Guest Post: Think Outside the BoxSeptember 25, 2012 - Author: admin
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Today’s blog post comes from Camille, you can find Camille anytime at the Millar Memoir.
A few years ago, Camille made this table and entered it into the County Fair. She won Best in Show! She also won $20 (which she used to buy some shoes)…
In her words…
“So once upon a time, I had this crazy idea that I wanted to take a perfectly nice table, sand it down, draw all over it, woodburn it, paint it white, then paint it black, and then paint it all different colors. And Jason thought I was crazy, naturally.
But I did it anyways.
AHHH carpal tunnel!! My wrists, my aching wrists.
I taped off the sides, and put down a white primer, then proceeded to do a base black, getting the crevices really well…
And then got busy painting! Lots and lots of paint; pretty much everything needed two or three coats.
I finished it with 3 layers of a polycrylic finish, but I think after the fair, I’ll do 2 or 3 more. I just don’t want to be picking out food crumbs that get stuck in the niches.
(by the way, Jason and Camille met on the set of Beauty and the Beast – she was Belle and he was the prince. He proposed on stage!)
The polka dots on the dress! Ahh!
The plan is to shave off the sides and make it into a coffee table when its too small to be the kitchen table.”
Another painting in the works…
So you know that one I started a few weeks ago? (And I was being so vague about what it was…) Yeah. I’m kind of at a road block. It’s not turning out like I had hoped. Maybe oil paints are the wrong medium. Anyway, while I was struggling with that project I came across a few things on Pinterest that inspired me to start something else:
A painting as a headboard
And some canvas I wanted to paint over stashed under my bed.
( Little side note: My canvas stash is all painted with random projects from my college days. And since I have NO intention of plastering my walls with self-portrait midterms, I was happy to recycle one. I actually painted over the portrait on this canvas in a cream color over a year ago – with every intention of doing something with it. Hah.)
And somehow here’s what I got (so far):
(Sorry about the blurriness)
I should have taken a picture of it before I started on the flowers – because it was sketched out and the entire background was painted in a few hours one evening. I had to leave it alone to let it dry a bit. If you didn’t know already – oil paints can take weeks and weeks to dry. I used some nifty stuff called Res-n-gel mixed with my paints to speed the drying time, but it still took a while. And then life happens and the occasional night I intended to work on it – I just didn’t. Headache, tired, babies won’t sleep, not in the mood… etc.
A few days ago my husband told me he was mad at me. Then said something like “I want you to finish it, it was looking so good already.” With good reason, he was genuinely afraid it was going to turn into another thing I start, but never finish. (But dear, you see – I have this blog now and a renewed sense of creativity! It will get finished!!)
I’m grateful for his not-so-gentle prodding though. : )
Here I am, working away:
I’m seriously excited to get this finished!
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I have hauled my oil paints around the country since my college days. I think I’ve used them twice in the last 6 years. You know what the cool thing is about oil paints?
They don’t dry out!
Good thing too – because I seriously could not afford to start from scratch. In case you didn’t know – oil paints (and almost ALL art supplies) are dang expensive.
A sneak peek (don’t get too excited)…
There is something very satisfying about sitting down with my paints, some music and an hour or two to lose myself in the process.
Below, my painting buddy.
When the Little Man is napping, Noonie and I get busy. I would be easy for me to sit her in front of Netflix and let her watch cartoons all afternoon (and once in a while we have one of those kind of days) but I really try to avoid it. Maybe you other moms have noticed this problem, but it seems like the more tv she watches – the crankier she gets.
Anyway, it’s been so fun flexing my “artsy” muscles. They are badly out of shape! I spent the better part of an afternoon watching YouTube videos on different oil painting mediums (ps, this is video 1/23)- because there are a
million 23+ and I couldn’t really remember which did what.
I went to the store yesterday and still bought the wrong kind. (Of course)
AND I haven’t forgotten about this little project:
I finally made a drawing on illustration board! It’s coming along very slowly. My plan is to go over this with ink and maybe do a light water color wash.
I’m so glad we started this blog!