Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Plaster Review

Sometimes, while checking my blog stats, I will see a huge surge in traffic for an old post of mine.  Recently, one of those was "Plaster Roses".  Back in September, I showed you how I dipped silk roses in plaster of paris to give them a sculptural look.  You can review the technique HERE.

The reason for the surge in traffic?  My post was pinned (Pinterest) a bunch of times.  I went back to my post,

and thought, I would show you a couple variation on the same idea.  You can do the same thing with plastic fruit?  I had a few pieces that were part of a PLASTIC arrangement in a very nice vase I purchased at an estate sale.

Make sure the surface is clean.   I gave this orange, and pear a light sanding as well.  I used the same technique, with a couple twists.

The pear has a smooth surface.  I gave the orange an imperfect look by, well, doing a bad job.  I just wasn't as meticulous with the dipping, and I banged it around a bit to create lots of air pockets.

I gave the rose a little more character as well. After it dried, I knocked off some of the plaster, revealing nice texture in spots. If too much plaster came off, I just touched it up with white gesso.  They each have a slightly different look, but work well as a nice sculptural vignette.

So, grab some silk or plastic, and create a little sculptural interest.

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  1. I love your gesso and plaster art! It's gorgeous!

  2. Rosemary, I love this! The Roses are awesome…….Everything you touch is gorgeous. You are some kind of talented gal!

    The French Hutch

  3. Rosemary, congrats on surging over the 1000 followers line! You're doin' just awesome! andrea@townandprairie

  4. as always ... love it all!

    thanks for the virtual chat this morning

  5. WOW! they are amazing. thanks for sharing - Annie

  6. I must've missed this the first time you posted it, I'm glad you decided to re-post...what a great technique!

    Happy WW:)

  7. THAT is so cool, Rosemary! Luv the "rustic" texture of them! :)

    xoxo laurie

  8. thanks for sharing again... I didn't see your first post, so this is perfect now. I'm sure going to attempt this one...great ideas. xoso Sandy

  9. I love the plaster fruit. Have you thought about doing an entire bowl of fruit? My MIL has a bowl of ceramic fruit from the 70"s that still looks good. They are glued together in a white bowl.

    Viewed your etsy shop. You have very nice things.

  10. That looks so pretty! Nicely done.


  11. An amazing and chic idea! I'm very impressed.


  12. Rosemary, you always amaze me! I loved the roses when I first saw them and now the fruit! Your creations are always lovely! You're so talented!

  13. I use to do something similar 'back in the day' called porcelain flowers! I love these! You amaze me!

  14. What a great idea! Thanks for telling us how it's done.
    Hugs, Cindy

  15. I totally love this Rosemary!! And I will be DOING this and sharing it on my blog *winks* I purchased a vase at the Goodwill that was full of black cloth roses....They suck!...I'm sooo gonna transform them into white chippy pretties! Thanks again for all the fabulous inspiration girlfriend! FAA FAA.....FAA......FAA.....FAA *winks* Vanna

  16. Rosemary I will definately try this...I love it. You added some wonderful charm to the pieces.

  17. I'm glad you reminded me about this. I remember seeing it before, but had forgot!

  18. Wow! You can pretty much make anything beautiful, can't you?! These are awesome! Your talent knows no bounds!

  19. Rosemary another winner Love it

    How beautiful they are. Great inspiration.


  20. Hi Rosemary,
    Great idea!!
    These would look great with any of your pieces with your old world look!! Especially in a table top urn...
    Very nice..
    All the Best,

  21. I don't remember seeing this either Rosemary. I love how those roses look encased in the plaster!

  22. I came by to visit after you left an encouraging comment on my living room redo yesterday and I am so glad I did. I love this project. How cool that you took something so ordinary and made it into something really different and cool with some plaster.

    Thanks for sharing the project. My sister, Reba and I are your newest followers. :D

    Eldarose from http://RE-inventedstyle.blogspot.com

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  24. I especially love the fruit and pears are a favorite..awesome tutorial!!...

  25. Such a great idea! I like how you were able to make some of them look different from each other too.

  26. I think those are my favorite project you have ever done! I would absolutely love it if you would like this up to our "impossibles" party! Here's the link: http://thistlewoodfarm.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/a-journey-of-1000-steps/

    Thanks for the inspiration!


  27. How cool is this?!!!! And an excuse to buy those plastic flowers and fruit we see at yard sales. :)

  28. What a clever idea! They look great!

  29. I love this idea. It's way more elegant and appealing. I really can't wait to try this. I think the roses will make great gifts...after I make some for me of course. lol. I would love for you to share this at our What's it Wednesday linky party. Hope you can make it.


  30. I love the flowers & fruit dipped in the plaster, I made an old mirror painted white with a spray of roses dipped in the plaster on the border several years ago, I gave it to my sister for Christmas, seems maybe she was not as thrilled as I was, since I have never seen it again....
    I simply Love it
    Have a wonderful week

  31. Hi Rosemary, Thank you for sharing this project at my party. I can see why it is a hit on Pinterest...I love it too. Hugs, Sherry

  32. Love it, Rosemary! Thank you for sharing your lovely project at Potpourri Friday!

  33. Rosemary, I absolutely love this finish! I think I've left a comment previously, but I had a question. I'm getting ready to try this finish on an armoire and wondered if you recommend any kind of sealer finish after the gesso layer? Or is the gesso finish durable enough? Thanks for your help. All your projects are beautiful!

  34. I can see why it was a popular post!

  35. I love this! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  36. You are a creative genius, my friend. These are lovely and I missed the roses...so glad for the update. :)


  37. I think we are on the same wavelength! I just saw your plaster rose post today and pulled out some plastic pears and oranges that I had been hoarding! I love your blog! Thank you!


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