While I worked on my project most of the day, I still have another day to go before it is (hopefully) completed. I don’t really mind though, as it is coming out nicely and I also am learning how to use some new products and figuring out new techniques in applying them.
I always like to look at each pattern as a lesson. Besides just the basic line work and construction of the project, I like to think that those who use my patterns are not only putting together the pieces, but learning techniques that they can apply to their other woodworking, painting and crafting in general. I also like to teach others how to use new products and experiment with their different applications.
I spent pretty much of the day painting body parts. I don’t think i mentioned it before, but the skeleton heads that I showed you all the last couple of days belong to eight full skeleton bodies.
I decided to do four of the smaller skeletons using fluorescent colors as a base coat, and four slightly larger skeletons using neutral colors as a base. The smaller skeletons were to be 12” tall and the larger 18” tall, but somehow the little guys look taller. Either I miscalculated or they grew in the process. I will get a final measurement when all is said and done.
As of yesterday morning, I had finished painting the four smaller fluorescent bodies and yesterday I spent a good part of the day painting the neutrals.
As you can see, it was a LOT of body parts. I used the regular DecoArt Americana Hot Shots for the fluorescent colors, but I decided to try DecoArt’s new Americana Multi-Surface Satin paint on the neutrals. I had received the full line of colors of this paint about a month ago and I couldn’t wait to try it on a project. The colors are bright and beautiful, and this is different from the regular Americana paint in that it is made to be used indoors and outdoors and it is supposed to have better adhesion so it won’t chip or fade. It needs no primer or top coat sealer and is supposed to dry to a satin finish. So all in all, it is a one-step paint for items that have heavier use (such as table tops or trays) and can be used on items that are used outdoors (like plaques, garden decorations, etc.) Best of all, it is water based and odorless. And like all of DecoArt’s other products – it carries a very reasonable price tag.
Needless to say, I am pretty excited about the possibilities this opens up.
The first thing I tried it on was last week when I had my paint caddy out on the table. I had originally spray painted it with Krylon paint (after sanding it of course) and had applied several coats of varnish on it. However, since it was made of pine, it still had that “furry” feel to it and it turned out to be quite a dust trap, which made it ugly. I was in between steps of the project I was working on and decided to try the new Multi-Surface Satin paint on it. I lightly sanded it and gave it a single coat. When it dried, I couldn’t believe the difference and look of it! I had used the Black paint, and it looked simply beautiful. The finish was a low sheen satin finish and is hard and durable. It went on very nicely and looked clean and beautiful. And now it wipes down with a damp rag and looks as good as new. I was very impressed!
So I used this paint on the skeletons and found that it also went on lovely. Since the pieces are going to have crackle paint over them, I didn’t feel the need for a second coat, but if I were leaving them solid colors, I would have added one. I could tell that the adhesion properties of this paint were very different from the beginning, as if bits of it got on my hands, it took quite a bit more work to remove it (although soap and water did the trick, along with a small brush I use for cleaning my hands when I paint.) The colors were beautiful and I am very happy with the finish, as it doesn’t look streaky or uneven in the least. It does however have that ‘feel’ of being finished, as if I used a clear coat over it. I think this paint will work wonderfully on any outdoor project that it is used on.
After the base coats, I started applying the Weathered Wood and crackle coat. Since eight skeletons have a LOT of pieces, I only got as far as finishing the fluorescent pieces to this point.
You can see the beautiful color showing through the crackled surface, and since I only put the creme colored paint on the top of the pieces, and omitted the sides and back, the underlying color really does show through nicely.
But I am not done yet . . .
There is still an additional layer that I am going to add to these pieces to make them look even better! You will just have to come back tomorrow and see what I have in mind! :)
As usual, I try to show lots of options and you can pick which one suits your taste. While some people may like the skeletons painted in the solid, bright colors, others may prefer to take it a step or two further. Keith always teases me that I make extra work for myself when doing designs such as this and showing several versions. But I look at it as a way to trigger my readers to think of the many options available, and hopefully I give them some ideas that they can carry on to other projects. I could have easily shown one or even two versions of the skeletons and that would have been sufficient. But you all have to admit that seeing them all together and all differently colored really makes them much more appealing. Doesn’t it? And when they are done, they will even offer you more options and hopefully give you more ideas.
So it is worth the extra amount of work for me to show things this way. And in the process, I hope I teach you all to envision many different possibilities and even have some ideas of your own.
It’s Monday already and the weekend just flew by. It seems that our rain clouds have left us for a while at least and as the sun came up this morning, it looks to be another beautiful day here in Nova Scotia. I hope you all had a great weekend and I wish you all a wonderful week.
Thanks for stopping by to read.
“Don’t dare to be different, dare to be yourself – if that doesn’t make you different then something is wrong.”
― Laura Baker
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