Sunday, June 19, 2011

Glamour Shots

 This angel absolutely refused to sit for a  “before”  picture.  She was having none of that.   First, she  got a bath and  shampoo.   After  her spa treatment, we  got to work.

I took a cue from sweet Rosemary at Villabarnes, who shared  her gesso technique here.  If you haven't met Rosemary, please do.  She has tons of great ideas!   Rosemary used a brush to take off the excess gesso and sanded for highlights.  
 Working  on  a section at  a time, I  slathered on the gesso with a brush and took off the excess with  a cloth,  leaving the gesso thicker in some places.  Originally she was an ugly  greenish-gray and I wanted some of her undercoat to show through.  I did not sand,  but  left  lowlights.    She now had  soft matte, chalky-looking finish and was ready for her glamour shots.

Okay,  her eyes are a bit creepy.   Unfortunately that sometimes happens “as we age”.   Or so I've been told.

She likes it better when photographed from her Good  Side.

And with low saturation.

Unlike  some angels, she does not subscribe to this quote:

The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly.  ~ G.K. Chesterton

Until next time,   Honey

P. S.    Eventhough it's 104-degrees, she wants to be taken to a few Summer parties,  so “we” will be linking to:
 Summer Paint Party at Debbiedoos
Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Masterpiece Monday and Boogie Board Cottage
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Show & Tell at My Romantic Home
Funky Junk Interiors


  1. I think she is a pretty angel! And nice of her to stick around- never can have too many angels around

  2. She sure is pretty! I love your photos and your little story was cute too. Thanks for sharing at the party.

  3. FANTASTIC! Honey, you did a great job with the gesso. Thanks so much for the mention. Glad to inspire.

  4. She looks great! Don't you just love angel statues and architecture.


  5. Hi Honey, you did a wonderful job, she is so pretty!
    hugs~~~ Daphne

  6. I think she's cute even if she does have creepy eyes! Love her new look.

  7. Beautiful images wonderful post!

  8. Hi Honey

    I wanted to finish the Hi Honey I'm home. Do you remember that TV show? I loved it:)

    Anyhoo - that statue looks great. Nice job!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  9. How cute!!!!! I love her. I need to learn the gesso technique!

  10. I think you did a great job on her. She looks beautiful!

  11. This is so pretty! I did see her tutorial on the gesso -- she actually lives near me and I'm hoping to get to her booth at the local flea market next month. You did a great job on this!

  12. What a cute angel. I think her eyes are just fine.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  13. I have a few angels around the house. Very pretty.
    Dropping by from Met Monday. I hope you'll come see the safari nursery.


  14. She`s just beautiful - quite calm for all the exposure!

  15. Your angel looks beautiful, I also did a couple of pieces using Rosemary's great tutorial. Visiting from the blog paint party.

  16. For sure I am NO angel, but are you for certain she is a SHE?

  17. Pretty...angels are a favorite thing of mine...I painted mine with a very thinned out pale blue. Got my idea from Debbie at Lakehouse.
    I love being inspired by bloggers!
    Hugs- Tete

  18. We all prefer to be photgraphed from our good side. She's lovely.

  19. Oh how pretty indeed! I adore angels.

    Your new follower

  20. She is is a busy angel cause her eyes are tired. And she is adorable.

  21. Looking good and thanks so much for sharing her with all of us at NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY!


  22. Awww...she looks great with her "makeover" :) Laurel

  23. Awwwwww she's a cutie Honey! Isn't Rosemary inspiring?!
    And you come visit any time you like my friend....I'll have the marshmallow bed waiting for you! *winks* Vanna

  24. Honey, your gesso-ed angel is just adorable! Can she live outside with this finish, or should she stay inside? I love your new friend's makeover. Oh, I heard that preparation H works wonders on baggy eyes, but hers are a little beyond that! LOL
    hugs, Sue

  25. Your angel looks great. I've not heard of Gesso, so I'll have to look into this a bit more. Garden statuary is one thing that I need to start looking for when I'm thrifting.

  26. She's beautiful even with tired eyes. I really like the low saturation picture. Very nice!

  27. She's just lovely...or maybe that's your stellar photography skills! What a fun project.

  28. Even though she's not the biggest fan of pics, she certainly kept a pretty smile on her face. Her eyes look a little more drunk than creepy...but what a wonderful & fun piece.
    Cheers ~ Lara

  29. She's adorable, even with the "creepy" eyes! Great job!

  30. Coming over to say Hello from Faded Charm....Oh I love your sweet cherub! The photo with roses is gorgeous!!! xoxo trace

  31. Hi, Honey! I love cherubs, so creepy eyes or not, this is one sweet little figurine. Love how you refinished it, too.

    Please pop over to my blog.....:0)

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  32. Very Cute! Love the story of her adventures, Celeste,

  33. Oh he is so beautiful, Honey! I love angels and cherubs!...Christine

  34. Gesso? Hmmm. I have a couple of lions guarding my door that need freshening up. And I have gesso-
    Stopping by via Debbiedoos blog party.

  35. Great looking gal,OOPS, angel. She takes well to a little makeup. Hugs, Ginger


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