This time on Crafting Genealogy we’re going to break out some paint and let our inner-artist run rampant. We’re going to make a “Picture This Frame”.
This project is a sweet way to display vintage family photographs with a frame that reflects the mood of a photo better than store-bought frames. What’s more it’s very easy to do. We’re taking artist’s stretched canvas and flipping them over to make shadow-box frames for our pics.
If this project looks familiar it was a post of mine on The In-Depth Genealogist blog last month.
Here’s the supplies we need:
*Stretched canvas over wooden frames – any size you want. Mine happen to be 6 x 8, 5 x 7 and 4 x 5
*Acrylic paint – again your choice. I used black, sienna, pale yellow, aqua, sage, white and gold
*Small Art Paint Brush
*Distressing tools – hammer, screwdriver, sanding paper, craft knife, metal file, etc.
*Decorative scrapbook paper
*Vintage hardware, charms, ephemera (optional)
*Family pics (I used copies)
As you can see I unwrapped my canvases from their plastic cover and flipped them over to get right to work. On the exposed wood of each frame I applied a solid base coat of paint. I used black paint for one, sienna on another and finally sage. (If you happen to have staples in the corners of your frames don’t worry I just painted over them. They give the frames ambiance.)
Once the base coat was dry, I layered on a couple different colors of paint on each frame. To the sage I added yellow and aqua. On the black frame I added sienna and yellow. On the sienna frame I mixed sienna with white to make a much lighter brown and added a few streaks of yellow. I didn’t worry if I layered a color on too heavy or a color seemed out-of-place once I added it. All this would be changed with distressing.
I hope I’ve got your interest, if so you can read the rest of Picture This Frame on The In-Depth Genealogist website here.