Thursday, February 28, 2013
I had to post this new one because I was really happy with the end result. I took a few extra steps in the process which really improved the quality of the finished piece.
For the mount I used a wood conditioner before applying the stain which resulted in a really nice grain. I also used two coats of varnish with a light sanding in between so it’s got a nice smooth finish.
The tree itself is a much tighter piece than the last one... better detail I think.
Once the pewter was attached, I gave the whole thing another coat of oil varnish. That helps protect the metal from oily fingerprints.
I’ve sold a few pieces since I started this process last month and recently received an order for a larger version of the tree so I’m encouraged to keep doing them.
So if you have any requests for a custom pewter piece, I’m open to them... send me a message.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Anyway, my prints are now gussied-up with clean-cut off-white mats, backing boards and polymer bags.
If you are inclined, they are in the print section of my Etsy shop.
So shiny, yet so $20.
Well, most are $20... the larger ones are $30.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
The first application is an acrylic glaze medium with some black added which is brushed on then mostly wiped away. The colour was applied using alcohol inks, in this case, red and green earth tones. I suppose adding the colour wasn’t necessary for the patina part of it but I think it adds something to the piece overall.... they certainly help the highlights pop.
Once the inks dried for a few minutes, I gave it a quick once over with some fine steel wool to bring out the highlights of the metal. Finally, it was varnished and mounted.
I did a test last week using salt water on copper which created a nice green hue but I messed it up when I tried to keep working on it. When I get more copper to work with I’ll give it another go.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
At left is my latest embossed piece. Yes, it’s a puffin, Yes, I’m catering to the tourist market... selling out and goin’ cheap. I should mention that my embossed pieces are now available at the Tickle Trunk in downtown St. John’s which I’m very happy about. It’s my first step into the local market. My plan/hope is to have several avenues for selling paintings, prints and embossed bits in St. John’s by the end of the year (ideally, before the tourist season kicks off in the spring).
I’m at the tail end of a freelance project so I’m looking forward to getting back into some painting in the coming days.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The clouds make me smile. They are crazy looking. Something you might see in a Monty Python animation.
Overall the image really pops which makes me happy.
Forgot to mention... it’s all acrylic. And I didn’t throw or pour any of it.
Available in the shop.
Monday, February 11, 2013
The painting itch needs a scratch soon. Got a pile of canvases prepped.