I have art work in my living room. I'm tired of it and want something different. Tired of the colors mostly. I think I want to keep the frames, but replace the art.
I've tried looking online for art, but my problem is. What do I look under when I'm looking at art, say on Art.com
Because the art work I have is very thin. It's a textured painting, but only like 1/8 or 1/4 in thick. It's like its painted on textured poster board then a thin piece of cardboard attached to back of it.
So if I'm buying art without the frame. What type of art do I look under? I need to keep about that thickness that I said it was. Thx
I hope you all understand what I'm talking about. LOLThis message has been edited. Last edited by: lilsophie,
I have used Allposters.com and they offer different ways to get the prints. So, you can choose canvas or the posterboard type. And you can choose no frame or on photo paper.
Depends on what you choose and what size.
I am not familiar with the site you mentioned.
Thank You MaryRuth. I didn't know you could even get the posterboard type. I will look now and see what i find
You can buy a rolled paper print that you like that has an image the same size or a bit larger than your frame or mat opening. then take the print to a frame shop and have it "dry mounted" on foam core or acid free board to fit your frame. They can then cut/trim it to fit exactly in your frame. Find a mom and pop local frame shop rather than Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or other national frame shops, you will save money.
Dry mounting is a heat adhesive that keeps everything flat and ironed looking, no moisture involved.
Thanks Conrad. Where would I find a rolled paper print? Do you mean a poster? I need two prints, because I have 2 frames. These will be on each side of my front room window. I think I may have a problems finding size. Has to be about 23.5 x 31.5
May have a problem find this. My dh may not like it if I say I am just going to buy new art work, frames and all. Because I did pay good money for these, at least for me it was.
The texture you describe may be a gel medium which is brushed on the surface to make the picture appear hand painted.
24x32 is a standard frame size so you should have no trouble finding printed art in the correct size for your frame. What subject matter do you like? What is the style of your furniture?
Many forms of art can be found in pairs by the same artist. Looking through an art catalog can be daunting so you should narrow your choices of subject matter before you start shopping.
You could look online, at art prints. (They are normally mailed out in a tube, that is why I mentioned rolled art)
A local frame shop may also sell prints or be able to order them for you. Depending on the artist and age of the image it can be pricey or really inexpensive.
And if you want a textured look to your dry mounted print, this is pretty easy to do. You will need to spray it a couple of times with a clear coat, that also makes it water resistant. Then with a 1/2 to 1 inch wide stiff artist brush, you make small X's over the whole print while applying a clear, thick, waterbase acrylic gel medium. It will go on milky, but dry clear with a very light texture you made with the brush. An art or craft store will know what it is.
Susan thanks for all that info. The 24x32 is the size print I need. Not sure if you realizes that.
I THINK I want a landscape print. My home has a more cottage feel. I'm trying to change my colors. I'm leaning towards creams, pales blues, light greens, and some browns to throw in there.
Thanks for your help
Conrad, thanks for all the information you gave me. It was really helpful.
I do have a local frame shop in town. Don't think I have ever been in it. Think I will go take look and see what they have.
Thanks for reminding me
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