This adoration of fine art.
It fills one soul.
Captures ones imagination.
And, takes your soaring through the centuries.
A dusty old used bookstore on Queen Street in Toronto.
Treasures are always waiting to be discovered in stores like this.
The bookstore is “picking up sticks” and moving . EVERYTHING is on sale.
Books soaring to the ceiling.
Piled in pyramids on the floor.
The discovery!! A stack of portfolios containing copies of old masterpieces.
I shuffle through them. Painting after painting. Masterpieces I had admired in art galleries in cities around the world. The pile – a bit tattered around edges – one dollar.
I knew exactly what I can do with this paper treasure.
Take one unpainted canvas in a dimensions closest to the size painting.
Give the canvas a coat of black acrylic craft paint.
Now paint over the black with dark brown paint and then gently rub some away. The trick here is to try to match the background of the painting.
Cover the canvas liberally with Modpodge . I have put a large book under the canvas to act as support to the canvas. Centre your painting on the canvas. Press firmly down on all parts of the paper. A brad(a type of roller used for wall paper seams) is perfect for this. (This is why you need support under the canvas). Give the painting two coats of ModPodge using a criss-cross motion that leaves brush like strokes. It adds to the authentic look of your work.
The unfinished canvas will look like you’ve discovered your little bit of joy laying neglected in an attic. The simplicity so much more elegant that an elaborate gold frame. How brilliant is this!!