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Owl Sketch and Branch Shadowbox Frame

My wife and I are into birds. She is an avid birder and I am a more recent convert. Our feathered friends are way more fascinating than you probably imagine. Their shapes, colors, habits, songs and general behavior are truly remarkable and merit on-going study. They are, truly, one of nature's most amazing creations.

One of our client's brought in a fabulously detailed pencil drawing of an owl (looks like a Screech Owl) and a small hand-made nest that her son, Kyle, created. She wanted us to create a shadowbox frame that would encompass both items. We selected a Larson "Wren" charcoal white oak shadowbox moulding, #L578146 that is about 2" deep. The glass inside (Artglass UV WW anti-reflective) is nearly invisible and is sized 15 3/4 x 22 7/8.


I created a platform to which I hinged the drawing and put a 1" foam core riser underneath it. The riser is glued to a linen-covered mat board shadowbox (Bainbridge 4023). The art is hinged to a piece of Crescent 9842 Coffee Bean mat board that picks up on the dark browns in the drawing and helps it stand out against the linen mat board behind it.

Below all that is a platform with rounded corners and exposed bevel to which I sewed the nest and attached twig. It, too, has a riser under it, though not quite as tall, since the nest and twig were fairly tall elements.  

Framing designed, executed and photographed by Brian D. Flax, CPF

Images shown by kind permission of Claudia Cole.