Amp Up the Art
I’m a pretty bold type of person. I like big and bold almost everything! My art….usually not a different story. Does this sound like a Deja Vue Designs kind of statement?
About a year or so ago I found these AMAZING antique seed labels. They weren’t just seed labels though, they’re French! I ordered them…and fell IN LOVE! They are “tres belle!”. I knew almost instantly how I wanted to matte them, Animal print of course! but the frames, were a different matter. I have framing equipment, but it’s been in storage since we moved several years ago. I haven’t had anything professionally framed since I closed my shop in 2002. I began to price frames, and decided it might be worth it to buy a building and set mine back up. There are ten of these bad boys…and at $175 a pop…..ummm NO!
I had already matted them with some mat board I got at Hobby Lobby, thinking that I would just have them framed. This meant that I wasn’t worried about the final size of the matte, or the neatness of the outer edge of the matte….I was just concerned with the amount of matte I wanted around the labels. BIG mistake, because when I found out how much it was gonna cost, I realized I was going to have to buy ready-made frames to do this. Well, my final matte size was an odd size. It was 5 3/4 x 7 1/2. I didn’t want to try to cut them down, risking tearing the matte or worse the antique labels. So this is what I did.
First I attached them to the glass of some 8×10 dollar store frames. I knew that the frames were insignificant and I would want to beef them up.
Then I took the 5×7 frames and tore off the easel backs….remember the easel back artwork? I then glued the glass to the frames…because I didn’t want the glass to sit on the matte. There are several reasons for that, but the main reason is airflow.
Then I siliconed those on top of the frame….like so.
Because I bought the frames at two separate dollar stores, they didn’t exactly match. That was okay….but I did want them to kinda tie back to one another.
I took Rub and buff and coordinated them.
I used black, antique gold, and silver to tie them all together.
You can find this stuff several places….there is even some on the amazon widget in my side bar.
This is what they look like on my wall….
What do Y’all think? Do you like the animal print matte? How do you feel about a cluster of prints like this?