'From the Sublime to the Colourfully Ridiculous' was the apt title for Worthing artist Liz English's show at Colonnade House! I had the pleasure of framing many of the pieces from large canvas tray frames and white inset frames for prints below...
So far, so pretty standard stuff, lime waxing, oak wax staining etc. But then came the 'Ridiculously Colourful'. No, wait, thats wrong!
'Colourfully Ridiculous"! Is there a difference? I'm not sure!
Anyhoo, Liz's paintings have titles like 'Mad in Marrakech', 'Step Away From the Canvas Madam', and my favourite 'The Day Homer Simpson and Matisse came for tea at Cath Kidson's'
They're paintings that bleed from the original into the frame. It was a real collaborative process, it needed to be easy for Liz to take away and paint, and return for me to fit everything together and easy for me to make (#itwasntreally). A lot of the time in framing, what looks easy and effortless is very time consuming and fiddly, but so, so worth it for the final result. So how were they made?
Well you take a standard obeche moulding (this is from Wessex Pictures 16mm wide, 27 deep) ...
And turn it round the wrong way, like a tray frame -I do it for @danielagallery's wonderful collages and others. It works really well on shallow artworks...
Once the outer frame is made (here the border from painting to outer edge was 80mm) then a 2mm MDF sheet with cutout for the painting (obvs) is glued into place - 8 clamps per frame, leave for 24 hours to cure fully. Then cut the spacers (what the painting will sit in - in this case a Rose & Hollis obeche 12mm x 4.5mm spacer) and glue and clamp them in place. Then you have this...
Some filling and sanding aside, they're ready to prime...
Then they're ready for Liz to work her magic on them, once that's done all I have to do is fix the painting in the frame and add the hangings. And what beauties they become, it's like I give Liz some dull old caterpillars and she brings back beautifully colourful butterflies!!!