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Revisiting the Beaded Frame

Discussion in 'Picture Frame Design' started by Woodworks by John, Aug 26, 2018.

  1. Woodworks by John

    Woodworks by John CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    In early June I added a post to the Grumble talking about a beaded frame I'd created for my artist wife, Diane Eugster. I'm primarily a furniture maker and woodcarver but love the challenge of making custom profiles for her as well as other artists here in the Phoenix area -- contact me if you're looking for a one of a kind frame. Here's a link to my blog post on the creating of this beaded frame: https://woodworksbyjohn.com/2018/05/17/10-board-feet-5-5-hours/

    Okay, back to the revisiting, the 12K gold looked fine for the first painting but for the second two it just seemed too bright of a finish -- the frame took too much away from the desert landscape. Tried gold leaf on it but the same, brash contrast. Seems as if black is the new gold but that was too stark, it just boxed in the landscape painting so it couldn't "breathe". In my opinion, the frame should compliment the art either in texture or coloration so with that in mind I took a closer look at the paintings. Her painting is a combination of palette knife brush work creating lots of texture. The palette is that dark green that seems to be predominate in the Sonoran Desert so with that in mind the clay was tinted a dark, dusty green as a base. This was followed by Japan black applied to allow the green to show through to blend with the paintings.

    Over-all I'm pleased with it and looking for reactions from you on the Grumble -- what say you? I think I'll call it Sonoran Desert Hue!

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  2. Gilder

    Gilder MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Lovely. I would maybe make a lip a little lighter or a gold fillet or a green lip. Just something to try, otherwise is wonderful.
     
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  3. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    Great design for the subjects. A brighter lip may work for the darker subjects, but the lighter ones work as is. Beautiful paintwork.
     
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  4. Woodworks by John

    Woodworks by John CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2


    Thanks for the input, I took your advice and removed some of the black on the bead nearest the sight edge, I (and the artist) like how it acts as more of a division between the painting and the frame without being too stark. Pictures went in a little "wonky" but I think you can see them well enough.

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  5. GreyDrakkon

    GreyDrakkon MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Oh yes, lightening it up really did the trick, even though it looked great before!
     
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  6. Woodworks by John

    Woodworks by John CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Thanks, took your advice and posted the new images on this thread. Tried to send them just to you but got all discombobulated!
     

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  7. Gilder

    Gilder MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Hi John, I got them, I think they look great. Like the paintings too.
     
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