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Painting Framing Tips: Finishing Touches

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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.

Rokeby Venus, by Velazquez


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