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Unfinished Frames on the Cheap

September 13, 2007

I’ve been trying to stay busy this week to avoid falling into a total state of depression over the recent death in our immediate family. The only way I can get through it all and maintain some joy is to find things to do around the house, play positive music, and work on a few projects that are easy enough so that I don’t walk away frustrated and tense. Stay positive! Keep smiling! That’s the only way to deal sometimes when all I want to do is hide under my blanket.
No hiding allowed.

Unfinished Frames on the Cheap
So I painted a wall in my living room this morning. No clue why, but I felt like painting things was the way to kick my sadness. And it works. Last night, I put those sticky discs on some of my favorite plates like I told you about earlier. No real effort there, but it made me feel like I accomplished something because I seriously detested those wire hangers I had before. So a few easy tasks later, and my smile is more natural and less forced.

But I still feel like painting, so I took this small unfinished wood frame that I found at the craft store and applied a few coats of white paint. I love all the little original works of art that I buy, but most of them look so much nicer when framed and I’m not about to run to the frame store for every little painting I have. I just came back from the local frame shop and $200 later, I have two of my favorite prints up and gorgeous. But still, $200 is a lot of money and I certainly can’t give all of my art work the royal treatment. Unfinished frames, no glass, that’s the way to go for mini paintings. Plus, it makes them appear much larger.

Unfinished Frames on the Cheap
I think this $4 one works nicely with one of my Creative Thursday paintings purchased back in March. These frames come in various sizes and widths, so I didn’t give it much thought, I just grabbed the only one on the shelf assuming that for $4, it will work until I can buy a better frame. It had a 5 x5 insert, the painting is 5 x 5, so what could go wrong. Nothing.

Unfinished Frames on the Cheap
The results are very nice after applying a few coats of primer, a few coats of white acrylic paint, and a single coat of clear lacquer. I simply popped the 5×5 painting in the back and taped to secure. I know I can use hardware to secure it, but until I run to Lowe’s, strong tape will do just fine. So what will I do next? Maybe I’ll go buy a new staple gun and try not to staple my hand as I did last time when I was reupholstering a chair and held the gun backwards. Ouch! Okay, no staple gun projects for me this week. I think I’ll sew something, that’s always great therapy and I do have some pants to hem…

Psst: If you’d like a pretty painting from Marisa, don’t miss her online sale going on today – I’m not sure what time she’ll be posting them, but I’m sure they’ll sell out quickly so make sure you keep checking her blog for updates.

{Update: Marisa just posted her paintings right here.}

(images from holly becker for decor8)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Shopping + Products, Small Business, Travel

Barnsdall Art Market: Fresh Talent!

September 12, 2007

Michelle recently blogged about her visit to the Barnsdall Art Market in Los Angeles where she discovered some fresh and amazing talent, like Emilyn Eto and her gorgeous textiles.

Barnsdall Art Market: Fresh Talent!
Emilyn, or Em, is the lady that blogs over at It’s(K)not Wood with Jon. Em sells her work through her website and etsy store called Supercozy. She creates the most gorgeous textile wall hangings and faux bois artwork, the lady is a creative powerhouse. I love all the prints and vintage finds on etsy, but I hope to see more and more textiles because I’m always looking for new ones to use and sometimes tire of all the typical big names out there in the design showrooms.

Barnsdall Art Market: Fresh Talent!Barnsdall Art Market: Fresh Talent!
Tyler Bender, another craft rock star rumored to be both talented and quite the eye candy (we so need more hot boys at craft fairs!) is another one of Michelle’s picks. He makes cool journals with vintage book covers. Anthropologie should totally scoop them up, they’d be perfect for their Fall ’08 (Back to School) collections, hint hint Anthro people

Barnsdall Art Market: Fresh Talent!Barnsdall Art Market: Fresh Talent!
Michelle suggests checking out Brokesy Attack Pillows, they have an etsy store where these cute little critter pillows sell for around $110- each.

Barnsdall Art Market: Fresh Talent!
If you’d like to see more indie artists discovered by Ms. Caplan herself, head on over to Creative Swoon. If you missed the Barnsdall Art Market a few weeks back, no worries – there are two more being held this year on October 21st and December 16th in L.A.

(images from everyone mentioned above)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Julien Pacaud

September 12, 2007

Julien Pacaud is a French illustrator living in Paris and this print, “Memories of Tomorrow” in Julien’s etsy shop makes me totally weak. I completely love this work, it’s something I most definitely would own the original of if I could somehow get my hands on it. It inspires me so much, it’s like when I look at it I am forced to slow now and really ponder life and what it all means to me. I wonder what you think when you look at this?

Julien Pacaud
Something about it is so strong yet really vulnerable, and I like the melancholy emotion, which somewhat describes how I’ve been feeling this week. You can learn more about Julien’s works here. I can’t say I connect to all of the work, but Memories of Tomorrow is simply gorgeous.

(image from julien pacaud)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Courtney Prahl Art

September 12, 2007

Courtney Prahl has beautiful work available in her etsy store, her focus always on trees and houses, both with special meaning to her. Courtney believes that trees are like people, unique and one-of-a-kind, each with their own story to tell.

Courtney Prahl Art
Houses on the other hand are symbolic of home. “Home is anything — a place, people, a mountain or even a house,” Courtney continues, “It gives you peace and it is where you know who you are without judgment.” Well said! I enjoy how well she uses various papers and colors, and I like to examine her paintings — so many intricate details! I especially like the composition, as I’m trying to learn this for my own paintings and realize that it takes time to get it right. In addition to her prints and things, she has a few very affordable originals on canvas for only $15, like this painting below. A great start for the budding art collector.

Courtney Prahl Art
Lovely work, Ms. Courtney!

(images from courtney prahl)






Arts + Crafts

Claudine Hellmuth on Martha Stewart!

September 11, 2007

Don’t forget to tune in to the Martha Stewart show tomorrow, Wednesday September 12, to watch Claudine Hellmuth teach Ms. Martha a thing or two about mixed media collage art. I’m so excited that she got on the show and can’t wait to watch one of my favorite artists in action. YES! I can only imagine what national exposure will do to her career.

Claudine Hellmuth on Martha Stewart!

Yeah, Claudine! A huge congratulations to you.

(image from holly becker for decor8)






Arts + Crafts, Objects, Shopping + Products, Travel

KaT: Art + Home Accessories from France

September 11, 2007

Catherine Gallicere of KaT wrote in to show me her mixed media paintings using textiles and acrylics to create quirky characters and landscapes with a Japanese feel. Darling!

KaT: Art + Home Accessories from France
If you happen to be in Paris anytime until October 13th (lucky you!), the 3 Owls Bookshop located in the basement of le Bon March? features some of her paintings as part of their Love Tokyo exhibit. In addition to her paintings, Catherine produces pillows, lampshades, and other home accessories. She also collaborates with others on projects in the fashion world.

KaT: Art + Home Accessories from France
KaT: Art + Home Accessories from FranceKaT: Art + Home Accessories from France
Her website is only in French (it’s so cute, you have to look at it), so if you would like to inquire about her products further, please email Catherine directly at: c.katATfree.fr

Thank you KaT for sharing with us your creative works!

{Sorry I was away yesterday, grandmother Ilse passed away Monday morning so we’ve been planning the funeral remotely to take place in Germany. Posting will be light this week.}

(images from kat)






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