I got this idea from one of the Stampin' Up catalogs. It took a long time to find a frame cheap enough to experiment on. I'm amazed at how $$$ they are even at the Goodwill stores. I finally got one at one of the local auctions for $3.00. I took out the linen liner and oil painting before washing everything down. I then went over it with several layers of paint. I used a rag to wipe some of the paint off to give it that distressed looked. I plan to use the frame to display some of my smaller items I have for sale in my booth at the consignment stores.
Flat Fish Paper Arts was born many years ago when blogging first started. My family did a lot of camping and diving along the California coast. California halibut are huge fish that start out as any normal fish. As they age, one eye will start to move to the other side and the halibut will become flat so it can lay on the bottom of the ocean with both eyes facing up.
I always like the idea that we all start out the same but life experiences slowly changes us. In my case, my creative talents went the way of paper arts. Flatfish are always looking up when they mature and as with any artist, we see inspiration in everything around us - always looking up.
Evan and her flatfish
Years ago a local dive shop had a photo of a diver who caught a halibut so big he had to throw it over his jeep to take the picture. Our little spoof with our daughter sitting in her toy jeep with dad's halibut on the hood. 1987