illustration is art

Framed

For a while, now, I’ve intended to teach myself how to frame my art. I finally started doing just that, a week ago, week 1 of my 3 weeks of glorious leave from my horrendous, soul-destroying, 100% non-creative (as in, not a job for a sensitive, artistic creative), appallingly physical job (I’m 58 years old, this job physically ruins 30-year-olds) as a general hand at a pre-cast concrete plant.

As a test, I made an A4 sized frame for a print of one of my recent images a friend liked, and gave it to her for xmas, she’s going away, so I gave it to her today… she totally loved it… it came out really well, so I used everything I learned from that to create some A3 sized frames for some more of my work I had printed.

Below is super-cute Tanyabat, a Suicide Girl I did a painting of back in 2015 (https://orijinalchris.com/2015/10/04/tanyabat/)…

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… the frame is made from recycled rimu (a gorgeous New Zealand native hardwood (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dacrydium_cupressinum)) flooring… I love the nail holes. Making the frames involved ripping the flooring in half (on the bench saw at work), using my gorgeous Bosch router to put a slot in the back to take the picture, my gorgeous Makita planer to de-arris the outside front edges, and my gorgeous Bosch, multiple-compound saw to cut the angles. There was then much sanding, then varnishing. I used non-reflective glass.

I’m super-pleased with the result, and already have enough pieces prepared to frame two more of my works (:

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5 responses

  1. Your work is amazing Chris!!

    December 23, 2017 at 5:02 pm

  2. There’s no better excuse for buying a whole rash of expensive (or not so) power tools than making your own frames. Not being sarcastic here—it’s the truth!

    December 23, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    • Actually, as someone who was a self-employed builder for four years, I already had the tools and, while Bosch is not quite as expensive as Makita, it is 100% value for money and, I’d say, underpriced.

      December 24, 2017 at 2:11 am

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