Sharing the small things.
Sharing the small things.
Posted on 12/06/2013 | Permalink
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I've been having some fun in my wee little studio. :)
After admiring a lot of the silverware jewelry I've seen over on Pinterest, I finally bit the bullet and created some pendants and key chains of my own for our booth at the Corner Nest. It was such great fun I have some planned for my Etsy store a little later on.
I also got another painting done. I am off to Raleigh next week to teach a workshop and decided I wanted to have yet another sample to take with me to give the ladies lots of inspiration. I plan on creating this type of painting as an online class most likely after the first of the year.
I call this...what else but...Birds and Teacups...titles are NOT my strong suit. lol
Thank you my friends for stopping by and I wish everyone a wonderful weekend and hope everyone here in the States has a great holiday weekend!
Sweet Southern Smoochies ~ Gail xxoo
I have a "thing" about fog ... "the fog comes on little cat feet" and all that. Same goes for clouds. And here in the mountains what looks to be fog can just as often be a cloud having a wee rest atop a mountain peak.
The other night about dusk I was walking through the dining room when I saw fog (or a cloud) on the mountain behind us. I went in search of my camera and tried in my totally amateurish way to capture what I saw as it continued to change.
Call me silly if you will but it made me feel something magical for a tiny space in time.
Happy hump day my friends. I hope you find something magical in your week!
Sweet Southern Smoochies ~ Gail xxoo
These cuffs are one of those projects where I married the digital with the 3 dimensional. This is the reason digital play is one of my passions. I am not stuck within the confines of the computer when I create. I can bring my playthings out into the world.
These are metal cuffs collaged in paper. I, of course, created the designs in Photoshop, then printed and applied them to the cuffs. I love the way they turned out.
Vintage Spool Pendants
I think these are adorable and the first few I tried at the Corner Nest sold quick. I have a bag of vintage spools and was wondering just how I wanted to use them. I saw some Pinterest images of spools made into pendants and that inspired these. I wrapped the centers with fabric scraps added a word or two and finished them off with beads, vintage buttons (oh my I have a ton!) and chain.
I'm trying to get stockpiled for the fall tourist season at the Corner Nest. Then I will turn my eye to stocking them in the Etsy store.
I guess you've figured out I am back to centering my posts. I can't help myself it just feels better to me. :)
Til next time my Friends! Thanks for stopping by, I love your visits and your comments.
Sweet Southern Smoochies
I ♥ this project!
It's easy, inexpensive, and doesn't take long to complete.
I am not the originator of this idea. I have seen it floating all around Pinterest and it immediately bonded with my heart.
I started with an ugly (and obviously crooked) metal candle stick.
This particular candle stick had a metal prong sticking up inside with which to push inside a candle to anchor it. I had Mr. Shabby remove it for me.
I actually wanted to use it upside down so that metal prong had to go but you can see...still very crooked. But a hard surface, my trusty hammer, and a few taps on the metal rim had that baby straight in no time.
So now it is straight and I removed the old felt on the bottom, and cleaned the whole thing.
I then painted it with Deco Arts chalk paint mixing the colors Romance and Timeless to create a custom color. I also dry brushed on a little Gilders Paste in a lovely color called German Silver.
Added some E6000 to the bottom of a china plate and married it with the candlestick.
This glass dome from an old cheese board was the Pièce de résistance!
Ah what beauty could you display on this little gem? The perfect cupcake? An exquisite delicate teacup? A vignette of your favorite small collectibles? Your favorite dried flowers? Mine would be Hydrangeas. Or remove the dome and use it for jewelry? So many choices.
I also had a very plain wood candle stick that was a total yawn. Til now. With my trusty E6000 I glued on a small resin applique of roses I happened to have.
Again this is one I turned upside down. Don't ask me why, they just both looked visually more pleasing to my eye upside down. I painted it a lovely pale turquoise. Then I brushed on Deco Art's Crackle Glaze (which I love!) for those fine eggshell cracks. When dry I antiqued the whole thing with some of the watered down Burnt Umber I had left from my vanity chair project.
I put both of these down at my booth in the Corner Nest and this one has sold already. It doesn't surprise me because in my book it is tres adorable!
I hope you enjoyed this project and give it a whirl! I think of all those mismatched plates and ugly candlesticks out there in the thrift stores for next to nothing, and you can believe I will be looking at them in a totally different light.
So until next time my lovely friends
Sweet Southern Smoochies
Just let it be said. I love vanity chairs and when I can find them at a good deal I snag them quick quick. I've been making over vanity chairs/stools for years now and they are getting harder to find at a decent price. And when I say decent price, I mean as one who re-sells. Our market in this area simply won't bear big city retail prices.
I believe I showed you the "before" in my last post.
After removing the seat and a light sanding, I painted black on the edges in a hit and miss fashion.
When the black dried I came back and added turquoise in the same manner.
Then the chair got an allover coat of off white. I don't have a photo of it but when that was dry I made a mixture of water and burnt umber acrylic paint. I brushed on and wiped the mixiture off one area at a time. This gave the whole chair an antique look without a whole lot of work.
Now came the fun part! I took a couple of The Graphic Fairy images and combined them in Photoshop and printed that image out with the lettering backwards. Using a blender pen I transferred the image to the back of the chair. I knew the image would be lighter than I printed and might even have some hit and miss spots but that is what I was going for...something that looks like it's been there a while.
I then combined some other images in Photoshop to get one image I could transfer for the seat. I had left over tea stained, painters canvas drop cloth, from a dining room chair project. I decided to use that for the chair seat. I transferred my image to the fabric using Citra-Solve.
Before attaching the seat I sanded all the edges for a distressed look with the turquoise and black peeping through.
I attached the seat and considered it done. She went down to the booth Friday and I hope she goes to a good home.
I have a few more upcycling projects I'll add in the next post.
Here's a peek
I am sending everyone wishes for a wonderful week! Til next time my friends...
Sweet Southern Smoochies
Here's what's been on my paint table lately.
A couple old bottles, an old silver plate server with great bones and an outdated by color watering can. These are the kind of items I like to upcycle with paint and put in our booth at the Corner Nest.
So...those are the before photos. And below are pictures of what I did with each using Deco Art's Chalky Finish paint. Lots of messy fun!
The bottle with the label is a label I printed and added using Deco Art's Decou-Page glue. I love this stuff and have been using it for a couple years now. It's a glue, sealer and finisher all in one.
I then used Deco Art's Crackle Glaze, which is new to me, and I love it too! lol The thinner you brush it on, the smaller the crazing. Then, on both bottles, I used their new Deco Art Media Antiquing Cream. This was very interesting as I usually use glaze to antique which you have to wipe on, then wipe off fairly quick so it doesn't dry before you are done.. With the Antiquing Cream you wipe (or brush) on and let dry. THEN you wipe off however much you want to remove with a damp cloth. It was very cool and nice to not have to rush. I will be looking to buy a big bottle of this! :)
No before picture of this mason jar. But you know what they look like. :)When the chalk paint dried I sanded it to distress, but also to give the finish a nice soft feel. I dressed it up with a bit of twine, dried hydrangeas and a tag I antiqued and called this baby done.
The server I layered a couple different shades of the same color so the sanding would really highlight the embossing.
Oooo but I love that!!! I do have a bit of an obsession with painting old silverplate.
Don't you think the watering can looks so pretty and up to date now?! I gave this the same treatment as the bottle with the label...Crackle Glaze and then Antiquing Cream over my chalk paint.
And I have a tray of which I didn't get a before photo. Again I added Crackle Glaze and Antiquing Cream. Then I printed out an image and used my Decou-Page to adhere to the tray.
Here is a close up of the delicate crazing you get when you put the glaze on thin. Plus it is closer to the actual color than the photo above.
Since I'm still waiting for the dark wax, I instead tried Deco Art's new Soft Touch Varnish and I was pleasantly surprised. I have always had a love hate relationship with varnish. But this went on easily and it really did dry to a nice "soft touch". It will be good to use with pieces that have a "not quite matte enough" sheen to them that I prefer.
So that's what I've been up to my friends. And I have this beauty sitting in my workroom right now, waiting for me to get to work!
I hope you all are having a fabulous week!
Sweet Southern Smoochies
I finally finished a commissioned fabric book. Everything is fabric except the tags. All images are printed on cotton or silk or are an image transfer onto the fabric page. I have heard back from my sweet customer and she is thrilled so I can share it now. I had to get it shipped off so while there are many more pages to this fabric book, these are all the photos I have. Her only request was for her favorite colors, blue and white.
Ever since I have had a blog, my goodness, 7 years now...I have always centered my text and photos. The other day I was reading through some "experts" blog tips, that centering is the worst way to layout your text and photos, and you should orient to the left or right. Hmmm. Are they right, is this true? What do you think? I'm trying orienting this to the left for this post to see what I think. If you scroll below you will see my usual centered posts. I'd love to have feedback from you!.
Sweet Southern Smoochies Y'all
I've been knee deep in projects and learning curves and filming a new digital class, plus I'm taking a couple photoshop online classes, so I'm keeping busy and out of trouble. :)
Is this year moving on as fast for you as it is for me? I was having a conversation with my hubby the other day about a September deadline. I blithely started to blow it off at first saying..September? Well then we have pleeennnty of...I slowly stuttered to a stop and then said, holy cow! Sept is month after next! How in the HECK did that happen?
I've got some projects going using Deco Art's new Chalky Finish paint. I am waiting on some dark wax to finish them and then I'll post them to show you what I've been up to at the paint table. I am a Deco Art Helping artist so I do get some products free but when I give opinions on anything on my blog, they are totally mine. That's how I roll.
We are always in need of "smalls" for our antique booth and recently I found two of these little cast iron birdies for a very good price at a thrift store and knew I could resell them in our booth. But first I wanted to "bump" them up a bit.
So I grabbed a jar of Deco Arts Chalky Finish Paint in the color Vintage. Perfect paint name I think!:)
I proceeded to paint the birds and made sure I didn't cover them completely.
Once dry I did a little sanding to bring out some more darks
Then I added a coat of clear Creme Wax, dried and buffed it and then added a coat of Golden Brown Creme Wax
As soon as I had the wax on I used a clean cloth to start removing most of it. I simply wanted a slighty aged rusty look.
And I think that's what I got.
I did say I had two of them.
They finally made the trip from my dining room table to our booth where hopefully someone will take a cutie or two home.
As I said I am waiting for the dark wax. The Golden Brown I think I will reserve for items I want to give more of a "rusty" sort of look. For me, dark wax, or a dark glaze makes me happier when it comes to "aging" things. Just a personal preference. The wax is wonderful and creamy, goes on easy and dries quick. Wax can be persnickety so I've never been a big fan of using it, but I liked my first experience with a creamy wax and can't wait to get hold of the dark.
Til next time my friends and Happy July!
xxoo ~ Gail
Join Gail Schmidt and Liz Miller for our Summer’s End ArtFling 2014
Sept 5 & 6, Friday and Saturday
Workshop held at Artful Endeavors, Raleigh, N.C.
This is our “no stress, just fun” workshop where we explore different media to create our masterpieces.
Gail teaches on Friday, 9/5. Mix It UP! Mixed Media Painting/Collage $95
When it comes to any kind of painting, to achieve depth, layers are the magic. In this one day workshop I will be sharing techniques to help us build layers and texture to our background in preparation for our collage image(s). We will be mixing it up with lots of layers of paint, ink, stencils, texture, images, stamps and loads of fun. This technique requires no painting experience and any one can do it!
* Your favorite acrylic colors, plus black and white
* Modeling Paste (not heavy)
* Palette Knife (if you have different shaped knives bring them, you might prefer one over another)
* Old credit card/plastic gift card/hotel key
* If you like mark making tools and have any favs bring them with you. I will be sharing mine.
* Palette of any kind
* A couple scruffy brushes if you have them. We will use one for glueing and one for scruffy blending of paint for anyone who doesn’t want touse their fingers.
* DecoArt Decoupage, or Soft Gel (Matte or Gloss, your preference) for the glueing of our images
* Baby Wipes
* Paper Towels
* I use a 9″x15″x2.5″ birch cradle board for my substrate, and this is not a standard size. You can purchase the closest size to 9″x15″ wood panel you can find. You do not have to use a cradle board, it’s simply what I prefer. If you would like to use the same as I do, Leon can make you one for an additional $10 and I will bring it when I come to Raleigh. Please let Liz know know no later than Aug. 20. This is totally optional. But you do want a wood panel as it works best for our technique.
* Soft rubber brayer
* Detail scissors…for cutting around our images.
* I will be bringing image options for you to choose from, plus stencils, stamps and acrylic inks to share.
* Small spray bottle for water and water container
Liz Teaches on Saturday, 9/6. Night Hunter $80
Night Hunter Liz Miller CDA
Fee includes: 11 x 14″ canvas, colored pencils
I’ll have Pan Pastels and paints to share. Bring your brushes and general painting supplies including Viva paper towels, small detail scissors, and small pencil sharpener.
Mark your calendar and get ready to join Gail and Liz on our mixed media escapades
Contact Liz at Artful Endeavors: 919-847-4101
Do you have one of these closets (or maybe it's a box or a basement)? You know, you bought something for a project you planned on doing "one day". And then it got lost, or forgotten, or in my case, just plain old ignored for want of what that "something" was. I won't even begin to embarass myself by telling you how many of these future projects I have sitting around. :)
I was digging through my closet recently looking for something else when I came across the two wood house shapes. The light bulb went off and I wondered how the painting I've been doing lately would translate to something smaller.
So I hauled them from the closet and got to work.
I am pleased with the results.
Tomorrow we're going thrift shop hopping and I wonder what I will haul home for my closet. Not that I need anything...but I bet a lot of you know how that goes. :)
xxoo - Gail
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