For this grain painted frame, the client had an antique frame that had the graining pattern and color they wanted. While it can be time consuming to match an existing item, one benefit is that there is less debate and indecision about color, etc.
In order to give the frame more "presence" the width and depth were built up with additional pieces of wood.
Examining the lightest areas on the antique let me match the base color of the old frame. The grain painting will be done over this base color.
When the grain painting was dry, I began the finish coats, tinting them as needed to match the color more closely. Some of my finishes take a few days to build up, compared to the originals which likely had either no finish coat, or a quick varnishing.
By slowly building, you can continually adjust color, as well as creating the impression of a well-aged item.
|A good match between the new (outer frame) and the old.|
The frame was given a final waxing, packed and shipped. Then begins my anxiety period - "Will it fit?", "Will it look good?". Relief comes with the message that all is well, and both customer and frame maker are happy with the final result.