wall paint: Gossamer Blue by Benjamin Moore
Probably the question we're asked most when we have visitors over is "where did you get this/ or all of your prints?" (and "what is the paint colour on your walls?") I've also been receiving a lot of inquiries by email on these things, and so I decided to gather all of this information up, both in photographs and sources - to have as as a reference for myself and to share with others. And so, the last couple of weeks I have been taking photographs - such as this one - when I get a moment (and the light is co-operating.)
I began collecting all sorts of frame-ables over a decade ago, when I was still a student at Emily Carr in Vancouver. I began to find all sorts of flat items which caught my eye or were made by friends: posters and prints, old maps, charts, vintage linens. My collection keeps growing slowly over time I don't think I will ever stop or be done framing and hanging. These posters and prints have become wonderful souvenirs from my life, and just looking at them can bring back all sorts of memories.
long ago, I had decided to begin to frame everything up in simple Ikea Ribba frames, all in black. These frames are affordably priced, come in a variety of sizes, and have always been readily available over the years.
If required, I always cut the mats myself by using just a super sharp new exacto blade. I don't worry about using a professional mat cutter to get that nice bevelled edge (because no one really notices it, and it doesn't really bother me to have straight-cut mats). Of course, you can also purchase a mat cutter online or at your local art shop - in fact I think I have one somewhere, but I just can't be bothered.
Other must-have tools for I use for cutting my own mats are a clear quilting ruler to measure (works amazing!) and largest possible self-healing cutting mat which is a fabulous investment and definitely worth picking up at Michael's when they have their 40% off coupons. And, I always measure twice, and cut once!
When framing, It is also very handy to keep things clean - as the frames may be full of static and attract all sorts of dirt. I keep a bottle of glass cleaner and a non-static glass cloth to wipe and wipe. And I check and re-check the front of the frame before pinching the frame all closed. Because there is always some wayward dirt that gets in there, somehow, which will need to be removed before you close it all up.
When we bought this home, every single wall in it was painted this horrid colour. It looks (and feels) very much like unfinished drywall, or 70's beige pantyhose, both of which can suck the life right out of you! I painted over most of the walls, but left this (the stairway and hall). But now I see that I really must paint it, too. White!
I picked up this wonderful poster on one of my visits to Copenhagen. It is a reprint of the original 1951 design by Viggo Vagnby. Luckily, you may also order it from anywhere in the world right here!
The lower poster, titled "Manhattan" by Jim Datz, is from threepotatofourshop.com
and, I believe the top (Broken Social Scene show poster) was once available from www.thesmallstakes.com
This happy print is by Wayne Pate, and I ordered it from his online shop here:goodshapedesign.com Perfect for a child's play area, as we have placed it in our home.
This original 1954 screen print is one of my most favourite things. I found it buried in a flea market in Copenhagen, and bought it for a good price because the side was torn. I simply cropped it a little bit when framing and so the tear can't be seen.
The wall colour here in our kitchen is Grand Teton While by Benjamin Moore.
Here above my partner Charles' desk is a poster which was designed by Charlie Harper, titled the "ATLANTIC BARRIER ISLANDS". It and posters of other locales by him are available for an excellent price here.
Alphabet poster - honeyandbloom.com
Blue Skies Above (bird poster) - www.merchline.com/pushmepullyou/
Anatomy of a Murder re-print: (Saul Bass) - LA Flea Market find
Original Antique bird lithographs, purchased inexpensively ($10 each?) on ebay here. I often wish that I had purchased many of them and filled up a whole wall!
Here are two posters which I researched, designed, and wrote myself. They are all about Beautiful Conifers of Canada (blue) and the Beautiful Broadleaves of Canada.
Originally when I created these prints, I had no idea that they would sell so well, but the response was wonderful, which makes both the designer and nerd in me very happy. If you happen to be interested in owning one or both, I have the last few dozen for sale in my online shop here.
Well, I still have many framed posters and prints to show, and so I will continue collecting them up and post them when I am able. If you have any questions or comments, please ask! I am hoping to be able to gather up and have all of this information available in one place.