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Presidential Frame

Updated: Dec 3, 2020

Presidential Libraries call for presidential frames.

Master Framers together with artist Mark Balma, provided

the lobby art for President Bush 43 in Texas. Read on to learn what it takes...

Bush Library Portrait




Master Framers was hired to make a ten foot by ten foot frame for a historical painting that would hang in the George Bush Library in Texas. Follow along as this frame is finished.

Decorative elements are applied










The compo patterns are designed and put in place.



Several coats of gesso are applied to the raw frame, giving it a hard, smooth surface to accept the gilding.
The gesso is applied









Several coats of gesso are applied to the raw frame, giving it a hard surface to accept the gilding.


The 22K gold leaf has been applied.
The Gilding is Done




All the 22k gold leaf has been applied. Next it will be burnished with an agate and toned to subdue the brightness.




The Toned Frame




With the toning done you can see the way the light hits the various patterns and creates the visual dimension a frame of this scale requires.



The Completed Frame


Wow! the frame is finished! Everyone involved gathered for a party to celebrate.

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