Thursday, August 22, 2013

Playing With FARRAGOZ Techniques

I've been playing with paint finishes.  It's one of my favorite things to do.  Layering paint, and various mediums is the best thing you can do when you want an aged look.

As you know, I've been reviewing the FARRAGOZ course, and, you know me.  So, it should come as no surprise that I've been experimenting with every little tip and tidbit from the course.  Giving it my own spin, and such.

Because, I wouldn't consider my review complete unless I applied some of the techniques to projects other than those in the course.

I showed you this chippy fleur-de-lis piece I designed with one of the techniques.

Today, I used recipes and techniques from the course to give this corbel a distressed finish.  BTW, the cost of these recipes are very low.

My inspiration for the finish, was the old painted chain lying on it.  I didn't paint the chain, that's how I found it.  I wanted to give the corbel the same vibe.

I applied layers of homemade gesso, and other paint mixtures from the course.  At that point, it looked like this.

Then, the distressing began.

The way the layers reacted to each other, made the distressing easy, and added unexpected variances of color.

I've started working on this table.  Another layering project, using recipes, and techniques from the course. I'll let you know where I end up on on this.

I've also started my next module of the course. The Clock.   I'll give you a peek soon.

If you haven't checked out the course, just click on the FARRAGOZ banner on my sidebar, or, click HERE.

See ya soon.


  1. Beautiful Rosemary - and I can't wait to see that table finished - it looks amazing from the little peak you showed!

  2. WOW Rosemary, you are taking this and sprinting with it and doing an amazing job!! I am still intimidated by this but I think I am going to give this a try. I am going to wait until the house is finished though. We are still waiting to close on the land, believe it or not. UGH!!! I would like to try this in my own space and be able to really focusing on this new process.


  3. These pieces are beautiful and the course is amazing, too. Wish I had something to work on.


    Today my daughter brought over a table I had her redo for me - and it is more cottage than I had hoped - this corbel is what my mind envisioned - I think she'd love that course, but has so many committments I don't think she could take it now - maybe one day. I know she has amazing skills, just doesn't know HOW yet, if that makes any sense.

    Love that piece, you did a remarkable job, as always.

    The clock will be so awesome.

  5. Gorgeous, as always Rosemary! I can't wait to see the finished table!

  6. Rosemary, I really like the finish you got on the corbel. Looks just like the piece of chain. I'm going to check out your sidebar..Look forward to seeing the table..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  7. You succeeded so well that I didn't see the chain until I looked very closely. Beautiful distressing dear...

  8. I am just dyin' over here to know how to create that perfect chippiness! It's so beautiful! :)

    xoxo laurie

  9. I am in constant awe of your talent. You are the master of distressing, Rosemary, you are the master!

  10. You do some awesome work Lady, I love it. I saw you on Victoria's blog and wanted to pop on by to see what you do. You are very talented.I would like to visit more often.
    Marie Antoinette

  11. Wow! It's impossible to tell from the pictures that these finishes aren't original. Love what you've created here.

  12. I love the old white chain look,I would like to have my entire kitchen cabinets to have that look

  13. Your techniques are beautiful. I need to get more adventurous in my painting.

  14. I love the look you've achieved on the corbel Rosemary! This sounds like an amazing course. I have so many pieces I could use it on. Can't wait to see more of what you do. Blessings, Patti

  15. You are the master of distressing, Rosemary, you are the master!

    Ich liebe deinen Blog,ich freue mich das du mich auf meinen Blog Besuchst.
    Liebe Grüße Chabby by Berlin


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