How Sweet Art is – Displaying Children’s Artwork

I might be biased, but some of my most favorite artwork pieces around our house have been done by our kids.  Give a child some crayons and paper and beautiful things can happen.  They don’t fear the finished result.  They just enjoy themselves.  No fear factor – I think that is what makes children wonderful and creative artists.
If you want to get your child’s artwork off the fridge and into a frame, the way their artwork is matted and framed can really make it pop.  Here are some ideas I’ve used for showcasing my children’s artwork:
1. You can enlarge any of your child’s artwork by taking it to your local printing shop.  My son made this bowl of fruit using pastels in first grade.  I took it to Staples and had it enlarged for under $10.00.  I still have the original 8 1/2 x 11, but I love it in the larger 24 x 30 size too.
2.  I love a piece of children’s artwork in a gold gilded frame.  The contrast of their simple artwork against the fancy frame always looks amazing.
3.  Anything with their little finger prints on it is always a special keepsake.  This pussy willow picture was made with brown crayon for the stems and then white paint over black paint finger prints.  This is also a copy of the original done on construction paper.
4. Displaying children’s artwork in a grouping can really make a big design impact.  I like these black and white pictures together both done by our children at different ages.
5.These leaves were simply traced with black and gray crayons and then a pencil was used to make the veins.  I cropped the picture with a mat.
6.  This might seem like a no-brainer, but don’t forget to mark the back of the frame with the artist’s name, age and date.  Believe me, one day you will be happy you did.
Those are a few of my tips and tricks that I hope you will find helpful.

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