How clever do you need to be to frame a picture? Well, it depends on the outcome you are looking for. We wanted a fast way to showcase our stunning collection of bird images (downloadable below), so set-to ourselves. Here we utilised an assortment of pre-used frames picked up for pence at a boot sale and added a lick of paint – the result was a stylish collection that cost less than ten pounds.
DIY framing: 4 easy steps
1. Gather your materials.
2. De-assemble your frame. Carefully cut out your chosen print from the magazine. Working on a clean flat surface, spray the back of the print with repositional adhesive, then mount it onto the paper provided with the frame.
3. Place print right side up, and spray glue to the wrong side of the picture mount. Press it down firmly into position allowing a small border around the print.
4. Remove any dust or fingermarks from the glass and push back into the frame. Layer the mounted print into position. Press the backing board on and bend the fasteners to secure.
These images, reproduced courtesy Dover Press, feature the artwork of John James Audubon, are considered by some as the finest natural history illustrations ever made. The original series was referred to as the Double Elephant portfolio. The term double elephant was a printer’s expression regarding the size of the paper, it measured 26” x 39” and was the largest format available for printing in the early nineteenth century. Find more fascinating details about Aubudon’s life work at audubonhouse.org
Download all the lovely papers below: