Sometimes while browsing Shop SCAD or Etsy or the website of an emerging illustrator, I stumble upon an artist's print that would be perfect for a certain corner in my house, but I'm well aware that if I buy it I won't be the only one with the print hanging in my home. (Unless the print is a monotype.) When I really can't resist a piece, I customize it with a frame that speaks to my taste. Black-and-white art seems to offer a lot of freedom in terms of frame style -- silver or gold leaf, black, white or stained wood are usually all great options.
The Hugo Guinness drawings and linocuts shown at John Derian demonstrate how striking vintage gilt frames can look paired with black-and-white works. And some of Guinness's pieces are sold in black or stained wood moldings -- those look terrific too. (It's always fun to hunt for vintage frames at thrift shops and flea markets; sometimes the frames are more special than the print inside.)
Weeks ago, when my blogging friend The Peak of Chic introduced those lovely Gadabout notecards designed by South Carolinian Hanna Brooks Nation, I thought it would be wonderful to see some of her drawings framed.
Currently Hanna is offering affordable prints of her chic, whimsical drawings. Standard prints cost $25 and customized prints cost between $40 and $60. Click here for details.
There's no end to the framing and matting possibilities. Below are a few experiments with the simulator available at pictureframes.com. (The two examples that follow are customized with an initial, a possibility for a child's room.)
Hanna says that she is also working on a calendar that will feature 12 different drawings of interiors for 2010. Although travel and exploring new cultures most inspire her work, interior design has also been a huge influence along with what she describes as "turn of phrase."
She explains, "Turns of phrase have always been my favorite part of language. Because of this, some of my cards have been inspired by trying to epitomize expressions, saying and quips. Figuring out a way to capture what comes to mind is difficult, but the effort usually results in something of reward."
Zebra - "A horse of a different color"
Flowers - "He Loves me, he loves me not"
Purple and orange dress - "Tete a Tete"
Another South Carolinian, Stacey Bradley of Perlaanne, also has a fondness for animals.
Since I have a penchant for exotic animal prints in bamboo frames, I experimented with Perlaanne's hand-carved and hand-pulled peacock, too.
But I think I prefer Stacey's choice of a dark frame.
Shown at the top of this post, a pen-and-ink of Savannah by Heather Leigh Young framed with triple matting. Visit The Ink Lab to learn more about her drawings of houses.
Recently, I bought one of Heather's prints and she generously slipped in a bonus box of note cards.
These fashion illustrations hanging in Krista Ewart's house are not black-and-white, but I love how she varied the frames. I thought her approach might inspire someone considering Gadabout drawings for a teen's room.
Images cropped from photo by Melanie Acevedo for Domino, June/July 2007.
BTW: This morning Mrs. Blandings featured a fun chair print by Guinness.
Click here for more on monotypes and visit MOMA to learn more about printmaking in general.