Aren't they pretty and old looking? I had to make one of my own. Of course, it wouldn't be old for a long time, but that's okay. Those were once vibrant and fresh. I had a spot in mind in my old apartment in NYC and that meant in the hallway across from the bathroom. I needed a bookcase anyway. The cabinet had to be shallow because it was in a tight spot. I ended up getting a pine bookcase with doors made to my specifications at Gotham Cabinet Crafts. I decided to paint the cabinet a base color of a darker red. I used Ralph Lauren's Kilim Red. I also used a clear gloss on all of the inside shelves to cut down on scuffing and marks.
Two of the panes, traced and outlined in black.
After all the outlining was completed which included the chinese characters mentioned above in all four corners of each pane, it was time to start adding more detail and then to start painting. It took a long time to paint and I took my time to get it right. When I finished the panes, I made stencils using a heated stencil knife for the wood around the panes and then for the outside border as well. Several stencils were made. Here are a bunch of detailed pictures.
One with flash so you can see more of the colors and details.
Now for some close ups!
For the dragon, I made the scales have texture so you can feel them when you run your fingers over them. For the snake, I wanted the water to look more realistic and I used shading throughout to give the paintings more depth. I hope you enjoy.
Now that I am in my new apartment, I find there is too much red and so I am going to modify the borders to fit the purple wall color behind the cabinet.
Thanks for stopping by and Stay tuned for more creativity!