Tuesday, March 23, 2021

How to upcycle and frame small artwork

 





I framed these for a good client of mine. She wanted to use a frame she had on hand. It was an inexpensive frame from the 90's that came with three matt board window openings. The plexiglass is thin.
My only regret is not putting in real glass. My local hardware store is no more, they were the best and reasonable priced for custom glass cuts. I get my Mattboard for free at the local frame store. The keep a bin of off cuts. These are great for all sorts of projects and FREEEEE!



The finished piece. These are my original watercolor paintings, each 5x7 on cold press 140lb watercolor paper. Do check out my website for lots more art AmeenDhillon.com. Original art work, especially if the paper has a deckle or torn edge looks beautiful mounted in a shadow box style frame where the artwork is raised slightly to appear to float within the frame.

Gather your materials and stretch them out on a clean table. Ruler, pencil, white plastic erasure, acid free tape, hot glue gun, white mattboard that matches or compliments the artwork, acid free foam core pieces cut to slightly smaller than the art work.


Coil the tape and put it the 4 corners of the foam core. Center your artwork and gently add pressure so that it sticks. Keep a clean piece of paper on top of the artwork and gently burnish the taped areas with your hand. This keeps the oils and any dirt from you hands from getting on the art. Mount all three paintings and set aside.


I replaced the original backing with sturdy matt board making sure it was larger than the opening so that it would attach across the back of the frame. Measure and place the paintings keeping an equal space at the top, bottom and sides. paces between the paintings should be slightly less. I left 1 1/4 inches around the edges. I put very light pencil marks in the bottom corners only. Put coiled tape on the back of the foam core squares and attach to the matt board. After they are mounted and the mesurements look good erase your pencil marks. Now let's put it all together, hot glue the plexi glass to the inside of the frame. Attach the matt board to the back of the frame, before securing it in place check for dust, debree and  fingerprints within the frame.  Attach the matt board to the back of the frame,  I used the existing clips and a staple gun for the side without clips. 






 For light frames I attach fishing line with a staple gun and knot it in place for hanging.





Thursday, February 11, 2021

Valentines crafting, Emroidered Felt Hearts

I wasn't in the Christmas spirit at all this year. No cards or  cookies with friends... But its Valentine's day and there are a lot of special ladies in my life so tomorrow I'll be doing some porch drop offs.

 
Plum Preserves from our tree, 84 lbs of plums last year!!!!


I've been busy crafting these little cuties.


They started as Christmas ornaments , our tree was looking a little bare and I had wanted all handmade ornaments. The hearts started in January.


I keep everything in  a little tin, super portable. Usually I make a couple when we watch a show.


I have a new website for my art, ameendhillon.com With my studio temporarily closed I've been busy with my own work. I stenciled a bunch of the paper offcuts from my paintings for little Valentine tags.

 
My current favorite stencil and stencil/tooth brush.

Happy Valentine's Day!


Thursday, January 7, 2021

Small Figurative Watercolor Paintings

Hello friends! My forced sabbatical continues into 2021. It was a very productive fall and I am looking forward to positive changes coming for 2021. 

I have a new website up to sell and share my personal work. I'd love it if you checked it out ameendhillon.com. Let me know what you think. 

I am currently on day 40 of my 100 days of art challenge on instagram. Here's a few pieces that were done early on. To see them all follow me on Instagram @ameendhillonart


I was playing with a stencil I had and then added a single figure and loved the way the 2 came together. The abstract background gives a sense of space to the figures without being specific. A reference to a tiled wall or floor or an embroidered fabric. 
All images are from my own photos of India, specifically the state of Punjab. Paintings are original 5"x7" watercolors. 


Riding Gear 5X7 watercolor on cold press watercolor paper


Posing for a Picture 5X7 watercolor on cold press watercolor paper


 Dinner Prep 5X7 watercolor on cold press watercolor paper


Mother  5X7 watercolor on cold press watercolor paper


 Her Lilac Sari 5X7 watercolor on cold press watercolor paper


Mummiji 5X7 watercolor on cold press watercolor paper

 

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