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As an artist I constantly have more art than frames handy to hang them in,  so I am constantly on the lookout for inexpensive framing options.

Last year during our neighborhood’s annual yard sale, I managed to pick up this frame –along with a bag of clothes, shoes, and assorted other goodies for a very small donation at one of the churches in town. During the last couple hours of the sale they were selling as much as could be stuffed in a bag for a requested donation for their youth program. The frame  needed some cleaning up, a new back, and a different color of stain to go well with one of my paintings, but it was a great deal.

Frame from a yard sale

close up after some cleaning and sanding

close up after some cleaning and sanding

It looked much better after sanding it down and  cleaning it up with some mineral spirits to prepare it for re-staining.

The frame fit this painting nicely with the addition of a large sheet of mat board leftover from a previous framing project.

another painting I considered putting into this frame

Midsummer Daydream would have looked good in this frame as well, but I decided to frame Michael at the Water Pump instead since it had been waiting to be framed for longer and has more sentimental value.

I also had a large sheet of  foam board on hand  (and by large I mean it just barely fits behind the piano, but it was cheaper in the long run to buy it in that size). In this photo I am laying out the frame on the board to check which direction will give me the best use of the remaining board.

After re-staining it with several layers of Bombay Mahogany (also from another framing project) to get the right shade, and following the directions on the can, I went on with cutting out the mat board and foam board. The frame did not need a top coat, lacquer or shellac, because this was a one step stain.

using the frame to mark a straight line

using the frame to mark a straight line

After measuring the opening carefully (making sure to account for the lip of the frame) and marking my measurements, I used the edge of the frame as a straight edge (lining up the bottom of the frame with the bottom of the board, and the side with my marks.

After repeating this process for the other sides it is time to cut it out with a mat knife. Use a slow steady pressure to avoid problems. It will probably be necessary to make several passes in order to cut all the way through. Once the mat is cut, trace it’s outline onto the foam board, and cut that out using the same slow, steady movement, repeat passes and a little patience.  Next align the painting with one corner, and mark half the distance between the other side and the edge of the mat. Repeat with the opposite corner.Mark 1/8 inch inwards from there, so the mat will overlap your painting slightly, and then cut on those lines.

If the mat board does not fit all the way  in the frame ( and it probably wont if  since it is difficult to keep the blade perfectly perpendicular while cutting), then just shave some very thin strips off any problem areas until it fits snugly. Here are some of mine that just happened to fall in such a way that they look like a sad boy in a funky feathered hat.

Copy  your measurement from the mat to the foam board, place your painting on the foamboard with the painting  lining it up with the lines you previously measured. Use a little acid free tape on the back to hold it in place on the foam board (use the tape to make a T hinge and only attach to the top backside of the painting.–I have been told this is to let the painting expand and contract with the weather without damaging it….) and then set it in the frame to make sure it fits (if you already have some glass or,  preferably in my opinion , UV resistant plexiglass –since it is less likely to break if you have young persons who insist on playing ball in the house etc.–then go ahead and put that in 1st.)

For now I just have mine hanging without the glass, until I get a chance to get some at the local hardware store.

When it came time to hang the picture I did encounter a problem…

the frame leans out far from the wall

The top of the frame leaned a good 3 inches or more from the wall.

The problem was the screws it was hung by stuck too far out  as well as being placed in the in the exact middle of the frame vertically.

The solution was to take out the offending screws and attach the cord much closer to the top, shortening the string considerably.

I did this by stapling it down firmly, pulling the short end up and stapling it again–followed by tying it with a secure knot. Doing this on the first side was relatively easy, but the second side took some trial and error in making sure I did not leave the cord too loose.

For my purposes I wanted the cord slightly above the edge of the frame, to accommodate the hook I was using. This only works because the framed work is relatively lightweight having used plexiglass, and in the long run I will probably need to use an anchor screw instead and adjust the cord shorter. Still, it is a far sight better than hanging the unframed painting up with thumbtacks. ( As a side note here, the tacks go next to rather than into the art. usually two above an two below. My DD once thought she was “helping” by rehanging this painting when it fell off the wall, only she poked a hole in it 😦 luckily it is a water soluble oil rather than watercolor, and I was able to fix it by applying a little glob of matching colored paint on the front and back to fill in the pinhole.)

Now my framed painting hangs flat on the wall, and I only have to get some plexiglass and secure the foam board in with staples to finish the project.

This is what it will look like when it is done.

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During January and February  there were these Styrofoam snowflakes hanging on a tree outside the old elementary school here in town. It was really cute. Every time I walked down that way or drove past I thought about getting some pictures when the light was better. One day before they took them down I finally lucked out– it was neither rainy, nor cloudy, nor grey, and the sunlight was hitting them just right.  I snapped these photos with the thought that it would make some nice greeting cards for new years or Christmas next year. The pictures turned out pretty good, and I was able to edit the background , color most of them blue with a lovely feature called tungsten, and then using a long drawn out many layered process in paint.net I was able to change the Styrofoam texture and consistency–making the snowflakes  icy , translucent, and glowing .
snowflakes by Dawna Morton
snowflakes by Dawna Morton ~see it framed

Large blue-tinted snowflakes hang suspended in the air in front of bare tree branches overhanging impressionistic fantasy-like mauve tinted snow flurries in the background.

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snowflake in blue by Dawna Morton
snowflake in blue by Dawna Morton ~see it framed
A large snowflake hangs suspended in front of a blue background laced with bare tree branches.

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snowflake in blue 2 by Dawna Morton
snowflake in blue 2 by Dawna Morton ~see it framed
A large snowflake hangs suspended in front of a blue background laced with bare tree branches.

Archival inks and papers, canvas prints, custom framing at imagekind:
Fine Art Prints from $10.44 and up. Prices subject to change. 
snowflake in blue 2on RedBubble; cards starting at US $1.92,
matted framed or canvas prints starting US$28.50, prices subject to change.
snowflake in blue on zazzle.com 
snow Posters and art starting at $9.95, prices subject to change

snowflakes in blue 3 by Dawna Morton
snowflakes in blue 3 by Dawna Morton ~see it framed

Large snowflakes hang suspended in front of  a  blue background interlaced with bare tree branches.

Archival inks and papers, canvas prints, custom framing at imagekind:
Fine Art Prints from $10.44 and up. Prices subject to change.
snowflake in blue 3on RedBubble: cards starting at US $1.92,
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snowflake in blue 3 on zazzle.com : winter Posters and art starting at $9.95, prices subject to change.

snowflake in blue 4 by Dawna Morton
snowflake in blue 4 by Dawna Morton

A large snowflake hangs suspended in front of a blue background interlaced with bare tree branches and back-lit with an ethereal blue light.

Archival inks and papers, canvas prints, custom framing at imagekind:
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Christmas snowflake in red and green by Dawna Morton

Christmas snowflake in red and green by Dawna Morton ~see it framed

A large snowflake hangs suspended in front of a green background interlaced with bare red tinted tree branches .

Archival inks and papers, canvas prints, custom framing at imagekind:
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snowflake in blue 6 by Dawna Morton
snowflake in blue 6 by Dawna Morton ~see it framed

A large snowflake hangs suspended in front of bare tree branches with a blue background.

Archival inks and papers, canvas prints, custom framing at imagekind:
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snowflake in blue 6on RedBubble; cards starting at US $1.92,
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snowflake in blue 6 on zazzle.com 
new years Posters and art starting at $9.95, prices subject to change

spring snowflake by Dawna Morton
spring snowflake by Dawna Morton ~see it framed

A large snowflake with transparent icy edges glows a translucent white in front of a tree with red tinged leaves, one shaped like a bird perched on a branch, and surreal teal and magenta colors in the background–creating a scene reminiscent of one last snowfall before the full onset of spring.

Archival inks and papers, canvas prints, custom framing at imagekind:
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matted framed or canvas prints starting US$28.50, prices subject to change.
spring snowflake on zazzle.com 
spring Posters and art starting at $9.95, prices subject to change

snowflake in blue 8 by Dawna Morton
snowflake in blue 8 by Dawna Morton ~see it framed

A large semi-transparent icy snowflake hangs suspended in front of a blue forest background with an impressionistic texture resembling large flakes of snow drifting downward through a dark moonlight sky. Abstract semitransparent shapes create an apparition of wood nymphs and sprites in the lower left of this ethereal scene.

Archival inks and papers, canvas prints, custom framing at imagekind:
Fine Art Prints from $10.44 and up. Prices subject to change. 
snowflake in blue 8on RedBubble; cards starting at US $1.92,
matted framed or canvas prints starting US$28.50, prices subject to change.
snowflake in blue 8 on zazzle.com 
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Snowflake in Blue 8 at fineartamerica

Towards then end of this batch of photos  I came across a floral photo on Redbubble I thought was pretty phenomenal, and when I went to look at it closer the photographer in question listed “texture by skeletal mess” and her original photo shown along side it without the texture. The texture, applied in a semi transparent layer  made all the difference between an average good photo and something that really stood out as amazing.  I searched for and found Skeletal Mess on the internet, and while he offers a large number of  really good free textures and some tutorials on how to use them– I wanted  to create and use my own rather than borrowing the work of somebody else. I have had some fun finding things around the house with interesting abstract patterns and textures to get close up shots of.

I incorporated several of these textures into snowflake in blue #8, with some lovely results. Interestingly enough these particular textures are the result of my teenager’s interpretation of my instructions regarding how to clean the iron skillet. Apparently the part about putting a little water in the bottom and boiling it dry really meant to fill the pan up to the brim  and have fun standing there watching the steam clouds while allowing it to boil over and splash all over the stove too. lol. Anyway, either he did not scrub it good enough or there were some minerals in the water and it made this interesting white splotchy pattern along the sides in  addition to the patterns it left all over the stove by the time he was done. My kids were pretty incredulous when I started taking pictures of it. They kept saying, “Mom, why are you standing on top of the stove?!?” the answer of course is that when using my macro lens you have to be a little further away, and it was the only way to get the shots of the patterns on the stove top. I think they thought mom had finally gone loony.

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