Thursday, February 21, 2013

Finishes I Love

Finishes I truly love are layered, and a bit imperfect.



I gave this little frame much more character with layers of white and grey, with a touch of blue.  I added the watered down blue around the center, and wiped it back.  The frame from my last post has slightly different coloring,





but see how nice they look next to each other?





A while back I showed you a bunch of small baskets I picked up at an estate sale.




  This is what I did with one of them.





I gave it layers of grey, and watered down white gesso.  Again, lots of playing around, wiping back, letting it settle, etc.  It's basically my "Old World" finish, with a little tweaking.




I added one of my fleur-de-lis.  If you look close, you can see remnants of fabric.  That's because, at one point I had fabric glued to it.  When I took it off, I decided to leave a hint of it.  Imperfections, remember.



21 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Another gorgeous frame, Rosemary! You find some great ones.

Donna said...

I love all of your gorgeous finishes, Rosemary! I so agree, a little imperfection makes things so much more interesting! Th blue and gray frame is one of my favorites!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

You're the "Finish Queen"! I can't believe those modern looking baskets became such vintage, antique-looking baskets! Lovely as usual.

Olive said...

Love the blue finish. We went to three estate sales in the pouring rain Sat. and had the best time.

Victoria said...

I love those baskets Rosemary! They look like the type you'd pay a lot of $$$ for on some websites. Your creative mind never stops!

WolvesAtTheDoor said...

Very clever. very inspirational!! Gorgeous blog:) Love the frames and especially the page in them:)

Just Spiff It said...

The blue,gray and white frame is leaving me speechless!! I love it. Is the white gesso?? I have looked at your photo so many times I have lost count. You are the master in incredible finishes!!

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

Rosemary, I love your work, the baskets are exceptional ( of course the frames are fantastic too! )

Pendra said...

I sure wish I could come and learn from you... lovely hon, just beautiful! I can't wait to see what else you share, it makes my day when I see a post from you!
Hugs,
Pendra

Gypsy Heart said...

Beautiful! I LOVE the first one with the hint of blue...gorgeous.

xo
Pat

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Holly Browning said...

You layer paints best of all. You have the most unique finishes. Always beautiful over here at your place.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Wow...is that the same basket?...looks terrific!...and I love the touch of blue in the frame!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Love the finish that you are putting on your frames, Rosemary. They are gorgeous!
Hugs,
Patti

deborah@confessions of a craigslist junkie said...

Love those basket transformations! Pretty amazing. The frame is beautiful.

Barbara Jean said...

all looks great, as always.
love the little bit of blue on frame.

blessings
barb

Antonella said...

Bellissimi! Molto shabby!

Anne said...

Rosemary I love your layering techniques that you use.That frame is so beautiful and so are those baskets! I will have to be more open minded next time I see those baskets!A new technique to try!
xx
Anne

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

I love the imperfections, too. I always love your painting techniques, and the frame and basket are true to your style. Love it!

~Shanon

Kelly said...

Love the finishes you gave these items. They look so much better! Gorgeous layering.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

The frame is just beautiful!
Love the way you layer the colors to get texture!