Thursday, February 9, 2012


Last week a lady brought an old lampshade into the shop and asked if I'd paint roses on it. And, since I had a couple lamps that I'd recently bought at an auction which had really UGLY shades, thought I'd find shade replacements for them and paint all 3 at the same time.

After finding 2 new shades at a local retail store, I gathered my supplies and sat down to paint.

 Using acrylics, barely thinned with water, I free handed  the base colors in rose shapes all the way around each shade.  The paint WILL bleed no matter what.  No worry, we'll just say this is part of the 'look' we are going for.

After the base colors are put on, let dry for.......saaaay........15 minutes.  Then, with a liner brush, use a darker color to outline the design.  I've used a burgundy.  Dip a liner brush into water and pull out some of the dark color, making it into an inky consistency. 

 Then, loosely line all of the leaves and roses.  Add dots to the centers of the roses to look like pollen.  LOOK!!!  I'm painting so fast, my hand is a blur.

Then add some curls here and there to fill in the empty areas.

 And, here are the finished products.  All the patterns are free handed on, so each side is different.  No carbon copies here.

    I hope my customer is pleased.              What do you think???

                    And, those auction lamps now have new shades too. 


  1. That looks neat with the light glowing through! Creative!


  2. Oh ~ to only paint like that.
    You do wonderful work ~ very pretty!
    Prim Blessings

  3. Thanks so much, Robin. And, of course I wish I could stitch up a Raggety Doll. COME BACK TO VISIT SOON.

  4. Hi Candy, back in the day the Victorians painted on some of the panels of their elaborate silk shades, then they sprinkled tiny glass beads all over it to give it the look of sugar and to catch the light, thus called 'sugar shades'. I have painted a few, back in the day,but time has stolen away my lampshade making days...some day, maybe my whims will visit me again!

    Great job, surely she loved it!!!

  5. Thanks so much. From what I've seen of your work, Im sure your shades were fabulous. And, ya know, I have some tiny beads that are to be stitched into projects and thought about stitching some of those on a shade. I'll have to try that.


  6. You make it look so easy Candy...They are absolutely beautiful. You are very talented my friend. I am so sure your customer will love them.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  7. Shut UP!! LOVE this! Love love love this!! So talented!!

    Lou Cinda :)

  8. AHHHHH....Thanks. Im blushin'. COME BACK SOON.

  9. Your lampshades are gorgeous! You are quite an artist!

    1. Thanks so much, Brandi. Im blushing. 8-)

  10. Your "freehand" is absolutely breath taking! I don't even think I could trace that well. Lol. Your lamps are beautiful and with the light on they look even more magical. Love it!

    1. Ahhhh, thanks so much StaceyAnne. Come back to visit soon. 8-)

  11. These lampshades are so beautiful! I would like to paint some too! You've inspired me! Years ago, I made a couple pierced -and-cut lampshades, and some were tinted from behind.
    Great job!
    Blessings!, Linda @ Grandmalay's Daydreams


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