Regular readers of this blog are sick to death of my lino-print obsession. The final piece of the jigsaw has been to frame a couple, just because I can. The first print I wanted to have a go at framing is this one. I call this picture "Midnight at the Alhambra" and is a firm favourite of mine. It comes from my latest comic "Locus Solus" which is still free to download and enjoy from all good bookstores... and a few rubbish ones too ;-)
Surprisingly I have no pictures of me chopping some Oak to size. I've never worked with Oak before and I like it. The slab I have is one I bought from B&Q and is intended for making rustic shelving or chopping boards, or something like that. I had other ideas.
All the sizing for this batch of frames is being driven by the size of the prints I'm making. The lino blocks are approx 4x6inches (10x15cm) which fits nicely inside a standard 6x8inch mount. My thinking was that I wanted to buy some pre-cut plastic for the front and I would cut the mount myself. Therefore, the frames would need to be made to house a 6x8inch mount.
The corners were cut with my recently purchased chop saw. It worked well, though some of the cuts are a bit rough. The 45 degree angle is spot on. I wish I'd had this when I made my Highwayman banjo pot. I made a batch of top/bottoms and sides. There's enough to make about 5 frames, though looking at what I've got, I'll maybe only get 4 good ones out of it.
I didn't do anything fancy with the frame other than to cut an inlay for the mount with my router. This was the first chance I've had to use my new homemade router table. It worked like a dream!
I've told you in the past of my fear of the router. I reckon this is by far the safest way to use this beast. There was no jumping about, wrestling with the bloody thing. All my attention was on cutting the wood and keeping myself safe. Oak is a hard wood, but it cut like a dream. I had no problems putting in the inlay. It took more time to set everything up than it took to do the routing. Lovely!
Here's a close-up of the second picture I've framed called "The Mysteries of the Horizon."
If you're interested in lino-cuts or wood-cuts, I've started a collection of some of the wonderful pieces I've stumbled across on the internet. It's a collection in Google+ and you can find it here. I'll keep adding stuff as I find it. There really has been some lovely stuff done in this way.
Okay, I've talked enough about frames. Here are the two I made with my prints in finished with wax. What do you reckon? God knows where I'm going to put them. ;-)