Wendy asked for TruVue Museum glass—our highest quality and clarity glazing—for the set of prints. This offered unrivaled sharpness for the fine lines and handwriting in the illustrations. Not only does this glass help to protect the image with a 99.9% UV filter, but the glass is also dipped in a special glaze to help keep clarity as it deflects light.
As Charlie was fitting the pieces together in time for Christmas, he was amazed at how well the design worked with the illustrations. As each image was completed, the pieces as individuals played off each other to create one full work of art.
The series quickly became one of Charlie's all-time favorite designs, not just because it looked so good, but because of how quickly it came together on the design counter. As we grow as designers, learning the skill to pick up on certain elements of a print or work of art is essential. With each design we do, we teach ourselves another way of looking at art. We remember over time what mats will enhance certain effects in a piece of art, or what frames will make the ideal accent for a piece. We store these ideas in the back of our mind like a mental design vault. By remembering designs that work, we are able to know the exact items to use in a design to make a customer’s piece come to life.