DIY: Scroll Art Frame (that doesn’t damage the print!)



I recently made a new art purchase that I am super excited about. I bought this print by Heisuke Kitazawa after immediately falling in love with the work on his website. My Alex Pardee print had been hanging in my living room for awhile, but presentation wise, it was being mistreated with thumb tacks at each of the corners as seen in earlier posts.

So I decided to give them a little upgrade and I couldn’t be more happy with the results! DSCF2105Here are all the tools that I used to put these little hanging scrolls together. I didn’t want to mess up the prints at all, I had been hanging the Alex Pardee print by placing thumbs tacks around the edge but not piercing the print. I really wanted to showcase the prints but I didn’t have a budget to get frames made for them because they aren’t a standard frame size. So I went with this scroll idea and it turned out great.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Molding from a hardware store I got half round molding but there are lots of other choices if you wanted to get a little more decorative.
  • Scissors
  • rope or string. I used thin white string but you can also get fancy with this and use something else.
  • pencil
  • hacksaw
  • Scotch Foam Tape
  • Tape Measurer
  • clip (to help hold the print in place while wrapping the string

DSCF2107There are 2 pieces of molding on the top and 2 pieces on the bottom of the print, you will sandwich the print in between the two pieces of molding. You’ll want to measure the width of the print and add 3 to 4 extra inches. This is your preference if you want longer edges of the wood sticking out from each side. I measured 3 1/2 extra inches and cut 4 pieces.

TIP: once you have cut one piece, use that piece to measure the next piece and you’ll have more accurate measurements for when the two pieces are sandwiched together. If you want you can use a little sandpaper here to clean up the edges if you had a rough cut.

DSCF2111Next pair up the pieces of wood and decide which will fact the front of the print, I chose the pieces of wood that had less scuffs and marks for the front.

The 2 front pieces will get foam tape on them. ONLY PEEL OFF ONE SIDE OF THE FOAM TAPE. If you can find foam tape that isn’t double sided that would be ideal. You don’t want to foam tape sticking to your print, just to the wood. The foam tape is there to help hold the print in between the wood. You want to leave 2 inches on each end of the wood with no foam tape, this helps for a tighter sandwich when you wrap the string around.

When you wrap the string around the wood, wrap as tight as you can. Because we didn’t put foam tape all the way to the edge, you’ll be able to get a tighter grip around the print so that is doesn’t slip from in between the wood. This was the trickiest part. I used a clip to hold the print to the two pieces of wood.

TIP: This will be REALLY TRICKY if you haven’t let your print flatten out as it will try to curl the whole time. I made that mistake with this print and It took me 3 times as long to get the wood to stay, so save yourself the craziness and let the print sit on a flat surface with some books on it for a day so that it flattens out before you attempt this.

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Once you’ve got the wood secured to the print, you’ll want to start wrapping the string around the ends as tightly as you can.DSCF2116

Once you’ve completed it on all 4 ends you’ll take a length of string and tie it to each side of the top and it is ready for hanging. I used the same upholstery tacks that I’ve recently fell in love with for hanging things on the wall. Such as the Book Shelf I made a couple weeks ago. Easy, right?! **pats self on back**


If you’re in the San Francisco area and you want to learn more about upcoming events like the Edgar Wright one, check out one of Jesse Hawthorne Ficks (One of my amazing instructors from the academy!) Midnites For Maniacs events. They happen each month in the historic Castro Theater, and are a ton of fun! 🙂



Things to do in San Francisco: Legion of Honor

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I know I say this a lot but, I am pretty dang lucky to live in San Francisco. However, I find that I constantly feel like I am not taking advantage of this amazing place. Can you believe I’ve never visited the Legion of Honor, even after being told to visit several times while attending art school, I STILL never made it over there. Anyway, I finally went. The building itself is something to be seen. Lots of pillars, beautiful bits of sculptural architecture and of course lovely greenery surrounding. legion of honor picnic

I’m not really sure if the lovely people at the legion of honor really want people to picnic on their lush lawn or not, but that’s what we did. There was another family across the way doing the same thing so we felt like it was alright. It was a beautiful day and the perfect place to do it, we brought food from the store and just set up camp. After we were done we strolled into the museum full enough to fight off the temptation of the beautiful treats in the museum’s cafe.      If you are interested though, totally go check out the beautiful sweet treats in the cafe, they are little works of art too!legion of honor picnic


Inside you will find mostly sculptural works by Rodin as well as a vast collection of paintings. It took us about an hour and a half to walk through the whole place, but we were also a little rushed for time so I *think* we could have spent more time there.DSCF1997 DSCF1991I have always been a fan of the SF MoMA but while it is under construction this is a great place to visit to get your art on. On the bottom floor of the Legion of Honor the SF MoMA’s Matisse collection is on loan to view as well. If you are looking for other places to visit SF MoMa’s collection while they are closed check HERE. For anyone who is curious about the SF MoMA expansion, it is not due to open until 2016 *sad face* but have you seen what the new building is going to look like? The expansion will include a dedicated photography gallery, which obviously makes me super happy.

I know I am missing a long list of other great places that I need to visit in San Francisco.



Things to do in San Francisco: Pier 24 Photography


DSCF1448 DSCF1438 DSCF1447 This place isn’t any secret to photographers in San Francisco. Pier 24 is a photography gallery that is on pier 24 in San Francisco.


What makes this place awesome:

1. You have to make a reservation to visit. The benefit? There are never large crowds of tourists. It’s a calm and quiet environment to enjoy some beautiful photos.

2. This place exhibits the legends in photography, they aren’t messin’ around. There is always a good mix of contemporary and classic artists.

3. The location is great, it is near the ferry building just beneath the bay bridge, after you’d had your fill of art you can walk a short distance to grab a bite to eat.


Check out the current exhibit on their website.



Inspired By …Linocut Prints


A while back I went to a gallery in the outer sunset and the artists who ran the studio did a lot of really amazing Lino Prints. While I was studying at art school I saw lots of different printing processes and have always been fascinated with them.  Lino Printing is a process using a linoleum(hence “lino”) plate and you carve out an image or design; then roll ink over it and press the carved image onto another surface. After seeing all of the amazing images at 3 fish studios I was inspired to go buy a linoleum block and some carving tools from our local art store and starting searching around the internet for more inspiration.

Linocut at 3 frish studio san francisco CAThis Linocut is so amazing from 3 Fish Studios in San Francisco. It will take so much training to even get close to this!

Linocut_pablo_picassoThis Linocut made by Pablo Picasso in 1962 is Amazing. Michalina MalolepszaA lot of contemporary artists are doing some pretty awesome things as well. This piece is from Gallery Pepper  I also looked at THIS book series of original linocuts that is really impressive.Lebuk 10

Anyway, I hope I’ll be able to show something cool after I have chiseled away at my lino block.