Monday, June 4, 2012

vivid: adjective

strikingly bright or intense in color

Over at the Artist Playroom, we have a challenge to do Zentangles, or as this ole' country girl calls them, doodling! And I cannot do them in black and white either, just like photography, I cannot wrap my mind around lack of color when there is so much color to see and use! So here is my "doodle" for this week, it's part of my AB for Elizabeth's online class where we are focusing on Lesson 9, which is backgrounds:
I used my Sakaru Glaze pens and metallic pens by EK Success. I love the vivid colors from the pens!
I concentrated on three elements in my design, swirl, lines and dots.


I seem to have been on a creative roll of sorts, so when my downstairs neighbor asked me if I wanted this old stool, my eyes glazed over and I think I actually drooled. lol I did clean it up so you've been spared the dirty version full of dirt and cobwebs, aren't I nice? lol
Next I added a coat of gesso, I have come to the conclusion that there is nothing that gesso and a little chicken soup can't cure! After that I sanded it to distress it and then put a clear coat over it to protect the paint.
Next, it went back to my craft room where I papered, added ribbon which I inked to make it a deeper orange, etc. and it now looks very colorful, like this:
I love the word strip which I highlighted with my white pen , and the buttons that cover the screw heads:
Added some cork to the top for a coaster effect and a little green paint around the edge:
and here it is, lovingly placed beside my chair, with my ice tea already on it, and my clipping shears. I love the tray underneath to hide hold supplies, fans and plant tags.

I am entering my stool/side table into Unique crafters Challenge # 4, Buttons.


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I've been gone from blogland all day, so when I saw this stool, I fell in LOVE. I have one of those stools, but it is more the cobwebs and dirt kind. This is awesome.

I can't wait to see the finished pages in your AB, but I can wait a few more days (grin).

I agree. Nothing compares to gesso and duct tape. I'm a closet MacGyver. BTW, I had a board I wanted to use to repair a spot on the back of my house. I used gesso because I couldn't find any white paint. It really DOES work for everything.

Rita said...

Love that fishie!! :)
And the stool is transformed completely!

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...awe Sandee your doodles look loVely in colour, so much work gone into them too...& that stool well what a fabby make over loVe it!! the only trouble is when your neighbour see's it she'll want it back!!...super makings...Mel :)

Redanne said...

Wow, Sandee, what a talent you have for doodling (sorry zentangling), it is an absolutely stunningly gorgeous fish! As for your table, well I am almost speechless (had to say almost as I would not have been able to finish this) it is an amazing transformation and looks wonderfully bright and cheery now, love it. Fabulous job. Anne x

Mary Pat Siehl said...

ok that fish is just way too cool!! the colors- everything- perfect

Terrie said...

Wow you're being a show off! Getting your APR done so quickly! I only just read the theme this morning! And then making that plain Jane stool into such a work of art - I'm impressed and it's just adorable! I love the whimsical nature, the colorful touches and then topping it with cork was'll never need a coaster!

Hope you had a successful yard sale. Those are always such a lot of work, but it feels so nice to get rid of some of your old clutter. I have one every other year or so just to clean out the closets and make a few dollars.

minnemie said...

Ooooh I love your fish and the background textures. The chair totally rocks!

AM Zafaran said...

Thank you so much for our comments.
I liked the format that I see here of posting round a chosen word! I really like the colors and love colors fervently like you. The transformed stool would have made your neighbor really amazed?! :-)

505whimsygirl said...

Hey Sandee,

You better not let your neighbor see this - they might want it back! It looks great.

And I love your zentangle!!!!


Katie said...

I love what you've done with that stool!

bellefrogworks said...

Love your doodled fish - so colorful and what fun that stool is! You have given it great new life. Glad to hear that I am not the only "drooler" around!!!

Unknown said...

Really striking fish!

Tracy said...

WOW... you did an awesome job on that stool! I LOVE your colorful fish!! I tried to color my "doodle" and didn't like it. C'est la vie! :) Warmly, Tracy

Kimberly said...

Oh my i just love the colour and such a fab image..i'm a lover of fish..i have two killer whales painted on my bedroom wall and tropical fish here and your stool as well buttons look great..thanks for joining us at unique crafters challenge this month.

Tracey FK said...

the fish and the stool are both pretty amazing... that stool would be a great addition to any room, and the doodle looks lovely and finished and neat... and bright... I had to add colour to mine as well... the black and white seemed all wrong...xx

Jennifer McLean said...

I'm loving your colorful fish! thanks for participating.

Lynn said...

WOW, both your projects are stunning. I can't believe what you did with that stool. Fabulous work. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Unique Crafters.

Darla said...

Great fish and enjoyed the added bonus of seeing your stool. Your things are so colorful.


VonnyK said...

Your fish is so gorgeous and colourful. I love the patterns you have used. This really is gorgeous and that stool, wow, you have done quite a transformation. It looks amazing. Don't show it to your neighbour or they might want it back!

TwinkleToes2day said...

A simply inspirational fish project and the stool is brilliant! :0)

Cynthia Patterson said...

what a wonderful tangled fish....I love his colours....


Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Your tangled fish is amazing. I love it. Blessings!

Gloria j Zucaro said...

I love your colorful and curly fish! The stool is so neat! I have a couple of garbage day by-the-side-of-the-road pic-up pieces I should get to. Great ideas!

Kim said...

Love it Sandee. You and I are on the page with these colors!!! That table is awesome.

Kim Collister Studio said...

Wow! Loving your craft stool. What a find. Don't you just love it when you make something neglected come to life again?

I wanted to compliment you on your ZEN TANGLE fish! I love him. I love his colorful body. when I see the Zen tangles in color, that sparks my interest to try my hand at one.

I pretty much played basketball with the trash can on Jenn's challenge this week and ended up empty handed.

I agree with Tracey, not relaxing at all for me, but maybe I just needed some COLOR!!!

Beautiful submission!

Neesie said...

what a brilliant fish all done up in his finest colourful gear!
You've done an amazing 'tangle Sandee.
I'm thinking I need to start adding colour to my designs. I used to use vibrant colour all the time in my silk paintings but I've kept the zentangles black and white...well for now anyway.
The stool looks amazing. So cute and useful!
Have a great week ~ Neesie

Kira - said...

Your zendoodles are gorgeous. I can see why you don't want to stay away from color! Beautiful things happen when you get your hands on color :)

Thanks for entering your table at Unique Crafters this month! I'm glad I was able to stop by and see more of your lovely things!