It's no secret that I'm not a big spender in pretty much any area of my life, so when it comes to art, thrifty is the theme of the day. I like to think I've gotten pretty
good lucky at scoring frameables on the cheap. My best find was a charcoal sketch on Kraft paper that I picked up for $1.99 at a thrift store.
|$1.99? Are you outta your mind?|
Unfortunately, I've hit a bit of a dry patch when it comes to uncovering masterful pieces in the junk pile. In fact, I'm starting to realize that sketch might be a once-in-a-lifetime find. And let's be honest, I can craft, but I'm no fine artist, so I've had to get a little creative when it comes to the rest of the things I frame. I've pulled pages out of books, magazines and photo albums and put them behind glass. But this time, I wanted something different. I knew I wanted patterns. I knew I wanted lots of white. I also knew I wanted texture. Three reasonable-sounding things, right? Good luck getting them all in one piece for a decent price. If you're shopping, good taste is expensive!
I knew I'd have to work within my means, so that meant rooting around the basement for a while until I found some old frames and spray paint. I grabbed three--two were 5x7s, the third was an 8x10. I don't know about you, but I never use my larger frames, so reworking these was a big priority for me.
I set up shop outside on my balcony and got to sprayin'. Some old plastic bags and a cardboard box later and I was in business.
I used Rust-oleum Lacquer, which went on nice and smoothly, but didn't quite have the high gloss look of lacquer. Nonetheless, it still looks pretty baller in my opinion. I applied looooots of thin coats, and I let them dry between each application. It took about two hours with drying time to get all of the frames painted evenly.
Then it was time to figure out what to put in them. I popped in to Michael's to check out their paper supply, and was mightily impressed. It was tough narrowing things down. (They have an ENTIRE wall of card stock--and not just those crappy packs of patterns.) But these are three I came up with:
While I could never pick a favorite--what kind of monster do you think I am?--I have to say I admire the graphic pops of the dandelion-looking paper. So funky!
And I think they're even better in the frames. They each seem to have a bit of personality that screams: "We're high class, and we cost so much more than $3!" But they're such liars, don't listen to them. Each piece of paper was less than a buck.
Not bad for about the cost of cup of coffee, huh?
There are other thrifty projects here.