second landscape dresser | part one

Marian ParsonsMiss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Painting & Refinishing

Do you remember our first landscape dresser?  In case you don’t (or perhaps you missed it or you’re just joining us), here is a refresher…

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It was a collaboration between Kriste and I.  After working on it, along with the murals and other hand painted landscape elements we used in our booth for the Lucketts Spring Market, I felt inspired to do more.  I even bought a couple of canvases, which is pretty far out of my comfort zone!

Anyway, I was itching to do some painting and, since I didn’t have any new pieces to work on, I decided to paint the dresser that originally got a makeover just with Hemp Oil.

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I have to tell you, I loved that dresser wearing just Hemp Oil, but it didn’t sell at Lucketts and it was just hanging out in the studio, so…

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Yep.  That’s what happens when things hang out in the studio for too long!  Obviously, it’s not finished, yet.

Here’s a video showing the process of painting it…

A few details –

I painted directly over the Hemp Oiled wood.  We applied the Hemp Oil several weeks ago, so it has had time to cure and will not act as a resist to the paint.  I applied the paint directly, without sanding or adding the Bonding Agent.

I started at the top of the dresser with Flow Blue and blended it down into French Enamel, which is a lighter shade of blue.  If you look at a sunny, blue sky, you’ll notice that it gets lighter as it nears the horizon.  That’s the look I was hoping to achieve by blending the two colors.

For the grass, I started with Lucketts Green and blended that down into Boxwood, just to create variation and depth.

As I do with my other hand painted designs, I drew this one out with chalk.  It’s just a rough sketch that gives me an idea where everything will be placed.

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Now, I need to paint the actual landscape, which I will do with acrylics.

I must confess, I’m a bit nervous about it (and, I’m getting pretty ambitious with cows!)

I’m not a perfectionist, but I really nitpick and second guess myself when it comes to this kind of painting.  I know I need to relax and let my art be my art and not feel self-conscious about it.

And, as I tell so many people who share their nerves with me…

It’s just paint!!!

second landscape dresser | part one

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