The Cross House
I am using metallic paints, so when you walk through the room the stencils shimmer against the flat walls. The darker colors also change color as you walk through the room as they refract light differently. This is really gorgeous in person.
After doing three, I stopped. I am T H R I L L E D with the result but it all needs adjusting:
- The medallions are more intense than I intended. I am going to go over them with the wall color mixed with a clear glazing. This will make them look a bit faded.
- The colors are copper, dark gold, and silver. However, the copper and gold look too much alike. So, I have ordered a brilliant gold.
- It occurred to me that an occasional medallion needs to be blue! So, I ordered blue today.
The medallions will be scattered randomly across the walls. Some will “vanish” under trim and base.
I did not realize till looking at the images that one medallion is “upside-down”. And do I care? No! So, I will do the occasional one as such.
All this work today was done with breathless calls to my friend Patrica in New Jersey. I call her PK, and we have known each other since the mid-1980s. PK is a brilliant artist and is better at art painting walls than anybody I have ever met. She has been advising me during the whole process of stenciling.
“No, your choice won’t look right. Get this instead!”
“That color will be too strong!”
“These are the brushes you need. DON’T GET ANY OTHER BRUSHES!”
“Just use basic blue tape to hold the stencil to the wall!”
And so on.
Today, after doing the three medallions, I sent images to PK. She responded immediately. As I sat on chair, PK and I went back/forth on the phone. She suggested going over some of the medallions with a different color to add richness (see last image). She insisted I needed a brilliant gold. She LOVED the idea of the occasional blue medallion. She explained how to “fade” the medallions while not losing their shimmering quality.
I told PK that I had a desperate desire to jump in the car, drive really fast to New Jersey, pick her up, and drive really fast to Kansas so we could be doing this together. “So, get your bags packed! I’ll be right over!”
I have to, sigh, press pause while I await the new materials but in the interim it will be fun wandering into the parlor and admiring the three pretty medallions. At last! At last!
Oh, wanna meet PK?
This is just a tiny sampling of her work. Everything you see is hand done. I also have to laugh because what I am doing pales in comparison to PK’s brilliance.
PK has a website. Enjoy!