Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Stained Glass Windows and Mosaic

Pin It

This summer I was so lucky to get two new Grandsons. I make a stained glass stepping stone for each grandchild.
My Grandson Bentley was born in June. As soon as I heard his name I Googled the car company to see what their logo looked like. Perfect! I can work with that!
When I arrived in Arizona this Fall this was my first project.
I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the pattern. The pink is adhesive vinyl that I use to make the pattern. It sticks well and allows for accurate cuts and grinding.

There were some tiny little pieces in this project. I was wearing bandages to protect my fingernails. It is very easy to grind through your fingernails without knowing it until it's too late.

Here is the finished product, excuse the background I took the picture the minute it was finished, not even dry yet.

My next Grandson was born in September. His name is Owen, I really didn't know what to do with that one so I asked his parents what they wanted.  They decided on a gorilla because he had a full head of black hair, and I think Owen means Noble Warrior.

So this one was going to stretch my artistic ability!
I used an app called Cartoon Face to make over this picture I got off the internet.

I feel like if I can get the eyes right, I can draw the viewer into my creation. This is one of the eyes I need to make.

I made a pattern and painted the face onto the stone. This is the first time I have used this method and I found it really helped when setting my pieces.

I just used the pattern as a guide at this point and went to town. This is what it looked like before grout. Many people struggle with their grout choice, not me, black almost every time.

Look what the black does to pull this picture together and to set off the colours.

Last year I made a deer window for our eldest son. He was quite particular about it as he wanted his own deer that he had hunted. He had to tell me the difference, because honestly, they all looked the same to me.
This year I told our second son that it was his turn, I gave him a choice, but I told him I was thinking of doing the Pittsburgh Penguins logo on a table. He wanted it done as a window instead so I went to work. I made a pattern using my Silhouette Cameo and had to adjust the pieces. When making a window if the pieces are too small they will end up covered in foil and the glass won't even be seen, so it was necessary to get rid of some pieces and merge them with others.

This was after day 1. The next day it took me 4 hours just to get his second glove done.

I used mirror to make his skate blades, which I thought was ingenious, of course. ;)

This is how it sits right now, almost done, I just need to add an eye and some hanging loops.
Funny story about this piece, while making it I found out that the guy working across the counter from me used to play for the Penguins in the '70's, how's that for a coincidence?

After following all those patterns I felt like doing a little freehand work. I got an owl like this one pictured at a yard sale for 50 cents. It was a little more sun bleached than this one, and his/her beak was missing, but basically the same.

I struggled with what I was going to do with it. I did some of the eye area, and the forehead and ears, and built a beak out of glass, but still didn't know where I was heading. I cut a piece out of a circle of glass because I was tucking it up under her chin, and when I saw the piece that was left behind it looked like a petal, and that's how I started making the flowers, so random!

I sort of followed the shapes on the back to add feathers.

Grouting is always a scary thing, and in this case painful! I shredded my finger tips on the sharp glass pieces sticking up.  Covering a rounded item with glass can leave glass sticking up all over. This piece will be kept away from my Grandchildren for sure!

Here she is! One of the women in my Glass Club called her Florabelle and I liked it. So that's her name. I don't usually keep track of the hours I work on my projects, but I did this time, 45 hours!

This next project is close to my heart, this is a picture of my Granddaughter Mila. I am not allowed to put pictures of this family online so I cant show you the original photo. I've been given permission to show you the original, the only problem is now you can see how far off I am :)

I used my Silhouette Cameo to make a stencil and painted the shape onto an old cupboard door that I had in the shed. I cut the face for this three times.

I could not have finished this project without the advice of my daughter, I kept her pretty busy critiquing and giving advice and even adjusting my pattern via text.

I wanted a brighter pink for the tutu but bright pink is hard to get because apparently they use real gold to make pink. I wasn't sure what I was going to use but then somebody threw out some pink scraps and I grabbed them up.

In the middle of my Mila project I stopped to make a quick stepping stone to donate to my Glass Club. The colours represent Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, and the tree represents the Tree of Life.

If you stuck it out to the end, good for you! I hope I didn't bore you too much.

Pin It

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Stenciled Dandelion Dresser

Pin It

I got a text from my good friend Sarah. She needed a dresser for her daughter. This is the only one I had completed, but she was looking for something white, and more girly.

I remembered that I had this waterfall dresser tucked away.

 I sanded it down.

and decided to use knobs instead of pulls on the drawers, so I had to fill some holes.

She told me to do whatever I wanted, keeping in mind it was for a pre-teen and she wants it to last a long time.
I decided on a Dandelion stencil.
Then found this stencil online, and cut it out with my Silhouette machine. Then I found the quote and thought it would be such a good message for a young girl.

 I started painting, unfortunately the tannin from the wood was seeping into each coat of paint. After three coats I knew I had to buy some shellac based paint to stop it. After that I painted another coat on the body of the dresser and two coats on the drawers. Finally it was a nice bright white.  I added the stencils and I love how it turned out.
When I was choosing the knobs I was wondering if she would like something with a little bling, then I remembered that this was the girl that snuck a tiara to school for her school pictures, oh yeah, she'll like bling, so I chose to use crystal knobs.

Best of all, the new owner loves it!

Aren't they such a cute pair?

Pin It

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Log Cabin in the Mountains, and a Step by Step Tutorial on How to Paint Logs

Pin It

My son who lives in the mountains, asked me to paint his shed while we were visiting him. It is hard to describe this shed because it's not built with 2X4's, instead it's a steel frame welded together and the OSB sheets are screwed to the metal framework with self tapping screws. Why? You ask. Because my son hates wood and loves welding.

It had a few issues from a construction standpoint. It did the trick but he wanted it to look nicer.  The men took the doors off the front and did a little reconstruction.

While they did that, I started painting. That little black spot in front of me is a little window so he can keep an eye on the dogs in the front yard, so it has to stay.

Of course every now and then you have to stop and smell the roses, or look at the mountains, whatever the case may be, the view from here is amazing.

So while Johnny and I were working on the shed, Dustin decided his Dad needed a headache rack for his truck, so he made one for him.

When our second son saw it, he wanted one too, so he built another one that we will take back to Ontario with us.

Once those were completed he helped his Dad rebuild the front of the shed. Do you see the hinge on the right? Keep an eye on it.

Ok, here's a step by step tutorial on how to paint a log. Paint in the medium brown colour. 

Then paint a dark edge (fading to light) across the top. Then paint a dark edge along the bottom fading to light about half way up the log. Paint a few faint streaks lengthwise throughout the log. Fade from dark to light with a sponge if needed.

Next paint a slight white highlight on the top half of the log.  Soften the white with a damp sponge.

Next use the dark brown to add streaks and knots to the logs.

Add some thin white highlights along the cracks and in the knots.

And then some black shadows along the cracks and knots.

Next, paint the ends of the logs to tie the two side together.

Finally add the chinking in off white. Make sure you add a little variation at the top and bottom of the chinking so that the logs aren't perfectly parallel to each other, there should be some slight wiggle to your line.

There you go, go paint some logs!
When I see this next picture it doesn't look very high, but when I'm up there with nothing to hang on to it feels very high.

These are the brushes I used, and I usually use a natural sea sponge but couldn't get one here, so I just used the cheap sponges.

I used a light/medium golden brown and a very dark brown. Also black and white. You could use whatever shades you like. I have also done these in gray and black.
The men added an overhang on the front of the shed among other repairs.  Here it is all done!

It took five days to complete.

Oh wait a minute, remember that hinge I told you to keep an eye on, well there was a reason for that.  The end of the shed was built so that it completely opens up.  The door on the far left and the white door are hinged together, and the right opens also. Is that genius or what?

Far left door closed, and right door closed, whatever you want.

 I hope you enjoyed seeing what I did on my summer vacation :)

Pin It
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...