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RE: a plea for auction ideas, please


From: Alix Peshette (apeshet_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Mar 16 2003 - 08:01:04 PST

Hi Bunki,
I have found lovely mirrors in nice painted wooden frames (choice of colors;
red, green) from Ikea for $2 each. The frames are very wide. I bought a
few thinking to do something artistic with them. They are the perfect size
for entry way mirrors.

-Alix E. Peshette
Technology Coordinator
Emerson Junior High School
Davis, CA

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Sent: Sunday, March 16, 2003 5:11 AM
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Subject: Re: a plea for auction ideas, please

In a message dated 3/15/2003 2:08:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

> I like the idea of painted mirror frames which would be easy to set up
with a frame per table and have several classes work on them. The painted
chairs are a good possibility too. My questions to those of you who have
attempted this...what was your process? Sanding? Gesso or primer first? What
kind? Kind of paint used? Sealer? Michal...I love your pictures of this.
Where would you find unfinished frames cheap enough to
> work on? I know...thrift stores...but where ELSE?

Hi, Bunki!
How about garage sales? I would also send a letter home and to the staff
asking for donations of old frames. Ya never know what people have in their
attics and basements.

Within your auction "framework", maybe you could do different kinds of
painting, using themes for guidelines when the kids ask, "What do I paint?"
These "fabulous frames" could include: fantasy frames, (based on
imagination) fable frames(children's stories or fables), funky frames,
(frames with "stuff" glued on-you know, buttons, shapes, etc.), friendship
frames,(frames that could be easily personalized after the auction, such as
"Sue and Lou, Best Friends Forever"),Fisticated (as in sophisticated), o.k.,
so I'm stretching it with the "F" thing, frames that are painted in
metallics, or rubbed with metallics for that "old world" look.

I would sand the frames lightly and use a wood primer, then acrylic paint.
Golden Acrylics has a huge variety and would be perfect! Look over their
written materials. You can talk to them at the conference. Good luck,
sounds exciting!
Susie-Q on Long Island