Sunday, July 10, 2011

More Stone

Here are the teasers from my last two posts.

I've received quite a few emails and comments on my STONE EFFECT TUTORIAL . So I wanted to share a few more, using various levels of intensity and materials. This little girl is made of plaster. The plaque is made of fiberglass. The bookends are metal. I gave them all a thick coat of white gesso.

The little girl before.

After brushing on the watered down black gesso, I went back over her with another wash of grey, to give her a few more  highlights.

The plaque before.

This time I blotted the black gesso and did a drybrush with white, followed by more blotting.

I don't have a before of the bookends, but let me just say that the bright pink and blue weren't doing anything for me. So, with them, after brushing on the black, I went back over them with water. This left a drip effect with more of the white exposed.

I'm halfway done with this next piece.  It will have, yet another finish.

The reveal soon, along with more finds and redesigns.  Oh yes, after much coaxing, you can now find me on facebook.

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  1. Hi Rosemary! Those projects are just so beautiful...they have such a look of age on them. Thank you so much for sharing your techniques. Does the black gesso you used COME that way or do you add black paint to it. The gesso I bought a while back is kinda thin...does it come in different thicknesses?

  2. I love the way you transform these needy pieces into beautiful works of art. Thanks for sharing your secrets with us....great job!!

  3. Rosemary thank you for sharing your techniques. I absolutely love what you do! And I find I'm inspired to look at the details on pieces in a whole new way...So thank you again my friend! Vanna

  4. You know I love them!!! I'm loving the drippy bookends....that just looks like it would be fun!!!

  5. Oh wowie! I am definitely going to have to try this! Thank you so much for this tutorial!

    I have quite a collection of Isabel Blooms and this is what yours reminds me of ! They are made of cement.

    Here is the link for you to check out:

    Love the little desk below too!
    Have a great evening !


  6. That is a very effective technique. Completely convincing. I like the girl best.

  7. I swear, Rosemary, it's almost surreal, what you do to these pieces! Not to mention that I love angels! :)


  8. Rosemary you are a master of finishes! Beautiful.

  9.'ve definitely peaked my interest...gonna get some gesso and start experimenting!!! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Love the last one! Look forward to the reveal. Fiona

  11. What a transformation! Have a wonderful Monday. Ciao Rita mammabellarte

  12. Bonjour ROsemary,
    You've done a fantastic job on all thiese - i'm off to see more of your work now!
    I"m a new follower.

  13. Beautiful work girlie.

    Hey... here is something you might want to try--- if you haven't already. Take some silk flowers and dip them completely into plaster of paris..... pull them out and set them onto a board and arrange them so they will set up beautifully. You'll need to pour some plaster of paris on the board as well to build up the area so it doesn't look so "flat" Once everything is dry, you'll have a board with flowers that look like they've been carved. Then you could apply this beautiful treatment on them to make them look like stone. ;-)

  14. Great stuff! Everything looks better after you and gesso get finished with it!!

  15. As soon as I saw this on DebbieDo's I KNEW it was you! Fantastic -- love love love this effect!

  16. Hi Cheryl,
    I actually have worked with dipping objects in plaster. It is a great effect!

  17. its amazing what a bit of paint can do,, of course these are lovely to begin with,, beautiful

  18. Wow... I am inspired to try something I have never done before. This is so helpful and beautiful. thnk you for sharing this.


  19. Hands down you are a genius. What vision and talent you have. My mouth is always drooling over your amazing work.


  20. Oh my goodness, these are wonderful!! What a great transformation. Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm happy to find your blog!!

  21. I just found your blog and have to say- you are awesome..I will slowly have to go through the rest of your posts and I an't wait to use your technique! It looks really great, thanks for the inspiration!

  22. Wow, you really did an awesome job on these. Thanks for sharing at my Sizzle into Summer party.

  23. At least in the pictures, they honestly look like stone! How expensive is this technique? I'm thinking of maybe doing my fireplace mantle like this!

  24. That is a great look. Thanks for sharing what you did.

  25. Oh wow Rosemary! You keep giving me new ideas to try. This makes me think of those homely looking pieces in the thrift store in a whole new light. Wonderful!! Thanks for your tips on my first try at painting with gesso and thanks for linking this up to Home Sweet Home!

  26. This is another beautiful technique Rosemary. Looking forward to the the next one.

  27. I love your work. I have an old statue (boy and girl) that needs painting. I should forgo the painting ad do a wash... nah who am I kidding? I'll never get to it. But there's always hope!
    thanks for inspiring me!

  28. Amazing Rosemary! You come up with the most wonderful techniques. I'm going to have to try this!
    xoxo Debra

  29. I really love this technique! Great transformation on everything. I'm going to have to try it!

  30. Hi Rosemary!!! This is just AWESOME!! I LOVE the little girl!! What a difference :))
    I WILL definitely be trying this!!

    Thank you so much for linking up to my very first party!!

    Show Me How!!! ~ FRIDAY ~
    Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials.

    I hope it will be the first of many!! I would love to use your post as one of "My Favorites" if it's ok with you! Just let me know. I'm looking forward to this Friday!! Again, thank you so much :))


  31. Hi Rosemary,
    your work on the "stone" Pieces is beautiful... such talent!

    I love how the streaking effect is on your tulip piece.

    With Kindness,

  32. I LOVE IT! Never thought of using gesso that way! genius! I do remember my instructors saying you can paint anything with gesso on it...makes sense!


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