Tidbit of the week

It all started out as an experiment in various painting techniques, using some old precut fiber boards lying around. Then, as we have awesome power tools, I thought I’d try making my own frames again, just to explore the option for oddly sized images.

Unfortunately I ran out of spray paint halfway through (backside up here), which is not surprising once you realize how much is wasted on the surroundings. It will now be at least a week before I can finish and get my floor back… I’ll put them aside of course, but I can’t pop the paintings in, photograph them and really, really put them away, out of the way to make space for new ones. And the smell prevents me from using the room while each layer dries, so I try to do it as the last thing every evening.

I like the finish of spray paint rather than brushing it on, but the cost is a bit much when each can doesn’t last longer. Painting outside is also not an option btw unless you want to make pollen, cat paws, slug trails and other nature things a permanent feature of your surface.

11 thoughts on “Tidbit of the week

  1. love the painting and the new frames – can’t wait to see everything together. πŸ™‚ That quote – ! so true. Spread the word.

    1. Alas I had a mail Fri afternoon that I won’t be getting more black paint for maybe 2 weeks or more – so the update is severely delayed…

  2. I love non-standard sized paintings! And you can get a little more mileage kilometreage? with the spray paint if you place them closer together and/or the smaller ones inside the larger ones, etc. – maybe use longer strips too to lay them out like on a big rack, so it’s less fiddly placing the smaller pieces too?

    1. Interesting idea about fitting them inside each other. πŸ™‚ I don’t want to paint the wood before sawing and glueing, because I’d have to repair the corner paint anyway. And else, see my reply below πŸ˜‰

    2. Of course what I could do is place paper or canvas underneath as a random background layer for new paintings! Instead of decorating my floor.

  3. Great quote. I had a ceramics teacher once who told me, as I was lamenting some ‘imperfection’ in a mug I’d thrown, “If you want perfect, go buy a mug at Target.” Point taken, sir. Is it hard to build the frames? I’d always been told that it’s quite fiddly getting all the angles just right.

    1. It IS fiddly – even with an awesome saw. And takes up my table space for drying glue for too long. Then the paint drying. And it’s certainly not perfect…

      My conclusion so far is that I won’t do straight up simple frames unless it’s better than none for a presentation type of situation.

      Apart from buying frames and making paintings that fit standard sizes (or use canvas on stretcher bars = paint the sides) I will instead A. buy old frames at garage sales and try to fit my painting surfaces to the sizes I have before I paint or B. use the skill for “creative” frames that either gets stuff glued onto them in a sculptury way or get made from crooked, natural materials that don’t need to be smooth and “perfect”.

      Also: cheaper spray paint if any.

      Great learning experience.

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