i am going to show you this using these two pieces my sons made recently to go in their space-themed bedroom. they started out drawing on cheap printer paper. when they informed me they wanted to hang them in their room, my mind quickly started churning on how to make the pieces more substantial. printer paper is not exactly high quality. so i had them cut out the items that they had drawn on the printer paper, and then we glued the scene back together on black card stock. once on the black, i had them draw in some embellishments with white crayon. here are the results. so quick and easy, and what a difference!
|by zane age 6|
|by zac age 3 1/2|
because of where these were going to be hung, i knew i did not want heavy frames. so i found this 2 pack on sale at michaels for pretty cheap. buy whichever frame you think will work best with your artwork. what you want to do is buy the next size up from the size of paper your artwork is on. so, the boys pieces were on standard sized paper, which is 8 1/2 x 11. therefore, when i bought the frames, i bought the next size up which was 11 x 14.
turn the frame over, open up the back, and take all the pieces out, except for the glass.
take the colored paper that was in the frame as advertisement and flip it over. usually the back is a solid white. if for some reason the back of this paper is not in good shape, you can easily cut another piece of white paper (or whatever color you choose!) in that size. you can use the paper that was in the frame as a guide by tracing it. mine was good enough to use the back, so i flipped it and put a little bit of masking tape on each corner of the printed side.
then flip it back over and secure it to the masonite back-piece of the frame. next, flip the artwork and put a little tape on those four corners too. flip the artwork back over, center it, and secure it in the middle of the white one on the masonite.
now, many times with these cheaper frames, some genius puts a sales sticker right on the glass that doesn't want to come off. and that was the case here. i keep a bottle of goo gone spray gel in my studio for just such cases. spray the sticker and let it sit for a few minutes.
then use a knife or razor blade to carefully scrape up the sticker and adhesive. i use a palette knife. make sure you clean the glass off with a little glass cleaner when your done to remove any traces of the goo gone because it is pretty greasy.
place the clean glass back in the frame, and then flip the artwork that is now attached to the back-piece over and slide it back into the frame as well. push all the holders back in place, and voila!
inexpensive, easy, and no mat required! i think it's a great way to preserve treasured artworks, decorate a space, and/or give a wonderfully meaningful gift!
wishing you all a very merry christmas!