“Those who find beauty in all of nature will find themselves at one with the secrets of life itself.” – L.W. Gilbert
The other day we were trying to handwrite a quote we liked to put it in a frame but it just didn’t look right because we didn’t have a mat and you know everything in a frame looks 100 times better with a mat.
We tried a few things but eh… no go. Then we found a dead Papaya tree that left behind a really interesting fibrous material so we washed the dirt off of it and allowed it to dry in the sun.
The framed quote was handwritten on artist charcoal paper with a dark charcoal pencil and was purposely meant to look a little imperfect …and because we were out of printer ink. No charcoal paper? You could use brown paper bags or the back-side of a cereal box too.
After the natural fiber material had dried for a while in the burning sun it was measured to fit inside a 5×7 frame. It was already thin enough to fit inside the frame we were using so we didn’t have to do anything to make it fit that way.
After cutting it with a pair of regular scissors we cut an irregular whole for the quote to show through. Then framed it – then took it back out because the lines were too straight and we decided an uneven or shredded look was what we wanted.
With a few snips with the scissors and some twisting and shredding by hand, we now have a more worn look around the edges. We put the natural back in natural fiber mat.
Papaya or no Papaya, you can still use nature if you look around… maybe parts off a pine cone, dried ferns, seeds, thin bark, etc…
Try to keep a little part of nature in your life – It is part of us and we are part of it.