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How to Paint Faux Turquoise

How to Paint Faux Turquoise Battle Mountain Blue Gem Acrylics
How to Paint Faux Turquoise Battle Mountain Blue Gem Acrylics

I promised a friend to paint her a turquoise clydesdale horse head magnet, easy-peasy right? I thought for sure the internet would have a bevy of articles on how to paint something to make it look like it was carved from turquoise.  But apparently I’m the only one that’s trying this brand of madness.

So a grabbed a spare cat magnet cast and here’s a tutorial on how to create a faux turquoise paint job using acrylic paints!

Short version: I’m using acrylics to paint a replica of a Battle Mountain, Blue Gem turquoise. As always click on the pics to embiggen and if you have any questions, just ask in the comments below. 🙂

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Dead from the Workbench

The Art Desk Lives!
The Art Desk Lives!

There hasn’t been any movement on the workbench in over a month now. Mostly because it was unreachable, buried under the bookcase, the things that were in the bookcases, and bits of the moldy basement wall that I was disassembling. So there’s been plumbing work, wall removal, spackling and sanding… but no art.

That said, I dipped into clean-up overdrive this weekend. I got the two bookshelves repaired and reassembled. I repaired and painted the framing for the wall, and finally got things put away to the point where I could get to my art desk again. (It’s still a bit cluttered, but I figure that’s pretty much par for the course at this point.)

Which means… ART TIMEZ NAO! 😀

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Live from the Workbench

Taking art one spot at a time...
Taking art one spot at a time…

I’ve been in a bit of a painting rut for a while now… I’ve had no trouble working with 2D art (as you can see below by the crazy number of badges I’ve been making for Wordwar Z). I just couldn’t work up the focus to sit down and really put brush to horse– but that’s starting to change! 🙂

Well, at least a little. I’m still not churning out hordes of horses and I’m taking much longer than I should to get a foal done (even a leopard appy), but there’s finally progress happening again.

Which is good because I started to take an inventory of all the work in progress art projects that I have… and it’s not a small number. *sighs*

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Live from the Workbench

Dramatic Lighting Hello Kitty Borg LeCuteis
LeCUTEis of Borg

The blog has been a bit writing-heavy in the past few weeks and I apologize to the folks who are more fond of the artistic end of things! I’ve gone ahead and removed a lot of the non-art posts from cross-posting to the Facebook page, so that feed is a little cleaner. (Twitter and G+ readers just get to suffer! 😉 )

But the Lost Lands of Art aren’t that far away!

Now that the temperature has warmed up and I’ve come out of my winter hibernation mode, things are slowly starting to move again. The joys of Virginia mean that with the warm weather comes the humidity, but I have a dehumidifier next to the art desk so I’m safe for now.

So what have we got on the workbench this week?

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Live from a Messy Messy Workbench!

Live from the Workbench! (The 'Before' picture)
Live from the Workbench! (The ‘Before’ picture)

I finally made my way back into the basement again to take a look at the workbench. I’ve been using the desk upstairs for single projects, but I really need to get things back to their proper home. Painting on the same tiny table as the laptop is not a good idea… but omg, the basement workbench is so messy!

Sadly, I still don’t have an ‘after’ picture, but I did manage to clear out enough space to work. Which means I can finally get back to getting paint on some horses. I’m going to try and get it cleared off again before the week is out so the next update will look a bit more organized. *crosses fingers*

I’ve been in and Art Slump recently, but finally finishing off that cavaletti post seems to have gotten me back on track and I’m raring to go! 🙂

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How to Make Stablemate (1:32) Scale Ground, Trail, or Jump Poles and Cavaletti

Making Stablemate (1:32) Scale Cavaletti and Poles
Making Stablemate (1:32) Scale Cavaletti and Poles

This tutorial covers how to make model horse scale copies of the wooden poles and cavaletti that are used in a variety of horsey ways. They can be used as training aids (walk-over or trot-over poles), as part of a jump (ground poles or rails), or as part of an English or Western trail class (ground or trail poles). Cavaletti are used primarily for training, but I have seen them used for lower level jumping classes in barn shows.

I’d made a sets of these poles years ago, but have never shown with them, so some tweaking may be needed for true Live Show Quality (LSQ). These are great for play or Photo Showing!

On a scale of 1 to ‘ow my finger!’ These are probably a six because of the bits where you are carving out the notches in the cavaletti with the x-acto blade. Just go slow and be careful and it should be fine! 🙂

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Sleeping Corgi (Corgiloaf) Sculpture

Corgiloaf Magnets
Corgiloaf Magnets

Back when I started sculpting shapes to try aluminum casting I tried to make very simple ones… hence the corgiloaf! (aka Sleeping Superman-pose Pembroke Welsh Corgi)

Although it was intended for metal I ended up using this mold to cast a few plaster and wood glue magnets. There’s just too much cute in this little guy/gal to let them waiting in the shadows for me to get my smelter rebuilt!

I started out painting them in non-Pembroke colors, because of my fondness for Cardigans and their multitudes. However when it came time to list them to the Etsy store for real, I resigned myself to only a few mismarked souls.

Onwards to the gallery! (Last Updated: 04/13/2016)

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