Stoned artichokes

Here’s a little project that turned out just like I hoped it would (not all of them do!) I bought four olive green plastic artichokes at a thrift store last fall. I liked their shape and size (artichokes are one of my favorite foods), but I wanted them to be a little more interesting. So, I “stoned” them with white and black gesso. I like the unexpected texture on their iconic shape.I can think of 20 places to use these—in silver bowls, in aged baskets, on antique kitchen scales, etc.

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Right now, they’re sitting in a wrought iron tiered stand I got for $1 (it was red) at a thrift store. Perfect condition, with a cute little bird topper. I painted it with the same textured dark grey spray paint I use every year on our outdoor furniture, and soon I’ll be giving it a couple of coats of white gesso. Geez, I love gesso. You can achieve so many effects with it.

Meanwhile, I’m making great progress on my replica of a French Gobe de Mariee. I just have to finish up the little cushion. Soon, all will be revealed!


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