Saturday, August 11, 2012

A Whimsical Makeover: The Progression of a Piece

Not too long ago, someone very firmly told me that I was not an artist.

I don't know how I feel about that.

Some days, I feel like I am racing against the clock to get things done. Manufacturing. Deadlines. - Don't feel like an artist.

Other days, I am mixing colors. Trying New Techniques. Letting the piece of furniture tell me know it will be painted. - Do feel like an artist.

I want to be an artist. I want my canvas to be furniture.

I want my art to be used and functional.

 I want my art to be timeless not trendy.

I want my art to feel handmade but polished. Not sprayed on in a factory.

I want each piece to be different...even if just slightly.

This is my outlet and passion.

That feels like art to me.


Judge for yourself. This is the Progression of an Artistic Piece.

Pick the perfect piece and envision the outcome. This piece was previously stained orange.
 Apply the base coat. - Old Ochre
 Then I choose my accent color. If one doesn't exists, I must make my own.
Now I must choose which technique will help me achieve my desired look.

Dry Brush
 Then, I must sand to distress and show just the right places.
 Now it is ready for a layer of clear wax. Then a coat of dark wax.
 Next...the details.

Finally we have a finished piece. don't forget the staging! 

I feel like this piece conveys a style, time period and emotion. 

That feels like art to me. 


  1. You ARE an artist and your canvas is furniture.

  2. It looks amazing and, yes, you are an artist. I really love how this came out! x

  3. Artists need to have vision, technique and a master piece at the end. I think you have accomplished all of that my dear. Great job love it, hugs Tobey

  4. I agree with the previous posts. Don't be deterred by those who don't appreciate your work.

  5. I agree, that piece is very artistic! I love the finish on it, so beautiful!

  6. that looks awesome! the aged finish is perfectly done!

  7. Never ever let anyone tell you what you are or aren't. As a child I was told I didn't have the personality to make it as an artist. Ooops, I became an artist.

    You do amazing art! You are exceptionally talented! You inspire me again and again!

  8. I love it. The result is stunning.

  9. Wonderfully transformed.
    ...not over done. I love your art!
    came here via FJI, Pat

  10. Definitely Art! Your furniture piece is your canvas. No question in my mind the answer is 'YES'. found you via FJI, Saturday Nite Special.

  11. Some people are mighty uppity and i have to say i would be very taken back by someone saying that to me.
    I would be offended.
    I love seeing other ways of distressing and layering.

  12. I think the person who stated that, was full of themselves. Art is in the eye of the beholder...and I have you on my side bar and check you out several times a week. I have seen so many things you do, along with taking the time to explain the details....and you me inspiration is what a artist a artist you are. Me I consider myself a artist too,I can draw, do pastels,pen and ink, and color pensils..I have pieces that I have sold and pieces in all my families homes...I am not a fine artist, but an artist never keep on creating for us and thank you inspirations

  13. Honey, you're an artist! This is beautiful! x

  14. that is absolutely stunning! I found the final picture first on your colour review and looking at it, I thought you dry brushed the old ochre on, I was surprised to find it was actually your base coat. Looks amazing!
    xx Karen

  15. What colors did you use to make the dry brush color? Is that olive?