Wednesday, May 06, 2009

One Perfect Day :)

I don't know about anyone else but if I go to many days in a row with no time for myself or worse yet no time to make a bit of art, I turn into a real cranky kid! :) I'm soooo thankful the LW understands this bit of quirkiness and is always wonderful about giving me space. Well I suppose there's also a bit of self preservation on his part. We have both learned from our pasts that mind reading isn't included in the relationship package. Just so there are no surprises or misunderstandings we make a point of telling eachother that we might not be the best company that day. Sooooo yesterday morning I announced I was staying home, working on a way over due project and making a huge pot of Bolognese sauce!! :) Comfort food rules!!

Back months ago I bought this very so nasty rubbery-plastic bird bath thingy from one of the Expats moving back north. You know those cheap faux wrought iron yard ornaments from Wal Mart. LW's idea was to send it to the recycler but I thought I'd play around with some paints and see if I could "rust" it up a bit.

I use some DAP wall mend to simulate paint build up from years of painting :)

I painted on a good coating of crackle medium. When it was dry I literly slapped on a coat of white latex house paint.

Then painted in the rust with a sepia colored art glaze I found at the fabric store. A good rubbing of my secret antiquing medium (shoe wax) Finally I finished up with a coat of "Mothers" clear wax. It's like paste wax but smells better, and you can find it in the car department. When you buff it off (shhhh I use LW shoe brush!) you end up with a nice sheen of protective covering :)

Have you guys noticed that buy some not so small miracle my blog pictures are getting better??? Hmmm must be the new Canon Power Shot and my brave exploration of our Kodak easy share software??? Maybe in another 40 years I'll be ready to try photoshop. But for now I'll leave that to LW!!

Have a most audacious today or tomorrow depending on where in the world you are ;)


Tracy M. said...

I am the same way. I need quite a bit of alone/creative time. Your birdbath turned out great! It really looks like it's an old painted metal piece.
Have a great day!
Tracy M.

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

That really came out nice! I can't believe it is the same thing. The DAP was a stroke of genius!!!

Coastal Sisters said...

Hey BS~*

No, I didn't receive your email...I sent you one to your yahoo addy so let me know if you got that earlier in the week.

This little birdie bath looks amazing! What a wonderful idea!


Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

wow - you did a terrific job!

Interestingly, I just had to "rust" a few new pieces of rubbish, and discovered an incredible product.

It's called Sophisticated Finishes. It's a two step process. First you paint on this thin sheet of some kind of metal coating and let it cure for 24 hours. Then paint on the second coat of some other (probably toxic beyond words) product - and voila! - in 24 hours it is RUSTED. Not faux rust-like finish - RUST. amazing.

But you had more fun... :-)

Charmingdesigns said...

You did a fantastic job!!! Yeah for re-dos!!

Linda said...

It looks fabulous...well done you! (great photos too)
Linda xx

Grandma B said...

We have a similiar bird bath in our back yard...and now when it "crashes and burns" I will know how to restore it. Love the pics of the street festival...makes me long to be there....a simplier life is a good life.....

Have a wonderful day....

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