I have spent the last week or so building up some stock of my hand made frames. I make them all out of reclaimed wood from my local wood recycling centre so each batch is different and depends on what wood they happen to have in stock. This time I got my hands on some lovely cedar, weathered pine and the last of the old roofing boards from the Sandhurst army base.
Although the frames are quite time consuming to make they seem to complement the handmade, nostalgic feel of my prints and I’m told they get lots of compliments in the galleries that stock my work.
Here they are with my prints inside…
Reclaimed pine roofing boards from Sandhurst army base
Hand-painted reclaimed cedar frame in chalky matt duck egg blue
Hand painted reclaimed cedar frame in chalky matt graphite
Hand painted whitewashed reclaimed pine frame
Available to buy from my website
As a printmaker, or any artist, who produces work to be framed, finding an original picture frame that doesn’t cost the earth can be tricky. It is why I started making my own frames a few months back from reclaimed wood. It was a pretty steep learning curve, an investment in some tools and specialist equipment and a search for a source of reclaimed wood, but it has been a very worthwhile investment in time and money for me.
We held a party for my husband’s birthday recently and as part of that I invited a talented young artist, Harriet Riddell, to our house. She recreates a narrative of an event, in stitch on canvas, using her sewing machine. She sat under one of our gazebos stitching away, creating a wonderful keepsake of our party for us to frame.
I haven’t framed a canvas before so I thought I’d get our local framing shop to do this one for us, especially as the canvas was fairly large (about 70cms square). I picked a couple of mouldings and asked for a quote. The cheapest was £160 and the most expensive was £330! Perhaps my local framers are particularly expensive, but it was enough to kickstart me into action and after watching some You Tube videos on stretching a canvas, I thought I could probably do it. I was right. £28 of stretcher bars and tray moulding later, it was all sorted.
I wanted a simple floating canvas frame – a bit different from the standard glossy black, so I bought a natural wood frame moulding and painted with graphite chalk paint,
I also had another personal framing project – Ian Rawnsley’s “Wee Ones” . These are small oils on hardboard panels, about 15cms square. I had an idea for the kind of frame I wanted, again a kind of ‘floating’ look but this time in a much wider moulding. I used reclaimed cedar and treated it with a white wash as I was aiming for a bleached driftwood look that would suit the coastal nature of the paintings.