Borlotti Beans framed

I’ve begun experimenting with a so-called Dutch black finish for frames, and it felt appropriate for this particular piece. I came across a description of this technique on the site of gilder and restorer Charles Douglas of Seattle, and he was kind enough to share with me some further tips.

It involves painting with casein and many, many coats of ruby shellac, resulting in an almost-black but warm umber tone, really just gorgeous. So far I’ve tried it only twice and am seeing how to maybe simplify the process a little as I would like to make a bunch of little frames for some of my past work. Quite smashing I’d think. And by the way, this one’s not for sale.