February 2, 2012

Gesso and Paint Finish


I just had to try using gesso and paint


I follow Rosemary's blog Villabarnes and she has perfected the art of old world finishes using gesso

I painted this previously gold frame with slate blue by rust-oleum, followed by a good thick coat of gesso


Then used a rag to wipe some of the gesso back off.  Gesso is found in the art department of any craft store

I love that it is perfectly imperfect!


These two wall sconces were next


Until the two became one......I dropped the other one on the garage floor and it broke...poop!


Rosemary has tons of variations on her blog using different colored paints and gesso


I definitely will use this method again!

These will be going to the "Fancy Flea" in April

How'd I do Rosemary???

Only 5 days until the dress form ball!!!
Happy Creating!
Carol

46 comments:

The Tablescaper said...

Neat job. They look great. Sorry the two became one. I can so relate.

I'd love to have you come link to Seasonal Sundays this Sunday.

- The Tablescaper

WhyCuzICan said...

I'm a huge fan of RoseMary's too but have never tried gesso {yup, she's the QUEEN} ...but thanks to you, I'm one step closer, Carol.

Ohhhhhh.....I'm gonna tell Mommmmmm you said poooooooooop! {rotfl}

I'm so excited for you for the Fancy Flea coming up!!!!

Smiles, Suzanne at WhyCuzICan
Visiting from my Dashboard

Nan said...

That looks fabulous, Carol! I'm going to try it!

Debbiedoo's said...

Gorgeous Carol. Rosemary is truly the queen of Gesso. She needs to patent her name or something, because she has it down.

Sandy said...

Are ya doing a happy dance? They turned out beautiful. I've been wanting to try this, looks like it isn't that difficult. So sorry you dropped one...hate when that happens. Create,create,create.... xoso Sandy

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

You NAILED it!!! Thanks for the SHOUT OUT, Carol. High Five!!!
xoxoRosemary

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

These are wonderful! I may have to give this technique a try sometime :) Very Shabby Cottage chic!!

Pam said...

Beautiful! I never knew I could use Gesso this way. Now I just need the slate blue paint, and I can start working on this little telephone table I didn't know what to do with. Thanks!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol,
Great job. Love your new treasures and I am a great fan of gesso since I first used it many years ago.
Also loved your dry brushing. I use this technique all the time in my painting. Love it for leaves and highlights too.

See you Tuesday at the party.
XO Celestina Marie

Mari said...

Wow Carol, these turned out beautiful.....
I have never tried this gesso stuff myself but l will have to give it a try one day ;)

xo~
Mari

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

These pieces turned out beautiful! I haven't tried gesso yet but I plan to soon!

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

I haven't tried that product. Maybe I'll try it this year. Love the dry brush post. That is something I could do now...
Just keep getting those treasures ready for the FLEA!!!
I'm trying on different "outfits" for the "party"..."WHAT TO WEAR"!! LOL!
Warmly,
deb

Biljana said...

It looks gorgeous:-)
Hugs, Biljana

Candy said...

Okay. I've used gesso for many years and for many things, but never like this. Guess my next project will be using gesso over paint. THANKS for the ideas.

Candy said...

Okay. I've used gesso for many years and for many things, but never like this. Guess my next project will be using gesso over paint. THANKS for the ideas.

laurie said...

I love, love this, these ideas are amazing,

lynn said...

beautiful mirror, carol! this goes on my to do list--tfs!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Looks fantastic~!You did Rosemary proud!

Createology said...

Such a great look and sounds very easy and doable! Your Fancy Flea will be over the moon Fabulous...

Sares said...

I read her blog a swell and have been wanting to try it. I just love her stuff! Your pieces turned out great. Too bad about the sconce. I bought some glassware at Goodwill a couple months ago and dropped it in the parking lot before I even made it to the car! Have a great weekend!

Stampin D Amour said...

Carol - these projects look so fabulous! I have some gesso laying around, never thought to use it on furniture or home decor make-overs, now I will! xo

-pamela :)

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Wow--that looks very much like Rosemary's--I need to get some Gesso! I loved when she used it on the plaster flower too. Your mirror is so so pretty!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

That's a great technique...looks wonderful!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Carol,

I love the look the gesso gives. I'm sorry to hear about your broken sconce.

Dee

Yayi said...

¡Hola!
Han quedado maravillosos.
Feliz fín de semana.
Besitos.

Candylei said...

Sweet!

Julie L. Light said...

I love this technique..I think I"m going to Pin it!

hopeandjoyhome said...

LOL..I loved the droppage/"poop"! I have used gesso quite awhile. I had an incident in our former rental house with a new 1/2 gallon pail. I was going to tamp the lid on with my foot and the plastic lid buckled and folded into the pail ..with my foot..sending an ensuing gesso volcano spewing all over my rental carpet and dining room table. I got it out of the carpet with gallons of immediate water and a steam cleaner, but you can still see gesso all over the underneath of my table. Every time I use it I think of that! Sooo.moral of the story..never close a plastic pail lid with your foot!

Bella said...

Hi Carol,
Love the look of the gesso, I am gonna keep my eyes open for a can of my own:-) And, I love the dry brush painting below... actually I have been catching up and love all your furniture painting, you have been a busy lady!!!
Humidity! Ha, I have a simmer pot of cinnamon sticks on the stove, we are in opposite corners aren't we! :-)
Hugs,
Bella

Tee said...

Finally getting to this post and now I see why you were surprised about my prior comment.

Question: Could you explain a little more about the "Poop" technique? ROFL

Tee

CREATIVE MIND said...

Its so perfect & Lovely!
keep it up dear!

Debbie said...

I really love the look, Carol. It's one I have often tried to get but I haven't been so good at it. I think the next time, I'll try the gesso.

Ruby Jean said...

I have NEVER used Gesso...But I am GESSOING I should.. Get Gessoing/Guessing I should... LOL!!! Okay I am probably the only who thought that was funny.... I LOVE LOVE LOVE your projects... and I can't wait for the FANCY FLEA.. Not that I am going or anything but I am SOOOOOOO!!!!! Exited for you... Be sure to bring Business Cards to pass out... Of course with your Blog address on them.. :) Looking forward to the Ball...

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

It doesn't surprise me that you'd try this painting! You're the paint queen! I love Rosemary's blog. Sorry one of your finials had to break. The mirror is beautiful!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I broke a gorgeous hazy Frenchy style etched mirror the other day....I was so good...I didn't even fuss....just cleaned it up and went on with other stuff. It was so pretty though. I was having a hard time deciding whether to keep it or sell it. I was early to your party but I wanted to include Pink Saturday in that post too. :)I bet you will have a gazillion attendees. Are we linking up Monday night or Tuesday morning? Happy Weekend. xo

Emily said...

I haven't used Gesso before either, but I've seen so much about it I definitely want to. I love how these turned out!

NanaDiana said...

Hi! I just found you by googling ruffled bags and I am your newest follower. I am putting a little link to your blog on my post tomorrow about bags. LOVE finding you!!! Hugs- Diana

Kasia said...

Brilliant! You've done it again! This is a superb finish and I will definetly be trying it! :D

Hugs,

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

These pieces turned out great, Carol! I won one of Rosemary's giveaways and I thought you had won one too! : ) I love those sconces and it's funny because I was just thinking this morning that I really need something in between my master dresser mirror and some pictures I hung. Sconces would be perfect and here I see yours. Too bad the one broke, but I see you are using the other very creatively.

I've loved looking back through your posts and I am now your newest follower! : )

Vicki said...

These turned out great. So sorry you broke one!

Betsy said...

You did it again! I love this look! Rosemary creates some awesome pieces and these are a great example of this technique. They won't last long at the Fancy Flea.

kristiB said...

This looks fabulous Carol, have been a fan of Rosemary for quite some time now too! Her work is beautiful, and both of you have inspired me to do this on some gold wall sconces I have. Thank you!!!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Hello Carol,
I have never heard of this product, but I will be sure to check it out...your pieces look wonderful.

Blessings,
Linda

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

Rosemary will be proud, I love her work too! your mirror and sconce are fab,
congrats,

Karen

Judy said...

I visited Michael's, Lowe's and Ace Hardware and had no luck finding the Slate Blue color of Rust-oleum. Will have to keep looking, but wondered if you found yours in a hardware store or a craft store. Love this technique and I have a lot of things I would love to try this on. Thanks!

Char said...

Oh Carol, poop is right, what a shame you lost one, but hey, you still have one left and it's a beauty. You my dear are a genius!!
Char