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Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms!
This is my first attempt at pouring paint over four objects at the same time. I found cheap sandstone coaster, shown below, at the Dollar General store and thought they would be perfect for my first attempt.
I put a piece of parchment paper on the back of the coaster and taped the edges.
I applied two coats of primer, and lightly sanded the coasters after the primer dried. The holders were a stack of four craft sticks held together with the weaving loom rubber bands.
I let my sister pick the colors. She likes purple/blues with green accents. Yes, I use cheap Walmart brand bags, the ones that are almost impossible to get open, to let the paint drip on.
Lastly, it came time to put resin over the coasters. These are the tips I learned while researching how to apply resin (because I have never been very successful):
- Clean the painting of any oily substance. I let the coaster dry for at least a week, then sprayed the coaster with a mixture of Dawn and water. I let them sit for a minute and gently wiped them off with a paper towel and let dry for another week.
- Seal the painting, because canvas breath and can cause air bubbles in the resin. I seal the coasters with polyurethane and let dry for another week.
- Pour resin in temperatures above 70 degrees.
- Use torch to remove bubbles.
- Cover the work with a box while it dries.
I mixed and poured the resin over the coasters, spread it out with a plastic paint scraper, and removed the air bubble with a heat gun. Yes, I know a torch is recommended. But, while researching torches I scared me that I may burn down the house if the torch did not fully extinguish. So, I was very carefully to keep the heat gun cord and my hair out of the resin. The coasters were covered and let dry for 24 hours.
Sometimes squares make beautiful art. Sometimes they don’t.
Sun is out. Sky is blue. Temperature is about 60 degrees. It a great morning to walk in around the park.
Oh, and the geese are out. Avoid the dropping and the babies.
In five days, my 2500+ mile trip into Dixie and my visit to the land of the Cajuns is schedule to begin. So, you can expect more photographs and less drawings over the next 6 weeks.
Below is my updated list of book recommendations. I just finished two of Scott Meyer’s books “(Magic 2.0)” and they deserved to be on my list. I am excited that Dennis Taylor, Scott Meyer, and Ted Dekker all have books coming out between May 15 and June 19. Which happens to fall during my long trip this summer. I will have plenty to keep me entertained. Peter Clines I am waiting on your next book.
- We Are Legion (We Are Bob), Bobiverse, Book 1 – Dennis Taylor
- For We Are Many, Bobiverse, Book 2 – Dennis Taylor
- All These Worlds, Bobiverse, Book 3 – Dennis Taylor
- 14 – Peter Clines
- The Fold – Peter Clines
- Paradox Bound – Peter Clines
- Off To Be a Wizard (Magic 2.0) – Scott Meyer
- Hacker, The Outlaw Chronicles – Ted Dekker
- Spell or High Water (Magic 2.0) – Scott Meyer
- The Passage, Book 1 – Justin Cronin
- The Twelve (The Passage Trilogy), Book 2 – Justin Cronin
- The City of Mirrors (The Passage Trilogy), Book 3 – Justin Cronin
- The Graveyard – Neil Gaiman
- Will Save the Galaxy for Food – Yahtzee Croshaw
- The Time Keeper – Mitch Albom
- Forbidden, The Book of Mortal, Book 1 – Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee
- Mortal, The Book of Mortal, Book 2 – Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee
- Sovereign, The Book of Mortal, Book 3 – Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee
- Dead Men Can’t Complain and Other Stories – Peter Clines
- I Can Only Imagine: A Memior – Bart Millard
These are the crosses I did for Mother’s Day gifts. I ordered the blank wooden crosses from ArtisticCraftSupply on Etsy in July 2016.
The top piece on the cross was stained. I left the back side of the top piece unfinished so I would have a better chance for the pieces adhering together when they were glued together. The bottom cross was sealed with white primer, several coats. I did a fluid painting pour over the top of the crosses using chalk paint. The colors were: Dark blue, white, light pink, light green, light purple and light yellow. I added Floetrol and water each paint color to help the paint flow, and silicon to the mixture to help form the cells.
After the bottom cross dried for several weeks, I cleaned the crosses with a mixture of Dawn and water. I sprayed the mixture on the crosses and wiped gently. After I let it sit for several weeks, I glued the top cross onto the bottom cross using wood glue. Several coats of glossy vanish was used to finish the cross.
I put a hanger on back of each cross attached with a screw. The screw goes into both pieces of wood, so if the glue fails I have a backup.
I believe that the Columbine flower species in very interesting. It appears to be two flowers in one with deep dark spots flowing outward from the center.
The drawing was done with Prismacolor pencils.