After experiencing a bout of creative block I went to my studio to ponder what to make next. As I was pondering and I’m not going to lie, pouting a bit I decided I would tidy up. I’ve been searching for magical elves to clean my stamps, color code my paints, markers and basically clean up the tornado of art supplies left in the wake of my creations…with no such luck! Thus, I began the drudgery of stacking Distress inks and putting rogue stamps back in the right spots when I knocked over a basket of beads and buttons resting on a nearby wooden stool. Buttons, beads and baubles came cascading to the floor like a colorful hailstorm with a loud CRASH! Double Rats! At this point I was too annoyed to pick up the mess. Instead I picked up the wooden stool and thought to myself…You’ll do….and that’s how it began.
I picked this baby up on junk week last summer and have used it to hold my buttons when I am working on paper flower arrangements. I had planned to alter it somehow but the inspiration eluded me….until I discovered TOFF Challenge. I love to breath new life into an old piece of furniture tossed out with the trash. All they need is love you know
I love rainbows! I am a child of the 80’s and if Rainbow Bright taught me anything it’s to love all the colors of the spectrum. How can you play favorites with colors? Ok fine you caught me my favorite color is blue but if anyone asks I love all the colors equally
My girlfriend who is obsessed with power tools helped me strip the old paint. She was quick to point out that the portions sanded with the power sander were better looking than what I had done with good old elbow grease and sand paper. The hubs doesn’t like me to wield power tools as he is afraid I will maim myself. I can’t say I blame him, I am a clumsy ox and would probably lose at least a digit or two if I had access to heavy machinery.
I took the wooden stool apart in order to sand and paint it.
I used mostly spray paint because a) I’m lazy, hate brush strokes, and like the mottled effect I can achieve by layering different colors and of course b) I feel it gives me street cred as the graffiti artist that wasn’t….but mostly a).
I did make an exciting discovery of a fabulous new spray paint though…Pearl! It’s hard to tell in the picture but I swear it is opalescence in a can!! Definitely in LOVE with this paint!
The Rainbow from Octopode Factory was colored with Prismacolor Markers. I have yet to try Copics but will be taking the certification course this Sunday…wish me luck…I figured I may as well kill two birds with one stone by learning and getting certification at the same time.
The rainbow stripes on the legs of the stool were hand painted with opalescent sparkly acrylic paints from my stash. I sprayed them with glitter spray for added sparkle. I try to spray glitter on things when I can. If I were a super hero that is what I would want my super power to be…and flying of course flying. I would fly over and drop glitter like a crop duster! But seriously folks don’t these have that old school croquet feel to them? I had a set like that as a kid…which is quite possibly buried in my Mother’s basement somewhere…ah nostalgia!
Finally, since I am a firm believer in giving credit where credit is due I added the Octopode Factory logo to one of the legs…an homage to Lily and her lovely Octopodes. I apologize for the blurry image. I was shaking like a leaf and couldn’t get a clear shot despite numerous attempts. I accidentally made Decaf coffee this morning…caffeine withdrawal for sure.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a colorful day….and if you are using crayons be sure to color on both sides so they stay pointy