Sunday, October 9, 2011

Aged Cherub

This cherub has a dirty secret.

The secret that took her from a garish gold composition piece,

to something that resembles stone.

You've seen me do stone effects before. Like in my post,  "More Stone",

but this effect is subtle, and doesn't involve a top coat of paint.

The look you see here, I achieved with good old fashioned dirt. I painted her with my white gesso/paint mixture.  When she was almost dry, I doused her with dirty water.

After dabbing back the excess, I let it seep in and dry.

I left more in the crevices, which brings out the details.

Got dirt?

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  1. I like how it turned out. Angel looks happier

  2. I saw the cherub and knew the post must be from you. This is brilliant. And free!

  3. a beautiful transformation, love the paint effect!

  4. That's it ! My next trip to Michal's I'm buying some gesso ! I've got to try some of these things ,

  5. Beautiful little cherub! She looks so much better and you can see all the detail on her pretty little face.

  6. Just fabulous. It would have aged naturally by getting dirty from the air and you just sped things up.

  7. a little dirt never hurt anybody...and in this case is actually an all your "trade secrets".. you have so many wonderful ideas...

  8. Wow...once again you hit it out the ballpark. I actually saw something very like the before this weekend. I should go see if it is still there...

  9. NO but i plan on getting me some real soon!! lol! :)

  10. OMGosh! You are truly a master. Love how you use so many non-conventional methods to achieve your gorgeous transformations. And the fact that you share this knowledge with us too, you are a true gem...thanks so much for that. xo ~Lili

  11. LOVE it! This turned out so beautifully! I adore cherubs and this one is so pretty! Great inspiration, Rosemary - thank you for sharing! Hugs, Leena

  12. What a great idea! I'm hoping to try this sometime soon. Thanks for sharing the "magic"
    Blessings & hugs,

  13. Wow what a difference. I am going to borrow this technique for sure. I just love how creative it is, this is one of the reasons I love blogging, passing ideas from one to another.

  14. Well, my Gosh, Rosemary! I don't know how I never came across your blog before! I saw your comment over at Tracies (Fishtail) and you said exactly what I was here I am! I am your newest follower and can't wait to go back and read some of your older posts. It'll be a few days cuz I am just getting back from vacation and have to go back to work...but at least I found you! Love your cherub...SOOOOO much better now~ Hugs and all- Diana

  15. Very sweet. I love how it turned out. I might give it a try the next dime I run across a concrete piece.


  16. FAA Rosemary! Only you could make dirt look this good! *winks* I love the knew I would....Vanna

  17. Who would've thought to use dirty water to renovate something? You would! Ha! Again, you have created something special.

  18. Much better. Love that you use dirt! Too funny.

    Dropping by from BNOTP.

    Hidden Laundry

  19. Love what you did with that cherub. So much prettier and to think you did that with dirt!!


  20. Great job! You are so talented. I definitely would've thought you'd painted it.


  21. Another great transformation with a unique twist!

  22. She's adorable! And so easy...right?

    Dash was looking at the chicks in the tub....last spring.

  23. That's incredible! Such a remarkable transformation and a creative treatment.

  24. Looks great. Dirt...who knew? Love your blog and have it on my side bar. Thanks for sharing all your techniques.

  25. I like your little dirty secret, how inventive!

  26. Hi Rosemary,

    Oh, she looks great! What a sweet little cherub...
    Lovely photo!
    All the Best,

  27. That was an awful looking thing in the 'before' picture -- what a difference you made with the gesso! The details are so much more vivid -- now it's such a great piece!

  28. Even dirty water can make art! I prefer the new "dirty" cherub!

  29. your first sentence sucked me right in! dirty secret is evocative every single timE!

    bravo on your dirty cherub.


  30. Dirty ARE amazing :) She turned out beautiful Rosemary!!

  31. Hi Rosemary,
    you are really creative. I love the new look. Much nicer than the golden version. Dirt makes everything antique. The blackened parts remind me to the Antiqued Silver. You know I collect rose patterned cutlery and they blacken the deep parts to give them an antique look. It result is as pretty as your angel.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  32. Wow what a difference!! it looks beautiful. Love the last photo, beautifully staged pic.

  33. Girl, I GOT dirt! And this is amazing! Who would have thought to use dirty water??? You! That's who!

    Another awesome transformation!

    Lou Cinda

  34. I rubbed mud on some white urns once before the Arboretum ... they were the first thing to sell ...

    shhhhhhh ...

    mighty fine work my friend

  35. You're a genius! What a transformatiion..I just love it! take care, Maryann ps. never, ever would Ihave thought you used dirt!! lol!

  36. I never thought I would say "I love that dirty angel"! There's always a first. How clever of you, Rosemary, and it's realistic considering most statues have plenty of dirt from being outside.
    Great job!
    - Susan

  37. Great transformation! You know we will al be talking about your drty little secret

  38. Your angel looks so much better now! Love it!

  39. Rosemary, You've done it again! Nothing like a little dirt to enhance a piece of art! She truly went from garish gold to beautiful stone. :-) Sue

  40. she's fabulous and every girl has one of those little secrets :) she should be no different.

    as lovely as she is I couldn't keep my eyes off of the black stone planter. love it lots!

  41. Your cherub looks so much better... I love her transformation. You always Inspire! Thank you for sharing how you did it.

  42. Your cherub is just
    what a difference. Thanks for sharing your know how!! Have a great week. Bobbie

  43. This is genius! I love how the cherub is now stone.

  44. As always, I really love your metal to stone transformations! So creative and different, and they end up looking really wonderful and edgy in that "midnight in the garden of good and evil" way. Hey... that could be a good post name for halloween... lol.

  45. I just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award! I think you've been nominated by Prissyville too, so now you have 2 nominations! Ha! You can check out the details on my blog.

  46. Rosemary,
    I wish you would take this show on the road. I would sign up in a minute. You know how much I enjoy your work and teaching us along the way.

  47. that was fabulous... love your photo skills too~

  48. Rosemary,
    Great transformation, as always! Your work is just stunning!! This cherub is simply gorgeous!

  49. An amazing work of art. I really believe that the little cherub is much happier in stone then the gold tone. The stone look actually looks softer, if that is possible. You totally rock!


  50. Another gorgeous make-over Rosemary. You are truly amazing!

    Enjoy your evening,

  51. Rosemary, I have rubbed dirt into an object to make it look old but never thought of dirty water. I love all your paint tips. The cherub turned out beautiful! Thanks for linking to the party.

  52. LOL! Oh my are just incredible, girl! lol! I love this technique! :)

    xoxo laurie

  53. Rosemary you always amaze me lady!! Thanx for coming over to party this past week! Sorry I am a tad behind on visiting. Hope your week started off well!

  54. Dirt? Now I've seen it all! Love her so much better the new way. Thanks for linking this up over at my Club G.W. Party last week. It only takes me a week to get back to you lol! This week's party will be up later tonight!



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