March 12, 2012

Gesso and Paint Finish

Happy Monday!
 Did everyone survive the time change?  I love having extra daylight, but would rather fall back than spring ahead!

It hasn't been very sunny here in the sunshine state this weekend, so I have not been able to get any big painting  projects done, but did manage to get my gesso on!

I really like the old world finish of gesso

If you visit Rosemary at Villabarnes she has tons of gesso painting variations
Graphics from Graphics fairy

I sprayed the wood frames with Rust-Oleum Slate Blue and then brushed on a heavy coat of gesso (Available at all craft stores) and wiped it back off

  I finished with a light sanding

I've tried using gesso on flat surfaces, but like it best on ornate wood

 Have you tried gesso? 

Happy Creating!

34 comments: said...

I usually use gesso on my canvases. Never tried it on anything else yet but have seen Rosemarys and now yours and they look so pretty. Does it look that different in person than painting it with a white paint?
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Gina said...

I've never tried Gesso, but wow, it gives it a great look! These are really pretty, Carol.

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Your frames are so cute! Thanks for sharing!!

Cottage and Broome said...

Have not tried gesso but you two are inspiring me! Laura

NanaDiana said...

I love your frames..and LOVE that image from the Graphics fairy. I have never used Gesso for anything except coating a canvas. xo Diana

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Hi Carol,

I love your gesso frames.


Anonymous said...

I use gesso , but I use it on canvas when I paint paintings. I'm not as cfaty clever as you are.Thats why i come here. to see all your creations that I would never be able to do, I love them all!

Dawnll said...

I am so going to try this- I love Gesso but haven't done this on a frame. I have a few ornate frames that are GOLD and really need to be changed.
Love these.

Maureen Wyatt said...

I've done paint treatments for years but have never tried Gesso. I guess I better get on the bandwagon. Your frames look wonderfully vintage! ~ Maureen

kelly said...

Your projects look terrific. We will soon be going back to normal time here. The daylight saving period goes very quickly.


Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Carol,
I haven't tried gesso as of yet. I like the way it looks. Once I practice with the water slides then maybe I can hit the gesso.

Love how your frames turned out.


A Whole Lotta Magic said...

I've never tried it, Carol. This look so beautiful, good job!


Sam I Am...... said...

Where do learn all this stuff? You just amaze me with your talent! I've seen this look but never would have guessed it was gesso! I have it but got it for a collage class I'm taking and I 've used on canvas but that's all....who knew? I am so glad I follow you. Thank you for sharing your knowledge! BTW...they all look so pretty!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I have yet to use Gesso but am also inspired by Rosemary. You projects look fantastic--now I am inspired by you too!

kristiB said...

Love this, you frames are beautiful! Have been using this on tons of stuff, it looks so "Old World". Will post some pictures soon. Happy Monday ;)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love that little ornate frame and the one with the French label, Carol! You did a nice job on these!


No, haven't tried that product!
The watercolor slides arrived today. Now to find those bottles!
Thank you!

Rhissanna said...

Those frames look lovely! I really need to get into this gesso!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Love your frames and yes, I've used gesso. Funny - I featured a couple of Rosemary's pieces on my blog this week. Love her stuff!

Unknown said...

Havent tried it but seeing it done by you, Im pretty sure I soon will! LOL Lovely work! I dont find the hour makes much difference for me, since I hardly sleep anyways! :)


Mixed Kreations said...

Wow! This is really cool. I love the old vintage style. I am going to try this. I think I will try it out on some of my rustic wood signs too. Thank you for sharing this.

Thank you for stopping by Mixed Kreations blog.


Sylvia said...

Not only have I tried it I am going back for more!!! I absolutely love it and have 2 cement pieces I am dying to try it on.

The frames turned out pretty darn cute....quick sellers for sure.


Debbiedoos said...

Gesso what? I have never tried it, but I will for sure.

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

I have not tried using Gesso...maybe I should. Your wall hangings look great! Gotta try the graphics fairy too sometime. Wish I had another me so I could craft!

Thanks so much for stopping by to see the vintage lake house. :0)

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi Carol, I love the look. The slate blue behind is wonderful. I use to use gesso alot. Haven't used it in years. I need to try it. Sun is shining beautifully here today. I have a lamp base I would like to paint. Think I might work in the gardens between coats.

Heart Vintage Design said...

I love to paint on it as a base. It looks like you had to use a pretty dry brush for that effect. I love the look : )

Unknown said...

Hi Carol:

I am Gesso illiterate. I am also probably the only person left standing that hasn't used chalk paint. I'm slow to join. I still miss my rotary phone!
LOVE your frames though. Keep creating lovely friend!

Katie said...

Oh I love these frames! The blue is just perfect. I have never used Gesso. I have heard of it , but didn't know what it was really for. Are you making these for the Shabby Flea? XoXo

Debbie said...

I haven't tried gesso yet, and I have wanted to since reading posts about it in Blog Land. I love the way your pieces came out, and thanks for telling the exact color you started with. I would love to copy that, and it's easier to cheat off your paper when you give out all the answers.

Of course WHEN I'll get around to doing anything, I do not know. I barely have my St. Pat's stuff out.

Createology said...

I have never tried this technique. Your pieces are fabulous. Looks like you are getting ready for your Fancy Flea. Blissful dear...

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

I've never tried gesso in that way. The effect is wonderful, so I'll have to give it a shot.

I would love to have you join me for Time Travel Thursday - my weekly linky party. The new link goes up on Wednesdays by 9pm EST. Hope to see you there.

Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Little Miss Maggie said...

I love the blue and gesso frame with the perfume label. Beautiful.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Another amazing transformation!


Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

Hi Carol! I am visiting all my fellow feature ladies from Villabarnes. Your frame is gorgeous. I just love how the gesso brings out all the beautiful carved details. Way to go!

@Green Willow Pond