Saturday, 18 July 2009

My green birthday print framed!!

So it was my Birthday not so long ago and for my yearly treats I selected a couple of stunning prints from very clever artists. How exciting is it when they arrive on the doorstep? The prints I received were beautiful and looked better in real life, than can ever be imagined from a small image on a screen.

I have set about framing them so I can get them up on the wall and admire them every day... The first and largest of my lovely birthday print was from a fellow Etsy seller, and had to travel a long way..from Melbourne, Australia! The print is entitled "Green - World", and has so many lovely details and differing shades of green (my favourite colour!!). You can check out the print for sale and many other stunning works by the artist Sooooound at this link:

So, let me tell what I did with this lovely print and my reasons behind it. As ever, I framed to compliment the picture and try to keep the overall design simple, clean and effective.

Starting with the mount: As the print contained many shades of green and had a white border which contained the artist's signature and the edition number of the print, I wanted to frame the print ensuring that the colours were complimented effectively and that the details of the artists signature and edition number were visible. Therefore I took into account the colours in both the picture, but also the colour of the white border too.

I started with a green inner mount, that was matched to a green within the picture, and then spaced the inner mount form the outer mount, leaving a visual gap between the layers of mount board. This was done to give a sense of depth and also to assist in bringing the viewers eye into the picture.

I chose an outer to match the colour of the white paper that borders the image, and choose to decorate the mount with a single simple V-groove around the aperture.

Due to the organic feel to this picture and the textures in the print, I chose a rough textured pewter coloured frame to complete this framing job. As you can see from the top photo, I left a slightly larger border at the bottom of the mounts, as I felt it balanced the overall framing better and looked visually more attractive.

So I've completed my first birthday print and have it hanging on my wall to admire and make me smile every day. I hope you like what I have done to complete this project, let me know what you think :)

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Handm@de Craft Fair Winchester

So Sunday was the day of the Winchester handm@de craft fair. I have been a busy bee making lots of little frames of all colours and sizes from reclaimed frames and recycled materials to bring
along and sell at this event with the assistance of my lovely better half.

Now Dave and I have never been to Winchester before Sunday, but we liked what we found. It's a beautiful old city, full of history, amazing buildings and dark alleyways- if you get the chance I would recommend a visit. Anyway, I digress....this is the venue that greeted us on arrival-the Winchester Guild hall!

We set up our wares on our designated table and were nearly ready for the public when the doors opened!! (late as ever) We were camped in between a lovely lady called Joan who painted and sold her own cards and prints and a lovely family headed by Jane who was Fizzology, selling handmade soap and bath bombs. Lovely neighbours for the day and the smell from Jane's goodies was divine!!

Here's a couple of shots of our stall front at the start of the day, which due to lovely folk buying our frames, changed constantly throughout the day to include new stock!!

Now it may look as if Dave and I were just stood around chatting and drinking tea all day, but honestly we did do some work!!!

The fellow crafters were selling such beautiful things, all made to amazing high standards and filled with love and thought. I wasn't able to visit everybody, but check out the very talented for quirky artwork and textile design, for the excellent handmade softies and cards, for lovely hand pressed linoleum prints and for stunning glass work.

I could have spent a lot of money there!! The fair was contemporary and fun with many young designers and crafters with a flair for the unusual, and the day went so quickly. I was kind of sad when it was over and it was time to pack up and leave:( Still there's always the next Oxford in November to look forward too!! But more about that soon!

Finally a big shout out of thanks to Alice of who organised this event, I loved it and hope to be invited to the next one- hope you enjoyed your post fair Pimms!

Monday, 6 July 2009

What a surprise- part two!!

Blimey I am so behind with everything!! Finally got around to posting the second part of the blog I wrote on 17th June, times flies eh?
So I framed up the contents of the pretty envelope and gifted to our friends, and now I can reveal the contents - and how I framed it.

So here's the delightful print that I bought from fellow Etsy seller hide n seek which I mounted up in a four block mount sandwich. I used four different shades of creams and browns and by setting them in layers, managed to create a really nice deep bevel aperture into the print.

Then for the frame....I ummed and aah'd about this one. Do I go safe and frame it neutral to fit in with any decor? I contemplated using a stained oak frame, dark enough to complement the browns in the print, but happy to sit in anybody's home on any wall.........Then I found some stunning moulding that was just made for this print. Maybe not as subtle as my first ideas, but just looked (hopefully not too much of a crazy choice for our friends) I framed to focus on the bear in this work:

Hope you agree that I made the right choice of frame? Let me know what you think!.......