It was time to trouble shoot. My growing collection of 18th century French bird engravings by Francois Nicolas Martinet had been tucked away for way too long. Every so often I would take them out from my flat file cabinet, spread them out for a few days, and just enjoy this beautiful collection. So why did it take so long to frame them? The cost. Framing 20+ prints professionally was not a priority.
I headed to my favorite art supply store, Jerry’s Artarama (just love the name, and they’re also online: www.jerrysartarama.com), where I found unfinished ready made square stock wood frames under $10 each. They were simple “blank canvases” that just needed to be painted, and a can of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint would do the trick!
The painting was very easy, and fast. I brushed the paint onto each one, and let it semi-dry. As they were drying (which took only a few minutes, so I had to work fast), I used a rag to gently wipe the edges and corners to give them an imperfect and softly distressed look. (Some frames needed a little more rubbing than others.) I purposely tried to make each one look a little different from the other, so it would look like a collection of “found” frames.
I love how the white painted frames just float on the white walls, keeping all the attention on what was the most important … those stunning birds!
This little project is testimony to my belief in working with what you’ve got!