This past week one of my projects was to age a still life canvas I have had for sale for a very long time at my space. It was encased in a frame that was black and gold. The frame was lovely, however, in the current marketplace I wanted to update the look of the frame. We sell a lot of empty frames at the shop and this one is large enough to do a whole grouping of small art inside of it.
I simply sprayed the frame with primer gray. It's a nice deep gray and it actually brought out the beautiful detail in the frame's design.
Next I went over the gray with gesso and just wiped it back. Some of you may like this look. I have done this and left the project this way without any further steps. However, for this frame I wanted to give it a little more dimension so I took my Jacobean Minwax stain and went over the frame once again. The stain dissolved some of the paint revealing a little of the gold that was underneath. I really like this aged worn look.
I think now I can sell both the frame and the canvas print that it was attached to.
This is how the frame started out. Our clientele at the shop is not as traditional as this frame so an updating was definitely in order. Thanks so much for your visit.
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