Painting Framing Tips: Finishing Touches
These are a painting framing tips for raw wood frames.
They are not too time-consuming and will definitely enhance the presentation of your paintings.
- Make sure that the width of the frame itself is heavy enough for your painting.
- For a simple water-color frame a coat of white shellac will suffice for a quick job.
- Make sure that the raw wood is well sandpapered and that the surface is clean before the shellac is applied. When dry, rub down with fine steel wool.
- You can use maple, walnut, mahogany, and other stains.
- Select a shade that harmonizes with the watercolor and apply to a clean sandpapered surface. Rub down lightly with steel wool when dry.
- You can use a paste wax to give a protective finish and a slight gloss.
- Casein paint is excellent for obtaining a quick finish for narrow or heavy frames.
- A warm gray is produced by mixing white and a touch of raw umber in casein colors.
- Casein paint, when applied directly to the raw wood, in a heavy consistency, can be textured before it dries.
- You can obtain an effective ridged texture with an ordinary comb.
- You can also produce a stippled effect by pounding the wet casein surface with a stiff stencil brush.
- Old toothbrushes, shaving brushes, and the like also make handy texturing implements.
- Second-hand gold frames can be used to excellent advantage after they have been pleasingly toned.
- Brush a casein mixture over the gold and allow it to dry. Then, using a fine sandpaper, rub it down, allowing parts of the original gold to show through.