Looking for a festive recipe for your New Year’s Eve dinner? Here’s one from none other than Alice Waters, as designed, calligraphed, and printed by David Lance Goines at his St. Hieronymous Press. “Cherries Jubilee” was created in 1970 as part of a folio the pair collaborated on and called “Thirty Recipes Suitable for Framing.” The collection’s title is catnip for this framer, so in the spirit of a picture frame’s celebratory purpose—not to mention the celebratory recipe and this celebratory time of year—I repeated Goines’s lovely cherry tree woodcut design on a flat 3/4″ wide walnut frame, outlining the pattern in black milk paint and then coloring it with red and green linseed oil paint.
Here’s a process shot below. I’ve carved the pattern and painted with black milk paint. On the left side, the excess paint has been sanded off and is ready for coloring with linseed oil paint. As you can see, I designed the pattern higher up on the side. Here I’ve moved it down, but then felt that I needed to lengthen the pattern, taking up to the corner and having it fade as the pattern blends into the uncarved top, as you can see on the finished frame, above.« Back to Blog