March 31, 2011

Pet Portrait of Yellow Labrador Retriever

labrador retriever pet portrait
This is Buck.
He was my Dad and Mom's yellow Labrador Retriever and he passed away recently.
Both my parents are completely heartbroken and I decided 
to honor his memory by painting a portrait for them.

Buck the yellow labrador
This is a photo I used for reference.  
He was a much younger pup here, but I wanted to remember him young and healthy

yellow lab pet portrait
My parents lean towards a more rustic decor so I painted this on a
slatted wooden board I had, it's about 12" x 18".

pet portrait on wood
Dad's favorite color is blue so I gave it a blue background then sanded for distressed look

yellow labrador pet portrait

labrador retriever pet portrait

labrador retriever pet portrait

labrador retriever pet portrait
Hope they like you Mom and Dad!

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March 27, 2011

The Original Table Leg Dragonflies with Ceiling Fan Blade Wings

Update as of Spring 2016, I'm no longer making the dragonflies.
I sincerely appreciate all the past orders, thank you!
Please visit my new online shop featuring my coastal and 
nature themed mosaics. 
This post has been crazy popular over the internet, and these are the originals!
I started creating dragonflies using spindles or table legs for the bodies in 2009. When I 
first started making them, I would create a wing shape out of wire just like
in the dragonfly with beaded wings tutorial and then cover the wire shape
with canvas fabric that I had painted in fun patterns and designs.
The addition of ceiling fan blades for the wings was my latest idea in 2011.

table legs and spindles for dragonfly bodies
The bodies of the dragonflies are table/furniture legs and spindles

dragonfly wings with scrolled design made with rotozip
For some of the wings in this batch instead of fan blades I used thin plywood, 
called Luan or underlayment. I cut the wing shape with a jigsaw
then used the Rotozip saw to cut the scroll design.

thrift store ceiling fan blades for dragonflies
When I came upon this box of ceiling fan blades at the thrift store,
I saw dragonfly wings!

table leg dragonfly with ceiling fan blade wings
I cut most of the ceiling fan blades down into more of a wing shape.
To make it easy, I clamped 4 blades together at a time and used the jigsaw to make the cut.

ceiling fan blade dragonfly wing
I primed them and painted with various distressed finishes and added a little 
dimension by gluing other wooden pieces and parts on the wings.

back view table leg dragonfly wings from ceiling fan
Here is a back view that shows how I attach the wings. You will need 2
screws per wing to keep them from shifting. Be sure to drill pilot holes through 
both the wings and the spindle body before screwing them in or you risk splitting.

Since all the table legs and spindles are different, you sometimes have to play around
a little with placement of the wings in order to get the most surface area to screw into.

I added finials to the ends of some of the table legs, 
this was a single ottoman leg I had...I knew I was saving it for some reason.

ceiling fan blade dragonfly wings
I used scraps of decorative molding on other wings.

table leg dragonfly
The patina on this spindle is perfect,
I left it as is and tried to match the wings to it with paint

table leg dragonflies
These two I did a little differently

macrame beads on dragonfly body
I used giant wooden macrame beads you always see at 
thrift stores to create a zig zag pattern on the front of
this table leg and gave the whole piece an antiqued turquoise finish.

paint finish using your fingertips
For the wings I used thinned paint and my fingertips to create the pattern

tortoise shell paint finish using fingertips
Pictures don't really do it justice, it looks pretty cool in person!

table leg dragonfly
The eyes are little metal pieces from the back of brass knobs I had and
the antenna are metal hooks.

table leg dragonfly antenna mixed media
These antenna are rusted wire that I curled on the ends...

These large whimsical antenna are made from copper metal plumbing strap. 

Please, no more emails to me to let me know dragonflies only have tiny, barely noticeable
antenna and not the large antenna like I use. Since these are not actual representations of 
dragonflies but whimsical, art creations, I added big crazy antenna to some of them! 😊

original table leg dragonflies
Did you know dragonflies are the symbol of renewal?
It's actually a perfect fit using recycled materials to create them.

table leg dragonfly garden art
There is a lovely story called Waterbugs and Dragonflies by 
Doris Stickney that tells the story of dragonflies and rebirth.
I've lost count of the emails I've gotten from people telling me how
dragonflies have such a special meaning to them and their loved ones. 
They truly are symbol of rebirth and renewal!

repurposed recycled table leg dragonflies by lucy designs
Hang indoors or out, I seal with liquid Minwax Polycrylic
Keep in mind they are painted wood and they are going to weather, and
could start looking dull like any painted wood if left outside. 
The finish will last longer if displayed in covered area outdoors like a porch or patio.

If you want them in direct weather and want to prolong the painted finish, 
you can always re-coat with a spray of clear poly about once a year.

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March 26, 2011

Table Leg Dragonflies Part 1

I've been making dragonflies out of recycled wood pieces!
I'll give more details and pictures later but these will give you an idea of what I've been up to.

Anybody want to guess what the wings are made of? (not the scrolly ones)... and no fair if you've seen my Facebook  post either ;)

To see all my dragonflies, follow the dragonfly links under the categories section

Click Here to see how they all turned out!

March 20, 2011

Zebra Table Before and After

Zebra Table

This is how I found it...
Click Here to see what I did with the top vanity piece

I removed the mirror and was left with the table

Painted on zebra stripes

Added  metallic highlights

Gave it a little glaze to tone down the white

Added black and white stripes on the legs too

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