Shall I Hemp Oil it? Add some fabulous stencils? Do I keep it? It would be great to use for off-season boots by the back door? Or maybe by the front door with my shopping bags? I can store potatoes and onions in it. Or what about using it for recycling?
I know you all understand this feeling. New beginnings! All the possibilities! How do you decide?
This barrel is such a utilitarian piece, I wanted to bring it to life. I wanted a WOW factor happening.
I considered the options and then I did my trick for inspiration.
Does anyone else do this?
Enter a random word
like "colour" or "gypsy"
into Google Images...
and see what you get!
I thought I wanted green. — until I saw the most beautiful bejeweled sari in turquoise.
So I changed my mind and got the party started with Old World Clay & Chalk Paint in Peacock Feather.
I got to work with my trusty Cling On F40.
If you need help deciding which Cling On Paint Brush would suit your project, read: The Complete Guide to Cling On Paint Brushes.
Once the center panel was finished, I had a little fun and dumped Old World Paint's Turquoise Sea into the diluted paint — and changed to a Fusion Paint Brush.
No mixing! Just dump the second colour in and paint randomly to create depth and dimension with a wash effect or marbling.
When you want a great deal of
variation and dimension,
change brushes while painting, you'll get an entirely different look going from
a Cling On to a natural fiber brush.
Once the base was painted, stained and "washed" the lid was next!
Reminder: I LOVE imperfection.
I did NOTHING to it. I didn't strip, sand, or even clean it. I wanted it to evolve organically I could see greasy bits and writing scratched into the top. How fun would it be to see what would happen?!
Nothing worse than waiting when you're excited about a project!!!
That beaded sari made me think about beads! I mean...why not?!
Here's a sneak peek:
Let's get to the good stuff . . .
I had my fabulous niece Esther Orloff, artist and photog extraordinaire, snap these photos for me to make them extra spesh!
What We Used:
Old World Paint Aqua Sealer
Dilute with water up to 30 percent. Apply with good quality paint brush or use water-wet cloth application for fewer brush strokes. Soap and water clean up. Suitable for outdoor use with proper care.
500ml. Test to ensure suitability.
You may also be interested in:
• Fusion Tough Coat Sealer
• Liquid Wax Finish
Cling On Paint Brushes — FLAT
Extremely easy to clean while maintaining their shape. Tipped and flagged for exceptional cut-in capabilities and virtually no shedding.
High quality, no-rust stainless steel ferrule and 100% synthetic (vegan-friendly) bristles for use with all water-based paints. Will last up to 9 times longer than ordinary brushes.
- F30 Brush: Traditional shape, ideal for cutting and painting small areas
- F40 Brush: The perfect all-purpose must-have brush in a traditional shape
A must-have in every upcycler and painters' collection.
Do not remove the string-it helps give the bristles direction and tension. For new brushes, pull on bristles to remove loose hairs. Soak for 30 minutes before first use. If you notice brush strokes, there is too much paint on your brush.
You may also be interested in:
Cling on Round Brushes
Cling on Oval Brushes