Sunday, August 4, 2013

Wooden it be nice

Wooden it be nice to have a lovely patio that was covered?  Wooden it be nice to have a matching patio set?  Wooden it be nice to have a table that wasn't rusted from age?  And wooden it be nice to have an inspiration like these awesome fairy flowers sent to me some time ago by my dear friend Annette (Voodoo Vixen)?

Too much wood?  Well, actually, no, since yesterday I started to play with wood.  I checked the forecast before I ever brought all this stuff out back, and the weather web site stated there would be no rain for the next six hours.

RIGHT!!  So where did these rain drops come from and why am I still out here, when I should be packing up and moving inside?

I guess the drops came from that cloud that seems to have been hanging over my house for the past week.  I was able to outlast the raindrops and get on with my painting, as I mixed two colors of pink together to paint the board on the left.

Of course, you can see how I tried to mow in between downpours the day before, but my mower kept stalling and I did a lousy job.  I'm just glad someone wasn't paying me, because they would NOT have gotten their money's worth!  Note to self: don't mow when the grass is wetter than a rice paddy.

It was time to paint the other wood block.  Since I have no gray, and I wanted pink and gray (still thinking about the Summer of Color color combinations), I used an ugly "country blue" (not sure what it's called, but what it reminded me of) and combined it with a hint of black acrylic paint. All the acrylic paint I used was inexpensive, except the Patio Paint.

Now it was time to let these dry while I cleaned my brush and my hands.  Have I mentioned I'm a bit anal?

About three hours later, my hands were clean, my brush was clean (as clean as it was going to get, at least) and I was ready to proceed.

I placed a decent amount of PVA glue (Elmer's Glue-All) on both wooden blocks, then

placed the opposite colors over the blocks, thinking the paint would crackle.  And although I waited and waited, waited and waited some more, cleaned up my mess, except for the wooden blocks on the plastic, and waited even more, the paint didn't crackle, not even in the least.  So I leave you with the question "Wooden it be nice if a technique turned out right for a change?"

What are you wishing for this wet Sunday?  I hope you have a super (dry) rest of the weekend.

12 thoughtful remarks:

MadBirdDesignsUK said...

Blame the humidity. You need dry air to dry and crackle!

Dawn said...

Ooh how annoying!! I think the lady above me is right though lol!
Ha ha ha I gave up on supposed crackle techniques and got some glazes in a sale - can't beat a little cheating sometimes hey.
Huge hugs x x x x

elle said...

It wood! lol But the backgrounds do look nice!

Anonymous said...

Yes wooden it be nice if things did as we wanted them to always....That is one well used brush!!! Time to make that baby art. xox

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Oh, it wood certainly be nice if every technique always worked out, wooden it? I have to admit I use the glaze that crackles automatically. No rain here this weekend.

~*~Patty S said...

Guess we wooden learn anything if everything always went exactly as planned ;)

I have some new/replaced crackle paints that need attention...
hope you get the crackle you are after!

I am wishing for more gorgeous summer days just like this one with sun and mild temps and LOW humidity!
Hope you had a great Sunday E...

voodoo vixen said...

If its not too hot to play, then the rain clouds come out and spoil the fun, you just can't win!
If you had done a good layer of white glue between the coats of paint, it would have crackled with some heat applied. (For next time)!! Love the pink colour and it looks good with your dark blue shade too!

Carola Bartz said...

Don't you just hate it when a technique doesn't turn out the way it should? How frustrating. However, I do like the shades on your wooden blocks.

Halle said... the title of your post! Gotta love a good pun. Anyway...I'd have to agree with the others on the humidity factor. The colors are nice though!

Nan G said...

Can't wait to see what you make of these pieces. I too am a cheater and use glazes that do the crackling. Good luck. :)

Rita said...

Maybe it was just too damp? I'm late to the party. My Sunday? I got a new-to-me chair and it was a perfect weather day. ;)

Terrie Purkey said...

I don't know the technique so have no advice there though plenty of others had suggestions. I just know I liked the color combo and I'm still in awe of how much you're willing to try all sorts of things and share your results - good or bad. Thanks!