Sunday, August 12, 2007

~Monday Corners of My Home, Painted Armoire

Precise planning is good, but so is a happy mishap. The background in the panels began as a simple crackle of some sort, but with FL humidity and my impatience, anything can happen and often does. This time it was a perfect blend for a beautiful finish.
The first picture above shows the detail hand painted work called grisaille style painting. This is usually done in all grays, but I used raw and burnt umbers as well. The shading is pencil work over the paints. The background area did have some kind of crackle medium applied to it. However I was a bit quick to start working it and sanding. This is how that great peeling finish just happen to come about. I then rubbed or dry brushed darker to lighter colors on it.
The pattern is a take off of one that was offered in Paint Decor magazine a few years ago. I used part of theirs, reworked it on paper, then traced my pattern on to the wood panel and painted it free hand from there.

In addition to the top piece we also added the raised medallions on the doors. And those were painted as if they are a part of the grisaille.

I hope your week ahead is a wonderful one. Thanks for stopping by to visit!


  1. Gorgeous Miss Donna- Humidity is a good thing for you!

  2. So very, very, nice. What talent you have!

  3. Donna,
    Thanks for a full sized look at your gorgeous piece of art. Just beautiful.

  4. This beautiful cabinet has always been a favorite of mine. It's simply amazing!


  5. Wow, that is so beautiful. I can't imagine how much time that must have taken to complete!

  6. Wow! That is so amazingly beautiful! You are so very, very talented!

  7. This is just beautiful! I love the colors you used and the addition of the medalions. Is the piece on top one piece or did you make it out of several different pieces? Just breathtaking!


  8. Absolutely drop dead gorgeous! That would so fit into the decor in my house!
    Have a wonderful week

  9. have such a touch...florida humidity is really getting to me this year...holding breath about hurricanes...blessings, rebecca

  10. This is an extraordinary piece so well done you'd think it was shipped over from Europe. WOW! Just beautiful!

  11. I just love that piece, Donna...all the detail is just wonderful.


  12. This is a dream of a piece. It is a work of art and you are an artistic wonder. I stand in awe.

    It is a stunning piece....truly.


  13. Absolutely stunning Donna - I'm inspired to get going on a small piece (sewing machine table) which has been sitting quietly in the corner awaiting my brushes!!!
    Thanks for sharing - you do such amazing work.


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