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Wednesday, 23 March 2011

How often do you...

...make something and then not know what to do with it?

I must admit, I often get carried away by the idea of trying something new or a new technique. This was just one such item...
This was something I made at a technique class learning to apply paint to different surfaces and creating different paint effects.

Just as in papercrafting you learn when to use one type of an ink pad instead of another - in painting you learn the best way of applying paint to different types of surfaces. This tin bucket had acrylic paint applied after it had been mixed with Multi-surface Medium to ensure the paint would adhere to the metal surface.
The crackle finish on the bucket was created using a crackle medium...you would think that using a special product would ensure the end result but I can assure you it can be just as hit-n-miss as creating crackle effects using PVA glue.
The garden designs all came from a decorated paper napkin and the words are 'Garden' in different languages painted by hand randomly over the bucket. The whole thing was then sprayed with a sealant to stop the crackle flakes getting knocked off.

I really enjoyed the process but then couldn't think what I was going to use it for so just put it away...

I came across it this evening whilst looking for something else (seems to be a habit of mine LOL) and I think it is quite cute but I still don't know what I could use it for. The 'finish' isn't really strong enough to stand up to much wear & tear and I don't want to coat it in varnish to make it more robust.

I think this is destined to be a display piece on my Expedit unit...when I eventually get around to obtaining one.........................................

8 comments:

gillyb's crafting blog said...

I LOVE that pale. really beautiful. Well done. I so agree too what to do with items when finished. Like the Cybercrops on UKS - I loathe to throw things away. Your little pale will look beautiful though on a windowsill. Well done again.

Ren said...

Aah this is cute, would be full of pens in my house :D

voodoo vixen said...

Hmmmm, I have that problem all the time... most of the stuff I make remains in the scrap room and never actually ventures out into the rest of the house... I am not sure why!!
You little bucket is so cute... would it work in your kitchen windowsill with some 'stuff' in it? Love the effect of the crackle!!

Dan said...

This is lovely Toni, and very spring-like!

Sandra said...

oh I think it's amazing - how about keeping all your paints and paint brushes in it? Or maybe start filling it with your mini books. Its something to put out on display after all that hard work :)

Allison said...

its really lovely, love the colours
AllisonX

Scrappy~Sarah said...

beautiful bucket :)

Lynn Stevens said...

Such a lovey bucket, would be a shame not to use it, what about storing your markers in it. I've heard you can put a layer of sand in it and the markers can get pushed into it a bit, they can stand up on their own, Just a thought!
hugs Lynn