Handmade frames painted and primed to perfection
I would like to give you a general idea of how I construct my frames and what type of canvas I use, so that you know the quality of the artwork.
First I gather the following materials:
* Pine wood, which can be found at any lumber store in any dimensions you wish to use. Personally, I like a thicker edge on a painting which sits out from the wall nicely.
* Miter saw
* Wood glue
* Heavy duty staple gun
* Cloth canvas (linen or Cotton) which you can find at any local material store.
* High quality primer
First, using the miter saw, I cut the wood at a 45 degree angle. Then glue the corners together and let sit over night. Also, for that bit of extra reinforcement, I angle the staple gun along each corner crease and staple twice.
I then lay the canvas material face down under the frame with about 2 to 3 inches extra on all sides.
Now it is time to staple the canvas onto the frame. Pulling as tight as I can to ensure there is no slack, I staple the canvas once on opposite sides of the frame to get started. This ensures the canvas lays flat and is not stapled crooked.
Once all sides are stapled evenly, I fold up each corner and staple some more! The canvas is now ready to be primed and painted! If anyone is trying this for the first time, make sure you are generous while applying the primer. It is an important process that ensures your expensive paints do not soak into the canvas and go to waste. The last thing you want is to be using your paints as a primer.
To the left are a couple snapshots I've taken to display that handmade frames can be just as good, if not better than store bought ones. Store bought ones can sometimes be warped, which prevents them from laying flush with the wall.
To the right, is a mural i did on my nephews bedroom wall. Aside from providing photo prints, and art on canvas, i love doing this type of art that gets the child's mind going. My 1 year old nephew would stare and laugh at this every time he saw it! Who doesn't love a giant happy fish! I know i sure do!
Yes, you can possibly find stick on pictures of characters in your local hard wear store, but can you find whatever character you want, and as big as you want?