We are highly experienced in producing a range of hand-finishes, using a selection of paints, gesso, metal leaf and waxes. For our paint finishes we create individual colours tailored to complement tones in the artwork, using artist-grade acrylic or earth-pigment paints.
Gesso, a traditional chalk-based preparation, is a particular speciality. We love the fact that it produces a beautiful, smooth or textured finish, which makes a frame look almost like marble.
Gesso is a traditional chalk-based preparation dating back to the Egyptian times. It is a particular speciality of ours as it creates such a beautiful, smooth or textured finish depending on how we work it. We produce both picture frames and wonderful oversized mirrors using gesso.
Our gesso recipe is carefully applied to the plaster and fabric. We let it dry slowly and then hand crackle to create a lovely antique finish.
To further enhance the distressed look we apply earth pigments.
We only use artist grade or earth pigment paints for our hand painting as we feel it gives us the best tones and depth of colour which will last. We love rich earthy paint tones which complement many artworks framing them subtly and beautifully without taking centre stage.
We apply all our metal leafing whether gold or silver to a gesso base. It can then be distressed or highly polished.
The final layer in the process. The finishes we apply by hand include beeswax, matt varnish, shellac or lacquered finishes.
We offer a canvas stretching service which can be framed if needed. If you would like your canvas framed after being stretched, there are a variety of framing styles to choose from, including tray profiles for a contemporary finish.
We provide an art and frame restoration service for oil and mixed media paintings on board or canvas.
Re-framing is a popular service for damaged frames or for refreshing artworks.
Our conservation service uses a selection of acid -free conservation and museum grade mount board and glass.