Last week, my husband and I were down in the basement cleaning out a lot of our
junk stuff, and I came across an old art project I did in college.
If you ignore the crazy sparkly birds nest in the bottom right corner, its actually a great piece of art! or it will be when I'm done with it. Just a quick background in case you are interested...if not, well you are going to hear it anyways. For this project, we had to take an image, sketch it, and create 3 renderings; one with ink, one with pencil crayon, and one with watercolor marker. Then we had to recreate the image in 3D, hence the crazy birds nest. Which has obviously seen better days.
I've been looking for art to go above the bed in my Guest Bedroom/Craft Room, and when I found this in my stash in the basement, I knew it would work perfectly. So I went about separating the 3 sketches, cut some photo mats, framed them, hung them, and then realized not all of you know how easy it is (not to mention inexpensive) to cut your own photo mats! So guess what...a tutorial was born.
Told ya it was a great piece of art. Actually 3 to be exact:)
First thing you are going to need to do this project is a large piece of mat board. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby for $7.99 - 40% off coupon, so it bought it down to $4.79. And the board is huge. I could probably cut 6 mats this size from one board! SO much more economical then getting someone to cut them for you!
You also need some sort of mat cutting tool. Now there are many different tools & kits out there