Mini Paintings on Salvaged Wood

I love to go the salvage centre where I live in search of things to use in my art and jewelry making. Reclaiming things that others throw out, and making art out of them, is very satisfying to me. 🙂

The other day, my quest was for anything made of solid wood, so I could cut it up and paint on it. There were a few new techniques I wanted to try, and they both involved painting on a more solid surface than canvas. I had found a set of solid wood coasters, and they are perfect for mini painting and for trying out new techniques without spending a lot of time on a painting. I wanted to work on a smaller scale first before I put the time in tackling a bigger piece, and risk not having it turn out the way I wanted.

It turns out, however, that I loved painting on these things so much, that my first two ended up just being small paintings without the effects. hahaha

“Bloom Trees”
Wild Blooms

Today, I finally did my first one with the antiquing effect I had been wanting to try. First I painted the image in acrylics, then distressed it with a pointy tool. After letting it dry overnight, I mixed a little Liquin with burnt umber oil paint, to make it a glaze, and covered the whole image with it. Then, taking an old piece of soft cloth, slowly buffed it off. The effect looks better in person than in the photo, but it worked out wonderfully! The oil paint works itself into the nooks and crannies created by my distressing marks, and the end result has a very warm and vintage feel to it. I can’t wait to do another! 🙂

“Rustic Flower”

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Author: sunshyne66

Artist and mom to 3 wonderful boys. Art is more than a hobby for me. It is like breathing. I need to is a compulsion, and a passion. Color is is my escape.

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