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Yesterday I finally went to buy the foam board I needed for my framing project. I had priced an approximately 30X 40 sheet of acid free foamboard at Michael’s for about $10. They do also occasionally have 50% off coupons in the paper, but these exclude framing supplies. It turns out they did have an even larger size of foamboard for $15.99. Since it was about twice as big (about 40×60), I decided I would buy that one and have lots left over to frame some of my other art.

As with the matt board, I traced the outline of the glass onto the foamboard and cut it with the matt knife. Even with the knife blade fully extended, it did not go all the way through. I flipped it over and traced and cut it on the other side to get all the way through. If the foamboard does not quite fit in your frame, then try flipping it over from side to side or top to bottom or both. I still had to shave a little off one side after doing this to get mine to fit.

Bob Villa’s frame plans (see part 1) did not go into how to add the matboard and foamboard backing and secure them. I was planning on just using staples along the inner edge of the frame to wedge them into place, but my molding was too thin. The foamboard was flush with the back of the frame instead of leaving a little extra depth where I could stick some staples.

I need to come up with a different plan. I thought about just leaving it as is, because the foam was cut in such a way that it was so snug it would not fall out even when turned upside down and shaken. I went back to Michael’s thinking they probably have something designed to twist and lock the foamboard in place; however, I could not find anything. One of the ladies at the custom framing desk said since the foam board squishes that it would probably work to just squish it a bit and hold it in place with staples anyway.

I think before I secure everything in place I will select a stain and finish the frame. I’m thinking a nice cherry would look good. I am hoping to get some samples and stain some of the scraps first to make sure before  staining the whole thing.

In the meantime, here is an interesting article I found on framing watercolors.


low budget framing part 1,
stay tuned for part 6…

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I recently took a hike down into the forest beyond our property with my family. Of course, a hike just isn’t a hike without taking along my camera and getting some pictures on the way! 😉

Sunlit forest reflections shimmer in the water of Fox Creek as it meanders past banks of moss covered rocks and boulders, under the fallen log bridge, on through the ferny forest towards the radiant sky overlooking the unseen Columbia River.

I love how the eye is drawn through the photo: the rocky creek bed visible through

the clear, rippling water, on to the tranquil reflections of forest and sunlight, ending in the shimmering light of the sky seen through the trees in the distance.

I also played around with the macro function on my camera for the first time. I am not including my first attempts here, but I do like this close up of a moss covered rock in the middle of the water. For those who like optical illusions, try clicking on it and take a look at the amber colored pebble just to the lower left of the big rock which looks like a face.
I came across and interesting tree with ferns growing in the moss all the way up the trunk. Notice there is no ivy on it anywhere 🙂 . Luckily the ivy has not invaded this far down into the forest. The trees are much prettier without it. and there is a great variety of native species where the ivy does not choke everything else out.

I have spent hours daily on the backbreaking work of pulling the ivy out on my property, with slim results so far. There is now about 4 square feet of ivy free dirt now. the roots have runners and I have found i have to soften up the ground with a shovel really good and yank hard! LOL.

So if you are thinking about planting English Ivy as ground cover–yes, it works great; however, unless you want to spend hours of labor keeping it from taking over everything and then have somebody 50 years from now wishing they knew who planted it so they could curse your name 😉 –DON’T DO IT!

I have found out from my neighbor who was kind enough to call the county extension office for me, that the best way to remove ivy is to cut the runners that are climbing the trees at a little over a foot off the ground and then make sure to get every scrap of roots that are clinging to the tree. The part up the tree is what flowers and makes seeds, so if you don’t get that first you’ll never get rid of it permanently. depending on the weather it may take up to several weeks for what remains on the tree to wither and die. Then, once you have it off the trees you can effectively remove it from the ground.

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