Monday, November 9, 2015

Three To Get Ready - Part 2

Quote lettered, illumination inked and Roberson's Gold Size was applied.

23 karat gold leaf was laid down and burnished with an agate burnisher through a film of acetate.

Shell gold was painted into the counterspace of the U and the round seedlings. When the shell gold dried, it was burnished with the agate burnisher without the acetate. The shell gold seedlings were tooled with a sunburst design and a bird and flower were tooled into the counterspace of the U. The etching give an extra sparkle to gold as the light catches the desingn.

Traditional colors for illumination are red, blue, and green. Since the picture frame had a touch of pink, I decided to mix a rosy red to use on the flowers. 

Painted with gouache and shaded. White work was applied. So far so good until I went to put the piece into the frame. While I had planned on an 8 inch by 10 inch frame, the actual size of the frame was 5 inch by 7 inch. How did I miss that, and what was I going to do?


  1. Beautiful!!! (I do that all the time with frames. I thought it was just me :-/)