Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Frame-red base coat and leaf.
This is the state that the frame is in now. This is the 'raw' metal leaf. I always like this stage. It makes me feel rich, all that gold. It's nothing but copper, aluminum, brass and other alloys I guess, but it looks good.
Next step is to clean this up with cotton balls, decide how much of it to rub off if any at all, and then to seal it with a coat of shellac. That should happen today.
In case it seems like I'm working on this for weeks, I'm not. ;-) I spent about 1 hour applying the size and applying the leaf. That goes pretty fast. You spend more time waiting for things to dry. And of course that means that I can go paint while that's happening!
In the traditional world of gilding, this should be the bole, a pigmented clay base for laying on the leaf. In my 'altered' case, this is latex paint. For those not familiar, if I were using real gold instead of metal leaf (imitation gold leaf), the bole is there to absorb the gilder's 'glue' that adheres the leaf and is also there as a base to burnish the leaf into. The metal leaf that I'm using doesn't get burnished much. It isn't real gold so it doesn't flatten out like real gold does. All I really want is a surface that is as smooth as I can make it and a color underneath that will sneak through anywhere that the leaf is missing or where I rub through it.
After a sufficient drying period, I'll brush on the Wunda size, the glue that the metal leaf adheres to, then lay the leaf. Following that will be anybody's guess as to what all I do to it. It has to fit my painting... I'll keep you posted.
Anyway, I wish 'red' was the frame color of choice... I always like this stage.