathematical spatial relation aspect to his art, resulting in hypnotizing introspection and, in my case, a highly emotional impact. His core talent brings simplicity in shape and form. One of, if not my true favorite, is titled, Woman. In it, Q. Wang takes a red circle, two red domes and a red triangle placed over horizontal colored backgrounds bringing to mind a “nude” like some Hermann Rorschach inkblot test revealing my own thoughts. Other favorites of mine are titled Kiss and Lovers, where two “stick figures” embrace each other, one yellow and one red, over a green background. Just as universal highway and building signage uses stick figures to represent men and women with respect to safety or even a restroom, these figures are international and global in its representation of the love within humanity.

I could go on and talk about Q. Wang’s use of dimensional relations in his landscapes, or his obvious sense of passion for a lady he painted, or even the comedy within his work; but to understand his work you simply need to see it. This book is beyond excellent as a showcase for his talent. Next to having the opportunity to visit a gallery with his work, this book can be easily bought and will truly embellish the library of any art-loving collector. As the famous French film producer Jean-Luc Godard said, “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.” Q. Wang has taken me further into the appreciation of my surroundings, people, and love. That is what art is all about.

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The Last Good War: The Faces and Voices of World War II

World War II was a defining event in history, especially America. I had a grandfather who served in that war, earning two Purple Hearts and a Silver Star. I’ve seen countless movies depicting events from World War II, and I’ve also read a number of books about those years as well. It was a different time, and the war helped shaped that generation’s identity. It was a war that many refer to as the “last good war.” Like my grandfather, many of the veterans from World War II are passing away each day. It is because of this, that I liked what Thomas Sanders and Veronica Kavass have put together. The book “The Last Good War: The Faces and Voices of World War II” is a beautifully done coffee table type book that pays homage to those who served our nation in war.

The book is filled with magnificent photographs of men and women who served, now much older, but often holding pictures of when they were younger. Many pictures are black and white, but there are also color photographs included too. These are men and women who are true heroes, that very few have ever heard about. They are heroes because they answered when their country called. They sacrificed and did what had to be done. They then returned home to become productive members of their communities and lead lives just like the rest of us.

Sanders dedicates the book to all American veterans and soldiers, especially to those who do not make it home. And while there really isn’t anything good about war, just as Hampton Sides says in the introduction, there was a lot of “good” in the men and women who served, and this book helps us remember the selfless, determined, humble, and heroic veterans of that time. At the beginning of the book there is a quote by Dwight D. Eisenhower, General, U.S. Army. This was when he was Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during World War II and before he became President of the United States. He said, “The world must know what happened, and never forget.” I think sometimes we do forget, and we shouldn’t. Looking through the book, noticing the aged faces, I can’t help but think what they went through during their time of service. And I can’t help but feel a sense of gratitude and thankfulness for what they did. Reading their stories makes me ashamed at how some people today cry and moan about difficulties that are nowhere near what those men and women faced.

This is an important book, and I hope many will take the time to read it, and more than that, to realize the history that our older generation have not studied, but lived, and to take advantage of learning from these men and women, so we don’t ever forget. Because, as the author says, one day they won’t be here to tell their stories.

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