Thursday, 20 September 2012

Gesso

More work on the handmade frames today. I realised I wasn't going to have enough size so I've made up some more, this time using rabbit skin, this comes in granules rather than parchment form. This is what it looks like when you've soaked it in water overnight...

Next, we just needed to warm it through gently and then add the whiting (chalk). Once that was done I started applying it to the frames...here's a frame after the first coat...

The tricky bit now is to keep adding layers of gesso at the right intervals, it mustn't dry out or the bond will be weak. But you don't want to add it too soon, or the new layer will pull up the one below... So basically, it's a case of keeping your eye on it, while dancing around the studio to kill odd bits of time in between layers :-) Here is the frame once its had 6 coats of gesso...

 

Now the gesso needs to thoroughly dry out, this will probably take 3-4 days in my studio...then it'll be ready for the next short stage...water polishing....more on that in 3-4 days ;-)

2 comments:

Lorna said...

this is fascinating !! Look forward to see the next step.

Graham Rice said...

Takes a long time to make them but the end results can be really special. I've seen some 'similar' frames in gallery's that make quite ordinary paintings look really amazing...and I'd like to take these frames even further with careful gilding and painting...I found one other framer on the web that is producing the kind of products I'd like to and his work is stunning...so lots of work required :-)