Hi everyone I trust you have all had a happy and safe Xmas break and are looking forward to a better year. I’m not a New Year person, a bit of a spoil sport as I’m usually in bed by my usual time of 10PM and I have never tried resolutions as I know they wouldn’t survive more than a few days. Having said that I have decided to become a little more organized and make sure I have completed things I start. I went to the Doc for a check on a minor problem and to my surprise he found out I had a few issues that would have me popping of the perch if not fixed! Funny thing is I have never felt better!
He did say with a few changes I would live until I was ninety! That may be the case but I can’t see me painting figures at that age I feel the hands might just get a bit too shaky and the eyes becoming so dim that glasses won’t help!
Some time back I mentioned that before I got back into dioramas, I did Decoupages. I did say that I would post some photos which I never did, sorry! Anyway I had completed quite a few but still had three big ones and some smaller ones that I had never finished. I sure most of you would know what is involved with doing a decoupage but I will briefly explain what’s involved for those that don’t- but don’t kick yourself if you don’t as it’s not something I would recommend you take up unless you wish to use the modern version and use resins; less hours but the finished results are quite different.
Ok! To start with you find your subject and gather the pictures you wish to use for it- I used a number of books and calendars. You then put a sealer over the paper and when dry you carefully cut it out. Then when you have all your images you proceed to stick them on your object- in my case I collage the pictures to create something like a scene/painting. After you have stuck all you pictures on you them proceed to apply layer, upon layer of varnish and then sand it back so the hollows are filled and the ridges aren’t damaged. I usually ended up applying around 100 coats! When done and it’s all nice and flat I polish it to resemble glass.
I have included some photos of works I have done and when I finish the rest I will pop them up to.
I’m sure some of you will know the artists I have used, though there were so many even I can’t remember them, not to mention that I started this when my first daughter was born and she is now approaching thirty!! You might be able to pick my favourite artist, so bloody good- I have to say he is ahead of the great F.Z and that’s saying something! A big tilt to all these brilliant artists that made it possible for me to have some fun and make up my own stories.
PS. All other projects are on hold. Hopefully.