I love making and collecting works on paper, but it means framing them in order to keep them protected and to display them well. Luckily, through art school and loads of exhibitions I’ve learned how to frame things myself. This isn’t necessarily an intuitive skill, however, and while gorgeous, professional frame jobs are really expensive.
Not so expensive is getting the framer to cut a mat, or maybe even your local art supply shop can do that. Plus, if you wait to frame several things at once, you can save on the archival* mat by buying the large sheet at the art supply shop. Most shops will cut it down for you (the edges, not the windows) for a pittance or for free with your mat purchase.
* It’s worth it to pay extra for the archival mat if you’re framing an original work of art. Otherwise unsightly yellow acid stains will develop, and will ruin the artwork over time.
Just hung a show of 20 of my colored paper collages at Community in downtown Athens.
The shop is on the corner of Jackson St. and Broad St. above Jittery Joe’s Coffee, just across from the North Campus of UGA. Community is a local handmade fashion, jewelry, and home decor shop curated by the talented Sanni Baumgartner.
Each collage is $85 and comes already framed. Stop in and see my show, as well as many other creations from Athens makers.
This is part of a series of watercolor drawings I made on gorgeous Twin Rocker handmade paper. (It took me several months to do anything on the paper because it was so beautiful as-is and I was afraid my artwork would mess it up. Twin Rocker paper is frame-able all by itself.)
These started as a larger series on smaller paper. I experimented with loading a centered circle with clear water, then dropping some beautiful Holbein indigo watercolor into the circle. As the circle dried overnight, it would make random formations. It was exciting to wake up and go see what the paint had done all on its own.
Then I chose a color and a geometric shape to interact with the random pattern in the circle. I liked working with the contrasting processes—the random drying and the deliberate geometric shape. Both the circle and the geometric shapes are hard edged which contrasts with the roughness of the handmade paper.
Another image of one of my artworks in use—I love to get these from collectors. This is one of my plant drawing postcard prints used as a gift card. I think it looks great! I never would have thought of using them this way.
Spotted two of my pieces at a friend’s home. I love seeing my minimalist modern works surrounded by antiques, photos, and other types of art! On the left, my tiny collage of origami paper. On the right a triangular black-bar painting.