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The marble headboard is finished. The colours chosen for this take on Carrara marble are shades of grey (but not fifty!).

The finished piece

Rather than the extremes of black and white, I have used Paynes Grey for the darkest, and mixed a value 8-9 grey for the lightest. White was used for the light fault lines.

The finish was built on MDF, sealed, then base coated with a pale beige silk emulsion.  The final finish is satin. What do you think?

    

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Left to right: flogger, softener, spalter, stippler

It helps to have the right tools for the job.

I have a commission for a large faux finish piece, so I need the proper equipment to get it done. On a small decorative article I can use my ordinary artist brushes and achieve the desired results, but this one will need more time, and the correct tools.

It took a while to track them down, but after checking out various suppliers, I ordered them on-line.

To achieve the desired finish the paint has to remain ‘open’ – workable – for considerably longer than it would normally, so it is mixed with a glazing medium. An industrial size pot is needed, rather than the small quantities used in art work.

My commission is for a large faux marbre (marble) headboard, so I need a large stippler and a badger hair softener. For faux bois (wood), I’ll need a horse-hair flogger and a spalter. They’ve all arrived, so I’m ready to paint!

I can’t believe that this time last week I was on my way to Crick for the BADFA Convention! Tempus darned well fugit-ed! What a great weekend it was, too!

I spent Friday in Suz Humphrey‘s class, painting a rather nifty peacock feather in the morning, and learning some equally nifty techniques with her FolkIt session after lunch – a super day, thanks Suz!

After painting all day Friday with Peggy Harris, those brave enough came to my Friday Fun session.

After rounding them in to teams we had a quick quiz – the theme was famous women, with some obscure questions I’d found – followed by an hour of making some kind of animals with modelling balloons. I’m not sure where their minds were going, but some of the articles produced were not of any animal I’ve ever seen.

Saturday, it was my turn to teach. I lead a gentle introduction to mixed media where everyone was encouraged to experiment with texture and colour, and to try media that they hadn’t used before. All seemed to go as planned.

Julie and I got to grips with Powertex on Saturday evening. We’d heard about it but this was our first ‘hands-on’ with it. We’ll be getting mucky again soon, when Claire and Debra run another class in the studio in Crawley.

Sunday was wind-down day for me. Peggy taught her last class, and convention shut down for another year. Everyone packed up and went home.

Thanks to the Ibis Hotel at Crick. They provided the rooms, the service, and the attention to our needs, and made it a pleasure to deal with them. All their staff are willing to put themselves out; making meals for one with special requirements, additional towels on request, a toothbrush, and coping with constant changing numbers of guests for our sit down dinner, our messy attendees, and happily disposing of large quantity of recyclables.

Thanks to DecoArt and JoSonja for sponsoring the paints.

And thanks to everyone who took the time to come along and join in, in whatever capacity. I believe it was our best so far …

Members can read the full, inside story in the newsletter – out soon!

Julie has a special event (at work) soon. She wanted a board to count down the days; something appropriate to chalk up the numbers, she says. So I spent today with brushes and paint; surprisingly I got the whole thing done in one sitting.

The title is the chorus from Enya’s Orinoco Flow.

What do you think?

All you BADFA members – the August issue is out! It should be in your inboxes … waiting. images-2

If it’s not there, check your spam folder or your trash – if you still can’t find it, check your membership. It’s for members only, and we announce some exciting news about our 2017 convention.

If it wasn’t so secret I could tell you …

… I’ll tell you any way – we have booked Peggy Harris from near Nashville, Tennessee! She’ll be with us for two days in May.

Of course, as a member you’ll have the chance to book your seat at a special price. If you are not a member – assuming there are spaces left – you’ll have to pay full price.

And those who were there this year will know about the full-on BADFA experience that lasts the whole weekend … want to join? More news next month, and full details as soon as everything is finalised.

Just saying.

special nibsIt’s a bit of wordplay on the name of my other blog (Scratchypen’s blog), but I found some old scratchy pen nibs hidden away among my Mum’s odds and ends that I inherited when she died.nibs2

I found them in a small box, labelled ‘Special nibs’. Most were dirty and encrusted in dried ink but with a little soapy warm water and effort they are back in to a useable state, ready to continue their creative journey. For those in the know about nibs and pens they are:

  • Dryad Handicrafts Leicester – size 1 and 1.5
  • C. Brandauer & Co – Baltic Pen No.163 – Birmingham
  • MacNiven & Cameron – Waverley – Birmingham
  • Osmiroid Rolatip – Broad (fountain pen nib)
  • William Mitchell’s “Script” Pen – 3   08/6
  • I think the odd blade thing is a scraper for getting rid of mistakes (I’m sure someone will let me know for sure)

They’ll never again be in a condition to do the finest calligraphy, but they will be great for journalling and scroll work in the mixed media stuff that I get up to.
Thanks Mum.

This week I have started a couple of new projects. There are three faux finish techniques I am going to try; old leather, ‘dragon skin’, and burr walnut.

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The first part is complete. I have given a blank trinket box an old leather finish with a piece of dragon skin to embellish the lid. The full project will be in a future edition of The Decorative Folk Artist, but as a taste here are a couple of pictures of how it started, what went wrong in the middle, and how it all came good in the end – like all good stories should.

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Oh dear! Just when I didn’t want crackle finish!

 

 

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Phew! Rescued it in the end!

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The faux leather went well!

The walnut (that’s what the coasters are for) is going to be the wood grain from the swollen diseased part of the tree that is so rare, and makes beautiful panels in expensive furniture. But that will be along later …