|Ready made art from books -- love it! A pair of prints-- divine!|
One of my favorite ways to score stage-worthy prints for framing is buying books, picture books.
So, when you’re rummaging through a pile of these discounted volumes, let your imagination wander. Need examples?
|These are some of the over-sized books I've found on second hand shelves. At my Goodwill store and ReStore outlets, all hardbacks are $1.00 no matter what the size. Bingo!|
If the edges of a page are worn, they can be trimmed off or hidden behind the mat. Black and white pictures are fine. If there's any text and it's a foreign language, it only adds to its quirkiness.
Last year I found a large-scale book of orchid prints at the library sale. Botanical prints are perfect for staging a home that’s traditional, country, cottagey or even grand and formal. They have the same impact, to a lesser degree, that adding real plants to a room has.
|I thought I would have to spray these mats with Kilz but |
a closer look told me it was only the prints that were stained from age.
|A page from the book about Scotland yielded this handsome landscape.|
I use white duct tape on the back to secure the original cardboard or foam core backing to the frame. A professional frame shop would choose an acid free paper and water-based glue, but duct tape always works for me when I’m home staging.