You need a frame. I of course, love vintage, chippy frames and keep a collection of them on hand at all times!
Measure the inside back of your frame to get the dimensions of your working space.
If your frame doesn't have glass you will need these dimensions to get glass cut.
No big deal, your local hardware store will cut you glass for cheap. You also need matte board in your desired color. I usually chose a black or a neutral color - chose yours depending on what you are displaying and where you are displaying. It could be fun to use a pop color too!
Cut your matte board to size - you can do this with an exact-o blade and straight edge, a matte cutter , or have your art store cut it (easiest way:) You will also need glazier points to keep the matte board and glass in place, picture hanging wire - get these when you are at the hardware too.
This one is a combination of pictures, stamps an old funny story and some rippings from books.
This one is some old advertising, a state fair ribbon and some things that had inspired me when we named the farm. I like the pop of red from the old school milk ticket and I like to add a four leaf clover to most of my artwork.
This is just a collection of four leaf clovers my kids found - they have "the eye" to find them. They can walk outside and come in with handfuls. They learned it from a friend of mine.
I paired it with a ripping of an old ledger dated March 13, 1837.
One of my favorites. This was a vintage photo of a pet cow. I bought it on etsy. I paired it with a children's game piece from piggeldy wiggeldy about a cow!
This was one I made for my husband from things from his grandfather. This was his grandmothers high school dance card. I think this might have been the beginning of their courtship. He is listed just as his first name Joe - 4 times. The others have first and last names.
How sweet is that !???
So, lay your matte board down and start playing with layout. If you don't have enough stuff, look around you, rip a page from a book, add a piece from a newspaper. Anything goes. Scraps become part of the presentation. The mundane becomes art when it is paired with things that mean something. Allow spacing around all four edges to "matte frame" your artwork. I usually use rubber cement or an archival glue to set these in. That way if you want to retrieve them out you can. If you get your glass and matte board tight enough you may not even need. Some of these that I don't want to glue I just place in.
With glass, artwork and matte board in place push glazier points all around the matte board into the frame to hold securely. Add picture hanging wire to the back and you are ready to display your artwork.
They look really pretty grouped together like an art gallery. I also like mixing vintage and modern frames together for an eclectic look.
We might offer a class on creating artwork collages this spring. Stay tuned!