I have been working on a massive project, and it’s finally finished!
The Mammals of Washington will be on view at Ghost Gallery thru June 9. for more information or to purchase a piece, follow this link: http://bit.ly/GhostMammals
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For the last 2 years I have been watercolor painting all 141 mammals in Washington State. This month I built frames for every one of them. I milled the frames from maple 1x6's and cut them to size with my miter sled. I glued the pieces up using blue painters tape, and wood glue. To reenforce the joint I nailed the corners with 23 ga. nails, and then it was time for Sanding.
Sanding took me more than 2 weeks on its own. I started with 120 grit, and moved to 220 grit after applying wood filler. I then applied the first coat of polyurethane, and let them dry on dowel racks. After 24hrs I sanded the frames to 320, and applied a second coat.
My friends at Gallery Frames supplied me with precut plexiglas and acid free foam-core. I built a centering jig for the paintings, and started adhering them to the backer. I used removable acid free tape to hold the paintings down and then placed them in the frames along with the plexiglas.
The paintings were held into place using a point shooter, and adhesive hangers were applied to the back. (Link to all the materials bellow)
If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.
Thanks for watching,