This is actually one of my latest projects.
And the man behind the mask is: my son.
He created this paper-mache of his face years ago in a junior high art class.
(I hate to think of how he cleaned his glasses after removing the cast from his face but oh well, the result was well worth it.)
For years I had the mask propped up on a shelf where it basically blended in with the other objects displayed.
It always brings a smile to my face. So when I noticed that it was starting to fade I decided I need to enjoy it more while I could.
Keep in mind with children’s art, the materials/paints used are often a cheaper lower grade. Since they are not artists’ quality with a high lightfast or permanence rating, paints will fade quicker overtime.
Using UV inhibiting glass to frame them will most definitely slow down any fading but it will not prevent it.
Although I highly recommend using UV glass despite this fact, I made the personal decision to frame this mask without:
1) The most important part of the mask to me is that it is the actual shape of my son’s face. And technically it could be re-painted.
2) I have several pictures of the mask as well as other pieces of his memorabilia framed & on display.
3) It was going to be placed in a spot that is not subject to any direct sunlight nor large amounts of light fixture lighting.
4) Maximizing the 3-D effect was important to me with this piece.
The elongated design gives the piece more presence and interest.
The brightly coloured suede mat keeps it fun. As well, the suede mat allows me to easily dust it and does not mark as easily as a regular matboard.
And the mask was discreetly tied to the matboard so it could easily be removed should I ever decide to re-paint or re-frame it.
I will always treasure the man behind the mask!
What do you treasure?
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.