Now that I can do manage a paintbrush, I can fill my time more productively so I spent my afternoon decorating this baby. I got it from the lovely farm shop right next to The Craft Barn, it was such a bargain....£2.50!!!!! I do actually quite like it as is but you know me, if it can be painted, I'll paint it!!
All the paints I used are PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints and I started by painting a base coat of Little Black Dress as I wanted a nice even coloured base to build up layers of colour on. This was just like using black gesso.
I thought it might be quite nice to see if I could use a bit of the Crackle Glaze on this door stop. I knew in my heart of hearts that it wouldn't be a sensible idea to use the glaze over the whole thing as the are so many tight corners and nook & crannies, painting the top coat on would be a challenge so I opted to glaze some of the smoother, straight and flat areas instead. I normally use a palette knife to apply glaze as you really only need a very thin layer of it but of course, this was such an intricate shape, I decided to simply use my finger.
Once the layer of glaze was completely dry, it was time to think about colours for the next layer. I decided to go with Elephant and Mermaid (both opaque ) and I started to paint all the areas without Crackle Glaze, blending the two colours together.
Then painting over the Crackle Glaze....it worked like a dream. This stuff is just amazing, in the past I've used it on paper, card, aluminium, wood, fabric and it always delivers fabulous results. How cool is this????
Now to make it more interesting. I started dry brushing with Mud Splat, using quite a stiff brush and working the paint slowly into all the little crevices. You really have to be patient with dry brushing....less is definitely more. At this point, I had to rest the arm for a couple of hours but this also gave me a bit of thinking time as I wasn't sure what colour to use next.
I decided to keep it simple and go just a shade darker and found that French Roast was the perfect colour choice for the next layer.
And the finishing touches.....Renaissance Treasure Gold.
It was quite tricky to photograph the completed piece in a way that shows off all the layering so I took it
outside in the daylight.....I never knew we had so much clover in our lawn!!!!!