How to Make a Multi-Photo Framecomments (16) January 25th, 2013
Paint, paint, paint until all the frame surfaces are covered (except for the back). Go over with multiple coats if necessary.
Be sure to get all the inside and outside edges! Get in all the corners and make sure it's completely covered-this can make the difference between a really handmade-looking finished frame and a polished, impressive final gift.
Let the paint dry, moving it carefully off the newspaper so it doesn't stick. You can just reposition it on the same paper, as long as it's not going to dry stuck. Once it's dry, it's ready for you to replace the glass and load up with photos! Like the arrangement of the frames, you'll want to arrange the photos so they are visually balanced-it's a good idea to lay them on top of the frames and reposition as needed until the placements look best.
Another way to maintain balance is to use a variety of photo types and subjects-some group shots, some people close-ups, some nature or inanimate objects...
If you're having a hard time getting an uncluttered look, try using some solid colors or patterns in a few frames. Experiment with framing pieces of fabric to soften a busy design. Also, think about incorporating nonphoto pictures, like drawings, mini-paintings, or prints, into your piece.
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