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Friday, February 5, 2010

Illustration Friday: Muddy


Our elementary school had a sale to get rid of some old furniture and athletic equipment. I purchased twenty oak school chairs that were rather distressed, but a real bargain at two dollars apiece. I've sanded some of them, illustrated either the image of a cowboy on horseback or a fairy onto the seat using color pencil along with an inscription on the back of the chair. This particular one that I'm currently working on will be a gift for a coworker of my husband's who is expecting a baby. In the past I have used oil based polyurethane to protect the art on the chair, but I am a little worried about the colors becoming "muddy" or washed out. Does anyone who may have used pencils on wood have any ideas? Your suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you!

12 comments:

ValGalArt said...

hmmmmmmm, i always use crystal clear when i use prismacolor pencils, but i pretty much spray it on all my art. Vicki, you made my day! Absolutely stunning! I would love to have one I wish my house was not so small :( you amaze and delight me!

Teri C said...

I wish I could advise but have never done this type of art. It really looks wonderful and I hope you show it again when you are done.

Krista said...

Beautiful! What a lovely gift!

sandybau said...

Beautiful idea! You're so creative and generous!

Shirley said...

Wow, that's a tough one...I wish I could help. But I like your interpretation of the prompt - it was one of my first thoughts...muddy medium. I hope you get some resolution, but it looks fantastic already!

Katherine L. White said...

Very cool. Nice illustration too.

Diana Evans said...

oh wow Vicki!!! what a wonderful creation!!! you did a fantastic job on these and they are new again!!!!

wonderful work!!!!

INDIGENE said...

It has such an antique feel, which is lovely!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

I have no idea but you are giving me some grand inspiration. This is brilliant and very beautiful. Has an old world quality that I adore. This fantastic. I wish I had some ideas about colored pencil on wood. Now if you trying watercolor pencil that's a little bit different. After you color with the watercolor pencil, just use a moist q-tip swab to blend it in and see what effects you get. Great work.

Aspa said...

Well... I have painted with acrylic on wood and I used spray on the top. So far the colors on the paintings still hold well.
This is a wonderful illustration and you gave a new life to those chairs.

Jan McLaughlin said...

Don't suppose if I brought you an antique child's chair you could do something with it for my niece? :)

Jan McLaughlin said...

Vicki, darling, your magical talent is so exceptional. The first time I saw this image, I knew I had to have it somehow in my life. Took months to figure out where, but the kid-sized, antique wooden school chair is a perfect home for for it. Glad that I get to wait until next Christmas to pass it along to my wee niece so I can fill it with lots of love before making the transfer. Thank you so very much! Miss you!