Kaydence Keller

Make A Textured Picture Frame

In this article, you’ll find information on how to work with texture paste. You’ll also be able to make an amazingly beautiful picture frame with your own hands. You may leave the picture frame for yourself or give it as a present. Such a picture frame will be a wonderful present to any person, especially to the person who loves retro style and shabby chic and is able to appreciate them.

In order to create the frames you need to take the following things beforehand:

  • The base made out of a bookbinding board. take the base of a necessary size. There should be 2 items of the base (one is for the frame itself and one is for the back side of the frame);
  • Passe-partout (if you wish);
  • White acrylic priming;
  • Acrylic paints (including spray paints);
  • A bandage or a lace;
  • PVA glue;
  • Brushes, a palette knife, a spatula, a sponge, scissors, a utility knife.

The first thing you need to do is to cut the base out of the bookbinding board. In our case, the size of the outer sides is 19*24 cm. The margins of the frame should be 3 cm wide. The inner “window” size is 13*18 cm.

For the backside, we need to cut out a rectangle. The size is 19*24 cm. If you wish, you may make a passe-partout out of paper or a cardstock. The size of the inner “window” is 9*14 cm. As a result, you’ll be able to insert inside the frame the photo that is 10*15 cm in size. It will be carefully supported by passe-partout and won’t fall out of the frame.

As a result, you get 3 elements for the future frame: the backside, the inner frame – the passe-partout and the front frame itself.

Now, let’s get to making a frame for photo with our own hands. We prim it with the help of white acrylic priming (recco). This may be done with the help of a brush. However, if you have special instruments, you may use a small spatula or a palette knife. then, we give the article time to dry completely.

In order for the priming to dry fast you may put the frame in the oven. However, keep the door of the oven open. Once 5 minutes have passed, you can continue working!

In order to decorate the frame we use either lace or an ordinary bandage. We carefully put the pieces of the chosen material on several areas of the article.

Using a palette knife, we cover the article with a thin layer of priming and, once again, give the article time to dry.

We cut off the edges of the bandage with scissors and smooth them out with the help of emery paper.

Then, we’ll need a stencil (cut out of plastic) or an already ready mask.

We out the stencil on the article and cover it with an acrylic (texture) paste. We carefully take off the stencil and align the edges.

You may also cover the empty areas with texture paste. For example, you may do it so that to get a stucco effect. We leave the article to dry completely (you may leave it dry in the oven as you did it earlier).

Let’s get to painting the article. In our case, the whole area is painted with the help of cream – colour paint.

Then, we decorate the article with the help of our favourite colours. For example, you may, at first, “sop” the article using a sponge that was previously put in a turquoise paint. Then, you may use light brown spray.

This is the way our frame looks now. It looks almost as if it is atique.

If you wish, you may create a “powder-like” effect. In order to do it you need a small amount of white paint that we apply on a sponge. Then, we carefully touch the frame with the sponge.

Finally, one more thing – a golden embossing with a journalese. Our frame is ready.


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