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Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Postby prospero » Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:16 pm

.......Still sandpapering boss. :sweating:

Got a 6x4ft booked in for next month. :clap:
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Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Postby David McCormack » Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:19 am

Cool Hand Prospero..... can you also do the thing with the hard boiled eggs :giggle:
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Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Postby prospero » Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:37 am

I was bound over for six months. :?
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Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Postby 233ART » Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:51 am

Have you finished the frame yet Prospero...
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Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Postby prospero » Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:54 pm

Just got back from a little road trip with the artist to deliver and hang the thing.

Managed to get it on the wall despite slightly dodgy paster work. It was an old house. :?
I put in six f-off hammer fixings and it appeared fairly secure.

The lady was delighted. :D


Film at 11. 8)

Met the horse as well. :clap:
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Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Postby prospero » Sat Nov 05, 2016 2:17 pm

Few more progress pics.....

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All primed and sanded with coat of Red Oxide acrylic.


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After that a stippled coat of Black/Burnt Umber to darken the red a tad.
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Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Postby prospero » Sat Nov 05, 2016 2:20 pm

Applying the gold.

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Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Postby prospero » Sat Nov 05, 2016 2:27 pm

I didn't want to use wire/cord hangings so I devised a French Cleat.

Pieces of timber fixed to the sides for the cleats to get a good hold on.

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The piece along the bottom had two small bumpers fixed on to keep the canvas away from the wall.

All this was then papered over for the sake of neatness. :)


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The two cleats. Painted black for camouflage. Five screws in the frame cleat.
The wall cleat had three f-off hammer fixings.
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Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Postby prospero » Sat Nov 05, 2016 2:30 pm

The finished job.

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The gold on the frame was treated to a going-over with dark wax to give it a richer
tone and very lightly distressed.
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Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Postby kartoffelngeist » Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:01 pm

Beautiful.
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Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Postby featurepiece » Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:39 pm

I'd be happy if I could get the finish in the 2nd pic! :lol:
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Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Postby IFGL » Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:43 pm

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Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Postby prospero » Sat Nov 05, 2016 9:16 pm

Installation.

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Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Postby David McCormack » Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:03 pm

Fantastic frame Prospero. I'm used to seeing you with a cup of tea in your hand and your 'I love MDF' tee-shirt so I'm a bit confused which one is you in this photo? :giggle:

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Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Postby prospero » Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:35 pm

The one with the glasses and second-most hair. :lol:
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Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Postby featurepiece » Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:34 pm

Not sure if you noticed but there's a guy on the right trying to sneak off with it
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Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Postby prospero » Mon Nov 07, 2016 12:18 am

That's the lady's hubby.

Don't worry. He didn't get far. :?

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Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Postby Timh » Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:39 am

nice to see the end result

very smart
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Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Postby GeoSpectrum » Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:31 pm

A question about the red underpainting, not withstanding that it will show through where the gold is removed during distressing, do you think the colour applied beneath a gilt varnish makes a lot of difference to the final finish? I undetsnd why it does with gold leaf, bug not so sure with the gilt varnish.
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Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Postby prospero » Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:14 am

Good question.

I very rarely put the gilt varnish on so thick as to totally obscure the undercoat. Sometimes I stipple it on
so you get a sort-of broken leaf type finish. Sometimes I dry brush it as it dries to get a scratchy look.
If you add extra varnish you get a ghosty effect as the gold will be semi-transparent.

It's all in the mix and the wrist action. :lol:
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