This piece was originally created for a gilding exhibit. The balloon is made primarily of quilling paper, some edged with 23k gold, but then I inserted plastic “cameos” . The balloon is about 2 1/2″ in radius. The goose basket is quilling and gold leaf over paper. The dragon is 23k gold leaf over textured paper, glazed with gouache paint. The castle is made of different papers woven and shaped, covered with 23k gold, aluminum, and copper leaves.
The background was painted with gouache and watercolor on torn paper. The glass used for framing was covered with “bricks” using the technique of verre eglomise, or reverse gilding on glass. They are made with variegated metal leaf, hand etched and backed with glaze. The entire piece is framed with a narrow gold shadow box molding. This won the “People’s Choice Award” at the Bristol Art Museum “Air” show in 2010.
It is approximately 14″ x 16″, and 4″ deep.
Right now, this is in the Museum of Gilding Arts in Pontiac, IL (see “News” above. ) It is temporarily not for sale.