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Making Rustic Frames from Birch Bark

October 13, 2018

IMG_3544Once collected, the dried and flattened bark of fallen trees can be used as a material for endless making—pages, of course, but also matting, basketry, coils or fraps.


The building block of a storehouse full of useful things waits in every fiber.




It is one of our favorite things to do in our collaboration as painter, poet, and mixed media artists.



We incorporate rustic sticks and old jeans together with some wood glue. Add a miter box, a saw, and a few nails and we create framed canvases for our art works.


This type of frame works best for subjects that suit it. It’s lovely and rugged, durable but also delicate. At the edges, paper and wood change places and dance together around a knot or along the ramp of a stiff curl before parting ways forever.


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One Comment
  1. Creative and beautiful.

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