Stand For Fluid Painting

Fluid Painting can be messy.  You pour paint over the canvas and it drips over the edges.  What a mess!  I am not a clean freak, just a person working in limited space and I need my table to draw and do other things.  So far, I have limited myself to 4″ canvases, and I have a 3D printer sitting right next to my work table… I decided I would design and print a stand for my pour paintings.

The maximum print size of my Ultimaker 3d printer is around 8 inches, width and length.  The height can go up to around 12 inches.  So, this project was perfect.

The catch basin is 5″ square, or in my design world 127mm, and 1″ (25.4mm) high.  Just in case different colors dropped from the different edges of the canvas, I divided off the catch basin and add drain notches.  It didn’t need it, but I placed pegs to hold the stand, and divided off this compartment to keep paint off of the stand.  It took around 11 hours to print.

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The design was done in Tinkercad and export as a STL file.  The file was imported into Cura and where a .gcode file was made.  I used the “normal” setting because the “fine” setting indicated it would take 23 hours to print.  Therefore, some warping occurred because of the setting and because I select not to add a Brim support.

The stand was also designed in Tinkercad.  It is 3 inches high.  The break in the structure allows for air to flow under the canvas.  It took around 4 hours to print.

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The notches on top of the stand, allows me to put some other type of support under the canvas to lift off, in case I want to reuse the stand before drying is complete.

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The finished product.

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The colors, yes I used Color Shift paint by Folk Art and grab the black and 4 other colors.

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The test.

Ok, some of the holes leaked.  The center dividers should have been larger and I did not pour out of the basin as I expected.  I do not know if I am going to tweak the design and reprint it or not.  Probably.

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I did get a cup (one ounce) out of the basin.  It should go nicely with another pour.

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Rescued House – Part Two

In August 2016, my storage unit flooded when areas of Louisiana received over 25 inches of rain within 24 hours.  I was going to abandon the houses that sat in flood water for over a week, but my sister rescued them.

Rescued Houses – Part One

I was excited to paint these house, because they were interesting and unique.

Tailor Shop:  Yes, it needed a cooper roof.  I had trouble deciding on a color for the door, so I decided to let it stand out.

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English Cottage:  Painted it a traditional colors.  The front door needed to be stained glass colors.

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Bed and Breakfast:  I wanted my Bed and Breakfast house to have a white porch, but I didn’t want the house to be too dark or pink.  I wanted the roof to be a grayish blue.

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Precious Moments Chapel

If you are ever near Carthage, MO, a stop at the Precious Moments Chapel is worth the visit.

Samuel J. Butcher the creator of the Precious Moment figurines journeyed through the United State in search for a location to place the chapel.  Once he found Carthage, MO, he knew, with the rolling hills, water stream, and caves, it would be a perfect location for the chapel.

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Most of the painting were down at his home in the Philippines and brought to the Chapel via an UHaul.

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Samuel Butcher painted the ceiling laying on a scaffold.

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After his son Phillip died, he dedicated a room in the Chapel to Phillip.

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This is a playhouse for his grandchildren.

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Rescued Houses – Part One

In August 2016, the storage unit where I kept my belonging flooded.  In those belonging was all my Christmas Village Plastercraft Houses.  Many of the houses, painted and unpainted, was either wet or underwater for about a week.  I was going to abandon them because I had no means of drying or cleaning them.  My sister, who showed up to help me salvage what belonging I could, insisted that I could not abandon my houses.

She took all the wet houses to her flooded house, unwrapped, cleaned, and let the houses dry out while her house was drying out.  After everything was dried, she carefully packed the house.  In June, I was able to retrieve the unpainted houses from her.  She did an amazing job.  All three of these houses have minor damage, but no house is perfect.  Of course, the inserts with suggested painting is gone, so I choose the colors myself.

These are the first three houses that she recovered that I have painted.

Don’s Donuts:  I decided I would paint it the colors of the best donut shop, Krispy Kreme.  The car had to be blue.

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Bowling Alley:  I thought this building needed to be bright and metallic.

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Toy Maker:  Deciding the colors were a little difficult.  What colors would Santa have on his shop?

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There will be more houses to come.  I usually paint three at a time.

3D Printing – Stackable Cup

This print came directly from the SD Card that came with the 3D Printer.  I did not know what to expect from this 3d print. What is a Stackable Cup?

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When the cup began to curve, I didn’t if the printer had messed up or this was part of the design.

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It looks like what make the cup “stackable” is the ledge inside the cup.

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Yes!  It does hold water.

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Print Time: 4 hours 50 minutes
Filament: PLA – 2.56 meters 20 grams
Layer height: 0.1 mm
Shell Thickness: 0.8

Object Size (W, D, H): 57.462, 57.462, 50 mm

Christmas Ornaments – Part 2

Ok, I have been slack about posting articles.  Here are the reminding Christmas Ornaments I painted for 2015.

These two ornaments I painted for my niece, who asked that I bring her some snow.

I’ve painted all my ornaments in pairs.

I thought white, snowy Christmas was a nice touch.

Puff paint added some dimension to the ornaments.

Yes, these two ornaments are a little different.

Christmas Village – Part 1

This obsession started in 1990, I was walking through a store (which I will not name) and notice the unpainted houses.  I thought, I bet my sister would like those and purchase three and gave them to her as a gift for Christmas.  My husband response was “That looks nice!”  So, the obsession began.

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5and10

Antique Shop

Antique Shop

Apartments

Apartments

Bakery

Bakery

Barn House

Barn House

Barn

Barn

Beacon Hill House

Beacon Hill House

Beauty Shop

Beauty Shop

Big Church

Big Church

Book Store

Book Store