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.