It's an incredibly beautiful day here in Otown (Orlando). I got up early today to make some more frames for some of my pieces. I'm now using Birch wood. Originally, I started making frames with pre cut pine strips. The cost per foot was outrageous. Making the switch to Birch was a no brainer. It's much lighter and the grain pattern is stunning. It really pops out when you add the stain.
I recently went to Home depot and bought a whole sheet of Birch plywood. I cut my own strips for the frames using my table saw. It's way more cost effective and with the leftover wood, I cut some custom frames for future "wood" paintings.
These paintings in the pic above are all framed and ready to be hung.
Framing your own artwork is a strong selling point, especially since most people don't want to deal with having to frame a painting themselves.
Once I got my framing formula down, the task got much easier. It's like anything else: Practice makes perfect. I can make two frames in about 2 hours. Cut, squared, glued, nailed, and ready for staining. Not too shabby.
I highly suggest buying "pre stain wood conditioner" by Minwax. It penetrates the grain nicely and prevents blotching. Also, it will save you having to apply multiple coats of stain. Two should be plenty. Remember to sand prior, and in between stains.
Here's a few more pics of my framed and soon to be framed artwork.
With these last two pieces framed, I'll be ready for the Wine and Art Walk in New Smyrna Beach next weekend march 25th.
HAPPY PAINTING AND KEEP[ CREATING YA'LL