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Woodworks by John

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
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It's been a busy time for picture frames in my shop lately. This is another one for my best client, my wife! She recently had three of her paintings accepted into the Portrait Artists of Arizona show here in Scottsdale and this is one of them. Somewhat unconventional technique where raw wood is oil gilded directly without any sealer. I actually wrote an article about this technique which was published in the Picture Framer Magazine back in 2011. There's a link to that article in my blog about the creation of this frame: https://woodworksbyjohn.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=5166&action=edit

The painting is on panel and measures 14" x 18". It's a floater frame made of Walnut with Japan Black for the floater section. Since the painting was on a panel (1/4") I needed to glue an additional rim of plywood on the back of it to have enough material to attach it with screws. This rim was inset so the effect is that the panel is actually floating within the float! Hope that makes sense, it created what I'm going to call a "double float". As always, the goal is for the frame to compliment the palette and brush strokes of the painting. Walnut was chosen for its dark brown color. Once the oil size is completely dry it was rubbed back to expose the wood and add a lot of texture to the frame. I went into detail as to how this frame was made, you can read about it by following the link to the blog.

LovelyVanessa - 1.jpg
 

Philliam Phulgor

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
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254
Very nice, John. Beautiful work and my compliments to your wife, a true maestra of her artistry craft.
Indeed, your description makes perfect sense, your "double float" goes by 'pedestal' to some framers.
Both work for me. You are a true maestro of your woodworking craft.
 

Woodworks by John

CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2
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271
Hi Philliam, thanks for your complements and educating me on the proper term "pedestal". Like you, I think I like double float better too; reminds me of a root beer float!
 

Gilder

MGF, Master Grumble Framer
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John, try burnt umber japan color on this frame, paint a few coats and let it dry. Then send it to the sheen you want.
It will produce chocolate like finish.
 
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