Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cosmetic Surgery for Angels & Annalise's Stand In

 The little widow grandma three doors down has a little gift shop she runs out of what would have been her tiny 1 car garage. As much as possible all the women on our block try to buy most of the little (and bigger) gifts for birthdays etc. from her. My goal is to spend between $120-$150pesos  or around $10us a month there. This month with no birthdays coming up I bought a little resin angel shelf. I thought I'd use it in the girlie room. Oh and it's still in the wall repair stage as we speak I write. :) Before you yell let me confess that I still have not mastered the before picture idea so I don't have one. You will just have to visualize. Resin angels with pink and blue wings, flesh colored skin, ruby lips and curly blond hair.
I sprayed the whole kit and kaboodle white. Then slathered a nice thick layer of crackle medium over everything When that was dry I painted on a very very pale (almost white) blue color of paint.

When the paint was dry I broke out my secret antiquing medium (brown Kiwi shoe wax) to age things a bit and hi light the cracks.

I understand the mechanics behind how the crackle medium works it's magic but I have been wondering if it has to be paint you apply over the medium to get the crackle?? If I wanted to reproduce the crazing and crackling that happens with ceramic and pottery could I cover the dry crackle medium with a clear paintable acrylic glaze???? Anyone out there know?? How do they fauxtique ceramics???

I decided I liked my little brown shrug, wrap,cropped sweater thing so well I'd try my hand at another. I did a bit of modifying on the master pattern, dug out a few lace type scraps and put another one together.

Unlike the brown tablecloth one I can wear this one well into the warm months. This will be great because it will dress up a tank top without adding any more hot layers of material.  Huh??? Well as a matter of a fact, yes that would be my body inside the cute little top. And yes I'll turn around so you can see the front of my little creation. In a moment of slight insanity I let LW talk me into wearing the top instead of having Annelise model it. But Annalise has no worries of losing her job, because I'm staying behind the camera thank you very much! :)

AAACK why is it that you don't notice a long stray white thread hanging on the middle of your shirt, right in front of God and everybody until it's way to late to do anything about it??? Oh Sweet Mysteries of Life!! :)

On that note I think Annalise's stand in is off to do a bit of bed time reading. Remember today is a perfect day to make art, no matter where in the world you are  p;)


pam q said...

Both you and your little lacy top are very cute!!!

Love your hair!

It is almost as short as mine.....

stregata said...

Wow, Hermanita - you are stealing your creation the show! Love this chance to see you!
And both the shrug/top and the altered angels are fantastic!

SummersStudio said...

You gorgeous thing! That little shrug is perfect for summer. On the crackle medium stuff. I kind of remember putting an acrylic glaze over crackle medium once to shine it up after it had crackled. Then I rubbed on something like your kiwi shoe polish. But my memory is often hazy. On ceramics what happens is the glaze itself is all crackled. Sometimes people rub india ink into it to bring out the crackles. In the old stuff its dirt and grime in there.

Tristan Robin said...

So glad that I got to see a photo of you! I love knowing what my friends look like.

I have used gold leafing underneath crackle medium, so I know that works. I think that anything will show through, as it's the crackle medium (or glue LOL) that causes the crackle, not the bottom finish.

I have a couple cheap resin figurines laying around that I've picked up cheaply and want to do something with. Maybe I should send them to you to work your magic!

SummersStudio said...

I completely forgot to tell you but I can visualize the blue and pink wings and golden curls. In fact I may even be haunted by the vision. But thank goodness you have rescued the little angels from their fate and transformed them into loveliness.

Unknown said...

What a hoot...Love the thread!! lol.

Sweet top!The only thing I can think of is using a two step crackle instead of paint on top of crackle. you get the crazing effect.
I'm so glad you turned around!! You look fab u lous!!!

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Cindy said...

Just look at this beautiful model! :-) Your top is over the top amazing! So you're just as talented with sewing as you are with decorating and creating jewelry (sheesh, some people get all the talent!). I would love wearing this top and feeling istantly stylish.....remember that Altered Couture is calling your name!

Cindy said...

P.S. I do love your banner in the sepia's perfect!

Diane said...

The shrug is just darling. You are one clever lady...yes!

Riki Schumacher said...

Pattie, is this you??? You are adorable, and so is your shrug! LOVE it. Great to put a face to your emails, I thought you might have long brown hair, LOL. Riki

Deryn Mentock said...

Well...uh...I'll be wearing it during the summer's mine!! Yes! It's mine...whoo hoo! I love it, Pattie. Thank you.

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