first, i out golden digital ground for non porous surfaces on a piece of 8x10 plexi and printed the image below. i finished the image with uv resistant gel topcoat and drilled holes in the corners. taped the plexi first and started with a small hole, building up to the appropriate size for the bolts.
once the image was sealed with the topcoat, i painted the back with oil paints, then dabbed off with a paper towel for texture.
the background is built from a piece of masonite with a frame as seen below. first attached with wood glue, the reinforced with screws.
then 2 coats of gesso.....
next, on this one, a layer of silver leaf.
some washes of paint (acrylic in this case) and fill in where the leaf didn't take, along with glass bead medium slathered on with a palette knife.
a little more paint added to highlight the beads, and the plexi screwed on. there's a bolt between the plexi and the board to keep the plexi up off the background.
art today- we met with our shopkeeper for the holiday window project. zella did amazing things with the 2 pieces i took her- we have beautiful ornaments. our client was pleased. so now i need to print 4 more 11x14 and 2 8x10 pieces of plexi for z to do her magic on. so here's the plexi with coat 1 of digital ground.
one of the finished pieces had a scratch. i know that i needed to figure out something for a finish. luckily, when i stopped at boise blue for copper leaf today there was a golden newsletter dedicated to using digital grounds right there on the counter! terrie let me take it- and there was info on finishing pieces. i love serendipity! the good news is that it appears that if i spray crystal clear i can then seal with gloss varnish & protect the print. and i got to try it out on the piece that was ruined so that i didn't ruin the piece that was still good. yay.
here's the start on the background for the other 8x10 plexi piece. will have copper leaf over the paint.
lastly- got good photos of these two pieces- the top one is 12x16 mixed media on board (same base as shown above)