Framed Kid Art

I know that every parent thinks that their child's art is genius, and I am no exception to that rule. 
Kit made these at school last year and I just love them for their vibrancy. In my experience, the best kid art is produced when they are given quality materials to work with -that means good paper and real paint (not that washable stuff which cracks and flakes when it is put down with any thickness as a young enthusiast is bound to do). In this case, the medium is watercolor and pastel.

These started as one painting, which I cut in half and trimmed slightly to fit into these frames (thin wood frame West Elm).

My preference for all framed art is for it to float, and generally I prefer most art without a mat but in this case I think the mat adds nicely to the overall presentation. 

I sized these little paintings (7 1/4 x 9 1/4") to float 1/8" inside the mat. In order to do that, I first taped a larger acid free piece of paper to the rear of the mat, and then blind taped the painting to that. All this must be done with an archival tape to avoid the tape from yellowing and corroding the paper. I've had this tape in my stash for years and use it for any mounting and repair work I have.

My plan is to hang this pair in the boys bathroom, which is newly painted and looking good. Photographing and posting is on my (long) to-do list.

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