Thursday, October 22, 2015

according to plan... not so much!

My last couple projects have taken so much longer than planned and this week's flower project was no different.

I bought a pottery flower a few weeks ago and, of course, after getting it home I wished I'd bought a couple more so I thought I would make some with polymer clay. How hard could it be, I thought.

I started out forming all the little pieces. No problem, going great so far.

Next I baked them and that was all fine - still going great.

When they were cool I painted them with enamel paint - still going great.

I was excited, they were looking so fun. After letting the paint dry I popped them in the oven to set the paint. But when I pulled them out of the oven, half of them had lost all their color! Hmmm... 
(note to self - next time read instructions on the paint bottle)! 
I had to repaint them all and this time did not try to set the paint in the oven.

OK, now on the the finishing work. Of course that took way longer than expected also. I spent an entire day assembling them and floral taping the stems. 

My quick little project turned out to be a 3 day ordeal but they look kind of cool in my latest "paint your own pottery" vase.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

must have toys

Just over a year ago we became grandparents for the first time. Like all good grandparents, we bought a few toys to keep at our house.

And then we bought a few more toys, and a few more and pretty soon they were spilling over the basket. Of course I could have just bought a larger basket but where's the fun in that? Instead I found this great antique cabinet.

The only problem was I didn't like the paint color so I decided to give it a face lift. I was thinking mustard would be a nice color.

Normally a coat of paint would not be a big deal but this little project went on a little longer than planned.

I've been hearing so much about the wonders of chalk paint so I figured I would give it a try. We needed to stop at Menards for a few things so I got my paint there. I picked out a color as close to mustard as they carried in chalk paint.

I started painting about 9:00 last evening and after the first coat of yellow over the barn red it looked a mess. By the time I did a second coat I realized this was not a mustard color, it was more of a sunshine and lemon drop yellow and  there is no way I could have looked at it every day and liked it. 

Being too impatient t wait til morning, I called our local Walmart to make sure someone was working the midnight shift that could mix paint. They assured me there was so off I went in search of mustard latex. 

There was someone working that knew how to mix paint but something went wrong with the recipe apparently. When she finished shaking the can and opened it to check the color it was a pale butter shade. She said she would try again but first had to go help another customer with something. Again, being impatient I didn't want to wait for her to go help someone else so I went to the craft aisle and found a softer yellow premixed chalk paint and headed home.

Still not the mustard color I'd hoped for but workable. After 2 kinds of chalk paint, distress ink, Stazon ink, acrylic paint and wax I finally finished and I love it (and now have a great place for toys)!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Imagine Flowers

Today I took an online class by Sandrine Pelissier called Painting Flowers from Imagination

I wanted to share my first painting with you.

I can hardly wait for tomorrow to go back and try it again.

My thanks to Sandrine Pelissier for this class as well as all of her other videos and art tips that she so freely shares - you are appreciated.