For Christmas all I wanted was a John Waterhouse's print to go inside this frame. The frame is about seven foot tall and four foot wide. B who is now used to my crazy ways got me a print of Waterhouse's Circe Invidiosa.
As a lover of Greek mythology, I have a soft spot for Waterhouse's paintings. His romantic colors and depictions of women are incredible. There is something dark and moody about this particular painting that really attracted me. Circe, who is the goddess of magic, is seen here poisoning the water to turn her rival into a monster. I was as giddy as a child when I got this print...so can you guess how disappointed I was when I found out the print was only three foot wide and too small to fit into my frame? I cried. While trying to figure out what to do with the print, I decided to hang it up in Bella's room. The print is printed on a heavy canvas and all I had to do was used decorative nails to hang it up on the wall.
Without a frame, the print seems flat, doesn't it? After finding out how much large frames really cost, I decided to make one myself. All I did was buy three pieces of eight foot moldings to build a simple frame. I added left over appliques to the corners and gilded the frame.
How gorgeous does it look against the black wall?
The details on the print are amazing. It actually looks and feels like a painting.
Here you can see the details of the frame. I nailed the two pieces together. The frame is very light since there is no backing.
Where there is darkness, there is light. In this case, where there is a problem, there is always a solution. Now I am in search for another painting to go into the frame. I suspect soon our house will actually look like a museum...and I can't wait for that day!!
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