Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Watercolor tulips, why to frame them

When you comb your hair, perhaps apply mascara and lipstick if you are a woman who looks washed out without those items, stand up straight and adjust your clothing so that you look neat, you look better to the world at large. You don't do this just for the world, you do it for yourself because you feel better when you look in the mirror or in the faces of the public as they acknowledge you.

When it comes to your art or craft projects, finish them and put them in the setting in which they'll be used. Finish the item for a card or at least put it safely away for when you are going to assemble a card later. If you've painted something and perhaps are feeling so-so about, put it in a frame or at least behind a mat. suddenly looks more important and presentable, right?

The frames I've been using are the least expensive I could find. The glass pops out from the top side of this plastic frame. If you aren't aware, watercolors need to be matted so that the painted surface does not rest directly on the glass. Normal moisture that affects everything in a room (humidity) could cause the paint to smudge and run if against glass. 

When my family room is repainted, a ledge is going to be placed on one long wall where my art projects will sit. Currently a few pieces from long ago are hanging on that wall but with the number of classes I've been taking lately, the number of holes I'd be placing in that wall would get a little crazy. Besides, I like to rearrange things so shuffling the order of what is on display will please me and encourage me to keep trying to improve my techniques.

I've learned that there is always going to be room for improvement in my work, but it is okay to enjoy things as they are. This coincides with my weight loss journey which hasn't made much progress lately, but I'm definitely enjoying the progress I've made and dare I say...even proud of my accomplishments. Same with this botanical series of watercolor classes. 

Mother Nature will always best me in beauty but this isn't a contest. This is fun. 

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