Sunday, February 19, 2012

Old World Birds

I was half way through this transformation, when I realized I hadn't taken a before photo. These birds are syroco composition, and were painted gold. They had great details that weren't being highlighted. They were perfect candidates for my "Old World" finish.










Layers of grey, with a wash of gesso. The finish brought out the intricate details.









They're a good size. The tall one is over 13".








I love the way they turned out.







I have several variations to this technique I'll be sharing with you, including multiple colors.


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25 comments:

Aledia said...

I love birds and those are gorgeous!!

Blessings,
Aledia

Geneva said...

These turned out very nice... I just purchased an old mirror and am hoping to try some of your techniques out on the frame. As always, you inspire!
Blessings!
Geneva

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Very pretty! At our last house we had peacocks wandering around--it reminds me of that:)

Melissah said...

They are just beautiful!
x
Melissah from Coastal Style & Country Style chic

Terry said...

Gold? Yikes. Love what you've done with them.

Angie K. said...

My Mom still has these birds - yes, still in gold. She bought them from Home Interiors in the 80s. Maybe I'll "inherit" them some day & change them up! :) Great job!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

These look great, Rosemary! I could just see them set up in a centerpiece or tabletop vignette, too!

Deserae said...

Just gorgeous...love the detailing!
~Des

Kris said...

Beautiful...and the detail is exquisite!

Little Miss Maggie said...

The birds are exquisite. I love the details that the gesso brings out. No one would never know they were once gold.

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Gorgeous! Love the gray you've chosen!

Heaven's Walk said...

Beautiful, Rosemary! I'm looking forward to another "lesson" from you! :)

xoxo laurie

Shirley said...

WOW!!!! these birds are stunning!They sure would look lovely in a garden or a room full of flowers..

ImSoVintage said...

I've seen these in the gold before. What a difference your technique has made.
Laura

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Lovely!

Kelly said...

Those are very pretty! The details in the feathers turned out ver nice.

lynn said...

your finish did bring out the beautiful details--just lovely!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

What a marvelous job you did!...They are spectacular and fitting for many vignettes throughout the house!

Love them!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

OMG!, I'm in love with those peacocks sweet Rosemary! Never ending talent, darling! Have a terrific week.
FABBY

lvroftiques said...

They look great Rosemary! I love that finish! FAA....Vanna

Vintage Rose said...

Rosemary, the birds are sooo lovely. I can see them outside with a beautiful wicker set, or old iron bench, lots of ferns hanging etc., pitcher of iced tea in vintage glasses.... :) Just lovely.

Sherry said...

Rosemary they're gorgeous!

Dawn said...

I LOVE the birds ! I am always picking up birds of some kind too ! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting:) I'm now following you via Linky.

Linda said...

Stunning birds. You know birds are in big time this year. I so admire you work. Thanks for visiting. Have a great week.

Mehul said...

Hi Rosemary, I like the way these birds turned out!

Few days back I purchased some similar artifacts...there is also a bird. So I am hoping to try some of your techniques. Thanks for the inspiration!

- Mehul
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