52 inspirational photos week 35

Buttermere, Cumbria

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Look what I found on Etsy

Look at these gorgeous finds on Etsy, from the Craft Pimp team and friends. Click on the image to see more.

Black and white and red all over

black and white and red all over

Gorgeous finds from Etsy


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Etching copper


I’m really busy just now decorating the studio and painting furniture, pictures to follow but in the meantime here’s a blast from the past, a post about etching copper

Originally posted on Kiln Fired Art Blog:

 Here’s my first attempt at etching copper using the Edinburgh etch technique, which uses ferric chloride and citric acid as the mordant , this is a much safer technique than using acid.

If you would like to know more about Edinburgh etch click here

I printed out the design using a laser printer and transferred it by ironing on to copper sheet, which had been cleaned first.

As you can see the ink didn’t take very well in places so I went over the design with a waterproof ink marker before masking off the back and placing in the mordant for about two and a half hours.

Here is the copper after being cleaned up, the design is raised as you can see, it has a few pits in the relief but as this is an ancient Greek design it can only add to the finished piece.

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Painting a concrete floor

I haven’t painted a concrete floor before and I was very surprised to find out how quick and easy it was. The floor is new, but dry and very sound so all I had to do was sweep it, then mop over with a damp mop and allow to dry before painting.

I used Crown Trade concrete floor paint which was on offer at £18 a tin, but normally £36. I preferred another make which had more colours to choose from but at £47, and considering I’m over spent on the build now I decided on the cheaper Crown paint in a sort of slate grey.

The first coat was thinned with white spirit , this coat is just to seal the floor, I cut in the edges with a brush then OH used a roller on a long handle to paint the floor, it was done in no time and the colour looks better than I’d expected.

The paint dries really quickly, and a second coat has finished the job off. I’m really impressed with how easy it was to paint the floor.

painted concrete floor

Tomorrow we are painting the ceiling and walls, then the fun begins painting cupboards and other bits of furniture. I’m still waiting for the builders to come back and put on the skirting boards, door and sink.  But I’m going to have to move in as I need to start working again by the beginning of September at the latest, I can’t wait!


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Mixing yellows and reds for overglaze painting

Yellow and red china paints are  more difficult to work with than most colours. Basically there are two types of yellows and reds, the cadmium based ones, which are brighter coloured, and the iron based reds which are duller  and more brownish.

The cadmium colours can only be mixed with each other, Held has a great selection, and a fact sheet on using them.

The iron reds are also somewhat problematic as some yellows will fire out red if they are mixed together, and this is often difficult to rectify as the red often continues to fire out when you try to paint it again. So it’s best to test fire mixing your iron reds and yellows to see which ones work best, and at what temperature. Usually a lower fire of 750C will help prevent the colours firing out too much, and also reds can turn brown if they are fired too high.

So here are my test tiles, I painted the squares with all my yellows and reds, overlapping the colours in the middle.
Before firing to 750 C
before 750C
After firing to 750 C
After 750C
Before firing to 800C

After firing to 800C
After 800 C

You can see that most of the reds with some yellows have almost all fired out at 800 C. But at 750 C the results are better.

There is another way of obtaining red, used by the factory artists like the Worcester fruit painters. This method uses a yellow such as egg yolk, fired, then followed by a gold based colour like maroon painted over it and fired.


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52 inspirational photos -week 33

day lily

Day lilies

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52 insprational photos – week 34


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