And I mean it.
We've been getting some very nice days, then it all goes wonky and snow comes again. And I just can't take any more cold. I'm done, I quit. Either Kansas warms up and stays that way, or I am leaving.
Before it snowed this week, while the weather was pretending to let Spring come, I picked a handful of the daffodils blooming in my yard so I could have a bright bit of Spring time on my windowsill.
That helps, well a little bit.
I'm so glad that I have my blog friend weekend to cheer me up and make me feel spring-y since the weather isn't doing it for me!
Another thing that helps lighten my mood when I am feeling grey and gloomy, is to lighten up something else. A friend gave me a pair of these lamps, and I liked the lines, but disliked the color. So, to cheer myself up, I made them a bit cheerier.
I followed the short cut steps that I like to use (on my side bar, in the tutorials, "How to paint a chandelier") and gave the lamps a spray coat of (bonding) primer.
Then, I added silver glaze over the primer, using a stiff brush and a stippling technique. That is where you dip the brush in the glaze, then dab the brush against a paper towel to take some off, and then pounce the brush onto the object you are painting. I use a really cheap brush when I do this, since it beats the crap out of it.
This is a technique that you don't want to try to do perfectly. The only thing you really need to watch out for, is that the crevices and cracks and low parts get filled in good. (its also pretty to use two colors, a slightly darker one over the first after it dries, but I was too impatient and didn't do a second color)
When it was dry, I sealed it with a clear coat.
Over the long, candle stick portion of the lamp base, I added a strip of paper taken from a really old sewing magazine. It was simple and quick, I just ran a bead of glue all around the edge of the backside of the paper, and then stuck it on. I didn't even measure just right, I wrapped it around, so that the excess just went halfway around the pole again.
The page I used was a little crumbly on the edge and I liked that, so I left a bit of a ragged edge. You can't really tell from the photos tho, its more to the backside of this image, but you can see just a little bit of the torn edge to the right.
The lampshades got left as is. I thought I wanted something lighter and lacier, but once the lamps were painted, I kind of liked the contrast. Especially after pinning on an old, white velvet flower.
Did you notice that I blurred out the backgrounds? I just about had to, my studio is the pits right now.
See what I mean? But, it will be all spiffed and ready for my blog friend weekend soon. (this post was written earlier in the week, and scheduled to post over the weekend while I'm off playing with my friends. Lets HOPE the room looks a little better for them!)
But,if I don't stop getting side tracked by little projects like redoing a lamp, the chances of the room getting cleaned up could be slim to none.
Or if I spend time digging through old magazines looking for pictures. Now, that is a real waste of time. But talking about pouncing glaze reminded me of this show house I painted in years ago. It was a Victorian house, and had great textured wallpaper all up the grand staircase and through the hall.
I painted in all the colorful details of birds, flowers, and sunsets on the paper, then stippled over it in bronze and cream glaze. This photo was in Better Homes and Garden Paint Decor. I'd forgotten all about this article, and just had to go and dig it up. Instead of cleaning the studio.
Okay, enough procrastinating. I'm really going to tackle the room now.
ps- Today is Silver Bella sign up. For various reasons, I won't be going this year,(one being sticker shock at the price!! Others I won't go into) That event was always so special to me, but I haven't talked to a single person that I know who will be going this year. Of course, I made all those friends at that event, and would probably meet more wonderful people there if I did go.
Are you going?