Well in between lot's of 'goings on', I'm still working on the frame. I applied about three layers of shellac to seal the raw wood with sanding in between. Now I'm beginning to apply the coat that would be gesso if I were doing this completely traditional. In this case it's Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3 water based primer sealer. I plan to apply about 4 coats, sanded in between, of this with the Apollo HVLP sprayer shown in the pic. To spray the primer it has to be thinned to specs with a Zahn cup so that it's the right viscosity to spray. If you get that correct, the finish is beautiful to look at. The objective is a smooth surface to apply the leaf to. Next will come the colored ground that the size is painted on, followed by the leaf. I'll use a traditional earthy red, like an iron oxide red, acrylic base paint for that. Maybe later today, though the humidity is up so drying will be slow.