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Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Posted: Mon 17 Oct, 2016 7:16 pm
by prospero
.......Still sandpapering boss. :sweating:

Got a 6x4ft booked in for next month. :clap:

Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Posted: Tue 18 Oct, 2016 9:19 am
by David McCormack
Cool Hand Prospero..... can you also do the thing with the hard boiled eggs :giggle:

Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Posted: Tue 18 Oct, 2016 9:37 am
by prospero
I was bound over for six months. :?

Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Posted: Wed 02 Nov, 2016 11:51 am
by 233ART
Have you finished the frame yet Prospero...

Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Posted: Wed 02 Nov, 2016 9:54 pm
by prospero
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:

Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Posted: Sat 05 Nov, 2016 2:17 pm
by prospero
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.

Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Posted: Sat 05 Nov, 2016 2:20 pm
by prospero
Applying the gold.

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Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Posted: Sat 05 Nov, 2016 2:27 pm
by prospero
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.

Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Posted: Sat 05 Nov, 2016 2:30 pm
by prospero
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.

Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Posted: Sat 05 Nov, 2016 4:01 pm
by kartoffelngeist
Beautiful.

Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Posted: Sat 05 Nov, 2016 4:39 pm
by featurepiece
I'd be happy if I could get the finish in the 2nd pic! :lol:

Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Posted: Sat 05 Nov, 2016 4:43 pm
by IFGL
:clap:

Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Posted: Sat 05 Nov, 2016 9:16 pm
by prospero
Installation.

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Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Posted: Sun 06 Nov, 2016 2:03 pm
by David McCormack
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

Posted: Sun 06 Nov, 2016 9:35 pm
by prospero
The one with the glasses and second-most hair. :lol:

Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Posted: Sun 06 Nov, 2016 10:34 pm
by featurepiece
Not sure if you noticed but there's a guy on the right trying to sneak off with it

Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Posted: Mon 07 Nov, 2016 12:18 am
by prospero
That's the lady's hubby.

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

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Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Posted: Mon 07 Nov, 2016 11:39 am
by Timh
nice to see the end result

very smart

Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Posted: Mon 07 Nov, 2016 9:31 pm
by GeoSpectrum
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.

Re: The Scarlet Mistress

Posted: Tue 08 Nov, 2016 1:14 am
by prospero
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: