Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Paint Play

I'm playing with paint today.

This statue is from my 2011 post, "More Stone".   She started out like this,

and I made her look like this.

Well, I got a little bored with it, and decided to give her another makeover.  I layered on a few more shades of white and grey, followed by a wash of a watered down brownish paint.  I let the color seep into the crevices, and wiped it back.  I then took a sponge sander, and distressed her.

I dry brushed each layer.

With less grey, I did something similar with this cherub, and one of my mini busts.

I used various shaded of white paint and a little plaster, followed by my wash.

I made a mini tiara for my little lady with a fragment from a damaged vintage bridal boutonniere.  It's made of waxed beads, has nice patina, and works perfectly with the finish.

I have an idea for my cherub.

See ya soon.

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  1. Love your cherubs, Rosemary! That statue looks wonderful. You'd never know it looked like it did in the before picture. She looks like she needs a crown, too! : )

  2. She's lovely Rosemary!

  3. I love how your statue turned out Rosemary, and your tiaras are lovely! I hope you continue to stay well. If you have time, I'd love it if you linked this to my new linky party, "What We've Accomplished Wednesdays." It went live at 6:00 p.m. eastern time tonight.

    Have a great weekend!

  4. wow! it's hard to believe the statue looked so different before! I love the newest look too. I wouldn't have known you could do this. Thanks for sharing, Sally xx

  5. I love how you put the layers on these pieces...they are so beautiful!

  6. Rosemary your makeover of the little girl figurine turned out beautiful. She looks so much better this way. I love all your little cherubs. You do wonderful things with paint.

  7. You really do do magical things with that paint! These turned out gorgeous, and the patina you give them always suggests a rich and romantic histtory. Wonderful!

  8. Exquisite. The layering of paint is remarkable, looks like it has been aged over centuries...Truly inspired Rosemary.

  9. You do such wonders with paint! That little girl statue is adorable and your finish really brings out her details so much better than the original did! The bust is sweet with her tiara and such a cute cherub! Have a great day and thank you for the inspiration! xoxo, Leena

  10. I love her make over, you can see the details of her dress and hair better. Have a great week, Laura

  11. Girl, you as busy as a bee, I couldn't keep up with you or your talent.

    Love the change you made in the little girl

  12. Always ingenious crafts in your DIY: bravissima. Ciao

  13. Just when you think it can't get any more lovely... you evolve and it get's lovelier! Beautiful!

  14. Gorgeous!! You are so talented Rosemary!
    Mary Alice

  15. I love the paint technique...I have a "lady in faux bronze" that I think would look fantastic painted as you did are a wealth of inspiration!!

  16. Beautiful! The new finish really does bring out the details.
    Thanks for sharing!

  17. You are such an artist Rosemary!!! The layers, the colors, the perfect amount of distressing ~ just beautiful! I always love seeing your creations ~ hugs and love, Dawn

  18. Hi Rosemary...
    did you just "paint" her with plaster or gesso like some of your other things?
    I have a cherub head similar to yours that I got years ago and is painted with a black-green patina.
    I'd like to update it like this.

  19. Lovely pieces and finishes, Rosemary! I'm anxious for the flea market to open up for the season. I've been having withdrawals!

  20. Your little girl statue is stunning. She looks like an old garden piece. Lovely.

  21. gorgeous as always, Rosemary!
    I wish I could find a partivular statue I have been looking for....I think I just don't know where to look!
    Hearts to you,


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