Sunday, May 31, 2015

Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty, Little Ball of Fur.......

I've been M.I.A. on the blog......Again, but when you pick up new painting and pet-sitting clients, 
and all at once, time has a way of getting away from you!

First up: My newest Kitty client, Trixie. 

Isn't her face fabulous!

This is her fainting couch.......adorable!

At my current painting gig, I am painting the entire 2 story house/condo, save for a couple of accent walls I painted there last summer. 

This client has a very elegant diva cat named Rafiki, which is Swahili for "friend", and yes, it is a character's name in The Lion King. An apt name, since her human
hails from South Africa. 
Rafiki is a British Blue, and she is truly
 the Queen of her jungle.......

Last, but by no means least, is Charlie. She and I have been keeping each other company for the last 6 weeks, while her human  is in Italy. Charlie and her mamma will be reunited on Friday, and I will miss Charlie kitty dearly. We've had a million wonderful moments together, and she's come a long way socially and doesn't even mind getting kissed and snuggled within an inch of her life.......

There's plenty more painting for me to do, before my schedule winds down, but hopefully I can get back into a creative rhythm to get more crafty projects completed!

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TTFN, Maria

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Jewelry Chest Makeover in Aqua Turquoise Chalk Paint & Italian Paper

After many months of distraction, I finished another chalk-painted jewelry chest. After conquering some Putz houses, I was wondering when I would finally commit to the time and patience of designing more chests. 

Obviously, I never tire of Aqua, Turquoise, & Gold 

Layered in 2 shades of custom-mixed Aqua, the top layer being similar to Tiffany Blue.
The darker accent color is a rich, slightly muted Turquoise/Teal. 

I highlighted the hardware and trim with metallic gold and bronze paint, given more luster with the addition of gold pigment powder.

The hand-painted graphics I designed, as well as the paint colors, were dictated by the interior paper.

I wanted graphics that complemented the interior, without competing with it, so I designed simple rosettes, in gold & bronze, highlighted and shaded for a 3-dimensional appearance.

The drawers are lined with a stunning and vibrant Italian paper in deep Turquoise/Teal, light and dark French blue, cream, and metallic gold. It is sealed with satin water-based varnish.

And as always, I distressed all the paint, then finished with clear and dark wax.

Up next? I think maybe I can finally finish another fabulous spice chest!

TTFN, Maria

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