08 January 2011

when gold is metallic

I really enjoy a good screen print.  If I can find one that I love, that is in colors that work for me, that is signed and a limited edition and a reasonable price, I buy it.  (Boy, that sounds like a lot of qualifications, but being picky saves me money).

During my recent room shuffle, I realized the need to clean out my closets and basement storage.  At back of my clothing closet, I found a collection of poster tubes and realized how many prints I had collected, but not framed or displayed.  What a waste!

I went through the tubes and selected two prints to buy frames for, then I hopped onto Americanframe.com for some cheap solutions (and free shipping).

These are the prints I was framing.  The Decemberists poster is from Cricket Press and is sold out.  The New Pornographers print is from Clinton Reno and can be purchased for $20.  By the way: the suits look tan in photos, they are metallic. These are two of my favorite bands, my favorite albums from each are The Hazards of Love (Decemberists) and Mass Romantic(The New Pornographers).

For New Pornographers print,  I ordered a "German silver" frame to fit the print without mats. It turned out pretty sweet.  The German silver matches the suits!

 For the The Decemberists poster, I wanted a mat and went through the color options online, ultimately selecting a yellow mat that I was pretty sure would look awesome (I grabbed some yellow fabric from my stash and held it up to the poster and saw that it would *work*!)  But...um...I didn't read closely and when the kits arrived, I discovered that what I thought was yellow was actually gold.  Totes my fault, by the way, it is called "Golden Nugget" and I do know that metallic rarely show as metallic on the Internet.

There was no way I was going to put a gold mat in a silver frame.  No freakin' way.
Also, I knew it would be very pricey to get another mat cut in town.  So, I put the frame kit away, complained to people about my problem, and waited for an answer to arrive.

One friend suggested that I spray paint the frame.
Which led me to thinking about painting the mat.
Which led me to buying some paint.
And painting...
And painting...
Until finally...

It came out a bit greener than I intended, but I think it works and it'll be easy enough to reopen the frame and paint again if I decide that's got to happen.  I think I've decided to paint my home office gray, not green, so I'll wait for that paint to go up before making a final call.

The whole episode with the hilariously metallic mat reminded me of discharging and dying fabric, which began, of course, when I ordered some pink fabric online and it turned out to be PINK. Sometimes the answer is to whine a bit and then get some supplies and mess around!


  1. I think this is a perfect example of why it is better to shop local. Keeps the jobs in your neighborhood and you would have been sure to get exactly what you want. With the couple extra bucks it would have cost you to shop local, it would have equaled the cost of your time to fix it.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing the link to that frame shop! Ever since the absolute impossibility of trying to find a frame for my husband's irregularly sized Butch Cassidy poster, I've completely shyed away from purchasing any art in non-standard dimensions. The custom frame options we looked into were way not worth it, but this site looks pretty darn reasonable. Problem solved!

  3. Heather: it is a nice sentiment, but innaccurate about the $ difference. I paid $50 total for the kits, the price for them at the "local" shop (it is a chain) is several times that--well over $150.

    also, to me, overpaying for frames from an international chain that happens to have a location in town where they underpay workers is not ethically superior to buying frames at a good price from an American company online. when there was an indie shop in town, i took my business there.

    The art is original and purchased directly from the artists, which matters more, in my opinion.

  4. YAY! Another screen print fan :) I love it too and it led me to meet my future hubby and now we do screen printing in our basement together for work (15 years independent).
    Both posters you chose are beautiful! love the blends in the Decemberists poster ~ and the mat you painted turned out great! Curious to see what else you had stored away in that closet...

  5. They both look awesome! Great job!

  6. I'm so firmly entrenched in quilting, and that's why I love your blog. You do such interesting "other" stuff - and you make me think. A good thing...

  7. I can't say as I've ever heard of either of those bands, but I would totally have the Decemberists poster hanging on my wall, especially with the painted mat that you put with it. Just makes the poster "pop". Makes me wish even more that we lived in our own home so that we could put up whatever posters/framed art that we wanted, where we wanted. But oh well, I will wait a while longer... But then, watch out walls...

  8. Love the bands (especially New Pornographers-my favorite album is Challengers, but I don't have Mass Romantic-thanks for the suggestion!) and love your new artwork.

  9. Thanks for sharing the frame link. And your posters look great. That Decemberists one is especially sharp!

  10. Oh I love them! Frames and mat goes perfect. Good choice in music too!


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