Lawrence Riley
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Process

Briefly my process begins with a panel, usually 5-ply Finland birch. I coat with several layers of gesso that is smoothed and followed by six to eight coats of "bole". Bole is a mixture of clay (red,blue,yellow,green, or black) and animal hide glue. This surface is smoothed to a fine finish with up to 600 grit sandpaper and polished with 4/0 steel wool. The surface is moistened, activating the glue, and the metal leaf is applied. The leaf is then burnished to the degree desired. The leaf is so thin that the color of the clay is able to shine through, subtlety and magically affecting the color while dramatically increasing the sense of depth. I work with gold, white gold, silver, or copper leaf. With gold I may lightly buff the surface to reveal more clay. Silver, brass and copper respond well to a variety of patinas. White gold will tarnish in beautiful and unpredictable ways. For pigment I use watercolor, ink, acrylic.


 
 
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