I am really excited about my latest project. I have been looking all over for unique frames for some of my artwork, but haven't found quite what I wanted, so I decided to make some of my own. I have been out in the woods collecting lots of natural objects; lots of different varieties and sizes of pine cones, mosses, bark, twigs, nuts, pods, and things and have been organizing them in bins in the attic.
I have also been scouring thrifts shops, sales and estate sales for some interesting old frames with at least a 2.5 to 3 inch wide frame size. I prefer very basic frames for this project, because I will be sanding them down, staining or painting them and then attaching the materials I have been gathering.
Note to the artist: no need to spend a small fortune when you are purchasing the basic supplies for projects. Frugal artists can frequent resale and thrift stores to find old artwork and then remake them into fresh new art. Many times you can also take previously painted canvases and make them just like new by applying one to two coats of gesso to the surface. If you are just starting out and are looking for a great way to get canvases to work with...this is a big money-saving idea!
I am off to collect more wonderful natural things from the woods this holiday weekend. The weather should be cool and perfect for treasure hunting. Have a great weekend!