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How to custom cut your own mat for framing | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

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How to custom cut your own mat for framing | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

How to custom cut your own mat for framing | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

stack of mats | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

If you have ever had art matted and framed by a professional framer, then you know that it isn't cheap, but you want your art investment to look beautiful and to be properly protected, right?  Having your art matted professionally is wonderful and convenient if you can spare the extra expense, but some of us need  budget friendly options.  Today, I'm going to share with you some alternatives as well as teach you how you can custom cut your own mats, and I think you will be surprised how easy it really is.

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Beautifully Broken | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

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Beautifully Broken | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

Beautifully Broken | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

princess painting | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art
I was listening to Pandora like I often do as I work in my studio, and the song from Plumb “Beautifully Broken” began to play.  The words just resonated in my heart, and I found myself replaying the song over and over while soaking it all in.
Life is full of hardships... unexplainable, unimaginable hardships, and it isn’t my intention to discuss the why’s behind the tragic storms that we face...

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Painting With Gold Leaf | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

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Painting With Gold Leaf | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

A King Is Born | Gold leaf painting | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art
I painted with metal leaf and I liked it!  I think you will too because gold leaf adds a touch of elegance to paintings that is not only beautiful, but eye catching.  I love painting my Princess, Prince, and Crown paintings, but I was wanting to push the paintings further.  Isn't that what us creatives do?  I strive to always push myself towards growth by experimenting with new ideas as well as keep myself from getting bored with the same processes.  So when I saw that you can use metal leaf in paintings, I knew I had to try it.

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How to make the best cup of coffee: a studio must have

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How to make the best cup of coffee: a studio must have

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Coffee, java, cup o' joe... it's the first thing many people reach for in the mornings, and I am one of those people.  It is warm and soothing like a morning hug, it jump starts my brain, and it makes me easier to be around (ask my family).  It goes out the door with me so I can sip the warm liquid as I wait in the drop off line at my daughter's school, but my most favorite time to sip coffee is in the studio.

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What's next?

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What's next?

The 30 in 30 challenge is over so what now?

When I heard that artist Leslie Saeta was hosting a September 30 in 30 challenge, I hopped on board.  I love how this challenge gives that little extra boost to get into the studio, put paint to the canvas, and just play around with no pressure.  I usually have an expected outcome in mind when I'm painting, but for these challenges I allow myself grace and flexibility to experiment.

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