We put up another of our favorite cartoon characters – The Tasmanian Devil – on the mailbox today. This is the back of the piece.
And this is the front. We hope he gives people a smirk or laugh as they drive by.
Now my husband wants me to add more yellow to the sun/moon piece with the air brush.
I’ve quit worrying now about whether its ‘good’ or not, and am concentrating on having fun with the air brush, plus making something my husband is happy with. I’m really enjoying the experimenting with a totally new kind of painting. We’ve ordered a set of air brush paint, empty bottles for each color we use, plus an adapter and hose so we can hook it to the air compressor in the shop, rather than having to use a can.
So far, we’re learning to clean the system properly, keep it going, and adjust the spray a bit. I’m hoping to find a video on YouTube so I can watch someone who knows what he/she is doing.
Learning a new technique opens up a whole new world of possibilities, making your mind race and your mouth water.
So, maybe the third time is the charm on the sun/moon metal wall hanging and maybe it isn’t. We’re having fun in the trying.
This shows you the sun/moon metal wall hanging after I masked parts in order to use the air brush for shading.
Tracing paper is off. Finishing touches are ready to be done.
Offset ‘moon’ ready for mounting on the piece.
The piece is now drying. I’ll take a final pic when this is up on the wall in the office.
I finished painting this and wasn’t satisfied. It just didn’t turn out the way I had hoped. My husband tactfully agreed. Today I started scraping off a bunch of the paint. I’m going to repaint the two parts with background paint the best I can. Then we decided, as we were discussing what might be done, that I might try to use a used air brush setup I got a long time ago but have never used.
So, I’ll finish scraping paint, redo the background colors with sponge or cloth, and then we’ll see what we can do with the air brush.
Maybe we can do a better job this time.
My husband found this design on the net and we both liked it. I found the source, but not the name of the artist. We both liked it a lot and we’re in the process of trying to make it.
My husband used the CNC table and the computerized torch to cut this out. The piece is about 3-1/2 feet wide and about 2 feet from top to bottom. The piece is so much work for the torch that it overheated. We had to stop the cutting process and wait for the torch to cool down, and then start it up again, fingers crossed it would remember where it was in the design. Thankfully, it did. My husband still ended up having to cut out parts of it by hand.
He made the blue moon separately so that we could mount it on a spacer. We’ll attach it to the main piece through the back with a screw to give the piece more of a 3-dimensional quality.
I marked the metal yesterday.
If we can get our a/c fixed today, I’ll start the painting soon.
This will be a really difficult piece to paint. There is a LOT of great shading on the piece, making the sun look 3-D, for example, and the rays look curled up and wavy. I’ll give it my best shot.
This is the first piece we’ve seen in quite a while that got us excited about cutting out and making something. If it turns out all right, we plan to hang it on the wall in our office.
Wyle E. Coyote and the Roadrunner cartoons are some of our all-time favorites. The Roadrunner never runs out of energy, can run really fast and stop on a dime, and never lets poor Wyle win.
This is the back of the piece. Beep! Beep!
This is the back of the piece. You can see where I had to paint the bottom of the piece on the mounting bar.
Here’s the front. He doesn’t show up far down the road as some of our pieces do, but my husband is pleased with him. I’m relieved that he’s happy. We love Godzilla movies. They’re so awful! :0)
We put Godzilla up on the mailbox yesterday, but I forgot to take my camera to take pics. We went to town three times yesterday, trying to get everything done we needed to before my husband had his second cataract surgery this morning. Simply too busy.
This morning we were up at 5am in order to be at the hospital on time for the surgery. Needless to say, I was barely functional at that hour, and so didn’t remember to take the camera.
Maybe I’ll remember tomorrow. This was a difficult one to paint. My husband says its one of his favorites, so I’m happy he’s pleased with our efforts. :0)
I told you recently that I was thinking of seeing what – if anything – I could add to the world of nut and bolt art. For this I would need to learn to weld. We have the equipment. We have the nuts and bolts and other assorted ‘stuff.’ I’m doing a survey of what is out there, and I have to tell you, I’m getting intimidated.
The people creating this stuff are really talented. They take a pile of stuff and create something that makes you smile. Their ideas are wonderful and their talent is great. I’m getting a bit intimidated, but I’m going to continue my research and then get out to the shop and see what I can come up with that’s different.
Meanwhile, here’s more of the wonderful things I’ve found –
I’m thinking about trying to make some critters using nails, nuts, bolts, screws, and other small stuff. The first step is seeing what has already been created, and then seeing what spin I can put on the art, if any. I’m having a lot of fun seeing the wonderfully creative things people have created!
Welded Sculptures from Found Objects
Mock says of his work:
“I am intrigued by the challenge of creating an entirely unique piece from an eclectic collection of discarded objects. Giving these old, common items a new and extraordinary life as one sculpture is an artistically challenging yet gratifying process. This type of work is also designed to be highly interactive and prompt viewers to question the reality of what they see. Audience reactions fuel my motivation.”
I loved the Pepe Le Pew cartoons, and particularly when his ‘girlfriend cat – Penelope’ was included. I still smile when I see them. This is the back of the mailbox decoration. I tried to blend the horizontal support bar into the figures.
Here is the front of the piece. I hope people smile as they pass our driveway.
We just put this Christmas mailbox decoration up. It’s one of the first decorations we did using the new CNC equipment with the plasma torch. If you look carefully, you can see the old style black metal we used to attach it to the mailbox post.
This is the back of the piece. If you look carefully at this side, you can see where the black mounting piece goes across the Christmas tree design. I tried to paint it so that it wasn’t too noticeable.
We decided to use the old decoration through the 14th, and then put up the new decoration from the 15th through the end of the month/year.
We talked about enlarging this design and doing it again with a new mount, but then found another design that included a tree with a boy and girl that we liked better. We’ll do that one for next year!
This is the front side with the first coat on. This will need a second coat, and then the glitter glue and Snow-Tex before it’s finished.
This is the back side of the piece, with the progress I made yesterday. I’m about to go out and start working on all the black on the piece.
I received my glitter glue, but I haven’t received the Sno-Tex yet. I’m excited to see what interest I can add with those new media for me.