Still need a Bob

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A while back, I painted the Belcher children to line my stairway:

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It’s been on my to-do list forever to paint the parents to hang on the other side of the stairs.  Linda Belcher has been in progress for months now.  With summer here and the grass growing, I haven’t had time to finish it.

But it was raining this weekend, so I was stuck inside instead of laboring outside in the overgrown jungle that is my yard.

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She’s almost done.  I need to do some touch ups, paint the sides so it’s not bare wood and put a sealant on it.  Somehow I manage to paint even on the messiest table ever.

Even though my crafty time has been lacking the last few months, my yard is starting to come together.  Last weekend I finished the front tiers that are in my front yard.  It took me several weekends but I ripped out all the weeds and filled with rubber mulch.  Under the mulch are layers of tarps because I don’t want anything to grow down there…. ever.   It’s such a paint taking care of a yard on a hill.

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There’s still so much to do.  The top tier needs some work.  It has a large fountain, grass, and several trees.  I haven’t decided yet what I’m doing there.  I don’t even want to think about the staircase that runs down the other side of the front hill or the backyard.

3D Print Painting

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This weekend, I promised my co-worker I would spend some time doing some painting on some of the 3D items he requested. Why? Because I volunteer myself for everything.

I’ve done many many paintings, but 3D Prints are a bit hard to paint. First, they have a texture from the plastic layers (unless you do some post-processing). Second, they’re 3D, and unlike a painting, they don’t have any definite lines where the paint should stop. Third, I didn’t prime the object, because I printed it in the character’s main color so it took many layers to cover the green plastic. And last, I didn’t give it a clear coat to lock it all in, so I’m just waiting for him to accidentally scrape some of the paint off.

Basically, it can easily come out looking very messy. My co-worker seemed to really like it this morning when I brought it in, so maybe I’m being too picky. I hope it gets easier once I get a few more painted.

Latest Painting Revealed

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Finally, I can reveal the painting I’ve been working on.   It was hard not showing off the work as it progressed as I usually do on various social media.  Normally, I don’t paint for other people… I tend to do what I want on a whim, but this was an old co-worker and friend and the image was pretty cute and similar to what I normally l do.

I worked on this pretty much every night for several weeks.   It is not a hard image to reproduce, but because the size it took a while.  They wanted big enough to fille a wall but my car would only fit a 4×6.  By the time it was completed I didn’t want to give it away.   This isn’t usually the type of imagery I paint, but in person, it was pretty stunning.  Or maybe the colors just worked really well in my living room.

Like most of my stuff, this is not an original.  I was handed an image and was asked to turn it into a painting.   I’m pretty good at copying things, not so great at conceiving things. I tried googling around when I first got the image to try and attribute it to the artist, unfortunately, I couldn’t find it at that time.

 

Warm-Up Paintings

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American Dad Mini Paintings

 

I actually took a commission job.  I’d normally never take one, but this one was requested by a good friend who already knew what he wanted.   Like most of my paintings, I’m just recreating a cartoon for him.   Unfortunately, I can’t show what I’m working on until it’s finished and given as a gift to the person he’s buying it for.

 

It’s been a hot minute since I finished my last painting.  So, before I started that project, I got back into painting with a mini-series from American Dad.  I had these already primed and they’ve just been sitting around waiting to be painted on.   I like working on these minis, they are quick and easy and I usually accomplish one or two a night.

 

Hopefully, I can show off the latest painting after Christmas.  I spent a good amount of time last week on it and I’m hoping to have it done this week or maybe next week if I’m lazy.

Kiln fired glass painting

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I’ve known for a long time you can use some ceramic products on glass, I just never got around to trying it.   I used to do a lot of glass fusing but I never really got into it.  It just wasn’t very consistent and that frustrated me.   But I got out some Mayco Designer Liners, which are known to work if you sandwich your painting in between two pieces of glass.

But the real question was whether or not it was going to work with a microwave kiln.

Painting on glass is a pain especially with a water-soluble product like Designer Liner.   If you try to do any layering, the previous layer will come off the second it gets wet. Dripping product onto the glass will work, but brushing will not.

Using a glass calligraphy pen seemed to work well at dropping product where I wanted it.   It also let me scrape product away.   Eventually, I had a cute little lightning design and after letting it dry completely (we don’t want to have boiling liquid on glass) I sandwiched the design with another piece of glass and crammed it in the microwave.

The results were not great.

The product cracked around the edges (the liner, not the glass) and a giant bubble of air was trapped in the middle.  In an actual kiln, these air bubbles would eventually rise to the surface and it wouldn’t be an issue.  An actual kiln would be fired for many, many hours and not a few minutes like this microwave one.  Now that I see the result, I’m not sure if this will actually work.

I could try nuking it again to see if I can get the air to release, but I don’t really want to try, it already looks bad.   Also, I need to try and get the Designer Liner a lot thinner.   I was warned about this but I guess it wasn’t thin enough…. hence the cracking.

I may try again after pondering it a bit, but for now, I’m moving on to other projects.

Backyard Deck

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It has taken me several weeks to finish, but I refinished the backyard deck. Most of it was scraping and sanding.  Then an afternoon of painting.   It turned out pretty well.   I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before the dog destroys it with his giant paws.    When that happens, I’m just going to burn it down, because I am not going through this again.   That was way too much work in the hot summer sun.

Then, said dog, hurt his leg and ended up needing knee surgery.

This dog, right here.

He’s lucky he is so adorable because I had to spend my weekend building him a ramp so he could get to the yard and make his boom-booms.  He’s not a small dog, so it had to be good enough for a 130-ish pound monster to walk up and down it.

He doesn’t much care for it but he’s getting better at using it.  He kind of has too unless he wants to hold it in for 8 weeks while he recovers.

Painted TV Trays

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I bought these TV trays on amazon about 3 years ago.  They were in expensive and looked pretty nice.  But let’s be honest, all these trays are cheap press boards and some printed sticker laminate.

After years of putting hot dinner plates and drinks on them, they started to show their age with some blister spots and peeling paper.  They bothered me enough that I took on yet another project.

I started by peeling off the side stickers which were a thicker stock and suprisingly easy to do.  Then I got out my heat gun and scraped the glue off.  The top sticker was very thin and wasn’t going to come off like the sides.  So, I got out my sander and gave it hell until the whole thing was smooth wood again.

Now I have 4 perfect canvas’ to start working on (after I wipe all the sawdust off).

I got out my gesso and gave them all 2 coats to bring them up to a bright white.   I decided to paint the theme of Rick & Morty and picked out 4 images to work from.

I think they came out pretty well:

Rick Sanchez painted tv tray

Morty painted tv tray

Snuffles painted tv tray

Mr. Meeseeks painted TV tray

The only thing left to do was to give them that glossy protective coating.

Silver and Purple

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I had been looking for new bed side tables for my bedroom for quite some time.  Nothing I was seeing had quite the configuration of drawers and cabinets I wanted.   Then amazon’s daily deals had these up for $35 for 2 tables, which was hard to pass up.  Sure they are probably super cheap quality, but I can work with that.   What I didn’t notice from my phone was that the drawer was just a canvas box, not a drawer, which sucks.   For $35, I can’t complain too much.

My room is deep purple and black.   I’ve always liked the combination deep purple (or navy), silver and black so it was time to start adding silver.  A trip to the Home Depot and I started painting these cheap particle boards metallic silver.

One of my art rooms is out of commission, which is a whole story in itself, so I took over the dining room table.   No one needs to eat, right?

I forgot how long painting takes, especially if you want it to look nice.   Sanding, priming, sanding, priming, sanding, painting, sanding, painting, and a glossy taco top coat or two (I [icon name=”heart” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] your channel Simply Nailogical) …. it was going to take some time to finish.

The “drawers” were plain canvas, which also didn’t go with my room.  I gave fabric paints a try.

In the store, this looked quite dark in the bottle.  Once applied it was very light in comparison even after several coats.  So I was a little disappointed there, but at least it’s purple.

In the end, the bedside tables turned out pretty decent.   Once I put them next to my bed I realized they were much too short.   So… yeah, that was a waste of time.  But at least I learned a few things along the way, specifically that I should measure better before I buy things.

Anyone need some short bedside tables??

Finished Foxy

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I was just going to let the fox quietly drift off to its new owner.  I figured everyone was sick of seeing my posts about it on various social media.  After several weeks, I sure was sick of looking at it. However, I had several friends demanding to see the final product.  So I nabbed it back and took a few photos.

So here it is, teeth and all.  No more gumming the city to death.

Now that this is out of the way, it’s time to start something new.  YAY!