T.A.C.O. Tuesday | The Art's the Frame

We meet again, in the blog-o-sphere. Another Tuesday, another creation.  So... clearly you'll be making a frame this week, but first I wanted to share a bit about why I think the frame is so important to the final piece. If you've ever had anything framed, you'll know what I'm talking about. There's nothing quite like the feeling of seeing your artwork framed for the first time. There's a sense of completion a good frame brings with it, and you hadn't a clue that anything was missing. The frame really brings it all together; it makes the piece.  ( I feel the same way about gift wrapping. ) The more intention you can bring to the act of framing, the more outstanding the finished work is going to be.  I want to say here that attention can look like outsourcing the job; a good framer is an invaluable asset.  

For this piece, I had a photo printed on double weight matboard, a Crop-A-Dile was used to add the grommets, then hemp to frame it with the branch pieces. 


You don't have to frame a photo... if you're anything like me, you'll feel inclined to play it safe and tutorial-like and frame a photo. Don't do that. Art isn't safe. Art isn't comfortable. Art is a grand adventure into the heart of our own unique experience of being incarnate, let yourself explore the terrain. If a photo is what you really want to frame, then by all means, frame one! I'm just saying don't frame a photo because that's what you see done here. 

A frame could be sketching in ink around a watercolor painting, it could be popsicle sticks painted and glittered framing a print of your favorite instagram photo-- or your most recent colored pencil drawing of a brontosaurus. Your options are as limitless as your imagination... don't forget to share your frames with us on Facebook.  Happy crafting!