I run across a lot of picture frames in my travels, and for some reason find them hard to resist. I bet I have refurbished at least 100 of them by now, but this particular frame is one of my favorites.
I found it at an outdoor flea market in South Carolina. I paid $5 for it. The picture of those 2 stern individuals is a 16 x 20. It looks to me like they just had an argument.
I really loved the detail of the ribbon running around the outside edge, amongst the flowers. It gave the frame kind of a whimsical feel and I wanted to emphasize that. So I removed this fun loving couple from the frame and went to work with some gold leaf and gilding paint.
Here is the after.......
I used gold leaf as a base and then hand painted the details with the gilding paint. Three different kinds of gold were used. To make the twisted ribbon stand out I used copper for the top of the ribbon and gold for the underside. It made it look as though the ribbon had a front and a back, really making the twisting stand out. Then I took a dry artist brush with small amounts of black paint and sort of burnished it in. This toned the gold down a little, gave the details some depth, and aged the frame.
I have been told by my best girl, that as a skinny young man with curly dark hair, I used to resemble the guy in the swing. I guess that's why I am so fond of this frame. Ahhhhh, younger days. Gotta love it.
Here is a closeup of the detail...
It now hangs in our house in the master bedroom. Hope you liked it.
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