It's cheapskate mat week on Dans le Townhouse! Just kidding. But I have been on a "frame my new souvenir art for as little as possible because vroom vroom" kick.
When I bought the Ikea frames for the enamel paintings, I also looked for a frame for the quirky print I bought in Budapest. When Ikea failed to deliver, I headed to Michael's. The print is, unfortunately, not exactly a standard size. Happily, at Michael's I found a pretty white floating frame that fit the bill (and was half off). But white print + white frame, against our white walls . . . I worried the print might disappear. As I meandered my way to the till, I spotted the scrapbook section. Can we just take a moment to acknowledge the mind-blowing variety of scrapbook paper? I was seriously overwhelmed, but I found two sheets I liked - a rich teal and a softer turquoise, both with the same embossed polka dot pattern. I asked Hubby which he liked better (the teal). I cut each to size and affixed the colour that got Hubby's vote behind the print with double sided tape - instant "mat"! The other colour was placed facing outward on the reverse. It's easy to swap the colours when Hubby's not looking (and fun to see how long it takes for him to realize), but the back also looks more finished, which I like.
If you're curious, the print is by Tascali David. "Lesz" is a Hungarian word that sounds like "less" and the saying means, roughly, "it will be how it will be," a spin on "it is what it is" - which is an expression Hubby loathes, so this print cracks me up.
|The back is pretty, too! (The teal and turquoise look less similar in real life).|
I set the framed print on the mantle along with the little oil painting Mom bought me. Not sure how long it will loiter there . . . I still need to find the perfect spot. At least it's out of my suitcase and in a frame. That's progress!
I'm definitely hooked on floating frames (for everything from antique postcards to hand painted note cards), and now I've added scrapbook paper to the mix. Coupled with Tuesday's painted background trick, I'm out of ideas for replacing custom mats. For now...
What are your nifty tricks for framing awkward things?