Thursday, May 6, 2010

Preparing the first panel for gilding

I've paused my work on this portrait to begin the gold-leafing for it's background which helps establish the outline of the veil. Later on I'll be adding mother-of-pearl as a border.







9 comments:

martinealison said...

Travail absolument magnifique, magique... bravo et à très bientôt pour la suite...

Mona said...

Vous etes tres gentil Martine, merci.

Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

The work you do is truly amazing Mona - I am always in awe!!!

L.Holm said...

This is so extraordinary! I love the rich colors in her face and the flowers, and that scarf! wow!!! so beautiful.
Is the red base a glue? or is it a painted base that gets adhesive for the gilding?
Also - do you use the same glue for the mother of pearl?

Mona said...

Karen and Liz, thanks.

The red is clay bole which I'm applying in preparation to water-gild. It has rabbit skin glue among other ingredients.

I've never worked with mother-of-pearl before, so I'm still investigating the best glue for adhering it to the gold leaf.

DEB said...

I don't think I've ever seen you use mother of pearl before...This is going to be fun!

Dean Grey said...

Interesting to see this painted on what appears to be a wooden door/panel instead of a typical rectangular canvas.

This is going to look great. I know it!

-Dean

L.Holm said...

Thanks for the info...looking forward to seeing the next phase. Mother of pearl on gold leaf sounds tricky indeed!

Mona said...

Dean, this is actually painted on a traditional icon panel. Because I am doing a spiritual portrait I wanted to echo certain elements common to icon painting, such as the use of this type of panel and also water gilding. However, an icon and a spiritual painting are two distinctly different things.