Full View - Art Print by Manet

Side View - Art Print by Manet
The title of this painting is "Lady with a Parrot" by Manet.

Our library has an annual book sale, and I was able to purchase several different copies of "Medaenas Monographs on the Arts". They were published in the late 70's and early 80's. The publications are filled with fabulous prints, just waiting to be framed.

The matting and the frame were picked up at separate yard sales.

Matting - Art Print ny ManetThe matting was soiled and portions of the top layer were torn off. Since this size matting, with the oval cut is sooo expensive, I decided to try and give this piece a new surface.

Using strips of tissue (Kleenex) and some diluted white glue I was able to create a nice texture.

Once it was dry, I began experimenting with color. The first coat was a parchment color, then using a dry brush technique, I applied several, very light coats of Metallic Glorious Gold & Metallic Silver Sterling.
All of the paints were made by FolkArt.

Frame - Art Print by ManetThe structure of this frame was sound, but the finish required some refreshing. I applied a base coat of a brown paint & then three coats of "Glorious Gold" by FolkArt.

To highlight the carved accents, "Chinese Red & Olive Gold" by Rub 'n Buff, was applied to the raised areas.

The final step was to lightly sand the entire frame, allowing some of the brown base coat to show through. This gives the entire piece a more aged look.



Rub 'n Buff by Amaco is magical. Most Craft Stores only carry the silver & gold, but there are many more wonderful colors/tints available.

The following are some Online suppliers I have located:
This place has great prices.
The prices are very good and they also have many other unique supplies. I plan to spend a little more time checking out this site.
Their prices here are not discounted, however, they do have a very good selection. Also, this is the only place I have ordered from. I plan to try the other places listed, and will update this page when I have more information.

Comments: If you have never tried the Rub n' Buff products, you are missing out on a "Golden" opportunity. This product, combined with Folk Art Paints can turn very plain and ordinary items into real "Gems & Jewels".

When you use the Rub n' Buff, it works best to apply it with your finger. The product has a wax base, so the body heat helps make the paint transfer more evenly.


FolkArt has a wide variety of metallic paint colors. You can find FolkArt Paint at Wal-Mart and Craft Stores. If you prefer to shop on-line has great prices.

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