Sunday, December 18, 2011

My Cement Angels

This cement angel wall hanging is another piece from the estate sale.  It's a newer piece, but has great detail.  It's two feet tall and quite heavy.  I could have left it alone, but I wanted to give it a little more depth.





This is the before.


Not bad, but I wanted a layered look with more variation in color.  I probably washed over it about ten times, alternating watered down white gesso, black paint, and grey paint.  I dabbed with a dry cloth in between washes.


Now, you can see various shades of white and grey.



I think it has more character  now.



I have it under the Christmas tree, leaning against my firescreen table.



My angels will be surrounded by presents soon, cause I'm not moving them again for a while.  Did I mention they're heavy?



I'll be sharing more items from the sale, and a bunch of other things.  I can't believe Christmas is only a week away.  This month seems to be flying.


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56 comments:

Cottage and Broome said...

I like the color layering you did on this piece, you are right it adds depth, a wonderful piece. Thanks for sharing, Laura

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Beautiful depth and you took such lovely photos!

Kelly said...

I like how you enhanced her. She fits your decor perfectly. I know how heavy those angels are. I can hardly pick mine up. I have to get help from my husband!

Victoria said...

They are so beautiful and your enhancement was very subtle but just perfect:)

I agree with you...where is the time going!!!! This year has just flown by!

Karen said...

Beautiful Rosemary, you are the maestro of the paint brush.

Annie said...

I love angels anyway, but the wash(es) you did, does give it more character. Love itQ

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

She is a real beauty Rosemary. I love the treatment you gave her. You are so talented.

eclecticrevisited.com said...

I like your angels with a little more layering too...gives them a little more age...sure wish I looked better with a little more age!!lol..
best,
maureen

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

What a beautiful piece!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

oh this one really speaks to my soul. how lovley!

Anette Ryan said...

Thanks Rosemary for stopping by the other day and leaving a comment on my blog. Love having new visitors.
Must say you are a serious statue collector. The angels came up really nice.
Have a good week!
Anette :-)

Katie said...

The color wash gives beautiful depth and patina!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Beautiful Rosemary!! I love the little treatment you gave her, it really enhances the details!

Tracy said...

Your angels are just gorgeous, and you really enhanced them. If you find a way to slow down time this week, please do!

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

Wow these angels are beautiful and so were the other statues you showed, especially the little boy on the fountain... you did a great job with the angles, its a gorgeous piece. i just wanted to stop over and see what you've been working on and say MERRY CHRISTMAS to you as well, i know everybody has been super busy with the holiday, i havent been able to blog much...

The Corson Cottage said...

These are really lovely Rosemary. Happy Holidays!

Heaven's Walk said...

Your washing technique is so incredibly "real" and vintage and adds so much character and personality, Rosemary. Just beautiful, as usual! :)

xoxo laurie

Martha said...

The angels are beautiful! And such a perfect piece for Christmas!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

The angels were beautiful before but now there are gorgeous!!
Happy Holidays.
XO Marie

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Hi Rosymary, Thanks for stopping by for a visit and for your lovely comments. Your angel piece is so beautiful. You are a talented artist.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Rosemary,

Oh, they are gorgeous not one angel but two...They will watch over your family this Christmas.
Beautiful!
All the Best,
Christine

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

They are just beautiful. Your pictures of them would make great holiday ornaments or framing them would make great gifts.

Jenelle said...

Your angels are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your process. I love your blog!

ox
Jenelle

The Midwest Cottage said...

They are very majestic looking!

Bristol said...

I love the angels and how they turned out. Enjoyed visiting your blog
Bristol

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

This is a beautiful piece Rosemary and you made it even more beautiful...all the details show up now....I love them.....

This month always goes by quicker than any other month to me!

I hope you have a Wonderful and Blessed Christmas!

Lou Cinda

Scribbler said...

Beautiful angels. You have turned something pretty into something spectacular.

I like it leaning against the firescreen table, too.

ETS

Dragonfly Treasure said...

You did an aesome job!! I would have been too scared to try anything like that. LOL
It looks especially beautiufl in front of your fireplace. They are gorgeous.
*hugs*deb

Karel said...

What an absolutely gorgeous piece. I love the angels. You're definitely right about them looking better after your washes. I (heart) them!

Betsy said...

Ah yes, the magic touch made all the difference. Great job.
Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling.. it is incredible... I can see why you had to have it.. Happy Holidays.. hugs ~lynne~

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Simply beautiful...and such pretty faces! Merry Christmas!...hugs...Debbie

ImSoVintage said...

These are beautiful, Rosemary. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.
Laura

ReFresh ReStyle said...

They are beautiful! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!
Debbie

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Such a beautiful piece my friend, Thank you for sharing!
Merry Christmas to you too!
XO

Loren said...

I love the angels! Thank you for stopping by Pandora's Craft Box and leaving some love!

Alida said...

I love the changes you made...beautiful!!

pam {simple details} said...

Just gorgeous, and how wonderful that she fits in perfectly with your Christmas decor!

Beautiful blog, too!

Lynn said...

Your work is so inspiring, Rosemary. Truly you have a gift of the creative and think-outside-the-box mentality that is so fun to see. The angels are beautiful and your enhancement made them even more so. Have a very Merry Christmas!
Lynn
www.cottageandcreek.com

Gail said...

Beautiful Rosemary! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2012!!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Rosemary, this is just gorgeous! I love the depth of the layers...it just adds so much character!! You really know how to make everything look extraordinary! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Sylvia said...

Wow...wow...wow...you did a super job with those angels!!! Wish I could go to one of your sales.

Sylvia

Fishtail Cottage said...

Everything you do is just gorgeous! I especially love what you've done with these sweet angels though! xoox, tracie

My Beautiful World said...

They are lovely so inspiring. So nice to meet you just found your beautiful blog and so happy I did. I have enjoyed looking around and linking up I'm now following you, if you find a spare minute hope you visit me sometime and follow back so nice to meet new friends. Sending you special wishes for a very Merry Christmas Day and look forward to keeping in touch in 2012

Always Wendy

JACQUELINE said...

Merry X-Mas from switzerland

Jacqueline ♡

http://jacquelineswhitehome.blogspot.com/

Honey at 2805 said...

Such stunning finds, Rosemary! They are all just gorgeous!

Thank you for sharing the season at Potpourri Friday! May you have a Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Rosemary, The angels are beautiful. Thank you for sharing them at the Open House Party and Happy Holidays to you and your family.
Hugs,
Sherry

Sue said...

You added so much more depth to this piece and it looks wonderful. :-) You have such talent, Rosemary. Hope you have a Merry Christmas!
~ Sue

Lili said...

The angels have found such a perfect place under your tree and seeing the before and afters of your masterful enhancements always makes me sigh! ~Lili

My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

The effect is lovely, Rosemary!

French and Sparrow said...

What a beautiful piece! Just gorgeous! Have a joyful Christmas!
Kerry

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

As always with everything you do my Dear friend "IMPECCABLE" love it..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Holly said...

These are so beautiful!! I really like what you did. I am your newest follower.

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Your stone angels are lovely...I have never seen anyone add colorizing as you have. We have a number of stone pieces in our gardens but it actually took 3 men to carry the last one (a female statue) from the front street to the arbor area of our rose garden. I love your new trI have joined your followers list and would love to have you join me as well. Hugs, Gayle
http://atastefultouch.blogspot.com easure. Lucky you! Merry Christmas!

Cindy said...

This is stunning! Love, love, love it! Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing your beautiful talent with us!
Hugs, Cindy

Heather Jacob said...

BREATHTAKING !!!! you have done a super duper job here and to me you have brought them alive ... fabulous !!! wishing you and your family a magical xmas xoxox