Monday 15 May 2017

2017 #8 In The Garden {by Carol Fox}

2017 Topic 8: Assemblage

A whiff of summer arrives up here in the Northern hemisphere, and Carol is putting out a cheerful sign in her garden, just as everything starts to bloom....Perfect!

Hi everyone Carol here.

Lovely to be here on the PA blog tonight. I've chosen to share with you a garden sign I made for my front door in the summer, using an arrow that a neighbour made for me from wood I found on the beach and some soft drink cans. I spend a lot of time in the garden in the summer and I usually have a post it note stuck on my front door to direct people to the side gate when they call, this year I will be posh and have a sign pointing them in the right direction. Of course given the Chez Fox look with Fresco paints and lovely Zinski stamps to give it a bright garden feel.

Metal is a great way to add 3D to projects and metal cans are great to use, you can hand cut them as I have here, or die cut them and best of all they are free.

I love how my basic crackle using Fresco Finish Paints in Zucchini and Antarctic, gives a lovely back ground to my Stenciling done with Emma Godfrey's mini PM008 

and Bougainvillea. Sealed with a coat of Satin Glaze before I stenciled onto it.

When I stenciled my words using Little Black Dress I put a piece of masking tape along the arrow to keep my words straight, but when I pulled it off it took quite a bit of my crackle with it, but I just redid the crackle on the ruined bit, patched the stenciling and it looks ok, phew project saved; the wonder of crackle paint cannot be underestimated !!

I stamped all my images from Zinski Art 10 onto a piece of flattened drink can which I painted with Snowflake paint prior to stamping on, as you can see I taped this to the desk with masking tape to stop it curling up.

I now gave my images colour using various Fresco Paints and anything else bright laying around my desk, Gel Pens, pencils anything works on Fresco paints. I cut them out using a pair of small metal shears but do be careful of the sharp edges on the tin when you cut them out.

I just wanted to show this photo of them all sunbathing on my sunny window sill getting nice and dry before I assemble my item. As you can see I have added a couple of quotes from Zinski Art Set 08 onto my arrow. I sealed the quotes and words with glossy accents to make them pop off the arrow a little bit.

I assembled my sign using a hot glue gun as I wanted instant grab to get the look I wanted with my metal parts. I wanted to use the natural spring of the metal to add a 3D element to my item, which is why I choose to use metal and not card. I was very torn with the project between making this or some small metal lanterns from the drink cans, but I decided that these particular stamps were too large to work well on the cans as lanterns, that is a project for different stamps on a different day.

Carol x


You have really pulled a lot of recent blog topics together perfectly Carol, re-purposing, found objects and re-configuring them to make something totally new. Thanks for showing us how to stamp onto the metal, and as Frescos are a UV stable outdoor paint, I am sure this item will look bright and cheerful for many summers to come! ~ Leandra

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Corrie Herriman said...

How fabulous !

Kirsten said...

That is so cute. I love the metal flowers.

Helen said...

What a great idea! It looks amazing

Artmadnana said...

Hope this works tonight! I love this Carol! Love the stamps and love what you did with them. Fun colours. Fun project.

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Fliss said...

What a fab idea Carol and your little sign looks gorgeous with all the pretty flowers and quirky Zinski ones on the metal. Love it!
Fliss xx

craftytrog said...

It looks ​wonderful Carol! Xx

geezercrafter said...

Fab project, great idea. Love how you have painted onto metal, glad you fingers ore ok!!

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Miriam said...

Great project Carol....

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