Sunday, March 28, 2010

Queen Anne japanned secretary in miniature

This is a cross post from my blog on 1:12 scale miniatures, since most of the visual art I'm working on these days is teeny tiny :)

I've been buying and making more pieces for my future dolls' house lately.  I mentioned in an earlier post that I had ordered a custom Queen Anne settee from Kris Compas.  It arrived yesterday, so I set up a little vignette to photograph, including a red chinoiserie secretary I painted recently.





I'm so pleased with how this secretary turned out.  It started as a bog-standard unfinished whitewood piece by Streets Ahead.  I primed it, spray painted it red and then used gold and black permanent markers to draw chinoiserie designs on it, looking at a variety of early 18th century japanned antiques for inspiration.  You could also japan a piece in black chinoiserie, but I really love red (as anyone who walks into my house knows!

4 comments:

Jean Day said...

Your secretary is fabulous, beautiful painting! Love your setting. So nice to meet someone else from Canada.

Sandra Morris said...

Can't quite believe you managed to create such a wonderful piece from a bog standard whitewood Streets Ahead secretary!

Excellent...

Sandra Morris said...

Goodness... I would never have guessed that your secretary started life as a humble 'Streets Ahead' piece.

Gorgeous work!

Kikka said...

The secretari so beautiful, looks like a real one!