I'm pretty much a a nut for antique picture frames...and enjoy finding them when I am on one of my antique art hunts. I know many of you already know to make a mirror out of an antique frame..but I did something with this one, that I think anyone can do . I made a frame within a frame, with an original painting inside of course. The frame above is one I have for sale on eBay, and to keep it safe, and make use of it...I did this:
A frame within a frame. Recipe goes as such...
1 original painting, painted by Cindy Hilliard ( aka. samfoxpaintedgarden on eBay)http://shop.ebay.com/samfoxthepaintedgarden/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686 , she paints vintage -looking paintings,
I bought this unframed many years ago, she painted this special for me. Great Victorian look to the roses and pansies. I put it inside an antique smaller frame years ago. Ok, then add it to 1 very large antique picture frame...
No glue, no nails...just hang the first large frame, then add a second nail below it and hang the painting inside. Now it will usually not be perfectly flush with the larger outer frame, but it still will fool the eye , and you won't ( or anyone else ), notice it is not one complete frame.
So when you look very closely, you will see a gap around edge. But who cares ? Not me. I was very fortunate to see that the two frames match in original paint color as well. Though a little ' off ' gold would work too.
Gap around inner frame. This may drive perfectionists bonkers..in that case...don't do it.
I am pleased.
My Roseville pottery surrounds it. I love vintage Roseville pottery with all the floral designs. There you go, recipe complete.
I enjoy moving all my paintings around my house. Art makes me feel alive, it fills something inside of me...it is one of the material things in life I need. Will write an entry about that soon.
So go out, find a beautiful original antique frame to plop one of your paintings inside .
Hope you have a peaceful day or night, wherever you are,