Friday, February 8, 2013

Another mixed media project

Here's another little mixed media project I finished the other day. I'm sorry I don't have more/better pics. I quickly took this when I set it up for sale at my Howsewears shop at Building Character. It was taken with my cell phone, but I hope to use my "real camera" and post some more so you can see the cool features like the texture and color.

The very cool thing about this project is that I discovered a new use for thickened Ranger crackle paint. It was too thick to use on cards, but it was great to use as a makeshift molding paste. I just used a heart stencil that was actually cut out of cereal box material with my Black Cat Cougar, so it was thicker than the normal plastic stencil. Therefore, the "paste" was good and thick. It dried nice and "crackly. I then spread Stickles dry glitter on top while it was wet. More pics to come when I get down to my shop (unless it sells). ;)
Thanks for looking!
Fondly, Tami

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Princess Dresser

A few weeks ago, I talked to a gal at one of my vendor shows who said she had a toy chest that she wanted to paint, but she was afraid. I do remember that feeling with my first piece. Taking that first plunge with the brush was a little scary, but once I did, I was absolutely hooked. I have so many pieces of furniture in my basement awaiting their transformation. I've had pieces for a year or more before I could decide which makeover would suit them best, but I have to say that I've always been pleased with the final outcome. 

Here's the Princess Dresser, aptly named because she required a lot of pampering.

She was really quite ugly, but as my mom always suggestion, I looked for the potential. I loved her hardware, turned feet, and cute little wheels.

And her mirror had a curvy shape and lovely details. So I bought her. I probably spent a little too much money for her, but it was one of those things where, if I walked away, I would have regretted it. Like the box of very cool sewing machine cabinet drawers that I passed up for $5. DRAT!

Her top had certainly seen better days.

And here she is. I painted her with Old White and Paris Grey chalk paint. I think she's just charming.

I really like the detail on her drawers...

...and her top.

She's my new favorite piece.

So, all this to say, don't be afraid to take the plunge and paint something today. 
And, to keep you accountable and honest, let me know what you're going to try.
Fondly, Tami

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