How to give small art a bigger presence

Several months ago I bought a number of ACEOs (or ATCs – artist trading cards) on Etsy. This is a great way to get affordable art. Often you can find originals, and due to the small size, they also have a smaller price tag. (ATC’s are only 2.5″ x 3.5″). However, due to the small size, they are harder to display.

I bought this little print several months ago on Etsy from TimSally.

I absolutely adore this print, but it’s really too small to display on a large wall. I decided to solve that problem. And here’s how I did it…

First I bought a frame large enough to display on my wall.

This one is 16″ x 20″.

Then I measured my print so I could get a new mat cut for the frame. Make sure to subtract about 1/2 an inch from the horizontal and vertical measurement so that the mat opening will cover the entire print. You’ll also want to make note of the inside measurements of the frame.

I got this mat cut at Ben Franklin’s. At the custom framing counter they have a huge variety of mat colors and typically they cut it while you wait.

Once you have the new mat, simply tape the print to the back of the mat, centering the image. Then remove the mat which came with the frame, and insert the new one. Presto! Larger art!

I love the way this little print is centered in the frame with a large expanse of white matting. And now it no longer gets lost on the wall. I hung this in our bathroom, and really love the way it looks.

(If you were feeling creative, you could also have the opening cut so it wasn’t centered, creating some additional visual interest.)

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3 Responses to How to give small art a bigger presence

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    Amy Hodge says:

    I had no idea there were any Ben Franklin’s still around! We had one in Frankfort, Kentucky, when I was growing up, but it must have closed, gosh, 30 years ago? I’ve never seen another one! This looks so adorable, by the way. And I have to complement you on that wall color as well. It’s the bane (and boon) of us apartment dwellers that we can’t paint our off-white walls (much less work to do, but a much drabber existence!).

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    lindy says:

    Little red headband girl looks so cute in her big new dwelling! Great ideal (and nice presentation showing the steps, by the way!).

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    Rachel says:

    What a great idea! I have a few treasured ATC’s that I just love. Now I know what to do with them, thanks! I’ll be linking to this.

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