Don’t you love it when you walk in a store, and something calls your name? That happened to me last week when I stopped in at the very nice antique shop near my house. I had not been there for months and months, and I just wanted to take a little browse around. Within about 15 seconds, I spotted the sweetest pastel drawing of a mother and her infant child done in only reds. It had been professionally framed once upon a time and had a red mat. After I walked through the store and admired everything, I bought the art before leaving.
I could tell from the condition of the back of the piece that it was either very old, had been mishandled, or both. I didn’t want to hang it on our wall looking like this, so I decided to repair it.
I removed as much of the old backing as possible and assembled the supplies that I would need. When Michaels puts there scrapbook paper on sale, I always load up. Luckily, I had two pieces on hand that looked like an old handwritten letter. I thought those sheets of paper would be perfect because they would look like a letter written to the child by the mother.
The frame measures 13 by 13 inches, so I used one entire sheet and then “spliced” part of the second sheet to it at the bottom. I was careful to match up the writing. Even though this backing won’t be seen when it is hung, I wanted it to look nice also.
The results were perfect, and now it is hanging in a spot over a night stand in one of our bedrooms.
As in all of the rooms in our house, I have touches of red in this bedroom, and the art fits right in.
I didn’t see the artist’s name. It might be covered by the mat.
Here’s a closer look. Isn’t it sweet?
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