I want to let you know about something I just started doing: making ready-to-hang custom pet portraits that aren't framed. And they’re super affordable.
But first -- why? I hate framing. Seriously. It is a pain to do and is so expensive. It's easy to spend $50 on art you love and then turn around and spend $150 to get a custom frame so you can hang it on your wall. It sucks money out of your wallet and the joy out of your heart that you felt when you bought your art.
And then there's glass. Glass breaks. That's what happened a few months ago when I hung one of my vegetable prints I had framed and it came crashing down off the wall, shattering splinters of glass all over my floor. And you how that is -- you get down on your hands and needs with a dust pan and sweep up what you can. Then you get the vacuum cleaner. And you really think you've gotten it all! Until a couple weeks later when you go barefoot in your house and ow! You step on some tiny, nasty little shard that somehow wound up 30 feet from the crime scene and has lodged itself in your tender little foot.
Even if you're framing an original oil or acrylic painting, which doesn't require glass, you've got to spend money on a substantial custom frame -- the ready-made stuff off the walls at Michael's or Hobby Lobby just isn't going to work.
But no more! Here's the solution:
Plan ahead and ask your artist to paint your custom pet portrait on an Edge canvas that has 1.5-inch deep sides. Or, better yet, ask them to mount your painting to a wooden block (technically a "cradled panel") that is 1.5 inches deep.
It's a seamless, modern way to hang your art. And it's basically indestructible. If your dog or kid knocks it off the wall, it's going to be fine. If you have to move, you don't have to wrap it in six inches of bubble wrap and hope it survives. You can safely mail to a friend as a gift with confidence it will arrive in tact.
Use a PVA glue (like fancy Elmer’s) to glue the canvas to the wooden cradles panel.
Let it sit for 24 hours.
Trim the painting with a sharp razor blade.
Paint the sides.
Varnish the whole thing