Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Canal Boat Tiles

Hello all, sorry I haven't posted for a while, been super busy. Well I have found a style at the moment, and am sticking to it. I have been out buying old things to paint up and sell on, hopefully, I am considering looking up a craft fair in Bristol and trying my luck there. So if anyone sees any enamel, ceramics or pretty much anything metal really in a charity shop, that they want to send me to paint, feel free.

It's a bit scary actually because while I'm sure potentially the things I am creating at the moment could be sold at a profit, all the time I am spending and not selling, I am just essentially draining my student loan, for example I just spent £15 on tiles. ahhh! But it's all good, I'm enjoying doing it. So here's what I've done to them.




If anyone is interested in buying, either come along to a Bristol craft fair, or equally email me, (liliangrist@googlemail.com), they cost £4.80 per tile, and I have 30 of them available, roll on you buyers. 

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Work in progress sketching

Decided to draw this picture rather than do my revision which is fairly typical of me. If you recognise the original, i'm sorry I stole it from you on line, also yay, because it means there is a likeness.
I took photos every 10 minutes, it is still a work in progress, and I continue to post as I do it.








Monday, 2 January 2012

Enamel teapot Canal boat style

This year my mum, sisters and I proposed doing homemade christmas presents to each other, which was a rule adhered to in varying degrees. Was good for me though because the three presents I made cost me just £1.40 in total (not including paint, which cost me £6, but I still have loads left). This teapot I bought for 50p from a carboot and painted with canal boat style roses, I'm sure this has a proper name but I don't know it. I would recommend this form of present giving to you all, because on top of the fact that your giving nice gifts, I also got commissioned by my cousin to paint her bucket-barbecue in a similar way, there is potential for me to make money for my christmas presents this year! My sisters presents will follow, but I am yet to take a decent photo of them. watch this space.

I bought the enamel paint from a model shop, but you can also get them in some art shops too. They are the really tiny pots, but the paint goes a lot further then you might think. Also the colours mix very effectively so you don't have to buy hundreds of different colours. I went for a Canal boast blue, red and green, and a creamy colour, basically prime colours which gave me enough to produce many colours but essentially all in the same limited tone, which was what I wanted. So little tip for you there, buy few, mix more. Oh and second tip, buy low odour white spirit to clean your brushes and as a paint thinner, I didn't and my room with no windows has been smelling of the stuff for months!

Monday, 5 December 2011

Wedding cake...sort of

My sister and I attempted to create a sort-of wedding cake for our friend's hen party weekend, we started at 8 in the evening, the night before, slightly too late in my opinion, except that it was just a chocolate sponge and wound't save for much longer. Here is the final result...

don't all start queuing up to put in your orders at once! So the end result was...well you can see, but the process was fun, and for a first attempt we were unashamedly proud. Why the hey anyone pays a grand for these things is anyone's guess, with a few more practise runs, fruit cake and a few more days I reckon I could achieve some pretty cool ones for under £40!

Friday, 25 November 2011

survey

sorry I know this is pretty unrelated to my blog, but I'd still be really grateful if you could follow this link and answer these few questions. Cheers, lily xxx

www.surveymonkey.com/s/WBFRL2L

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

@ The Well is a'commin'

Know what I'm talking about? Check this out: at-the-well-blog.blogspot.com/
Don't know what I'm talking about? Go there anyway!