We were recently commissioned to produce an appropriate frame for an Andrew Wyeth painting. We consulted with the Estate about designs used then presented a series of samples for shape, color, and pattern.
The upper left image shows the initial surface carving through a layer of black clay. I approached the finish this way to be able to best see the size and depth of each stroke. We used black clay for the sight edge cove and watergilt and burnished this. As seen in the image, upper right. We then antiqued the outer edge in rich layers of scrubbed black. In the Summer 2013 you can see the painting and frame at the Shelburne Museum through October