I’m Back to Blogging Again! Don’t panic … that’s not me!!!
Before I begin, I thought I’d share a couple of photos taken last Friday while a friend and I viewed all the beautiful artworks on display through our local Cowichan Valley Arts Council, on Vancouver Island. I know you will be interested … because Lumberjock Paul Miller ‘Shipwright’ was demonstrating his superior technique of cutting on the Chevalet de Marqueterie he built from scratch. A mighty fine ‘machine’, and very impressive ability with his creative artistry, considering Paul is fairly new to the Marquetry world! This multi-talented guy definitely has the talent and enthusiasm to go far! It was great to see him back on home turf again … I just wish I’d taken a few more pics of the artistic pieces he had on display!
He was cutting this beautiful design while demonstrating!
Okay … back to the Intarsia Wedding Gift, and where I left off … the bird and birdhouse are both ready to paint. Notice two small items to the left of the bird? You’ll see what one of them will become before long!
Now … I know this poor little feathered friend doesn’t look like much right now, but there are a series of ‘layers’ he (or she?) needs before it’s ready to ‘take flight’.
Just as much as that bird needs layers … so does the birdhouse. Much thought went into how I wanted the house to look, until finally taking a page from human nature. If a birdhouse is looking drab, slap more paint on it! And more!!
Back to the poor little bird …. what a mess! I’m sure it’s building an inferiority complex … and I’m starting to feel a shade insecure myself!!
Back to the birdhouse … there was purpose for all those bright layers, because I wanted to really rough it up to make it look old and worn. It takes lots of guts to scrape and coarse sand and gouge!!
The final stage of ‘wear and tear’ was to apply a weak tea solution of watered down dark brown acrylic paint, to slightly stain all the bare wood now exposed, and lend a ‘dirty’ look. With the roof area cleaned up, shading was applied to the house and a dowel button perch (which endured the very same treatment) was glued in place … go back to the first picture, and now you know! After that, a couple of lacquer coats to protect it from getting dirtier than I planned!
Ah … my fine feathered friend looks good. What was I getting so worried about?! The one good thing about acrylic painting on wood … if you’re not happy with what you see, wipe it off immediately with a just slightly damp cloth. If the paint has dried, then sand it off. I think this bird has a few layers of feathers underneath it never expected!!
Now … on to the Dogwoods. This is beautiful British Columbia’s provincial flower. Right now, every Dogwood tree is pretty much in full bloom. The flower comes before the leaves, and so with this design showing full grown leaves, the petals of the flower will start to diminish in colour. The brightness of white, creams up with browns starting to show.
I wasn’t happy with the look of this blossom, and decided to change it a bit.
A little cut, and bit of sanding, back to the paint … and there’s a happier Dogwood. Well, at least I’m happier!
Well folks … that’s it for now. I was complaining to Paul there just are not enough hours in the run of a day to sit at the computer to blog … I’m running out of time! However, I realized while working on the framework today … there are blocks of glue setting moments when I could be sitting down, relaxing with my Lumberjock friends!
Until next time … oh ya … there’s more to come! … enjoy a creative moment of your own!!
-- Elaine in Duncan