am feeling chipper today as the sun has decided to show it's face to us
folks here on the rainy west coast. I so appreciate these rare clear
days...everything is so clean and green...crocuses and primroses are
blooming and little yellow daffodils are peeking out from under the leaf
litter...I love it!!!
To change the subject and to show everyone that yes, I am actually creating a few things these days. I admit I have been very busy with renos, and cleaning up after the darn renos, and I haven't had much energy left over for creative pursuits but I am bound and determined to have a blog sale. You will find rabbits, birds and other critters up for adoption...in pink, blue and maybe even black. I will send out a newsletter as soon as I have a firm date.
Thank you to everyone for your patience!
I have also been missing my rug hooking so I ordered a couple of antique reproduction patterns from Black Sheep Wool Designs . The pattern above was created in 1877 by a Mr. John Filker of Amherst Ohio. This particular pattern is a long time favorite of mine as I love the subject matter and the colors just resonate with me...
I have been hunting down wool fabrics for this 1877 rug for quite awhile and now feel that I have enough to start hooking. I bought some wool coats, skirts and wool bundles...I then spent a few hours stewing and marrying them in a big old pot. I used walnut crystals dissolved in the pot to tone down most the really bright colors.
Little Jasper...always underfoot...always wanting to be the center of attention. Below is the second pattern...another all time favoriteof mine that was created around 1870.I am so smitten with these folk art rugs...so much character.
Maybe I will hook this dog to look like Little Jasper...
You can read about these two patterns in the book "American Hooked and Sewn Rugs" a wonderful resource if you are interested in North American Folk Art Rugs.
Its a good day when I score big at the thrift store. I walked in the door and my jaw dropped when I spied this vintage hand colored panorama photograph hanging on the wall. It is a picture of Columbia Glacier in Williams Sound, Alaska...it measures a whopping 30" inches long x 12" tall including the frame. There is some white descriptive writing on it which includes the photographers name, a Mr. H. A. Ives. I absolutely adore old panorama photos they are so hard to come by...I was also taken by the fact that most of our glaciers our melting away now...making this photo even more important. I am going to take it to a local charity event next week-end...our own Antiques Roadshow...wish me luck! Now...where to hang it up?
Thought I would share a pic of my latest Chalk Painting project...It is the second bathroom cabinet that will go in our larger bathroom upstairs...I am so pleased with how it turned out. I used "Pittsburgh Grey" as the base coat and then over that I painted "Vintage White". I didn't prime this raw cedar cabinet...the Cee Cee Caldwell paint actually performed better without primer...no bleed through or anything. I then used a wet sponge to wipe off some of the vintage white...let it dry...then I applied the aging wax and wiped most of that off as well.
Sanding the paint job here and there further distressed it and added even more character.
Our bathroom renos are coming along nicely...this time hubby and I decided to hire a tile setter to lay the tile for our shower and floor (way to complicated for us to tackle)...above is my bathroom inspiration photo ( no that is not our bathroom above...I only wish...our bathroom is not near as grand in scale LOL!) Our bathroom is quite small but we wanted to make it really special...so as in the inspiration photo I choose a mixed tumbled tile floor of white creamy marble and two different colors of travertine. So far so good...
Our floor below.
No these three dudes are not some long lost relatives of mine...I bought this picture for it frame...I will put a mirror in it and hang it our bathroom...I think it will look great with the chalk painted cabinet.
Love the color and details of this frame.
I hope to have small update soon...I will be working as much as I can in my studio...stay tuned.
About a week ago Ginny Vail, owner operator of the SWALLOW'S NEST in Gibsons British Columbia hosted a chalk Painting course in her store.
Her gal pal and fellow artist Barbara Moustafa (Barbara Moustafa)taught the course to about 10 enthusiastic women. After dosing ourselves with coffee from the cafe next door we got down to business and spent the morning prepping and painting our sample boards.
As each layer of Ce Ce Caldwell Chalk Paint was added we began to see a transformation. What was once a plain white primed sample became a piece with depth and character. The colors I choose to work with were "Young Kansas Wheat (bottom)" and Smokey Mountain Grey (top)". Directly below is a photo showing the first bottom coat of paint.
We then started wiping away some of the bottom coat of paint to show the white primer beneath...slowly starting the aging process. I decided to wipe away more of the "Smokey Mountain Grey", leaving the "Young Kansas Wheat" pretty much untouched.
For the third step(below) we then applied a top coat of contrasting color. Instead of doing two completely different board samples I decided I wanted to compare the same two colors...top board (Smokey Mountain Grey with Young Kansas Wheat on top) and bottom board (Young Kansas Wheat with Smokey Mountain Grey on top) After letting the contrasting color dry a bit we then carefully wiped some of that color away using a sponge...which seemed to work better then a rag. I wiped almost all of the Smokey Mountain Grey off of my bottom sample leaving a scant ghost of color behind. I also made sure to wipe enough away so that a few spots of white primer could be seen here and there on my bottom sample.
At this point I am liking the bottom sample best...it is subtle and seems to have a more natural aged look to it. Young Kansas Wheat with Smokey Mountain Grey on top
Shown in natural light this sample best shows the colors and aging wax which can be seen in the crevasses of the board. Young Kansas Wheat with Smokey Mountain Grey on top.
Eager students waiting for the class to start.
Painting my raw Cedarwood cabinet turned out to be a lot more work then I thought it would be... after much finagling and fussing with primer, three layers of color, coats of wax etc. I can finally say its finished. Colors used were Omaha Ochre, Young Kansas Wheat and Smokey Mountain Grey along with clear wax and aging wax.
This primitive cabinet will have some bling added to it in the form of a quartz top with an old school cut edge.
I have one more bathroom cabinet to paint (below) and am hoping to achieve more good results using chalk paint. Now that I have done one I think this second paint job will go a lot quicker.
Meanwhile Hubby has been busy doing the plumbing and putting up drywall. Next on my to do list...tape, mud, sand and paint the drywall, ceiling...as well as paint this second cabinet. What's that old saying...a women's work is never done!
Susan Pilotto is a mixed-media artist who specializes in creating one of a kind miniature animals from recycled wool felt fabric. Susan graduated from Vancouver's Capilano College with a Diploma in Studio Art.