Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Altered key hook

I've altered a little house shape board with a hook for hanging keys. It started life being plain white and is now more grungy.


I painted layers of relic, vintage and lace chalky finish paints and weathered wood crackle medium between the last two layers. Then I daubed watery washes of the same colours - drying between each layer. Edges sanded - ground espresso blended in and also over the surface then wiped partially away with a babywipe.


Sealed with ultra-matte varnish.


I really want to re-create this mottled look on a canvas now.


I just added a flat metal key and a quote chip for some embellishing.


This has gone into the Packhouse to be sold. I think it might be a bit too grungy (or expensive - see below *) for people but we'll see.


Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxxx

*I am finding that people are probably not aware of how much time it takes to make art or cards etc and although I do not expect to get enough back for the time I put into a project, I would like to cover the material costs sometimes. Still I promised to give myself a year to see what happens and I was warned by the staff when I first signed up that the people who do the best are those who have been there the longest. So onwards we go. 

19 comments:

Monika Gulyas said...

Your key holder looks stunning with those layers and crackles! You created a great grungy background, Brenda! I'm looking forward to seeing this on canvas! And I totally agree with your statement bellow! Big hugs

Gina said...

Oh my gosh..that looks fabulous! And I love the energy it gives off due to the sentiment. XXX

Aquarius said...

This is brilliant but as you say not everyone appreciates grunge - I love it and love producing grungy cards which are sadly not particularly popular. I totally agree with what you said in your footnote, often folks just don't appreciate just how much goes into art work. Good luck - hopefully your perseverance will pay off eventually.

hazel said...

This is a fabulous key holder, I love all the grunge.
xxx Hazel.

Dortesjs said...

waue love this Brenda ;O)

Angela Radford said...

That is one grungy delight Brenda. Angela xXx

Meggymay said...

Its a fantastic aged looking project, super texture and crackles .
Yvonne xx

Mrs.B said...

This looks fabulous, love the finish. I agree with your footnote and because it doesn't have a 'label' don't think it should have a price tag, but don't give up.
Avril xx

Redanne said...

You achieved mottled, you achieved vintage - love this Brenda! Hugs, Anne xx

Lisa said...

Oh wow, this is amazing, Brenda!! It's a weathered, grunge masterpiece!! The vintage colors you've achieved are incredible!! Wow!! Stunning!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

butterfly said...

It's such a great technique with the layered chalk paints to create that beautiful weathered effect, Brenda. The mottling is just fabulous - a really special home decor piece.
Alison x

Littlelamb said...

This looks stunning Brenda. I really like it but agree entirely with what you have said. I hope you do manage to sell it. I find the same with my pottery. People just don't realise how long it takes to make something.

Sue Kosec said...

It's not too grungy for me. I absolutely love the look.

Happy crafting!
xo
SuZeQ

Patty O'Malley said...

Fantastic home decor project, Brenda! It is a shame that not everyone appreciates the time and work that goes into creating a project.

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

I'm always envious of your rusting effects Brenda and this is no exception, wonderfully rusty!
Hugs
Donna xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Fantastic finish on that surface - absolutely amazing Brenda!
oxo Susi

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh my! That mottled paintwork - it looks just like the wall of a house we saw in Troyes two years ago! Hugs, Chrisx

Sara Barker said...

Brenda, your aging techniques amaze me like no other! This looks like an old stuccoed, then painted and chipping wall! What a great key holder, and I'm sure someone is going to snatch it up in no time! Having your own shop is tough business, and most do not survive a year. Hang in there, and you will be rewarded in the end! Sending hugs!

Sara Barker said...

PS You are such an inspiration to me! Just thought you should know...