First of all, welcome to my new followers and welcome to 2012! Sorry for the absence, I am back from holidays and back on track! It really feels great that all of you find my blog useful! I am so happy to be able to exchange creations, inspiration, tips and trick, techniques and just stories with all of you.
Well I got to confess I have been having way to many imaginary conversations recently. You know the sort of conversation you have when you ‘rehearse’ in your mind future or potential conversations, or even worse, when you try in your mind to ‘redo’ situations from the past. The ‘rehearse’ ones are actually ok and even therapeutic, but the ‘redo’ ones are not too good when in excess.
I have been a victim of my own imaginary conversations, as I happened to buy this oil lamp, while doing this and therefor not being fully focused. :-S
See what happened, I grab the lamp at a second hand shop, went direct to see the bottom of the lamp to check on the manufacturer, Delft Blue. Delft Blue is to Holland what Royal Copenhagen is to Denmark, crème de la crème when it comes to porcelain. Beautiful, hand made and VERY EXPENSIVE. I bought this one very cheap though. I came home and checked on the lamp again; to my disappointment the motive at the front was a truck. Yes! It had been a company present from a transport company, and I DID NOT notice it??? How come??? See that’s what happen when you don’t have your head present while doing a purchase! Please don’t let this happen to you! The truck was not a really nice motive at all! So the lamp joined my list of DIY transformations, I know it is a crime when it comes to this quality of porcelain, but I could not get along with the truck.
At the course with Annie in Oxford this object caught my attention, the texture and the colour Persian Green
We all got to do our very own version of texture on a piece of wood and this is mine.
The paint should be thick, so it does not drip easily. So starting from the right side of the piece, you can see the texture you get by using only the tip of the brush, when pressing it down in a vertical position.
The next section towards the left of the piece shows texture created by brush strokes in different directions. Notice that at the edge, you find some thicker strokes; to achieve those, take more paint with the brush and brush it gently. The options are endless you can even use your fingers; make letters, figures and so on. Once the paint is completely dry the next step is the wax. First apply a coat of clear wax and then a thick coat of dark wax. Use enough wax so you can almost not see the colour of the paint and let it dry. Use clear wax again to remove some of the dark wax excess and disclose the texture, the dark wax is what makes the texture show, so it is good to use a lot.
Polish with a cloth for a glossy finish or just leave it for a matt finish.
So this is texture on my very fine ceramic lamp, when the paint was still fresh.
This is after the waxing. Looks heavy and hard as rock and I like that look.
Did you see those gorgeous tulips? Just the perfect match for my Delft Blue oil lamp. I got them from a VIP.
I personally recommend this technique to work on frames and small surfaces.
About painting on ceramic! Pretty tricky I must say. It requires a lot of patience because the drying time is so long! (I recommend a day between coats) The piece might require more than two coats, and scratches are almost unavoidable, so treat the piece with good care.
Happy to be back, until next week.
Keep it simple! .. and keep your mind present!