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Frame Family Mementos in 3 Easy Steps

1800s Paper Calligraphy Art of Bird and Poem Framed

Taking calligraphy classes was popular prior to the 20th century — a time prior to radio or television, and some people became quite good.

To preserve a piece of this lost art, a nice lady recently engaged me to frame a specimen that her great grandfather created in the 1800s. He too became quite good, and his subjects centered on birds and his own poetry.

The calligraphy art that I framed was on discolored paper which gave the piece its natural Antique appeal, but the edges had started to become brittle and fall away.

Preserving it was an easy 3-step process...

Step 1 - Restoring the Paper

1800s Paper Calligraphy Art of Bird and Poem Restored

The man who created this piece of calligraphy art had made several specimens, but I was able to help the nice lady decide upon framing this particular piece since it seemed to be the best one. It best represented the man... an artist who focused on birds and a man who liked to write short poems. I also helped her to decide to incorporate an old photo of the man and a small piece of his calligraphy art that he used as "practice".

Working with the backside of the paper, I carefully removed small pieces that would inevitably fall off. Then, I repaired tears that had begun on the edges to prevent them from worsening.

We liked the natural discoloration of the paper for its natural Antique appeal, so there was no paper washing to be done.

Then, I attached the photo and practice piece to the main piece in a way where they seemed natural placements.

1800s Paper Calligraphy Art of Bird and Poem Framed View from Left

Step 2 - Finding the Frame and Backing

1800s Paper Calligraphy Art of Bird and Poem Framed View from Right

The next step was to find a frame that would best represent the art and the man.

As you can see from the stern look of the man in his photo — apparently, it was common for people to not smile — he has a rugged appearance. So, I found an affordable real wood frame that had a two-tone natural finish and a rustic look to compliment the man.

The delicacy or subtlety of the calligraphy penmanship itself needed help to pop, so I decided upon a non-acid matte black backing to serve as an appropriate contrast to the frame and artwork.

For the protective front of the frame, I recommend using non-glare acrylic sheeting since it allows a better view of the artwork without glare, is lightweight and shatter resistant. It's an additional cost, but well worth it!

Step 3 - Putting it All Together

The final step is simply assembling everything to create the finished product.

Total Cost of Project

Whenever I frame artwork, the charges are straightforward... Total Cost = Supplies + My Time

I do the legwork to find and procure the right supplies and only charge what they cost (no upcharges!). Then, I put it all together and charge for my time.

The result is that you're happy with the final product without breaking the bank, and I'm happy for being compensated for my time.

Want to Frame a Family Memento?

Let's do it! Contact me using my online form, or email me directly using the button below. We'll discuss the details, and I'll provide you a quote.

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Frame Family Mementos in 3 Easy Steps by Artist Rachael Harbert


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