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).
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.
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.
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!