Category Archives: Art

Air Brushing

My Christmas Project (one of them, anyway) was to decorate a hob cover that I had made for the kitchen. This seemed like an ideal excuse to use Jenny’s new air-brush.

Since I have absolutely no talent for drawing, I made some stencils, with both the 3D printer and the CNC router, and started practising on some scrap wood. It took a lot of scrap wood and a lot of practice before I managed something that didn’t look horribly blotchy, but I think I’ve finally managed to get the hang of it.

I’m quite pleased with the result anyway.

Decorated hob cover
End result – a decorated hob cover

More Art

I made this as a simple carving about three years or so ago, to put up by the pond in the back garden. It kept falling down, and was starting to look very sad. So I decided to clean it up.

I sanded it down to remove most of the mud, and repainted the black background with a small roller to avoid getting paint into the carved out design.

Then I looked at the result and thought, “Boring. Needs more colour”, so got out the brushes and acrylics and went to work. A couple of things I learned on the way:

  1. The mottled effect on the tentacles worked quite well (and it was deliberate, honest). I painted some white patches on the bare wood before over painting with green, and like the effect.
  2. you can put big splotches of acrylic on to give a slightly 3D textured effect.

I do realise that both of these things are perfectly obvious to anybody who has painted before, but they were new to me. I do like the end result. I may be a slow learner, but I get there eventually.

Warning sign for the pond