I like a properly matted and framed piece of artwork as much as anyone, but sometimes, it can be a little overkill. First off, it’s expensive, especially for large pieces, and secondly, it doesn’t always fit the style of the art. Framing a poster or screen print can often make the space feel more like a weird movie or record exec’s office, rather that a home filled with awesome art.
Whenever I find any large, vintage art, I’m especially struck by the bold graphic design and aged colors and texture. Continue Reading
Several weeks ago I came across a random post on some interior design website that shall remain nameless that featured an image of a perfectly acceptable decor which contained a ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster. In amongst the comments to the post, there were quite a few that deemed the vintage propaganda image, and I quote, ‘So over.’ For several reasons, I find this rather sad. First, the poster has incredible historical significance and second, it’s probably one of the best pieces of advice one can apply to their everyday trials and tribulations, let alone when Nazis come knocking at your door. Continue Reading
To celebrate the release of Make It! Hardware Store Decor, we decided to look back into the Curbly archives to find some great hardware store-inspired posts. First stop, this Curbly video showing you how to make an easy and inexpensive custom poster frame.
An attractive frame for artwork always beats thumbtacks or the sticky stuff, but custom jobs at the framing shop come with sky-high prices, often more than you paid for that wonderful screen print from Etsy or the perfect vintage concert tour poster. Continue Reading
Earlier this month, Apartment Therapy Chicago featured a home with a pixelated portrait of Lincoln, which the owners created “by pixelating a photo and boiling it down to 9 shades of gray (both done in Photoshop). [Then they] built the canvas, gridded it off in 2 inch squares, and mixed the different shades of paint. At that point it basically became a paint by number.”
An attractive frame for artwork always beats thumbtacks or the sticky stuff, but custom jobs at the framing shop come with sky-high prices, often more than you paid for that wonderful screen print from Etsy or the perfect vintage concert tour poster.
So, skip the frame shop altogether, and head to the hardware store for this easy and customizable DIY to protect and showcase your favorite pieces.
The ABCs of the enigmatic Mexican wrestling tradition! This hand screen-printed poster by El Jefe designs features the most famous luchadores from Atlantis to Zebra Kid. Love it until dos de tres caídas!
Does the robot in this poster look familiar? It should; it inspired George Lucas’s C-P3O. Promoting Fritz Lang’s 1927 film “Metropolis”, the poster, sold at auction back in 2005 by the Austrian National Library, brought in an impressive $690,000. Why so spendy? The movie is considered a masterpiece and only 3 other copies of the poster are known to exist. Its art deco fabulousness doesn’t hurt either!
If you’re groovin’ on the image but are short a million bucks, not to worry. Continue Reading
Have you ever noticed that–oftentimes–framing your new fabulous print/poster costs ten times as much as the print/poster itself? After suffering from this phenomenon for too many years I finally figured out what I was doing wrong. I was buying my prints FIRST and then framing them AFTER. What I SHOULD have been doing is using the frames I already have and finding print images to fit their openings.