CORNUCOPIA: RED HAND
cast paper, gesso, red bole, slate
12" x 12" x 2"
Though sometimes yellow or gray bole is used under gold leaf, red bole is favored when desiring to impart a warm rich glow to the almost transparent leafing.
The original plan for this hand was to water-gild it with 22k gold leaf, but after sanding the final coat of the red bole the hand was so sensual that I couldn't bring myself to gild it.
Bole is finely ground clay that
is applied over gesso and
used as a substrate for gilding.
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