You’ve heard of 3-D, right? Special, totally stylish glasses, higher priced TVs, greater special effects in the movies, and the uncontrollable urge to reach out and touch the little flying bug in the show that you KNOW isn’t really in front of you but hey – you just can’t resist checking!
The fact is, we love our depth perception, and great art finds ways to make our 3-D sense lick it’s lips. And, with the premise that twice as nice is always better, I enlisted my brother to help in creating a work of art that not only has a beautiful depth in how it’s painted, but that goes for the one-two punch with frames of different depth, too!
So, it begins with a work of glorious art. This is where I might need to be a little encouraging about how well you really CAN make good stuff. Or, if you’re like me, you can call your sickeningly talented brother over to your house, and in an all-too-familiar gesture of older-brotherly power, direct him to the table where you’re laid out the canvas cloth (available at any good fabric store) and the acrylic paints (or various pencils, oil sticks, whatever) and inform him he won’t be leaving until he’s done your bidding. If you ever see how much bigger Tyson is than me, you’ll wonder how I direct so much obedience from him, but that’s a whole different blog post.
Really, though, this can work with printed canvases purchased prints, or any work of greatness you deign to drum up. Get incredibly clever with your stuff; or, give Tyson a call and see if you can get him to do your bidding. Upon completion of said “painting” (mine includes elements of water colors, pastels, pencil, and charcoal) You’re ready for the split and frame.
Scroll through the slider below to see different elements. Begin by measuring out a split up of the canvas, and cut it into it’s pieces. Using a basic table saw and a piece of plywood for the interior frame element, cut wood one inch shorter than the measurement of the cut canvas pieces. I used squares, but of course you can get more daring if you wish to go for different sizes. With the artwork pictured, the interior frame requires four cut pieces. Make each of the sets of four wood strips different widths – this is where the depth play comes in. I used a nail gun (you could use a stapler, but be sure it goes all the way in flush with the wood) to nail together the different inner frames like this:
Then, you’ll need to make (or maybe you’ve already made, you clever DIYer) the external frame for the internal newly canvased frame to fit inside. For measurements, you’ll need to make your four new frame pieces the same width as the inner frame, but an additional length to match the width of the exterior wood. In other words, if you’re using 3/4″ MDF, you’ll want to use the same length of the inner frame boards (lets say, for example, 10 inches) plus 3/4 inch AND an additional 1/8 of an inch. This helps account for the canvas. Nail the boards of the outter frame together in the same fashion the inner boards went together.
Important note: do any painting of this exterior frame (or frames – you need to make one of different width for each piece of canvas you have after cutting it up) RIGHT NOW!
Slide the interior canvas-laden frame into the exterior work, and repeat for each piece of the art you cut up. The result is a stunning piece of real depth. And that’s good, since you have real depth cropping up all OVER your home these days, don’t you?!