December 2nd, 2007

Celestial Powder Bath

I thought it was going to be so great having all these new building projects to post on this blog. Problem is, I’m so busy with the projects and dealing with our move-in deadline I can’t seem to find much time to post! With that excuse out of the way, here’s a room that’s almost done that uses the new Celestial Leaf we are carrying. It is WAY cool!


We actually started the first layer back during our Metallic Wall Finishes class. Carol and Cathy are putting the Celestial Leaf on randomly after we troweled on two colors of Lusterstone. The randomness comes from sponging on the gold leaf size. A few weeks later I got back in there and troweled some more layers of Lusterstone on to somewhat “bury” the leaf and then applied the first Modello layers (EasMot 118/119 cut in two layers).


We use three different colors of the Celestial Leaf: Dawn, Moonbeam and Twilight. This new leaf comes from Italy and they have developed a treatment process for the composition gold leaf that creates wonderful, subtle color variations. Shown here are Twilight and Moonbeam.

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The second layer of Modellos is applied right over the first to make it easy to line up, sized again and more leaf applied in a contrasting color. This final design design on the right shows a Moonbeam and Twilight combo. It’s kind of unusual that the first layer of leaf actually blushes through the second a bit. I’ll be toning and sealing with a thin layer of Rich Brown Stain and Seal and then need to figure out something wonderful for the bottom half of the wall to cover up the horrid looking laminate.

5 Responses to “Celestial Powder Bath”

  1. Regina Says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!!! I’m a big leaf enthusiast so having new variegated colors is a treat and I look forward to playing with the multi-layer Modello concepts. Thanks for posting…and btw, the blog is great!

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  3. Rhonda Canales Says:

    OMG Melanie, this is gorgeous! Did you apply the leaf broken, whole or shaibin style? I just love these new variegated leaf colors. This wall looks like a twist of the distressed inlay gold method. Thank you for blogging and allowing us to share in your new building. You are truly inspirational!

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