|Western Skies 5|
16" x 16" Painted paper collage landscape
|River Song 2|
Painted paper collage mounted on 1" board
16" x 16"
|Border treatment of above mounted work prior to painting being glued down.|
In addition to packing and getting the house ready, I was also trying to problem solve. All of my work in this style so far has been done on watercolor paper. My idea was to offer the finished pieces matted and ready for someone to frame themselves. I didn't really like the presentation though. When finished, these pieces feel kind of like a record album cover. They have the same sort of thickness and heft. They look fine but it's hard to envision what they will look like framed. Plus, I sort of thought they didn't look "professional." I felt that it would be better to mount them to a board. No matting, no framing and things would look neat and clean. The board really has some presence all on its own which the matted image lacks. The board and the mat/backing/bag set up are almost the same cost too.
The problem though that I needed to solve was this: all of my pieces are 16" x 16"with no room to maneuver. The boards are exactly 16" x 16". I was having trouble fitting them properly to the board. What to do? I remembered that when I was making fiber art, I frequently mounted those pieces to canvasses. I simply cut the piece about 1/2" smaller than the finished canvas. The piece went from, say, 16" to 15.5" (leaving a .25" border all the way around) and was then affixed to a canvas painted in a coordinating color.
I used that solution above which you can see in the 2nd and 3rd pics. The 2nd pic shows the finished piece hanging on the wall and the 3rd pic shows the border treatment. I had some of the same paper from the original piece leftover. I simply glued on papers to make the border. I really like the solution a lot. It adds another dimension to the piece and makes the whole work very presentable, in my opinion.
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