I recently spent some time adding simple wooden frames to some artwork I've made.
This ink drawing is quite old (I made this almost 20 years ago). It is made on a piece of plywood that has many layers of ground on it, which makes the surface act a lot like paper.
It occurred to me recently, while looking at a bunch of mid-centry art, that I like the simple, natural wooden frames sometimes added around paintings of that era. I thought that this drawing, with it's white background, would look better contained within a frame. There is a really horrible picture of this drawing without the frame in this old post here, in case you're curious.
I used basic cedar lath with a nice tight grain that I bought at Discount Builders here in the city. I bought long lengths because the two pieces that needed framing were 40 and 48 inches square. I gave each section of lath a very light sanding and applied no finish at all.
The lath I used was wider than the plywood of the painting (plywood 3/4"). I attached the lath so that the front edge protruded 1/4" beyond the painting front, and the back overlapped 1/2", which added a little more dimension to the painting overall.
I just nailed them in with some brass brads, four per side.
Simple and unfussy. The wood will darken over time.
This piece is bold and fun and completely inspired by Donald Robertson, whose vision of life I admire very much. Btw, Kit got a new bigger bed recently and I've made some changes in there which I will be posting about very soon.