For xmas this year, TheMisterT gave me a print-on-canvas that is my zombified face (from, like, a dozen years ago) on a portrait of Anne of Cleves (Henry XIII’s 4th wife). We call it Tara of Cleavers. And yes, those are paper clay maggots coming out of my nose.
ANYHOO, it kind of needed a big, ol’ gilt frame which I could not find in the appropriate size my local thrifting/antiquing nor in my budget online. 20 x 24 is a standard size, but not a common size, especially in vintage or antique. Then I found this 20 x 24 at Goodwill.
I figured I could gaudy it up! And I did. First I added some width and depth with some 1x2s I had around. They’re glued and nailed on.
Then I used this Iron Orchid Designs (IOD) mould and paperclay to make the elaborate details. I followed the suggestions that IOD gives on their website to make and attach the pieces.
Because red is the traditional color under gold leaf, I painted with red oxide acrylic paint… after priming.
Even though I knew I wasn’t going to use gold leaf and instead used gilding paint from Michael’s - their house brand, I believe.
I still need to apply an acrylic, spray varnish, but that’s going to happen later this week if we get a warm, dry day.
I gotta say that I would normally feel really uncomfortable with a 20x24 portrait of myself hung in my house, especially in the public areas. But the way it is displayed gives it less focus and this is kind of hilarious and not obviously me, so… HA and YEY!