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Friday, March 19th, 2021

What to do with your Children’s Art?

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020


Do you have a budding Picasso in your family? Does your third grader come home proud as can be of a painting he or she made for you? Maybe your child has all the colours of the rainbow at their disposal and they love to create an absolute masterpiece (albeit with a non-proportional house to stick people included) for you every week. Children can always melt even the coldest of hearts with their creativity and love.  

Now, what to do with all of this art? Surely, you’ll want to treasure it forever? 

Framing kids art





The possibilities are endless

One of the perks of working in the art and framing industry is the variation of every individual piece that comes across our bench. Every day is different in every way. We’re exposed to unique one of a kind pieces from beautiful parts of the world. Sometimes we have new artists come and get their first commissioned piece framed. We get to frame special items that belonged to someone who is no longer with us, however their memory and achievements can live on through those that love them. The reason I’ve mentioned these things is because I would like to inspire you. Inspire you in such a way that the only thing you must realise when it comes to art and framing;

The possibilities are endless. 


Frame your child’s Art

Go one better than putting the masterpiece on the fridge with a banana magnet holding it up. Get it framed! When you frame your children’s artwork, it really shows that you love how they express themselves and it encourages creativity and self esteem. A home of creativity and laughter, sounds like a lovely place to live. At the same time, you could hang their art for all to see and enjoy. Maybe you could gift the framed piece to their favourite grandparents? What grandparent wouldn’t love to receive a grandchild’s artwork for their home! Or you could add their art to your Gallery Wall?

Your child’s artwork provides endless possibilities for home décor. 

Framing can also enhance your child’s art in a number of ways depending on the design you choose. You can preserve it in all its glory, protecting it from the elements. There are many creative and fun ways to frame children’s artwork too. For example, a brightly coloured frame with a complementary mat will turn a simple painting of apples and oranges into a fun piece for the family kitchen. Or an elaborate, gold leaf frame with a fillet and double mat can make the art look like a museum piece, perfect for your living room.

Framing also works for arts and crafts projects. Pottery projects, masks, papier mâché and other creative items can be framed with a wide, thick moulding that makes a great conversation piece and a focal point for any room or hallway. By custom framing this art, you’re adding to its appeal. An important part of the process is choosing where to hang the painting. This depends on the art and its final presentation. I recommend getting it framed with a specific room in mind.  


Canvas’ are your new best friend 

Your child might also enjoy having art in their room. Getting their creation put on a canvas can increase it’s presence and really add a large amount of colour to a room. Larger canvas’ provide visual stimulation and evoke a happy atmosphere. But your child’s pride can be multiplied when the canvas art is of their own creation. Hanging canvas’ and other artwork on your walls is a great way to enhance your home, but try taking your décor to another level by proudly displaying your own child’s art.

The possibilities are endless to create the right home for your very own Picasso.

Sunshine Coast Art and Framing Gallery have a team of framing experts that can help you through your unique journey of framing the art and prints that are special to you. No frame is too big or small, we will help you get the perfect result for your artwork.

How to Create the Perfect Gallery Wall

Monday, October 26th, 2020


Trends come and go, however the “Gallery Wall” trend is one that I hope stays around for many years to come.   

A well designed and placed gallery wall is the perfect way to make a big personal and bold impact in your home! Gallery Walls allow you the ability show who you are and what you or your family like. In recent times, gallery walls have become the new feature wall in homes being built today, which means no more bright green paint walls in the living room (I’m looking at you 1970)! Also, if desired, a blank staircase can come to life by arranging the Gallery Wall of your dreams.

Arranging a gallery wall can be an intimidating challenge, but here are some tips on how you can cash in on this hot new trend and throw away the bright green wall paint.


Have fun and be playful

This is an exciting journey that you have just undertaken, just make sure that you enjoy it! Have fun with it, maybe add some goofy family photos or use your child’s drawing that has been on the fridge for years. You can use art that you have purchased from a local artist you met while over seas on your last holiday. You can use old calendars, notes, cards or even a favourite poem or quote.  

Gallery walls can be used to tell a story of your travels. You can use a combination of photos, prints or postcards you have collected along the way. This creates a great conversation piece for guest’s and adds character/authenticity to your home.  

The sky is the limit and the only thing holding you back is your imagination.

Gallery wall ideas

Mix it up and take your time

“Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all it’s flavour” – William Cowper 1785 .

When creating your unique Gallery wall, you have to ensure that there is a lot of variety in the pieces that you use. Illustrations, paintings, book pages, photos, items you have collected, drawings, artwork, you just need to keep it eclectic and visually interesting. Later you can tie it all together with theme, frame colour, style, or image colour palette. We recommend that you lay all your pieces down in the layout that you would like them initially, take a picture and then move things around. Complete this process a number of times and you will find a layout that looks gorgeous and showcases everything perfectly.     

You now have the perfect arrangement, but you’re not sure what it would look like on your wall? Before you go knocking holes in the wall, we recommend cutting brown paper to size, and blue tacking them to the wall. This will allow you to get a visual understanding of placement, space and feel of your Gallery Wall. 

Do not rush, be sure to take your time and marinate in the glory of what you have created. We have found that the best arrangements look and feel as if everything has been collected over time, and not just lumped together. 


Framing is the key

You’ve selected the pieces that you would like, you know the layout and where this masterpiece will be showcased, but something is missing? This brings us to the final stage of your journey.

Gallery walls are not only about the artwork/pieces, it all needs to be framed and not just any old frame laying around. We strongly that all frames are the same colour, shape, and style. By having consistency in the framing finish, you create visual unity in the grouping. However, there must be a variety of frame sizes to help create the unique feel and experience that you desire.

Enjoy your journey!  

Sunshine Coast Art and Framing Gallery have a team of framing experts that can help you through your unique journey of framing the art and prints that are special to you. No frame is too big or small, we will help you get the perfect result for your artwork.

How to get your frame, just right.

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020


This porridge is too hot! This porridge is too cold! This porridge is just right.

There is a valuable lesson we can learn from the famous Goldilocks fairy-tale when it comes to selecting the correct Frame size and inclusions for your unique art or memorabilia. A frame that is too bright, too dull, too small, or too large may have a negative impact on the piece you want to frame.

When framing your art or memorabilia, you need to get the mix of frame size, matboard and colour choice, just right. 


When it comes to framing your photos and artwork, one size does not fit all. There are several decisions to be made, including style, colour, texture, and proportion, that can make or break a design. Balancing all these elements is key.

The first choice in the design process is colour. Colours that are too bold or too bright can make your art look washed out. A better option for you may be to choose a variation of a colour in your print, matboard or frame. This will help draw your eye to the artwork, not detract from it.

Your next step is to select a frame style. Current trends may seem like the easy choice, but they are not always right for your unique piece. On the other hand, period frames may seem too ornate or elaborate for your personal taste. The key to finding the right balance is to choose a style that works for you and for your artwork.  

Finally, it is important to keep proportion in mind. If you add a pattern to your frame design, make sure it is to scale and coordinates with your print, photo, or memorabilia. Large patterns and textures can dwarf delicate or detailed images. The size of your finished piece is also important. A small frame placed on a large wall can get lost, while a large frame in a small space can feel overwhelming or suffocating. Consider where you will be displaying your art and the frame’s proportion to the room.

A successful design will keep the focus on your artwork, not its surroundings. You do not want to see the framing when you look at your overall piece, you want the frame to enhance your piece.


Matboards are a fundamental component of almost every framed picture. However, understanding the vast range of information and choices available in matboards can be daunting to comprehend.

Firstly, what is the purpose of matboards?

The primary purpose of matboards is to provide protection for the artwork and enhance the framing design. The perfect matboard can enhance and help the viewer to focus correctly on the image. This can be achieved through a combination of distance, balance, proportion, and colour.

The main reason why our customers choose to custom frame artwork or memorabilia is to protect and preserve the item that they are framing. The matboard is designed to support a piece and provides a safe distance between the artwork and the glass.

Some common pitfalls to look out for when choosing your matboard are below.

If your work is not framed correctly, even the most minor environmental changes can create condensation and moisture build up on the surface of the glass which can in turn damage your artwork or memorabilia.

In the absence of a matboard, you could use a glass spacer to facilitate this function. However, not all glass spacers are designed to protect the artwork it touches.

There are some matboards such as decorative matboards that can gradually cause irreparable damage to art though direct contact over time.


Does finding the right sized frame for your small print or painting appear to be a daunting task? A larger frame might just be the answer you are looking for.

A larger frame, around smaller art or prints will give you the creative freedom to use a wider matboard. This increases the space between art and frame, the result being your print or pictures are now the centre of attention. 

You could also add an inner frame for fillet and effectively increase the size of your pictures while adding a touch of elegance. It draws attention to the subject without overwhelming it.

Be mindful that a small frame sometimes overwhelms smaller art. A larger frame will give your art the space it needs to look the best that it can.

Remember, balance is key to getting your framed work, just right.


Sunshine Coast Art and Framing Gallery have a team of framing experts that can help you through your unique journey of framing the art and prints that are special to you. No frame is too big or small, we will help you get the perfect result for your artwork.

MOTHER OF THREE, amputee, business owner…

Friday, August 21st, 2020

How did Paula Gowland spring back?

Paula and John Gowland, owners of Sunshine Coast Art and Framing Gallery, are a beautiful couple who truly support each other.

John has been there every step of the way for his wife Paula, who on a lazy afternoon in June of 2014, took the day off to enjoy a little spring cleaning around the house. Paula was excited to re-hang her freshly washed curtains in her bedroom; she climbed up on to the end of her bed, reached for the rod, then slipped and fell to the floor. Crack! It was like no other sound she’d ever heard before, yet deep in her heart, she knew with certainty, she just broke her leg. Despite being immediately rushed to the hospital, the swelling progressed so rapidly, expanding the size of her leg to a point that surgeons were unable to operate on the four fractures in her tibia. Instead, they stabilised her shattered bone with external fixation; however, after a series of complications, her fate became a below-the-knee amputation three months later.

Far from her home on the Sunshine Coast, lying in a Sydney hospital bed, under the care of esteemed surgeon, Professor Munjed Al Muderis, Paula contemplated her life. A mother of three children, and devoted wife of nearly 20 years, she had some decisions to make. Having undergone a lifesaving, state-of-the-art procedure, osseo-integration, which involved inserting a titanium rod into her bone to allow placement of a prosthesis, an insidious infection now prevented healing. Twenty-four operations and eighteen months later, she made the difficult decision to completely remove her leg, allow a re-attempt of the osseo-integration, and pray. As the minutes progressed to hours, and the days went on into months, Paula searched deep inside for meaning and purpose to the recent events that had dramatically altered her life. For many, this could have been a time to give up and simply give in. But not for Paula. It was time to get out of her head and find her way back into living.

“I used essential oils to create anchors. I set little goals every day to be achieved and made it my mission to talk to one other patient in the hospital positively each day to make a difference to them and to make them smile. I read lots of inspiring books, studied aromatherapy and business strategies to give me something to focus on at all times.”

After 758 days in the hospital, with perseverance, steadfast conviction, and a never-ending belief in herself and her ability to recover, she arrived home to her family in 2016, surprising her children for Christmas. It was a “very special mummy moment.”

Springing back, with gratitude and an exuberance for life, two years later, she and her husband John, embarked on a new business venture, purchasing what is now known as the Sunshine Coast Art and Framing Gallery, based in Minyama. Gathering a team of professional framers with more than fifty years of experience, they provide multiple services to a wide variety of clients and artists, such as:

  • Custom Framing – limited edition prints, artwork, embroidery, memorabilia
  • Preservation and Conservation
  • Canvas Stretching
  • Large Format Printing on Canvas and Paper

Their retail shop has art supplies, wall art and décor, as well as unique handmade ceramics and giftware. Their team is passionate about what they do, striving to connect with people and genuinely understand what they desire to achieve with their personal items and artwork. Whether it be helping customers create stunning living and work spaces, or bringing a collage of travel photos to life, for John and Paula, it is not only about framing pictures; it’s about capturing the essence of what truly matters most to people – their memories, their experiences, their lives. With pride, the team at Sunshine Coast Art and Framing Gallery consistently provide the highest quality in workmanship, materials, and service.

As if it wasn’t enough to become successful entrepreneurs, John and Paula continue to positively touch the lives of others, both at home and abroad. In September 2019, as part of a twenty-four-member volunteer team, they travelled with the non-profit organisation Mission Abundance to Uganda, Africa. Having raised over $200,000, they were able to fully fund a medical camp, a children’s fun day, and start the foundations for a new rehabilitation centre to educate, support, and care for sacrificed children. They directly impacted the lives of 100 children in their usual way, sharing their newfound appreciation for life, embracing each moment of the experience with love, strength, and grace. And here on the Coast, John and Paula previously hosted “Sip and Paint” workshops at the Gallery that encouraged aspiring artists to explore their gifts and talents in a friendly, welcoming social environment with others wishing to express themselves through art. Closer to home, they now treasure special times with their two beautiful grandchildren.

It’s not every day people face a catastrophic event that forever changes their lives. For Paula, learning to overcome obstacles, endure physical pain, cope with mental stress, and construct an optimistic vision for her life, in spite of the extraordinarily traumatic circumstances, has instilled a resilience in Paula many struggle an entire lifetime to acquire. And in today’s changing world environment, where many businesses have had to go digital or die, they continue to survive by being adaptable, flexible, and innovative in business. Soon, their website will be offering customers access to thousands of images which they can choose from to purchase, select a frame, and complete the entire order online, with delivery to their doorstep in just four weeks. Sunshine Coast Art and Framing Gallery will be the first on the coast to offer this individualised, affordable service to its clients.

If there’s one lesson they’d like to share with the world after all they’ve been through, it’s a message of courage, hope, and inspiration to persevere through the tough times:

“Whatever is happening in your life, be it good or bad, it will not last forever! Get up, show up, and live life to the fullest every day. Embrace change, as things always happen for a reason, and sometimes it can make your life better.”



Credit Source: Matters Magazine Sunshine Coast –

Showcase your favourite memories in the Sunshine Coast

Monday, August 10th, 2020

A gallery wall is a perfect way to make a big personal impact at home.

Photos and souvenirs capture the moments you enjoyed. While they may be one-dimensional, photos have the power to take you back to that special time and place you had with family and friends.

Once framed on your wall you will see your memories everyday, and the people and places you visited will bring a smile to your face each time you look at them. Some good wall décor subjects to have matted and framed are people, notable landmarks and scenic shots. You can enlarge a particularly good shot to a substantial size – one that can occupy a prominent place on your wall. However not all holiday memories are necessarily photos. How about that handmade Belgian lace you bought while in Europe or those seashells you gathered on your beach getaway?

Instead of storing treasures to look at on a rainy day get them framed! 

They can be displayed in a way to create a fitting keepsake. In addition to creating a dynamite way to display your memories, you need to frame them in a way that your items will be preserved for any years to come. Issues that need to be addressed are protection from fading and other environmental hazards as well as preventing potentially harmful chemical reactions when working with metal, wood, or plastic mementos. Elegantly framing your souvenirs and mementos can create a reminder of a pleasant journey. Bring your holiday photos and souvenirs to life and make them part of your everyday.

We print your images!

We can scan/download your images, resize and print.

We recently scanned this 6×4 photo and reworked it into a 600x400mm print for stretched canvas. Let us help you bring your memories to life!

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How Wall Art Can Change The Interior Of Your Home

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

Transform The Look & Feel Of Your Home With Wall Art

When it comes to doing things that can completely change the feel and vibe of your home without having to do much work, you can’t do much better than investing in a bunch of cool wall art! The great thing about wall art is that once you have a set of good quality frames, you can mix and match over the months and years with same sized art that keeps things fresh around the house.

Even if you have never been the kind of person who has experimented with art before, it is never too late to get on the bandwagon! From the team here at Sunshine Coast Art and Framing Gallery, here are some of the ways that your interior can be transformed by wall art on the Sunshine Coast.

Alter The Colour Palette Of A Room

Wall art can offer an instant change of colour palette within a room, without you having to do something much more drastic like paint a wall. The interchangeable nature of wall art means that you never have to commit to something permanent and can continue to play around until you find something that you want to stay.


Show Off Your Personality

Wall art can be a great way to express yourself and add even more personality to your home. The wide array of pieces to select from, especially online, means that you can be as specific to your own personal tastes as you want. Your home can literally be the physical representation of yourself!


Add Some Texture

If you are looking for ways to add more texture to your home decor, then wall art is a simple and effective solution. Don’t underestimate just how much of an impact those few inches coming out from the flat wall can have on a room. It can really bring it to life.


Get Inspired

If you are somebody who finds themselves inspired by art, then having lots dotted around your home can be a great source of motivation. Your home should be a place that makes you feel good, and wall art can certainly have an effect when picked correctly.

Browse Our Range Of Wall Art

So, if you are interested in getting started with some wall art for your Sunshine Coast, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Art Frames. We like to think that we can provide the frames and canvases to get your new collection started off just right. We look forward to being able to help you out!

The Difference Between Acrylic And Oil Painting

Monday, June 29th, 2020

If you are new to art, or perhaps have found yourself with the time to take up a new hobby, then you will soon find that the world of painting is probably more diverse and wide-ranging than you might have imagined!

On first starting out, you have to decide which kind of painting you would like to experiment with, and for many people, this usually comes down to a choice between acrylic and oil.

Here at the Sunshine Coast Art And Framing Gallery, we like to think of ourselves as a one stop shop for art supplies on the Sunshine Coast as well as being a wealth of art-based knowledge and advice, so allow us to help you out with working out which style might be best for you to try. Here are some of the key differences between acrylic and oil painting.

  • If speed of painting is a consideration for you, then it is important to know that acrylics can be used on pretty much any canvas, and will dry extremely quickly,. On the other hand, oils will take a lot longer to produce a completely finished piece. You will find that you need to leave an oil painting for much longer before it dries thoroughly.
  • With acrylics, you are able to achieve crisp lines in your work, whilst with oils it is much more about blending colours into one another to create a more ‘mixed’ effect. Which one you choose depends on the style that you are aiming for.
  • In terms of colour authenticity, what you see on the palate is essentially what you are going to get with acrylics. You need to be more careful with oils, however, as they can tend to dry into slightly different shades compared to when you first started on your canvas.
  • If you only have a small room or space in which to work, then acrylics might be the way to go because they have no smell and are non-toxic. Oils require much more ventilation, and some artists have been known to be consumed by the fumes in confinement!

Come to us for your art supplies on the Sunshine Coast and you’ll be able to choose between quality oil paints and quality acrylics. When your artwork is complete, come back to us here at Sunshine Coast Art & Framing Gallery to provide that important finishing touch to your painting. Call us anytime. We look forward to hearing from you!

How to Pick The Best Frame For Your Artwork

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Our Guide To Choosing A Frame For Your Masterpiece

You might not think it, but one of the most important things to consider when buying a piece of art, is actually choosing what frame you put it in! Of course, the picture itself is the crowning glory, but you should never underestimate just how much of an impact the perfect picture frame can have on the overall piece.

Here at Art Frames, we know better than most about the importance of matching the right kind of frame with the right kind of art, and we want to share our expertise with you. We have been providing picture framing on the Sunshine Coast for many years and here are our tips for how to choose the best frame for your piece of artwork.

Follow Your Instincts

Like most other things in the world of art, you should really just sit back and let your gut guide you to a frame. You will know when something feels right and looks right, and if that happens to be a choice that others don’t agree with, the main thing is to listen to yourself, because it’s your art after all!

Match Your Frame To Your Art’s Style

If you really want to make an impact with something ornate, then going old and vintage is always better than buying something brand new and imitation. If you have an original artwork from a certain time period, it is always a good idea to try to find a frame from that same era, as the two will be harmonious and fitting together.


Consider The Right Size Frame

Consider the size of the frame compared to the artwork. It’s perfectly ok to have a small picture in a large frame if the setting is right. Think about the mount too. The mount and the frame should suit the art. A picture should never feel too big for its frame.


Don’t Take Protection For Granted

Don’t forget, also, the job of a frame is also to keep the painting as safe as it can be. Of course, you want something that is going to look good and emphasise the highlights of the art, but you also want something that you know will be able to stand up to a bang or two if anything should ever happen to the piece. Thankfully the combination of style and safety is a common one in art frames.


Get In Touch With Us For Art & Picture Framing Advice

If you need help with picture framing on the Sunshine Coast, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. There will always be a team member with heaps of training and experience ready to help you out with whatever situation you have.

We stock a wide variety of frames that will suit all and any types of artwork that you might have. We very much look forward to being able to put the finishing touches on your favourite piece of art!

For more advice on framing and art supplies on the Sunshine Coast, read our previous blog on the benefits of painting during difficult times.

Why Paula from the Sunshine Coast Art and Framing Gallery feels we should all be painting during tough times

Monday, March 30th, 2020

I truly believe that a healthy mind and body are essential to living life to the fullest, when I lost my leg in 2014, I felt my whole world had fallen apart. After I learnt to just breath and take life minute by minute and then hour by hour until I could finally do day by day, I filled my time in hospital with painting and writing. It was a way to let my mind go to another place and let go of worry and fear. It gave me a purpose and I felt I had achieved something at the end of long days in hospital.

Staying physically fit was very important to me for my health and was very challenging. Finding a creative outlet kept my mind strong and improved the quality of my life. Below is a list of reason why I believe everyone should paint during tough times.

1. Painting is a Stress Relief

Mental-health issues and stress or high anxiety often go hand in hand. Painting is a great way to release emotional stress and helps you to relax your mind and let go of all the problems that are contributing to a high stress level.

What people don’t realise is that when you create something beautiful through painting you stimulate your creative mind (the right side of the brain) and this will help to relieve mental strain. If we can reduce our stress this will lead to a healthier and happier lifestyle.

2. Artistic vs Analytical Brains

Painting comes naturally to artistic, right-brain people, however if you are an analytical left-brainer you can stimulate and nurture your creative growth by practicing painting.

3. People who paint have sharper minds and retain memory

Painting sharpens your mind! People who use creative outlets such as painting, drawing and writing have less chance of developing memory loss when they get older.

4. Enhances Problem-Solving and Motor skills

An artist must think conceptually to bring multiple solutions to life when painting. This means the person is using their critical thinking skills. During this process, what a person imagines may not evolve due to colour limitations or unexpected outcomes that occur during artistic implementation. Finding the solution helps build important problem-solving skills. Thinking outside the box becomes second nature to a painter.

Using a paint brush increases the mobility in your hands and fingers. These fine motor skills help people create shortcuts that the brain implements in everyday life.

5. Emotional Growth

Releasing emotions through painting, drawing and writing is a very helpful experience for many people. An artist can use painting to pour out their emotions onto their artwork, they can understand and evaluate factors contributing to various moods they are experiencing.  Experimenting with painting can help a person to understand what triggers feelings and emotions such as happiness, sadness, love or anger. Painting can be very healing for the mind, body and soul.

6. Painting can stimulate an optimistic attitude

Painting helps build strong mental health at every age and it is never to late to start a new hobby. Paint will help to generate a happy mood not only for the person that is painting but also the people that are around them.

Painting provides a very relaxing, open environment where a person feels safe to explore their own creativity and encourages a more optimistic approach to life.

The reward is creating visually appealing artwork that others admire that will give the person a sense of pride and happiness in the work which helps boost self-esteem and inspires people to reach new levels of skill.

You Name it - We Can Frame it!

Whether you are framing a piece for preservation or for decor we can help you. Our expert team will work with you to create what you are after, lending their knowledge along the way.