May 17, 2009

Gesso Ya Know...




We all cannot have the constant
good fortune of happening upon
those fabulous old frames, dripping
with charm and history.




And try as we might, a nice coat of white
paint is a great help, but it usually ends
up looking a bit flat and uninspired,
like this.








But here is a little tip that can transform any
cheap-o, plastic, 99 Cent Store/Dollar Tree/Walmart
frame into a one that will make even the most
experienced flea market-trix do a double take!
(my assistant wholeheartedly concurs!)





Simply apply your own layer (or two, or three)
of gesso to add the look and texture of those
lovely old frames...easy as that!
(I believe these were actually from the 98
Cent Store!)





It instantly gives any frame a rich look
that belies it's humble origins.





Even Jane give it "two thumbs up"!





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23 comments:

  1. oh my the frames are beautiful!!! If you dont mind me asking, are you a photographer? you take such gorgeous pictures, i always enjoy looking/visiting your blog.
    hugs
    janet

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  2. Gesso you know...ha ha ha!!! You are so PUNNY.

    Your assistant is adorable! :)

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  3. :-)

    that's my secret, too!

    gesso is an art supply from the gods!

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  4. How nice! I think Jane is right LOL. I love shabby frames :)

    All the best,
    Allison

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  5. Cool! You get the best stuff cheep!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs, Lisa

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  6. wow you are a woman after my own heart with the dollar frame transformations!

    happy met monday

    Sarah
    ABeachCottage

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  7. So it's a primer- or what? HELP!

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  8. I don't know that I have ever worked with Gesso - may need to experiment. Your frames are so pretty. Your little helper is so cute.
    Glenda

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  9. I am a gesso-er from way back! It is the best kept secret out there. I have also used it on furniture, and I like it better than regular primer. It is a better leveler.

    Scribbler

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  10. Gesso is my best friend! It works for a lot of different things! Nice project!

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  11. Wow, I am amazed. I have heard of gesso and have never used it. Do you brush it on with a paint brush? Sorry for the dumb question but I don't know much about it. Anyhow, I really was shocked. great post...I love how this looks!
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  12. What beautiful frames!!! I just love your cat to...Love the coloring and markings...
    Stephenie

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  13. Thanks for sharing i shall look out for it,they look wonderful
    Love Kristina XXx

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  14. Details! Details! We (I) NEED more details! (Or a tutorial.) I've heard of gesso but don't know anything about it. If you're saying you created the fabulous detail on those frames with that stuff then...yeah, I definitely need to know more! Pleeeeease! (Can you sense my desperate urgency???)

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  15. Love your gesso frames :))...and your cat is adorable!
    Hugs,
    Mila :)

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  16. Very nice frame repaints. I have yet to use gesso, but your post make it look so cool!

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  17. ...duh...why didn't I think of that...you are the clever one....love me some gesso...it rocks...and so do you!!!

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  18. Beautiful. Methinks that thou needeth to do a tutorialth on this...I am sure that I can steal the gesso from hubby's stash of art supplies....

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  19. That's an interesting idea. Can you paint it, then?

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  20. I have never heard if gesso. where do I find it? how do I use it? help!
    :) Missy

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