Thursday, 7 July 2011

decoupage: key cabinet #2

I did it a year ago for my parents-in-law's summer house in the countryside.
Technique: paper napkin decoupage, the fence and the flowers - acrylic paint.I like its serene mood, the carelessness of midsummer and holiday at your aunt's, with cousins and kids from the neighbourhood, and raspberry bushes in the garden - this is what this cabinet reminds me of.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

decoupage: frames

I know they're "baroque". But I somehow could not resist!
Technique: decoupage, collage. Took a year to make...
Pictures in the frames: souvenir postcards bought in Manchester Art Gallery (a memorable "ladies weekend" with my mum-friends. We were generously, lovely received by Justyna, who soon will move back to Poland again with her family:)

The beginning:
The middle:

 The end:

Friday, 6 May 2011

decoupage: key cabinet #6

Myles Sullivan "Urban Lady". I liked the simplicity and vivid colours of the picture, my little son adored the yellow cabs.

Technique: experimental. Decoupage, crackle varnish, acrylic paint to extend the picture. Lots of fun making it, except for the ftaloil part for this reddish mahogany that covers the whole cabinet. The paint stinks terribly, and it needs 16 hours to dry before you put another layer of it.

decoupage: key cabinet #5

It's another version of "La Gitarra" - or Myles Sullivan's "Jazz Rhythms". The wood has been varnished almost orange (teak).
Technique: paper napkin decoupage, acrylic paint for the missing parts, acrylic wood varnish.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

decoupage: key cabinet #4

I named it "La Prunella" - it's how the caption on the picture top left corner reads, perhaps giving a name of a restaurant or a brand of wine. But in Polish and in English alike it sounds like an old-fashioned first name a lady a bit misplaced in time and space, but how lovely on the other hand. The person for whom the cabinet was intended likes retro style, hence the choice.

The beginnings:
And the final version:
Technique: front door - decoupage (paper napkin collage) + acrylic paint for shadows and gilding; the rest - acrylic paint (van Gogh); transparent varnish: matte  (front door) and gloss (the rest) finish.

Monday, 18 April 2011

decoupage: key cabinet #3

This key cabinet was eventually meant to be a present for a person collecting antiquities and vintage items. I called it "France-Provance", but don't ask me why!

Technique: paper napkin decoupage + acrylic paint. Acrylic paint was also laid layer by layer on the whole cabinet.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

decoupage: key cabinet #1

There is something intriguing about the idea of a "key cabinet". It's a miniature cupboard which is decorative in itself, on the one hand, and on the other - it solves the perennial problem of "who has seen the cellar key?" or "where on earth is the workshop key, it was supposed to be in the top left drawer!".

The first key cabinet I made was for our place. I called it "A'la Gitarra". It shows a fragment from Myles Sullivan's work. I was amazed at the whiteness of the guitarist's shirt, and that music is almost audible when you look.

The technique: paper napkin decoupage + acrylic paint for the front picture. The rest of the cabinet - transparent wood varnish.