AOSS. Art on a shoe string. When you see these letters, or this statement Art on a Shoe String, it means I am going to show you an inexpensive way to make something cool. Hahaha! At least something I think is cool and hopefully you will, too. There are a lot of AOSS posts sprinkled throughout the history of my art and today we add one more. A simple way to make something neat.
Recently I went to Walmart and purchased a two dollar 8″ x 10″ frame to put a piece of ship art into and hang on my wall. The frame came with this paper mat. You know the kind. Glossy, thin, white, something basic to turn a smaller piece of art or photo into a larger matted piece. Most of the time I throw these straight into the trash. And I started to throw this one out as well. Then I thought hmm! I could totally tangle that! It would make a great mat for a school picture of the Frankles! So I grabbed my technical pens from Zebra Pen and tangled up a bunch of airways all around the opening. Took me about 10 minutes from start to finish. I didn’t add any color – I am waiting till I know exactly how I will use this mat before deciding about color or no color. The addition of color now would limit how I could use the mat in the future. I wouldn’t want hot pink airways if I was going to mat a photo of my son. Or yellow sunflower-like airways to go with . . . well, actually yellow sunflowers go with everything but you understand what I mean with that. Hahahaha! Once I know what photo is going under the mat, then I will decide whether or not to add color. For a couple dollars I got a nice frame for my ship and I retrieved this mat from the trashcan for a fun, free art project! Art on a shoe string at work!