I was kindly given a assortment of different types and sizes of old frames by a friend and artist . In the last couple of weeks I have started to restore and make good the old frames so I have a selection of frames to choose from in the future to utilize for display purposes .
As most of the paintings I sell are unframed it's also a very good opportunity to take time to enjoy mounting and framing some of my paintings .
All of the old dark frames were badly scratched so I decided to see if I could take them back to the natural timber . To remove the dark staining from the old frames I used paint/vanish remover and then sanded them down with fine sand paper ...time consuming but rewarding. . I've yet to decide the finish ....to leave them as they are , treat them with a wax , vanish them or paint them . A couple of them I will re-stain to the original dark as I have a few small paintings that will look good with a darker frame .
" white frames" making good + repainted timber frames
I made good some simple timber handmade frames by just cleaning , sanding and repainting them.
The rest of the old frames were painted with multiple layers with a wonderful variety of colours blue, pink and white , and gold so it took longer to sand them down and repaint them . You have to be patience and very gentle when sanding to be careful not to damage or reshape the frames . As each frame is different with various sections and moulds to create uniformity I decided to paint them a neutral colour . I used an acrylic white paint with a satin finish . I choose to handpaint them with a fine flat acrylic / oil brush . An alternative would have been to air brush them which would have given an excellent finish .
Most of the frames were in reasonable condition but a few still need fixing at the corners before I start restoring them .
It would be good to hear if any one else refurbishes and utilizes old frames .
VIEW ACROSS THE LAKE OF MONASTERY AND FARMHOUSE BANDOUILLE PAINTING AT THE MONASTERY
I have just accepted a wonderful invitation to hold a weeks watercolour workshop in the Deux Sevres region of France at Bandouille . It is a stunning location for a painting holiday . If you are interested for full details of the workshop please contact Bix Nash via FRANCE PAINTING HOLIDAY
BANDOUILLE PITTURA AL MONASTERO
Ho accettato la bellissima offerta di tenere un workshop di acquarello settimanale nella campagna francese in Boundouille . Le Iscrizioni sono aperte. Il corso è in inglese ma parlo anche in italiano se ci saranno italiani