OK. The next step was to get a base coat on for the marble top. I cheated and added just a few veins and smudged them with my finger. I always work in wet paint when putting in the details on marble. There will be other colors and details put in, I just wanted to get the plan set in my mind first.
I couldn't decide between white and black marble...At one point I even thought that green might be pretty. I think that I will stick with white for this one though. The black would make the whole piece too heavy.
I will go into the technique more when I do the rest of the painting on it.
I also put a base coat over most of the sides. I left is thinner so that I could see the design. I am using an eighteen/O liner brush to do the stems and detail work.....That kind of brush is made with three hairs and no breathing.
The design will change as I go along and the two sides may not exactly be the same when I finish. After all, you will never see both sides at once anyway.
I just noticed that I am going to have to go back and repaint the base again....Rats! It is looking rather faded and chalky.
Here's the first go around for the vines and bugs. I haven't put in any shading in yet and there is a lot of detailing still to go.
I did put in a spider, complete with web, two beetles, a butterfly and a Caterpillar so far.
It may turn into one of those "How many bugs can you find?" kind of games....
Tessie is doing her best imitation of a game show hostess. She is cooperating in every way. She wants this piece for her bedroom.....I will have to think about it.
See you tomorrow.