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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Painted Flamingos on: March 07, 2016 08:53:25 PM
When I decided to paint flamingos, I wasn't sure where to look for them but eventually found them at a Big R store.  Later I got them from WalMart.  Both places had a package of two for about $10.  Online, Home Depot has them 2 for $14 or 10 for $30.  I've enjoyed painting them & intend to do more.

You can also check at Dollar Tree a bit later in the spring.  They've had some that are about 12" tall---table top size.  I've not painted any of them yet but am waiting to see if they sell them again this year.
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Painted Flamingos on: February 22, 2016 11:46:26 PM
Thank you.  I appreciate the lovely comments.

I usually spray them first with a white primer coat so the pink underneath won't change the colors I paint on.  Then I lightly draw on the design I want & paint freehand.  Afterwards, I brush on 3 protective coats of polyurethane. 
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Painted Flamingos on: February 20, 2016 10:49:21 PM
I've been painting flamingos again & thoroughly enjoying it. 

I had Fall colors in mind for the one I gave a dear friend.  She loved it & placed it immediately in her front flowerbed.
Another, for our community's Christmas gift exchange, was a great success if it's gauged by the number of people who wanted it.  I tried a lighter, more pastel palette on that one.

The most recent is named Mardi for the obvious reason---She's done up in mostly Mardi Gras colors of purple, green & gold.

I haven't decided which is my favorite yet but am well pleased with all of them.

24  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Reyne, a garden fox on: February 20, 2016 09:53:03 PM
I hate it when I forget to take photos before I begin a project---but I did.  A friend asked me to paint a peeled & faded fox that's been in her flower garden for years.  I've not had much experience in this area but decided to give it a try.  It could always be repainted if I failed.

While I know what a fox looks like, I captured free clip art images from the internet so I could more accurately paint in the details.
After a good scrubbing, I sprayed him with a nugmeg colored primer---the best option of what I had on hand.

When he was dry, I began brushing on the different colors.  I was amazed that what I expected to take a day or 2 was finished in less than 2 hours.  It took much longer to brush on the 3 coats of mat finish polyurethane for protection.  I finished with a coat of gloss polyurethane on his eyes & nose.

For a first try, I was very pleased with the result & so was my friend.  We named him Reyne after Reynard, a fox prominent in medieval French fables.

25  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Funky painted bar stools on: January 28, 2016 12:57:04 PM
Thanks for featuring my barstools in your interior decorating category.  I enjoyed painting them & they always draw comments from anyone who sees them---mostly favorable so far.
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Funky painted bar stools on: January 10, 2016 08:28:26 PM
When I wanted to add a splash of color to my almost white kitchen, I decided to paint the table height stools I use at the island.  I purchased them online, unfinished.

Since the living, dining, family rooms & kitchen are all fairly open I carried the colors from these rooms to the kitchen.  I also wanted the colors from the photo on the wall represented.

Inspiration was an abstract triptych on the living room wall but I soon abandoned it in favor of my own designs.  I'm very well pleased with the colors & designs but still have to add another coat of paint to the legs because I had difficulty getting it to cover properly.  After they're finished & thoroughly dry, I'll coat them with polyurethane for protection.

27  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Leaf dish on: November 01, 2015 08:51:56 PM
Thanks for the info, steiconi.  I'll have to remember next time I have that problem.  I did use a real leaf in making it.  Pressed it into the clay & cut around it.  I've given the dish to a friend who admired it.  I feel quite fortunate in my clay classes.  They're not a lot for a two hour session & materials are furnished.  the instructors are great.  It probably helps that I live in a small town in the midwest where most things are cheaper than in the big city.
28  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Re: Fall Pumpkin Tutorial on: October 02, 2015 10:08:36 AM
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, SuzN.  I've never had a lot of skill with typing so it takes me FOREVER to type what would take my kids only a few minutes.  I'm expecting family to visit tomorrow & was going to ask for help from one of them.  I appreciate your taking the time to help.  There are so many lovely people on this site.

Deregering,  if anything isn't clear, let me know & I'll try to explain further.
29  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Re: Fall Pumpkin Tutorial on: October 01, 2015 06:59:36 PM
Thanks everyone for the nice comments.

Deregering, I'd be happy to help you with the instructions but am not really great with the computer.  I saved the page to desktop & found that it blurred badly when I enlarged it so that won't work.  What would help you?  The only thing I can think of is to retype it in a larger font & re-post it.  I can try that but, unfortunately, don't have time to do it tonite.  I'll get back here asap. Meanwhile, does anyone else have a suggestion?
30  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Flowered tile on: September 17, 2015 12:39:59 PM
I absolutely love my weekly clay classes.  My latest creation is a tile, approximately 6x8 inches.  I pressed a crochet doily into a slab of clay, then modeled flowers & leaves that I affixed to one end.  I used 2 greys for the tile color, orchid for the flowers & pale green for the leaves.  I achieved the pale colors I wanted.  Getting the colors right seldom happens so I'm very pleased with it & will display it on an easel.

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