Sunday, 14 February 2016

A Gothic Sanded Slip Frame

The title's a bit of a mouthful but this ever popular frame is ideal for early prints and engravings. Although by appearance quite a simple frame, the actual profile is quite complex. To make it, a compo ornament is glued onto a slip moulding, edged with sand and then gessoed over.

This rather mucky looking assembly is then oil gilded over a yellow base and then held inside a black gothic moulding.

These frames require a significant degree of "distressing" and colouring to replicate their current found appearance. The greatest challenge is to tone down the gold without losing the quiet quality of antique gilding.

A Simple Flat Black Moulding

This is a flat moulding that has been gessoed, then laquered black over a red clay base. The gilded sight edge is watergilded with "moon" gold.
A very popular frame.