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Hand painted mats

Discussion in 'Picture Frame Design' started by neilframer, Mar 4, 2016.

  1. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    These are a couple of hand painted mats that we did last week.
    My boss did the hand painted mats.
    I made the frames.
    FullSizeRender 5.jpg FullSizeRender 6.jpg FullSizeRender 4.jpg FullSizeRender 3.jpg

    We each have our skills.
    I am more of the builder, shadowbox, large construction, Macguyver guy.
    I can match colors, repair frames and come up with solutions.

    My boss is the artist and we spitball ideas back and forth to come up with solutions and it really works.
    He's left handed and I'm right handed so both sides of our brains are at work.:eek:

    We've gotta' work early Saturday morning to hang 40 pieces in a law office.
    Another 6 day week...:confused:
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2016
  2. skye

    skye MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    What was used for the painting/french lines? I love doing lines on mats (haven't done panels) and since the 'mat magic' inks have gone the way of the dinosaur, I have had to make do with hi flow acrylic paint (stays in my ruling pen). Beauty do's BTW.
  3. Jim Miller

    Jim Miller SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Nice framing, Neil.

    Skye, in your ruling pen you can use ordinary "acrylic airbrush color", which comes in small bottles. These colors are inter-mixable within brands; mix to match and then thin the paint just enough to flow through the pen. You do not need to worry about smearing when applying a watercolor wash between the lines, because when dry they are like lines of solid plastic. Unlike watercolors often used to draw pen lines, which soak into the paper surface, the acrylic paint rests on top of the surface, so it is easier to scrape off line over-runs and other slight mistakes.
    skye and blueeyes like this.
  4. skye

    skye MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    I have discovered that with the acrylic paints. It is SO nice to be able to gently scrape that slight 'over-line'. Of course I try to not have it happen at all...

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