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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hand-Painted Music Cabinet

Here's the cabinet that I showed you last week that I was working on in this post here.  I finished and delivered it Friday, along with another small one that I'll show you later.  

That means I still have a large armoire to finish by the beginning of next week, for the same client but a different house.  It'll be WAY different than this.  The armoire is going to be in cream with accents of turquoise and brown possibly with a bird sitting on a branch.  So if I'm not visiting your blogs as much right now I apologize... tight deadlines!  

This photo above shows the third step in the process.  First was prepping and painting it dark green (thank you Hubby for that part!)  Second step was cutting the stencils and applying a raised texture through the stencils.  Third step is to glue on crinkled tissue paper to give it a leather look.  

Fourth step, paint the tissue and raised stencil areas green.  Fifth step, add gold leaf accents.  Sixth step, antique with a raw umber glaze, and last step is to seal it.

I didn't get the best photos of it because I finished it 7:00 at night and dragged it outside quickly to get photos before the  sun went down.

Oh yeah, actually it's not quite finished!  The client wants me to add a touch of gold to the raised stencil areas so they pop out more. The study that it goes in is dark so you don't notice the details as much.  I'll show photos of that when it's DONE done, but that'll be a while from now.

So now I'm off to go make a blue card of some sort for the Summer Of Color!

Oh, and because I apparently think I don't have enough on my plate right now (LOL!)  I'm taking a fantastic online class that just started yesterday called Plaster Studio Workshop!  Which is taught by Stephanie Lee and Judy Wise... the authors of my new favorite book "Plaster Studio".  Oh my goodness... if you can't take the class (registration closes on the 15th I think) then you have to at least get this book!  WOW!!  It's right up my alley.  Woohooooo!!!


Kristin said...

Oooh, it's so beautiful!
It turned out so well - all the lovely details - the raised texture and hand-made stencil! I love the leather look (I don't think I've seen that before ;) and the way you got the gold paint so smooth! Not an easy task.
Looking forward to your next masterpiece, xoxo

Mandy said...

Oh esther..this is beautiful...I love the textures on allthe l. This piece...can't wait to see the big one...xxx

Anonymous said...

Far out clever clogs!! Look at that!! You must be so proud of yourself and so you flippin should be!!!

Diane said...

Oh my, this is beautiful. Great technique with the tissue paper over the textured stencil--I must try this--thank you so much for showing the process!

Two Dog Pond said...

Amaaaazing! You must have your clients doing back flips over your work! You Rock!

Anonymous said...

This is AMAZING! I want one - all my sheet music is just stuffed in a plastic tote. Maybe a cabinet like this would inspire me to play again!

I looked at the before picture, and I can't believe the magic you created. Those stencils are amazing!

Nice work :)

Antonella said...

Love the textures you added! This is a fantastic piece! Hugs, antonella :-)

Manya Keseloff said...

It's beautiful, good job!

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

Esther this is absolutely gorgeous and I would be very honored to have your work in my house! I am certain your client is going to LOVE it!
Hugs and blessings

Bev said...

gorgeous esther! and i think the gold on the stenciling will really make it pop, that will look great. your creativity never ceases to amaze me, really...

JessiVille said...

Wow what a transformation! Very, very gorgeous my dear! I think the gold accents on the raised detail will be fabulous! Hugs, Jessi xox

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Very interesting texture, beautiful colour. Very, very neat.
I arrived here by blog hopping. Off to explore more of your blog. Love your style.

Lesley said...

Wow Esther this is beautiful. Really interesting to see how you've achieved this. It's glorious. Can't wait to see the armoire.
Lesley x

Renee Troy said...

You did an amazing job Esther! It came out stunning!

Thanks for visiting my blog and your caring comments.

Sada said...

Amazing piece! It came out perfectly...no surprise. You got skillz, girl.