Thursday, September 14, 2017

PAINTING SHUTTERS METALLIC GOLD & LEOPARD SPOTS

PAINTING SHUTTERS METALLIC GOLD & LEOPARD SPOTS

Patti is one of my favorite clients.  
I love the projects she has asked me to paint for her home through the years.
She had a small window in one of her hallways.  She found these shutters that were just the right size and asked me to paint them metallic gold and leopard spots.
She asked me to paint this curtain rod and finials black and metallic gold to go in an adjoining bedroom.  The colors matched the colors in the shutters.
First, I painted the inside shutter part a solid black.  When I painted the metallic gold over the black shutter part, I kept touching/blotting it with a rag.
That's why you are seeing the black coming through the gold.
 The undercoat for the outer frame where the leopard spots are, I painted a beigy off white.  Then, painted the metallic gold over that.  Next, I started drawing black squiggly lines with an opening. I painted a different color of metallic gold inside the squiggly lines.
 It's ok that they're not perfect.
 I used a black craft paint for the black and craft metallic paint for the two golds.
I did not seal these shutters because they were on a high window, so not a lot of traffic.  Sometimes, when you seal a metallic paint it dulls the finish.  Once I painted a lot of metallic paint in a dark bathroom, knowing it wasn't going to reflect a lot.  Then, I thought to use a high gloss water based sealer and it turned out great in the dark bathroom.
The metallic paints did reflect really well.  
Remember, metallics "reflect" light.  Without a light source it's just a color.
The high gloss in that bathroom was perfect for that dark area.
The carpenter separated the shutters and put one on each side of the window.
Such a great idea, Patti!
They looked really, really cute/great/wonderful!!
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Monday, September 4, 2017

DRAWING & PAINTING TROMPE L'OEIL WINDOW & SKY ARTWORK ABOVE PATIO DOORS

DRAWING & PAINTING TROMPE L'OEIL WINDOW & SKY ARTWORK ABOVE PATIO DOORS 

Years ago, before I finally started using a digital camera I took lots of pictures of my work and had the "film developed".  I bet there are some people who don't know what that means.
Looking through those pictures I'm finding work I want to share with you.
In her living room, my client had very high walls and a big empty space above her doors that went out to her patio.  She asked me to come by and suggest something to go on that wall.  She asked what I thought about some design with scrolling.  But, seeing the outside I immediately saw a window with a sky and trees.  I suggested that to her and she loved the idea.
It was very easy to draw and paint.  I think you could do it, too.
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First I drew the frame that would frame the sky.  I made it 4" or 5" wide.  You can decide how wide you want your frame to be and paint it any color you want.  I painted it the same white as her doors and woodwork/trim.  Use craft paints raw umber or some darker browny gray for shadowing around the edges.  In your color tray water down the paint just a little bit so it will flow more easily as you paint.  Painting that thin shadow will make it look more 3 dimensional.  For shadow reference, look around the room at the shadows on other trim.  Next, with my brush I smudged and swiped blue and white (like faux painting) and made it look like a sky with clouds.  Draw you some birds.  You can make copies or draw them on paper and trace the birds on the wall, then paint them.  Decoupage would be ok, too, for the birds.  For the trees I like to draw the branches first with a pencil.  I draw lines where I want them to be.  Paint over them with raw umber or whatever shade of brown or gray brown that you want.  Then, draw leaves or use a small paint brush and dot, dot, dot with green.  You can also draw any size or shape of leaves you want.  At first you might not be happy with your artwork, but wait a while and let your family and friends see it.  After a while I bet you will be very happy with yourself.  Have fun!!
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