Picture Framing News

We started this page in May 2021 to highlight recent customer work, new services and new products as they happen. Until now this information had been published on Facebook (and will continue there) but as not everyone has Facebook we have added this page to our website. When time permits (we are usually hard pressed keeping up with framing!) we may add some of the older news items that still have a topical interest.

21st November 2022 - Retirement!

What's on my mind asks Facebook as I come to my Facebook page to post a news item. Retirement! That's been on my mind for a lot recently.

I had my eightieth birthday earlier this year and even before that Corinne and I had been discussing the subject of my retirement. It has taken me a long time to come to a conclusion about this, but now I finally feel the time is right!

Corinne and I will have more time together, and I have other interests I'd like to pursue while still fit enough, such as photography. I'd like to thank all my customers for bringing so many beautiful artworks and other objects to frame, I got huge pleasure from working with these artworks and especially the initial creative process of working out how to frame them to their advantage.

I still have about a dozen or so artworks to complete and I expect to have them all finished in the next week or two, then it's onto new adventures and a different life!

From Corinne and I thanks to everyone for your support over the years!

7th October 2022

It's been a wee while since we posted news here, mainly because we have been very busy concentrating on trying to get through our framing work! However, a rather special piece of needlework we framed recently was so beautiful we felt we had to take some time out to add it to our news page. Shown below is the finished work in its frame.

Vietnamese handcrafted silk artwork

Double mounted with Artcare mountboard and framed with a moulding from Nielsen Design's Riviera range

Handcrafted with fine silk thread I can only imagine this was a incredibly time consuming task and by someone highly skilled in the fine art of needlework. The size of the needlework itself was 595mm x 388mm (23.43" x 15.28") was handsewn onto a larger piece of fabric with a generous excess which made our job of stretching more straight forward.

So that you have a better idea of how finely detailed this work is we have photographed a small section of the artwork as shown below.

One can only wonder at the skill and patience required to produce such a finely rendered work. Hanging on a wall and viewed from a normal distance it has a photographic feel to it which I have never ever seen in any of the countless needleworks I have framed over the years. 

I began by stretching the needlework cloth over a piece of conservation grade foamboard a little larger than the needlework. The foamboard, 5mm thick, has a smooth firm surface on both sides with a softer more porous material between the two surfaces. The needlework is gradually stretched over the foamboard so that it is both 1) square and 2) smooth.  This requires some care and can take time. 

The fabric is held in place by the use of stainless steel 'T' pins inserted through the unsewn excess fabric and into the sides of the foam core. This method is completely reversible and allows any fabric art stretched using this method to be removed completely unharmed. The 'T' pins were an idea developed by Vivian Kistler. 

Vivian Carli Kistler is a leading picture framing expert and in world-wide demand. She owned and operated a large retail gallery and frame shop for over twenty years. Vivian is the author of numerous books and videos, including the seven-volume Library of Professional Picture Framing. I am indebted to her books for learning the techniques of dealing with all sorts of needlework!

To complete the framing a double mount of Artcare mountboard and simple dark grey moulding to make frame was created to complement the tones in the artwork.

Finally, and sadly, I learned from my customer, who had purchased this beautiful work in Vietnam, that the person who created it had been affected by the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam war. Agent Orange was used by the U.S. military as part of its herbicidal warfare program. She works in a centre in Vietnam where care and support is provided for those who had suffered cases of leukemia, Hodgkin's lymphoma, and various kinds of cancer. 

4th July 2022

Covid

Unfortunately both myself and Corinne became infected with Covid recently and so are currently closed for new business until we both test negative. This is having an impact on ongoing work but we hope that we will soon be able to get back to normal.

The lesson we have taken from this is that Covid is not going away anytime soon, the risks remain. Therefore to protect both our customers and ourselves when we re-open we will re-introduce all the safeguards that had previously been in place, i.e., we will be behind a screen wearing a mask and expect our customers to wear a mask also.

It also means that the framing samples can only be handled by ourselves, this to prevent any risk of the infection spreading to others by that means due to handling samples that others have touched.

We apologise for this interruption to normal service and hope to announce a new opening date soon here on our news page and on our Picture Framing For You Facebook page..

20 May 2022

New Artworks from Cathy MacLeod

We were pleased to frame these two new artworks by Cathy MacLeod which are additions to her series of artworks entitled 'The Sea'. 

They have been framed in the style adopted for this series of pen and ink artworks. That is, single mounted with a neutral Artcare mountboard and framed with a simple black frame. This simple framing style is in perfect harmony with the beautiful black pen and ink artworks that in contrast are exquisitely detailed works of great beauty depicting aspects of nature and the creatures that live within it. We take a great deal of pleasure in framing these artworks!

Currently they are being exhibited at the Alchemist Gallery in Dingwall. If you have never been to this gallery before we can highly recommend visiting it. In addition to a wide range of artworks they have a range of beautifully crafted objects, pottery, furniture, jewellery, greeting cards and more!

For more information about Cathy visit her Paper and Jam website and to find out more about Alchemist visit Alchemist Gallery website. Enjoy!  

New Artworks by Cathy MacLeod

25 March 2022

Pet Portraits

Pet portraits are a very popular subject for framing and over the decades we have framed many fine pet portraits. However, we had a pet portrait in recently which is unique in our experience. Reproduced here in the frame we created for it, the image itself was created by Purr & Mutt Ltd at https://purrandmutt.com/

If you send your pet portrait to them you can choose from a large variety of styles to have your pet presented in a way that appeals to you. When our customer brought their print to us it didn't take too long to choose a framing style for it. In this case single mounted with Artcare and framed with a gold moulding from Nielsen Design's Lido range.

More of our framing work can be seen here https://www.pictureframingforyou.scot/Framed-Artworks/

14th March 2022

Exhibition, The Land The Sea & My People

Picture Framing For You attended a preview evening at the above exhibition on Saturday 12th March at the Alchemist Gallery in Dingwall.  The work on display is beautiful and technically superb pen and ink work by Cathy MacLeod (nee Street).  The theme of this exhibition is best described by using Cathy's own words as reproduced below.

"Everyone's life is a journey, with destinations, memories, and relationships along the way.

I was born in the village of Veifa'a Mekeo in Papua Niugini. My people live by the rhythms of nature. Growing and catching their food from the river, the sea and the land, careful not to endanger the environment.

Living in Scotland, I am captivated by the contrasting landscapes and strange creatures.

My exhibition 'The Land, the Sea and My People' expresses my cultural journey to my new home of Scotland, never losing sight of my Papuan cultural heritage".

The exhibition is open from Monday to Saturday 10am till 5pm until the 12th April.

Shown below are some photos from the exhibition and examples of Cathy's artistry. Click on any of them to see them in a larger size.

Picture Framing For You were delighted to have been asked to frame Cathy's artwork.

13th March 2022

Rolling Stones at Picture Framing For You

One of Ronnie Wood's concert posters arrived recently for framing along with two tickets for the  Rolling Stones concert at Murrayfield in Edinburgh on 9th June 2018.

Ronnie wood, a multi-talented artist, is a rock musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, artist, author, and radio personality best known as a member of the Rolling Stones since 1975. One of our customers brought to us the poster shown below, designed by Ronnie Wood for the Rolling Stones concert at Murrayfield stadium on 9th June 2018. As well as the poster they had their two tickets for the concert and wanted them all mounted and framed together.

As you can see a double mount with decided upon with an undermount picking up on one of the theme colours in Ronnie's poster. This same colour was then replicated in the surrounding frame which was chosen from Nielsen Design's Crayon range. The two concert tickets were placed in their own windows at the bottom of the mount. 

5th March 2022

A few years ago, during happier times, we framed this poster which is full of excellent advice for personal relationships and life skills.  If even some of this advice were being followed by everyone, including national leaders, we would not be witnessing the horror that is happening in in Ukraine right now. 

10th February 2022

Once again we feature Aimee Coulshed a young artist specialising in fabric art and we were delighted to have had six of her lovely new works in for framing recently. Three of them were for a private commission and the other three are destined to be exhibited at the Alchemist Gallery, Scotland which is located in the High Street in Dingwall.

In each case we hand sewed them to Artcare conservation quality mountboard with just a few stitches across the top and bottom of each piece and then mounts were also created using Artcare. Various mouldings were used to create the frames from Nielsen Design's Home, Alaska and Riviera ranges. At Picture Framing For You we have here on display the entire collection of Nielsen Design's mouldings.

If you would like to see Aimee's work please contact Alchemist Gallery for dates when they will be on display. Alchemist Gallery has been a wonderful addition to Dingwall's High Street, not only for the extensive range and ever changing fine artworks on display, but many other beautiful objects, cards, furniture etc.

Shown below are some of Aimee's works but more can be seen at this link https://www.pictureframingforyou.scot/Artists/Aimee-Coulshed

  • Fabric art "Tree on the Horizon" by Aimee Coulshed

    Double mounted with Artcare mountboard and framed with a moulding from Nielsen Bainbridge's Riviera range. More of Aimee's work can be seen at https://www.pictureframingforyou.scot/Artists/Aimee-Coulshed

  • Fabric art "Into the Distance" by Aimee Coulshed

    Double mounted with Artcare mountboard and framed with a moulding from Nielsen Bainbridge's Riviera range. More of Aimee's work can be seen at https://www.pictureframingforyou.scot/Artists/Aimee-Coulshed

  • Fabric art "Above the Horizon" by Aimee Coulshed

    Double mounted with Artcare mountboard and framed with a moulding from Nielsen Bainbridge's Riviera range. More of Aimee's work can be seen at https://www.pictureframingforyou.scot/Artists/Aimee-Coulshed

  • Fabric art "Fjord" by Aimee Coulshed

    Single mounted with Artcare mountboard and framed with a moulding from Nielsen Bainbridge's Riviera range. More of Aimee's work can be seen at https://www.pictureframingforyou.scot/Artists/Aimee-Coulshed

9th November 2021

Aimee Coulshed is a talented young artist working in fabric for whom we began framing about a year ago. Recently two more of her beautiful works came in for framing from one of her customers.

In cases of fabric art such as these we hand sew them to conservation quality mount board with a matching thread so that the sewing is not visible. In the two examples shown below we applied a few stitches to the top and bottom only of the artwork, stretching slightly, but not too much to ensure that the natural texture of the artwork is not affected.

Each artwork was then double mounted with Artcare mountboard. In the first artwork illustrated, 'Whaling', a darker frame from the Moma Classic range of Nielsen Design mouldings was chosen. In the second example, Sea Life, a lighter toned frame from Nielsen Design's Riviera range was chosen.

You can read more about Aimee and her work on our artist's page at https://www.pictureframingforyou.scot/Artists/Aimee-Coulshed where you will discover that she was the recipient of two awards at the New Designers Graduates Award Show in London, 2019.

There are various ways of securing fabric art in a frame, including, as in this case, hand sewing to mountboard. It can be quite hard work to push the needle through a mountboard, especially the thicker mountboards! I have a favourite thimble for this purpose. My wife and I bought it when we visited the Collosseum in Rome a few years ago. It has deeper dimples than in the usual thimble. This helps to ensure that the needle is not going to slide off the thimble and puncture any of my my fingers, which, horror of horrors, could result in my blood on the fabric art I am working on at the time! The thimble that protects my finger (and the art) is shown in the last photo!

Fabric artwork 'Whaling', created by Aimee Coulshed

Double mounted with Artcare mountboard and framed with a moulding from Nielsen Design's Moma Classic range.

Fabric artwork, 'Sea Life', created by Aimee Coulshed

Double mounted with Artcare and framed with a moulding from Nielsen Design's Riviera range

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7 October 2021

Ron Lawson is widely regarded as Scotland's most original and distinctive contemporary landscape painter. His work has a style that is instantly recognisable and has proved extremely popular. Subjects are typically traditional houses as found in the remoter parts of the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

We are pleased to do framing work for Picaresque Books and Fantoosh Gallery in Dingwall. We recently received from them a set of Ron Lawson limited edition prints for framing as illustrated below along with a very fine poster of Stac Pollaidh by Stewart Bremner. They are now in the gallery and may not be there for long!

If you fancy owning any of these works do pop along to the gallery sooner rather than later. The three Ron Lawson artworks are all framed in a style that has become tradtional for his artworks, that is using a neutral mount and a textured grey frame of varying size depending on the size of the artwork.

The three Ron Lawson artworks shown here are Vatersay Cottage, Blue Boat and The Uist Coast. All were single mounted using Teichert archival solid core mountboard and framed with a moulding from Nielsen Design's Riviera range.

The poster of Stac Pollaidh by Stewart Bremner was framed using a flat black moulding from Nielsen Design's B3 range.

Information about how to get to or contact the gallery is also available on their website at this link https://picaresque.scot/


Limited edition print Vatersay Cottage by Ron Lawson

Single mounted with Teichert archival solid core mountboard and framed with a moulding from Nielsen Bainbridge's Riviera range

Limited edition print Blue Boat by Ron Lawson

Single mounted with Teichert archival solid core mountboard and framed with a moulding from Nielsen Bainbridge's Riviera range

Limited edition print The Uist Coast by Ron Lawson

Single mounted with Teichert archival solid core mountboard and framed with a moulding from Nielsen Bainbridge's Riviera range

Poster of Stac Pollaidh, Assynt by Stewart Bremner

Framed with a moulding from Nielsen Bainbridge's B3 range

21 September 2021

One of our customers brought to us a round glass disc onto which an artist onto had applied an abstract artwork. Originally the glass disc, which is 459mm in diameter, had been enclosed in a very thin round grey metal frame from which it had been suspended by a wire in front of a window.

The first thought was to source a ready made round frame of the exact size needed. However, although round ready made frames do exist, I discovered they are not available in the exact size I needed, either as a wooden or a metal frame. Next I sought a framer who could make a bespoke round frame. There are very few such framers in the UK and I could only find a handful of them.

Estimated costs were of the order of a few hundred pounds and of course I discussed this with my client. To my surprise my client suggested I make square frame to hold the glass disc. This could be done by routing out a small channel under the lip of each side of the frame, such that when the frame was assembled the glass disc with be secured by the routed channels. The channels, only 2mm deep, themselves would be hidden by the face of the frame.

This was a remarkable idea and we were both excited imagining how the finished work would look, much better than a boring thin round metal frame! For routing the channels a Dremel machine would be ideal. In thirty years of framing I have never needed to use such a machine, but my customer had one that I could borrow for the task!

This was new and exciting and I looked forward to doing this. Firstly channels 2mm deep were routed under the lip of each side of frame. The only concern I had would be at the stage of assembling the four sides of the frame and glass disc. The entire assembly would need to be held within the underpinner while the mitres were being secured by wedges. I was concerned that in the operation of the underpinner some harm might come to the glass disc - but it didn't!

You can see the finished result below. The frame and round glass disc has been photographed against a white background so that the construction can be clearly seen with out a distracting background. As you can see we used a simple black frame for the task, and while the back and inner edges of frames are normally bare wood we painted those parts black to match the rest of the frame.

21 September 2021

Posting photos of myself is something I very rarely do. However, I made an exception in this case to show off the t-shirt my friend sent to me from France.

He happened to visit a shop in Montmorillon where the slogan on this t-shirt caught his eye. So here I am, 'Out of the Frame' and into my new t-shirt. Thanks Nigel, it's very appropriate!

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6 September 2021

Recently we framed 20 original pen and ink artworks for Cathy MacLeod. They illustrate scenes from her homeland in Papua New Guinea and from her new life living here in Scotland. The pen and ink artworks, all original, are beautiful and wonderfully detailed.

We have reproduced some of them below but to see them all you can view them on Cathy's Artist's page  where you will also find a link  to her exhibition of these works at The Small Gallery, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. All of these beautiful original works are for sale at The Small Gallery and we wish her every success.

All the framing was to a similar style using a neutral Artcare mount and a black frame. Click on any artwork below for more information and to see it in a larger size.

Some of the Exhibition Artworks

6 September 2021

One of the more unusual items we received for framing was a Japanese tea cloth which was used in a Japanese tea ceremony. My customer received it in a gift and wanted it to be framed. The cloth is 35cm wide by 96cm long with a repeating pattern on a very fine cloth. It's purpose, as I understand it, is to wipe any spillages that may occur during the tea ceremony.

I had the idea that the cloth could be framed in such a way that it could be seen as 'floating' unsupported inside the frame.

To begin with the tea cloth was hand sewn with a few stitches of matching thread along the top and the bottom of the cloth to a supporting mount board. The stitching cannot be seen. This supporting mount board, only a centimeter or so larger than the size of tea cloth, was then 'floated' about 1.5cm above a larger black mount board. It was 'floated' above the black mount board by means of a hidden archival quality foam core spacers.

This floating arrangement was then surrounded by a double mount which is 'floated' slightly higher than the tea cloth to ensure the picture frame glass does not come in contact with the cloth. The window edge in this double mount is about 1cm away all round from the mountboard to which the tea cloth is sewn. Finally a deep black frame was used to hold everything together.

What looks like a black border surrounding the tea cloth is nothing more than fresh air at the bottom of which is the black base. So it appears as if the supporting mountboard and tea cloth are floating - but it's difficult to display the three dimensional effect in a two dimensional photo! Finally the framing was finished by enclosing the above arrangement in a simple black frame. I felt that the overall effect of minimalism is in keeping with the Japanese tradition of uncluttered design.

14 July 2021

Framing art with more than one frame is a way that can further enhance an artwork. Placing a small frame inside another, traditionally called a slip, will add a further inner edge to the outer frame. The slip is usually a small flat piece of moulding with a bevel edge.

We have also been framing artworks with two frames, where the inner frame is not just a slip but is actually another frame in its own right as shown in the examples shown below. The first one is an original oil painting by Rosemary Bonnin entitled 'Along the River Ness'. The outer frame is a moulding from Nielsen Design's Concrete range of mouldings. The finish of the Concrete moulding simulates the appearance of concrete in its texture with random cracks and blemishes. The inner frame, made from Nielsen Design's Shabby Chic range of mouldings adds both a highlight and a deep bevel leading the eye into the artwork.

'Along the River Ness', an original oil painting by Rosemary Bonnin

'Along the River Ness', an original oil painting by Rosemary Bonnin

Framed with two mouldings from Nielsen Design's range, the inner being Shabby Chic and the outer frame from their Concrete range

The second example of double framing shown below, an original oil painting 'Waiting For Angels' by Dot Walker, uses a different framing style. Here the outer frame is the narrower of the two, a dark moulding from Nielsen Design's Moma range to complement the dark tones in the artwork, and the inner frame, significantly wider, provides the highlight that is needed to emphasise the light in the image. A single dark moulding would have added a feeling of gloom quite contrary to the atmosphere displayed in the artwork.

Original Oil Painting 'Waiting for Angels' by Dot Walker

Original Oil Painting 'Waiting for Angels' by Dot Walker

Framed with two mouldings from Nielsen Design's ranges, Riviera (Inner) and Moma (outer).

In both those cases the final choice was made from the hundreds of samples we have in what I call a 'voyage of discovery', a process that both the client and I are involved in. This is fun! Together, we try out our ideas to decide what works and what doesn't. This is the most important part of framing and involves being sensitive to the colours, tones and textures in the artwork. A certain amount of agonising is usually involved! All that follows in making the frame is merely craft skills.

If you like thee above artworks you can see more work by the artists as follows:

Rosemary Bonnin at https://www.artmajeur.com/rosemarybonnin

Rosemary also runs a group called 'Wee Artists' for children from 7 years upwards, more information at Wee Artists on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/weeartist.co.uk/

Dot Walker at https://www.dotwalker.co.uk/ and also on Facebook at Dot Walker Art

7th July 2021

This fine crewel work, which took the artist a year to complete, is extraordinarily detailed and very beautiful. Crewel work is a form of surface embroidery often referred to a Jacobean embroidery. Crewel refers to the type of wool used for stitching and the technique incorporates a number of different embroidered stitches traditionally worked on a linen twill background; this results in a raised textural design.

The first stage in framing any needlework involves stretching the material so that the base material upon which the work is sewn becomes smooth and crease free. To do this I cut a piece of archival foam core somewhat larger than the needle work design. Next I use special stainless steel 'T' pins (designed by a USA based needleworker, Vivian Kistler) to pin the needlework in position as I gradually stretch it over the foam core. This method is fully reversible and allows the needlework to be removed completely unharmed. No sticky tapes, glues, etc are used.

Having completed that part of the work the remaining framing stages are to create a mount and frame to enclose, protect, and enhance the artwork. In this case a single mount made from Artcare mountboard and a frame made from Nielsen Design's beautiful range of 'London' mouldings. The finished work is shown below. However we have also included some close-ups of parts of the crewel work. The close-ups are just to let you enjoy and admire the extraordinary level of detail in this very fine needlework which is 421mm wide x 523mm high. Best enjoyed on larger screens!

Crewel Stitch needlework featuring Flora and Fauna

Close-ups of this work to illustrate the extraordinary level of detail

Crewel Stitch needlework featuring Flora and Fauna

Close-ups of this work to illustrate the extraordinary level of detail

Crewel Stitch needlework featuring Flora and Fauna

Close-ups of this work to illustrate the extraordinary level of detail

3rd June 2021

This dramatic landscape, a limited limited edition print entitled "Stac Pollaidh Sun Rays" was created by the well known Scottish Artist Stuart Herd. Situated in the Assynt area of the NW Highlands, this artwork is of an area of dramatic scenic beauty where solitary mountains rise majestically out of a virtually treeless landscape studded with a myriad of lochs.

Stuart began his career as a commercial photographer before embarking on a painting career in 2002. He started exhibiting in Argyll galleries while working as a Picture Framer, but within a few years he was working full time on his paintings. 

In 2007 he opened The Art Studio in Tarbet, Argyll. Due to his growing popularity he felt he needed an outlet for people to meet him and view his work. This enabled him to combine his Picture Framing business on this site. Since opening, his work has become increasingly sought after by buyers worldwide.

This print was brought to us recently and following discussion with the customer it was decided to frame this artwork with an Artcare double mount and frame it with a moulding from Nielsen Design's Moma range.

If you would like to see more of Stuart Herd's work you can visit his website at http://www.artstuart.com/

3rd May 2021

About three months ago we received probably the most time consuming framing job we have ever worked on. It was a series of french flower cards that came with seed packets. Eighty four flower cards to be exact, all to be framed somehow.

The seed packets were discovered inside an old warehouse in France. They had lain there untouched since the 1930’s. It is not known if the owner had died or went bankrupt. There were lots of other bits and pieces. Mostly haberdashery, hair decorations, children’s toys etc. Our customer saw the seed packets advertised for sale on Instagram, thought they were lovely (they certainly are!), bought them and brought them to Picture Framing For You.

We were given carte blanche with regard to framing style except with regard to maximum dimensions that could be permitted for the resulting series of frames. Bearing these dimensions in mind the first task was to design a method of framing that was attractive and would protect the cards for as long as possible. This required framing to conservation standards and protection with anti-reflective UV blocking glass to minimise fading.

French Flower Cards printed early 20th Century, artist unknown

Following what seemed an extraordinary amount of arithmetic it was decided to make three frames, each with 24 cards (split across two mount windows each containing 12 cards) and a fourth frame with 12 cards in one mount window, all to be framed in a traditional style gold frame from Nielsen Design's Vienna range. Illustrated above is the frame with 12 flower cards.

The mountboard used is from the Artcare Tatami Silk range and is covered with silk fabric. Each card had to be placed accurately and evenly spaced in the mount window. To achieve that a template with twelve card sized windows was made to assist in the accurate positioning of each flower card as shown in the second photo below. The template was made to fit exactly within the mount window and each opening in the template was flower card sized. The template was made from mount board, a flower card layout on it was accurately drawn, then each individual card window was cut out using a craft knife.

Armed with our card template we could get to work! In the second photo (below) you can see the card template positioned within the mount window ready to receive the flower cards. Each card now had to be attached to the supporting mount board by means of thin strips of archival water gum tape. This kind of tape will cause no staining, is secure, and can, if need be, be removed without harm at a later date if re-framing is ever required. The painted stones in the second photo are weights to ensure the mount does not move while positioning the flower cards in the template.

Once all the cards were fixed within the template openings the template could be removed to start work on another mount window. You may be wondering how we arranged the sequence of cards. There are two of us at Picture Framing For You, Corinne worked out how to arrange the cards in each window, the aim being to randomise the colours as much as possible. She arranged them all on a large sheet of board into seven groups of twelve. Gordon, when fixing each card into the mount window simply transferred the pattern that Corinne had created.

If you'd like to see all the frames that were made for the french flower cards you can see them here https://www.pictureframingforyou.scot/Framed-Artworks/i-3ffj596 Finally, we'd like to mention Lisa Stewart of Stuff and Rainbows who painted the stones we use as weights anytime we need things held in place, which is a lot! Her painted stones are lovely and we discovered them one day when she was selling them at a craft fair at Ullapool Market. Lisa also exhibits at the Poolewe Tuesday Market and we may pop in there one day to get more stones!

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12 March 2021

This beautiful calligraphy work was created as a birthday present for a young man. The poem is Rudyard Kipling's 'IF' and the calligraphy is in Uncial script. Twenty four carat gold has been used for the poem's title and also for the motifs between each stanza of the poem. This fine work was created by calligrapher Annette Reed.

Click on the framed artwork to the left to see it in a larger size.

Annette is a Scribe (calligrapher) to the Order of the Thistle and has written many official documents for and on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, including appointments for Nicola Sturgeon, MSP, First Minister, The Lord Lyon King of Arms, Lords Lieutenant, Commissioners for the Church of Scotland and all appointed Scottish Queen’s Counsels. Annette has her own Facebook page at Reed and Write · where you can follow her and her work.

Following discussion with the customer it was decided to frame the calligraphy work as follows. That it should be double mounted to give added depth thereby leading the eye into the image. The undermount was to be made from Artcare Colour Core using a version which has a black core beneath the neutral top surface of the mount. When a bevel edge 'window' is cut in such a mount this reveals its black core giving the appearance of a line around the calligraphy. To this mount was added an neutral Artcare upper mount with a slightly larger window.

Finally it was decided to mirror the black core with a black frame as shown, but to have a gold inner slip frame to complement the gold used in the calligraphy.

Many more examples of Annette Reed's work are on her website at http://www.reedandwrite.co.uk/about.asp