Rhino & Hornbill
Some visual inspiration for framing miniature artworks.
Small frames can be purchased from local art supply shops, gift shops, and thrift shops. These framed critters can make a fun gift and cheerful addition to a desk. Try drawing or painting your own small critter, or use a favorite postcard.
Rhino & Hornbill
Autumn is just about here! Celebrate the cooler days with our selection of free Fall themed printables, including our Fox & Sunflowers Coloring Page, Thanksgiving Turkey Coloring Page, Autumn Clipart, and Woodland Frog Coloring Page.
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Featuring bunnies, chicks, flowers, and mushrooms, these free printable cupcake toppers are perfect for an Easter dessert or spring brunch. Download the template at the bottom of this post.
1. Download the PDF file above.
2. Print as many copies as you would like on card stock.
3. Cut out the cupcake topper designs with scissors.
4. Glue two designs together (illustrations facing outward), with a toothpick between.
5. Once dry, place on top of cupcakes! Recommended flavors: carrot cake, vanilla with cream cheese frosting.
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Quite often I'm asked how I create my illustrations, so here's a little project you can try at home.
Begin with a blank sheet of watercolor paper. One of the most important things for me is the correct type of paper. A high quality watercolor paper is needed for the paint/water to cooperate. Here, I'm using Canson's cold press watercolor paper. For larger and more finished projects, it's wonderful to experiment with the other high-quality papers found at Blick and other art stores. I've torn off a little piece about 5.5 x 4" for this project.
Choosing a frame:
1. Bring your artwork/print along when choosing a frame. Try to pick a frame that enhances the artwork, but doesn't distract from it. Often, you can find a frame in the same style or color scheme as the artwork. Make sure to choose a frame you like, as you are displaying this artwork for your own enjoyment! Often a frame shop associate can help suggest possible options.
2. If you are not planning on matting the artwork, try a wider frame moulding instead of a thin one.
Choosing a mat:
3. Using a mat border is always recommended, especially for original artwork. It helps to support the art, so that it does not bend. It also allows safe handling of the art, and allows the art to breath when framed.
4. When purchasing a print from The Inky Octopus, you can choose the color of your mat frame. When choosing the color of your mat, pick something that will compliment the artwork and frame. When in doubt, a white or cream colored mat is a great neutral choice.
5. You can also find pre-cut mats at art supply and frame shops. Make sure to choose an archival/acid free mat, to insure it does not damage the artwork. You can also find acid free backing board and tape.
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