Sunday, January 23, 2011

ANTIQUE WOODEN TRAY

ANTIQUE WOODEN TRAY

Benedetta

Benedetta

Although this very ornate antique tray does not fit into my decorating theme for most of my house, it will be perfect for my newly renovated Tuscany Suite. I’m having students stay here for an all-inclusive sculpture class this summer and I want to give them every possible luxury.

Benedetta-ornate wooden tray

Benedetta, (that is the name I am giving her because I believe that anything worth owning is worth naming) was very easy to create. I found the wonderful tray at the flea market. I used a digital image of a spirited gal I painted last year. I had named the original “Tess” She even has tattoos! There is something innocent about her face though and I knew I could convert her into a beautiful Italian girl. My friend, Chrystal, gave me some absolutely beautiful delicate lace that her mother had collected. I placed it around the digital image and printed it once again. I cut a few pieces of the lace and used gel medium to glue down the entire collage.

Side view

After the collage dried, I added Tim Holtz’s crackle paint, heated it with my blow dryer. Then I dabbled the entire piece with gesso to give it an even more antique look.

Benedetta with bath soaps

I’ll be on the lookout for 2 more trays for the other bedrooms that will be used during the class. In the meantime, the only decision left is whether Benedetta will be offering exotic perfumes, soaps or wine and delicious truffles from our local candy store, “Chocolate Paper.”

Benedetta with exotic perfume

Benedetta with chocolate candy and wine

If you are interested in reading more about the class, please check out my website at the top of my sidebar titled “Cheryl Dolby’s School of Sculpture.” There are videos of the Tuscany Suite, Tuscany Annex and Cabana Suite. I am visualizing a lavish ocean tray there. I’m happy to announce that I only need two more students! Perhaps you will join me here at my home, Woodloft.

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42 comments:

  1. How incredibly beautiful the way you've merged the flea market buy with this exotic lady! You never cease to amaze me with images you bring to life in unusual ways! You are such an inspiration for the hidden creative energies we have hidden within us begging to emerge.
    Thank you soooo much for sharing,
    Diane Jones

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous......whatever you decide to put on this tray will be a showstopper......

    Thanks for your visit; I appreciate your comments...

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  3. I think she is beautiful and would fit in any decor.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  4. Your students will be most fortunate to study under you. What a wonderful experience it will be for them!

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  5. She's lovely. What a wonderful flea market find magically transformed! Now, I should mention that I've been trying not to eat chocolate for a few days... we have none in the house.... and those look DELICIOUS!!!!

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  6. Cheryl, your tray is truly a work of art! What a beautiful way to welcome your students!!! Benedetta is gorgeous! Hugs, Terri xoxo

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  7. What a beautiful painting, I'm absolutly impressed.
    Hugs Anja

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  8. Tour tray is an awesome work of art. I love all the lace around her beautiful face.

    Hugs,
    Penny

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  9. Such a lovely tray enhanced by your artistry. My favourite photo is the one with the chocolates and wine. ;)

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  10. You are the best...you have no idea how much I want to come...only my fears holding me back...not the money. I will pray about this and maybe...
    xox

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  11. I think Benedetta would look wonderful hanging on your wall. She just may walk off if she isnt nailed down!!! LOL,Just kidding of course. She is Beautiful though!
    I've never seen a tray like that before, gorgeous!

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  12. Cher...she is lovely. I really love your idea with the lace...very unique!!

    Hugs,
    Regi

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  13. Exquisitely detailed! I loved seeing her portrayed with various offerings. Your Tuscany suite must be incredible.

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  14. Chyrel your wooden tray is fantastic Benedetta is so lovely with chocolate candy and wine on.
    Anni

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  15. That is a gorgeous tray and I love what you did with it. Also, great way to present it! I didn't know you do classes! Sounds like a great vacation!

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  16. This class is going to be something else! Your guests will feel so pampered that they won't want to leave! Beautiful idea and what a great outcome!
    k

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  17. Thank you for your lovely comment on my Vivi.
    I'm happy that you will follow my blog, I think you must try again I don't see you in my list of followers.
    Your art is amazing I love't. It's so nice that we can share ouer art.
    Greetings from Belgium,
    Liliane

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  18. Oh my goodness Cheryl--this is exceptional. She will be much appreciated.

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  19. Oh thats beautiful. I always spend ages when i come to visit your beautiful blog. stunning as always
    Also i wanted to let you know there is a freebie on my dezinaworld blog today. its just for one day.
    have a wonderful week
    hugs June

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  20. Cheryl, this tray is most exquisite!! Breathtaking really ... It is a timeless piece and makes a statement in your new addition. A work of art that gives the room yet another layer to that one-of-a-kind touch. Your visitors are going to feel so very special, pampered, and never want to leave. For I know that is how I would feel ...

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  21. Oh, those lucky guests!!! I knew you'd fill those spaces like lightening!

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  22. This is so incredibly beautiful! I have tried to post a comment about this twice, but am having computer "crash and burn" issues and have not been able to until now! I love how delicate the lace makes the entire piece, and Tess' face is perfect with the colors and textures you have used. She is wonderful!
    And I like her with any of the selections you've displayed her with....

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  23. BEAUTIFUL! Wonderful, bliss filled workshops ahead by the looks of things!! Chocolate too tempting...if only I could reach through this screen....!

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  24. Wow, now that's a gorgeous tray!! Very special indeed!!

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  25. Hey Cheryl
    I hope you don't mind but I put you as the Featured Artist on my blog this week. I just love your work!!
    Hugs to you

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  26. Beautiful Cheryl,Benedetta is totally stunning.
    I love her,she is so delicate.
    Hugs,Laura.xoxx

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  27. Ohhhh, awesome, wondrous and beautiful all rolled up together.

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  28. Truly beautiful and enchanting and super- elegant...wonderful creation once again...! Shine on! Great shots too..wow that glass of red looks divine!
    Happy Wkd!
    Victoria~

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  29. WOW!!! So so beautiful ARTpiece!!!!
    Have a nice weekend!

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  30. A beautiful tray of character and a feel of antiquity. Your attention to detail makes for a stunning artpiece Cheryl!

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  31. She is beautiful. What a surprise to see her when you enter the room!!!!!For me she is still more amazing with a glass of wine and some chocolates!!!

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  32. This is unbelievably gorgeous. Sorry I'm so late getting here. Life got in the way.

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  33. Your tray is totally awesome, I love how you have created it, but am also loving the beautiful wood and its intricate design. Thank you for sharing it. Annette x

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  34. This is wonderful. I like your blog and your give away is just awsome. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  35. *jaw drop* OH Cheryl I think you've outdone yourself this time. I am SO in love with this. I would love one in my bedroom...or any room of the house! Your students will adore it!

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  36. Thank you so very much for your sweet thoughts and prayers for my son and daughter. I can not say anything except that the Lord will bless you for your compassion toward strangers.
    Sharon
    p.s. Enjoy the ride on OWOH!

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  37. Cheryl she is beautiful, would make a gorgeous wall hanging.. your creativity always amazes me xxx hope the Summer school goes well , sure it will xx

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  38. This is absolutely beautiful, Cheryl!

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  39. Been looking thru your blog and don't know how I missed some of your collages. This tray is just gorgeous Cheryl. Your guests are really going to love it there. You are being such a grand hostess. Being surrounded by your beautiful art outside of class will just make the stay that much more special.

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