Making Unique Frames

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DIY: A unique frame for your art!

With a little skill and a few materials, you will be able to easily create a wonderfully unique frame that you won’t find anywhere else.

Our catalogue offers a large choice of exhibition frames in raw wood, made of knot-free pine from the German forests; these are perfectly suitable for all your framing works. These raw frames can be decorated on shoestring budget, offering you the possibilities to create your own designs and emphasize your work with a subtle touch of your personality.

For a simple antique look…

With scissors or a sharp knife, cut and two thin strips of mountboard (approximately 1.5 mm thick) for each length and glue these onto the front of the frame, evenly spaced. From the same mountboard cut 4 squares and glue these onto the front corners, covering the ends of your strips. Allow the glue to dry, an alternative for the mountboard strips would be a string of jute or yarn.

Apply on the front and the edges of the frame an acrylic primer (Gesso) and leave to dry fully, then coat the frame with a layer of black acrylic paint. Make sure that the layer of black paint is perfectly dry before you apply a layer of metallic acrylic paint like gold or silver.

Here comes the interesting part. Afterwards spray a bit of cleaner or stain remover on the painted surface. Wait a few minutes, and the paint should slightly dissolve in some places and you will be able to peel it off to emphasis the cracked effect. To reinforce the antique look of your frame, you could also apply a layer of diluted metallic paint or emphasize the reliefs created by the mountboard with Goldfinger metallic pastes. You can also adorn the corners with gold or silver leaves or experiment with applying different reliefs on the surface of the frame, and when finished we recommend that you protect the paint with an acrylic or resin-based varnish.

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For a unique look…

Introducing the decoupage technique! This is very simple and can be used by everybody without requiring any specific materials. You will just need at your disposal a few thin sheets of patterned, wrapping paper or some beautiful napkins and an acrylic varnish such as liquitex.

First apply a Gesso primer onto the wood (we recommend the Liquitex Gesso primer), then paint a background colour which complements the colours in the paper you are using.  After the drying, coat with an acrylic varnish. Apply the paper or the napkin onto the varnish with a brush until it sticks well to the frame. Apply another layer of varnish onto the surface of the paper and eliminate any bubbles or irregularity between the frame and the paper. Make sure that the paper is always larger than the surface of the frame and glue the surplus over the back to give a clean edge. Be careful not to tear the paper apart when you work on the edges.

You will find beautiful papers in gift or stationery shops. Very thin papers and napkins will work best. If you are using thick paper, dampen it first to soften it. Make sure you do not glue the thin paper before the wood surface is protected.

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