Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Instant Art for Kids and Adult Kids

I went down to Granville Island to drop off a painting for my upcoming exhibit at the Federation of Canadian Artists yesterday and happened to walk by a small gallery on the island that looked interesting. I remembered the space had been empty for some time and was told by the residing artist that in fact she had 'taken the space on' for only two months to share art with the community.

Her name is Jeanne Krabbendam and she also is a member of the FCA and teaches at Emily Carr, check out her website at http://www.jeannekrabbendam.com/home.html She had easel's set up for anyone, including kids to use free of charge and at their leisure. As I had the kids and husband in tow I was a little reluctant to let the kids slap on the paint as they can be 'a little' messy when they get going. So Jeanne showed me this cool trick for transferring images and making 'instant art'.

Take a photocopy of an image that you like and cover it with masking tape. Rub all of the air bubble out and smooth it out as much as possible with your finger nail pressing firmly. Then drop the taped paper into warm water and wait a few minutes. Take the paper out and rub the paper off the tape and voila, you have an imprint of the image on your tape. I don't know who was more excited, me or the kids! Jeanne then explained that you can also use acrylic medium the same way and put the images on just about anything, tile, wood, paper etc. Aha the possibilities are endless...

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Saturday, August 09, 2008

Framing Your Artwork

The right frame can make your artwork stand out from across the room but it is also intended to protect your artwork from dirt and moisture. The placement of your artwork is not only about aesthetics but also about protecting your artwork and keeping it in pristine condition . Even if your artwork is painted on the most expensive watercolor paper using professional quality archival paints, as mine are, it is still important to choose your framing and display area wisely.

The artwork, regarless of the medium used, (watercolor, oil, acrylic, pencil etc) should not be hung anywhere that it would be subjected to direct sunlight or long periods of artificial light. Areas where major changes in humidity such as a kitchen or bathroom should also be avoided. If you choose to hang your artwork in a bright room or a room where artificial light is on for long periods of time, then you may want to consider using glass with Ultraviolet protection built in. It is slightly more expensive but if you value your collection it will help prevent fading enormously.

Choosing a Frame

I prefer a simple clean frame so that I can really focus on the artwork. I also like the fact that I can easily move the artwork from room to room and not worry about it fitting in with the color scheme or decor of the new room or areas. A sample of some of my framed work, ready to go to the exhibit are below.Framed Artwork
Choosing a Matt

The matt board prevents the artwork from making contact with the glass which can create moisture. I prefer an acid-free off white or ivory matt for all my paintings and drawings as I can easily move my artwork from one room to the next and it fits in with any decor.

I also like the way the simpler matt kick the colors and tonal definition up a notch. For a bit more detail or interest a matt with a thin line of black or other color also is nice and does not distract from the painting but sets off the color nicely. When mounting the artwork to the matt, never use any plastic tapes or any masking tapes. They can turn brown and brittle leaving a dirty residue on the artwork which could ruin it and alter its value over time.

Choosing your Backing

The backing board pushes the artwork onto the matt to help keep it flat and keep dust and moisture out. Always use an acid-free backing or a acid-free piece of paper or card between the backing and the matt to keep impurities away from your artwork. The back of the frame should then be sealed with water soluble gummed tape to prevent the airborne dirt or moisture from penetrating the frame.

Cleaning your Artwork

Once properly framed you should never need to clean or worry about your artwork inside the frame. When cleaning the glass, spray your glass cleaner onto a clean cloth, clean the glass and wipe off immediately. Although the frame has been sealed, when spraying, some of the cleaner could find its way in through capillary action and do damage... better safe than sorry!

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Place des Art Exhibit

Well it has been a busy weekend but the opening reception seemed to be a sucess for the Suite E group at Place des Arts on Thursday. The gallery was close to full at times and people really seemed to enjoy the artwork.

It was fun watching people looking at the work and the best part though was watching people press their faces as close to the artwork as they could to try to figure out how it was done :) The exhibit runs until April 19th so please check it out if you are in the area.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Group Exhibit at Place des Arts



The group that is exhibiting the Suite E Life Drawing group that I belong to. There are a ton of very talented artists in the group so when I moved to the area I was so excited to be so close to such a great pool of talent not to mention weekly live models!
I was also very excited (I get too excited about art ;)) to see one of my paintings used on Place des Arts website as it is my first real exhibit since I quite my day job (the one that supports my art addiction) to pursue art full time.
If you are in the area the opening exhibit is March 20 from 7:30 - 9 pm and there will be free appies and all of the artists will be there.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Framed Art in Exhibition Frames from Opus

I thought I would post some of my artwork in my new frames. I bought a bunch for an upcoming exhibit from Opus Art & Framing Store as they were nice and simple and were on sale which is very nice when buying so many at once.

I wanted something simple so as to not distract from the artwork and they looked ok at the store but once the double matt is inserted with the artwork they look really great! I am considering replacing artwork and photos in my home with these frames as well as they are super easy to change out the photo or artwork as the backs pop out easily with little clips. They can sit or are hung by a wire which attaches easily to the back.

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