Thursday, April 18, 2013

It's Been an Old World Kind of Week

I love this Old World finish.  I learned the technique from Rosemary at Villabarnes.  Basically it is just gray primer, followed by gesso that is brushed on, then blotted and wiped off.  Then I go back in with an almost dry brush with gray and gesso, dabbing here and there until I am satisfied with the look.

Edit:  for those wondering what gesso is, it is an artists primer, usually used on canvas, but also works on many things.  It is thicker than primer, with more body.  I love the stuff,  I bought my gesso on Amazonbut if you live near an art store, they would carry it.  I also pinned a homemade recipe that I'm going to try before I run out of my jar.  Hope that helps.  

Here's some things I finished this week.  My lucky find was this group of fleur de lis items.

This is the finish that was on them before.  It just wasn't my style, but I love the designs.

I also painted this little wall plate.   I love the raised rose and basketweave details.

Here is the before of this one.   Okay, I almost forgot to take a picture of the before, but I did remember mid-brush!

I've got more in the works.  In the meantime, these are available in my Etsy shop.

Until next time keep craftin' and smilin'!

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  1. You've aced it!!!
    They look gorgeous - very " Rosemary " like!

  2. It looks so much better. Love it and it should sell right away! xo Diana

  3. Wow- that is amazing how nice you have made them look!

    Well done!

  4. You did an awesome job! I love Rosemary's technique for creating the old world finish.

  5. Wow...way better! Now I'm going to have go Google "gesso." New word of the Sesame Street!


  6. I love them all, huge difference from the before, SO pretty!!!
    Me too, I like using gesso to create Old World, which was of course inspired from Rosemary :)

  7. Love those transformations! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

  8. Good Afternoon Deborah, I love the way you have transformed these pieces. I have a couple of flower pots which I would love to change, and this is the perfect way. Like one of your previous commenters, I do not know what Gesso is, so I will have to look it up, but whatever it is it is marvellous.
    I have enjoyed my visit so I have become a new follower. I would like to invite you to visit me at Ivy, Phyllis and Me! when you have the time, you will be most welcome.
    Best Wishes

  9. Whenever I treat something with this method, I say I have Rosemaryed it! I love the look of the grey and the white. Beautiful job!

  10. Deborah
    I love love love this! Pinning and going to try it. I'm also following you on Bloglovin.
    I'm visiting you today from twelve-o-eight. I'm co-hosting a Link Up that started Monday and would LOVE for you to link this! I hope you get a chance to stop by, Link Up and comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    My Mom Frame ~ Printables

  11. What a neat post! :)

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  12. So pretty! It totally transforms it! Nice job!

  13. I love this look! I am a new follower from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully want to follow me back! Have a great evening! Nicole

  14. This looks great! I love the gesso effect! I have a jar of it in my craft room that I haven't gotten around to using just yet! I need to get on it! So glad you linked up to Give Me The Goods Monday! Can't wait to see what goods you bring next week! Hope you have a great weekend! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  15. Absolutely Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House! You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Party! Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  16. Gosh, I don't think you could have found any better pieces to do that technique with!! Just stunning!!

    I keep telling myself, I don't need to get gesso, but you are tempting me even more....

  17. How pretty, think that I will give this a try. I love Rosemary's work, she is fabulous. Great job!


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