Friday, February 8, 2013
Semi Custom Framing
Now, about the framing... We all know how much custom framing costs, and I was not in a position to spend that much money. Instead, I was lucky enough to pick up three huge (27” by 34”) identical frames at Value Village about a year or so ago. They have been collecting dust in the basement ever since. The art I’ve posted about before, HERE, and was bought via Etsy. The mats in the frames were old and have lost their shape. Their openings were not suitable for my pieces and couldn’t be used. Instead I ordered custom mats at Michael, at $50 per piece. Not cheap by any means, but definitely not the price of custom framing. I had the mats cut to allow pieces to float and I really love the effect. Once the mats were ready I did the rest of the “framing” myself. It was a fun and easy project to do in the evening.
While at Michael’s I also picked up gold paint pens. See, the frames were the 80’s shiny gold, scratched and pretty sad. But I loved the shape of them and so I wanted to give them a bit of a brushed gold look. The pens worked great, just don’t forget to shake them every 5 minutes. The coverage is not perfectly perfect, but I think that only adds to the charm.
The scale of the overall installation if perfect for the wall. Not too much, not too little. Perfect impact without overtaking the space. Perfect.
PS. I know the peice on the right is lower. It's been like that for 2 month and we just haven't gotten around to fixing it. I'm kind of partial to its perfect imperfection :)