Women’s shape wear and framing an oil painting (of a golf course).
Yes, they DO have something in common.
Let me explain. It’s par for the “creative thinking” course.
I was reminded of the black tie event I attended the previous weekend.
Trying to look perfect in my less than perfect body is frustrating, especially when the dress is a little snug.
(I’m sure the “snugness” had nothing to do with the amount of chocolate I consume regularly)
Holding “things” IN or UP, eliminating LINES or ROLLS, or all of the above is key to not feeling self-conscious all evening.
Thank goodness for shape wear: control top, slenderizing strapless underwire bra slips, low plunge body briefers, shaping body suits, underwire molded foam cups, back smoothers, contouring lift bra smoothers, waist clinchers, waist nippers, and thigh slimmers to name a few.
It’s second nature to me.
So what does this have to do with the framing project?
Well, there was a lady that evening who wore a spectacular backless floor length gown and obviously didn’t consider shape wear. During cocktail hour something shifted and let’s just say something started to fall out of the side of her dress.
When framing, it is the unseen extra’s like shape wear that makes a big difference whether or not your framed artwork will have a “wardrobe malfunction” down the line.
Oil paintings can dry to the touch quickly, but they are not dry enough to frame. Experts recommend 6 – 12 months before framing. Since this is not always practical it is important to line the “rabbet” of the frame (the inside lip that directly touches the painting) with specially designed archival Volara Foam Tape.
If not used, the paint can permanently stick to the frame rabbet and will lift the paint off the painting if moved or shifted by re-framing or accidental fall.
This can also happen with canvas transfers, and digital art.
Like shape wear, Volara Foam Tape is second nature to me; you don’t have to ask.
So what should you take away from this:
- Always check with your framer or the artist to ensure the best framing methods are used to secure your artwork.
- And don’t wear precarious clothing to formal events without shape wear!
P.S. This painting is by Mel Densham, a local community artist.
About Karen – A creative business owner who specializes in framing unusual items. When not transforming objects into framed masterpieces for clients, she indulges her sweet tooth with all things dark chocolate and unwinds with a good biography and a cappuccino.