Good morning and Happy April 1st! Hope you all had a fun weekend! We had a productive weekend. I got the back patio all pressure washed and almost ready for the spring/summer season. Felt so good to get that chore done and everything looking good again. It’s amazing how dirty a patio can get after a rainy season like we had last year. We got a new pressure washer from Ryobi that I’ll be sharing with you soon and it sure did the trick!
Another project I finished last week was getting some DIY framing done. I stopped in Goodwill a few weeks ago and found some beautiful framed prints in there. I shared these on my Instagram stories and several people over there wanted me to post about these, so I thought i’d share with all of you how I changed out the old prints for new ones.
I wasn’t crazy about the balloon art, but the frames and mats really caught my eye, so at $11 each, I bought all 3 of them. They were professionally framed and matted so I figured I could do something with them.
The set of 3.
I loved the soft green color of the frames and the gold edging detail as well as the matting. They had a very elegant look to them.
I measured the inside of the mats and determined that a standard print size 11×14 would fit the existing mats and frames, so I went online on Etsy and searched out some fine art giclee watercolor prints from Nancy Knight Art. This size of 11×14 was $33 each. I love landscapes and watercolors so these really called my name. The colors are so me! They were shipped out in a cylinder and I got them all in and laid them out.
Taking the old prints out was a bit problematic as whoever framed these never meant for those prints to come out. Every layer was glued together and I destroyed the old prints getting them out. But the mats were just fine and ready for new prints. I laid the prints down on the backside of the mats and then used clear packing tape to hold them in place.
After I took them all apart and started playing around with adding the prints back on the mats, I discovered that one of the mats inside dimensions was bigger than the other 2, so that threw me off too. I would have sworn these would all be exactly the same size, but one was off, so I had to improvise with it and get an additional cream colored mat cut from Michaels for the inside of the third print. I ended up losing a bit of the print on either side because I used these mats, but overall they turned out great.
I wasn’t sure where I was going to put these, but ended up using 2 of them in the living room and will put the 3rd somewhere else or not use it right now, but I think they are all so pretty together. I thought these frames were so pretty.
I tried them out on either side of the large cabinet in the living room and loved them on the blue grasscloth. I think they really add a lot to the space and I love the colors in here.
These aren’t the best pics because of the glare on the glass, but you can see how pretty the muted green frames with gold trim look against the navy blue grasscloth.
I just love the colors together.
Another little watercolor that I picked up recently on Etsy was this small original from About Face Art on Etsy. Most of her work is all faces, so if you go and look it up you might not find much like this one. I just loved this little piece! I showed this one in the laundry room since I ended up putting it in the cabinet in there, but here’s how I framed it.
I bought a piece of card stock from Michaels. They have lots of scrapbook paper or cardstock that you can buy for about $1 a piece. This one was sort of a linen look and just cream color.
I bought this floating frame from Michaels (1/2 price of course) and brought it all home I like how the gray of the frame complemented the watercolor.
I took out the insert from the frame and put it right on the cardstock, drawing around it so that my cardstock would fit exactly inside the frame.
I then place my original watercolor directly on the cardstock using a measuring tape to place it right in the middle of the cardstock. I like the raw edge of the watercolor so wanted it to show. This frame size is a 4×6, so the little watercolor is smaller than that. When buying a frame, I took the watercolor into Michaels and found a frame that was sized up to fit it.
I used a little scotch tape on the backside to hold it onto the cardstock and then slipped into the floating frame.
And that’s an easy way to frame an original piece of art very inexpensively at home.
It looks so cute in my laundry cabinet. This little watercolor only cost $15, shipping included, so what a great way to buy original art, right? If you like original watercolors, Etsy is a great place to browse. Mark buys almost all of his original Winter watercolors from Etsy or Ebay and you can filter the search for what you like. I put in landscapes or water scenes to find my favorites.
Here’s one more little original watercolor that Mark picked up on Etsy. It’s very tiny and I found the frame at Michaels. This one isn’t floating, but it had the mat already built in, so I just did the same thing and used scotch tape on the back to hold it in place with the ragged edge showing. Another cute little framed piece of original art!
I thought you all might like to see how I’m framing some of these art pieces I’ve picked up. We love originals, but sometimes originals are out of my budget, so prints are fine too like those landscapes above. The giclee prints look so good in person and I’m so pleased with how they turned out in those $11 Goodwill frames.