Making a wood frame for your artwork.

There’s nothing I love more than spending a few uninterrupted hours focused on a painting. And liking it at the end. It’s such a great stress reliever!

I got the idea to make this fame from Jon Peters. He has a YouTube channel full of woodworking videos - if you’re hungry for more ideas and inspiration, check out his channel!

Let’s get right to it, shall we?

Here’s what I used for the artwork:
Oil paints / oil paint brushes
Gesso Board / primer

Here’s what I used for the frame:
Wood
Wood glue
Painter’s tape
Black paint
Nail gun
Table saw
Miter saw
Wax polish

First, I made my artwork. I decided to recreate a picture that we had taken last Fall. I did a rough sketch and then looked at the photo on my computer to paint it.

The great thing about an oil painting is you can fix your mistakes and mix colors easily. Once my painting was dry, I started my frame.

First, I cut a few strips of wood at about 1 3/4 inch. Then, I cut a thick piece of plywood to be a hair bigger than my painting on all sides.

From there, I measured the thick piece of plywood on all sides, cut my frames pieces to fit and mitered the corners. I used wood glue and a nail gun to attach each piece together.

The key is to attach the thick piece of plywood in the middle of the frame pieces, so there is a little reveal.

Once the frame is together, I used acrylic black paint and a brush to paint around the edges.

Another thing I love about oil paintings - the texture!

Once the paint was dry, I removed the tape and glued my artwork on top (leaving just a bit of a gap around all sides). This creates depth, but also allows you room for error!

Then I finished it off with some wax polish from the Darbin Orvar shoppe.

It’s a great piece of artwork to put on our built-ins, that’s for sure!

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