Here's a sneak peek of this week's journal video! I'd go ahead and make/upload that video now but I'm sure my laptop would overheat. This is the price we pay for sunshine.
I knew there was a reason I was going through all of this mess... After some scraping, some chiseling, some sanding and now with the help of some metal files (ok I got desperate), I'm finally seeing some red grain on these bevelled edges. Oh em gee. All in all, this window is looking a bit worse for wear and filled with all sorts of new gouges and rough edges BUT! It's no longer an icky greige monster.
On the front.
Let's just not turn it over, okay?
Still playing with the pinwheel shape (it's a contender for the old window!) and I hadn't done a card in a little while... so here's a new one! Buy it here.
Here's that old window, the next painting surface challenger. My original plan is to block off bits of the glass and attack it with the absorbent ground and watercolour, just to see how far I can take it. After some research, I think there is very little chance of any permanence no matter how I approach it, but that's life.
Anyway, the frame was covered in chipping beige paint which wasn't looking good at all. I considered painting over it, but I also considered exposing the wood. Me, impatient person trying to remove paint? Well, it's not like I didn't procrastinate! A heat gun and a chisel saved me from endless sanding (I HATE SANDING), but the inside is bevelled so... I'm procrastinating again. The wood is a pretty red colour, the hardware is crazy rusted, the caulking is disintegrating yet hard as stone. All this prep better lead to fun later!
Here's a garden update no one asked for! This year is "surprise" themed, meaning I disposed of all of my old seeds in some dirt to see what stuck. I think I spied a lonely asparagus sprout this morning. A few were purchased today as well. I'm at least a month too late! Here are a few new contenders and an old one. Last year I was upset that my four leaf clovers had lost their colour and grown only three leaves. This year, they have their colour back and have grown FIVE LEAVES. Wat. Better late than never, I guess!
I'm not very good at capturing flat images with my camera, but here's the final stage of Wild! Those hydapse butterflies are even more tedious to line than the Viceroy ones, but Netflix recently acquired 71 episodes of Fresh Prince, and so I was able to push through it :3 Sure, with absorbent ground it is possible to now use watercolour and graphite over canvas, but there is no glass to protect it afterward! Wild is finished with a layer of matte glaze and some areas with acrylic gel medium.
Pausing in the middle of a painting and some scrapbooking to paint a couple of t-shirts for a dinosaur themed party. Dinosaur theme is a bit puzzling in terms of threads, and when I discovered how super inexpensive plain t-shirts can be, I grabbed a couple of colours and took off with it... Painting shirts is super fun! The power to have any design t-shirt I can imagine just might be going to my head!
Also, yay glittery paint! Totally didn't wash the shirts first and I'm procrastinating
Now that all of the hoopla has died down (I got married over the weekend - holy carp!), suddenly I can't wait to paint this darn cat! The summer weather and longer days certainly helps a bit too. I'm also particularly keen on trying out this new species of butterfly "Hydaspe Fritillary" instead of my usual Viceroy chestnut. It will be hard to outline the wings when the soft watercolour edges are so darn pretty... sigh.
This old canvas is finally starting to come along. With some more drips, the underlying colours seeping through the gesso might not be so distracting after all! I'm using some willow charcoal for his body. The buttons are blending in perfectly, I think.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?
Monday, June 5, 1pm PST