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Big Ideas!: The Non-Mitered Picture Frame

Frame Sketch

Proportions exaggerated to show detail.

I keep a running list of ideas for projects. The name of the list is BIG IDEAS!. When I’m working on one project, often I have another idea for something totally different. It could be for a work of art, a piece of furniture, a method of determining prime numbers, whatever. Some pan out. Some do not. Today I’m sharing one that is somewhere in between. The non-mitered picture frame.

You know by now that I am a guy who makes art. However, I am also a guy that collects art. I don’t always have the funds to buy the art I want, and it’s even more rare that I have the funds to buy frames. Right now I have a good half dozen pieces that are awaiting frames and you know what, frames are expensive.

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Process: Love Poem Poster (Part 2)

Early Poster Mock Up

Early Poster Mock Up, 11 x 14

Yesterday I wrote a little bit about the words and meaning behind this work in progress. Today I’m doing an examination of the design process in my Love Poem Poster. Above is an early test on an actual 11 x 14 inch drawing pad. There isn’t any fancy lettering and it is mostly a test to play with some color and see if I could get all the words to fit. They didn’t. After I did this I realized I left out a whole stanza (“Gets together to study, does not grouse. Says, ‘Hey buddy, this one’s on the house.'”), but I found a way to make it fit later. Sort of. Continue reading

Process: Love Poem Poster (Part 1)

Love Poem Poster Rough Draft

Some weeks back I teased a bit about a love poem poster I was working on. Since then a few things have changed as you can see above. The original plan was to work on an 18 x 24 inch letterpress design. I’ve never designed anything for letterpress and I thought it would be good. I’m not opposed to to doing a letterpress version, but I got to thinking how expensive it would be to do and thought a text only 2-color screen printed poster would be a more affordable alternative. But today’s discussion is not about design side of the rough draft you see above, and rest assured, it is a very rough draft. Hopefully all the things that bug you (and me) about this visually will be corrected in future drafts. Today I’m doing a breakdown of the words behind this work in progress. Continue reading