Wednesday, February 9, 2011

More Art Making On Distant Shores.......

Bloody hell...what am I doin' on this blog??? Where's me rum?
Alright Mateys, say you be shipwrecked on a spit o' land with only yer jar of gel medium and a swatch o' canvas and yer trusty dagger (a.k.a. palette knife).....

Sands and Dagger Club....
And on that same island you be shipwrecked with the lurvley Cap'n Jack, and he be runnin' out of rum. (ye knows how he gets....)

Why is all the RUM gone???
And so yer thinkin', maybe if I makes him a nice VALENTINE with me gel and some of this here SAND (Budgie Grit) and that pocketful of white sand (decorator sand) I brung back from *The Locker*, the dear Capn's humor will improve.....

The essentials for all Art Pirates....
What say ye??? AYE???
I thought so! So we be using the sands of the isles and putting two types into one heart mold.

Arrrrgggh! Where did this scurvy dog come from? Have he the Black Spot?
That little guy looks like trouble...I'll keep an eye on him.
Working with Budgie Grit or sand is one of the times you will have to mix and pack your mold quickly. The natural tendency for both items to draw moisture away from the gel means the working time is less, as is the drying time.
This is good and bad....good because I hate waiting for things to dry, bad because I need to mix each item separately and then have a bit in the middle where they meet that blends. 

Initial gel packed into mold.
Once you have something that looks like the above (and you can put the white sand at the top if you want, or one on each side...) then take a bit of the leftovers from the initial mixing and fill the middle, then use the palette knife to swish it about a bit. That will set it with the other two gel mixes, and they will be getting a bit of a crust quickly. Don't worry--this works pretty easy. Just have everything ready FIRST, savvy?
When you pull the mold, it should look like this....

Wet gel with sand and grit.
 And then when dry, you'll be able to see the different colors of the grit/sand, like this....

Nice definition of the two different additives.
 And as for this little fellow, me thinks I be keepin' an eye peeled on him. For I believe he be making another appearance with this heart before all this Piratey business be through.....

Who be lookin' at WHO??? He seems up to no good.....cursed, no doubt!
 Now head fer ye posts and don't make me keel haul ye!


Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Have you had your cup of Joe yet? I am having the first cup of Java Love and wondering how you dream up this wonderful gellin adventure! It is so frigging cold here today and I am up for some odd reason so I might as well hit my Senior citizen Goodwill sales...the roads are quite passable this morning :)} Stay safe and take care of you and hubby! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Linda Moran said...

GREAT way to start the day!!!! I love this - looking forward to seeing how it all turns out....I could start a whole new set of projects...........

*Ulrike* said...

Now you know I love this post! The sad thing is you didn't invite me over when Captn Jack was there :(!

Cathy Bueti said...

Love hearts and love this post! Cannot wait to see how this turns out! :)

Elena said...

Oooooh Cap'n Jack eye-candy.....yum. Love this post for the instructional info but mostly the humor. Tee hee...

yoborobo said...

Excuse me, but if you have Captain Jack, you don't need sand, grit, hearts or rum. I mean, rum would be nice, but it is not necessary. :) LOL! ARRRRGH! You be crazy, Mad Dog Annie! What treasures await us as the dawn breaks tomorrow? ARRRRRGH! (Now send Jack over). :) Xoxo Pam

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I knew you all would see the dear Captain and NOT pay attention to the tutorial!!! LOL!!!
Okay, let's face it---a grit tute is not the most exciting, BUT, the plans I have for the heart will be great! Seriously.
Pam, you CANNOT have Cap'n Jack---I need someone to shovel. Not that he would be so inclined without the proper *leverage* says I. ;-)
Ulrike, I have the Cap'n tucked safely away, sleeping off his rum....hahaha!!! (like I would get any art if!!!)
Hopefully no one will sue me on this one. Heavens, it's good publicity for their movies!
Okay I'm off to try and work because you all know, "The Code is THE CODE"!


Carol said...

What a treat to see Cap'n Jack AND get a gel tutorial. A delightful post!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Carol,

I'm hoping the added *eye-candy* won't distract from the actual work at hand too much! :-D
This piece will be killer when it is done; I won't post steps (well, I may change my mind--I'm running behind BAD) but it is going to be a hoot!


marianne said...

i love these tutorials! you will be saving me lots of money in the coming year. not sure that would take care of cap'n jack's bad mood after he realized that i was the one who drank all of his rum, tho, have to go to plan b....... hmmmm

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Marianne!

heeheehee! You're on your own with the Cap'n---better make him a HONKING Valentine!!! *wink* and include a bottle of rum....
Glad these are of help; coming from you, with as much as you use gels, I figure I am on the right path!


Silke said...

Ok, Anne, this is almost to much on an early morning - Cap'n Jack! *swoons* Everyone keeps talking about a tutorial, but I must have missed that somehow. *swoons some more and nearly falls over* Off to find the Cap'n - I packed rum but somehow forgot the budgie grit... Oh, well! Love, Silke

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I'm telling Daniel!!! LOL!!!
Yep, should have put those photos LAST....after the instructions....hahaha!
And I'm still drinking coffee and you're looking for the Cap'n. Hmmmmmm......


audrey said...

What IS it about this man that makes every girl's heart beat faster????
How sweet of you to include photos of him for us to look at while the sand and gel information soaks into our mushy brains. Very clever, girlie!!
I've cleaned and saved a couple of meat packing trays to make molds. So, I'm headed in the right direction with step 1. Now if I could stop looking at photos of you know who, I could get on to step 2!!
Great post, Anne! Nice texture. I'm eager to see what's up your sleeve for this heart.
♥ audrey

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Oh dear....
I should never have put the photos in there...I knew it was a MISTAKE! hahahaha!!!!
At least you SAW there was a tutorial! :-D
Off with ye!


Janet Ghio said...

If I were stranded on an island with Captain jack, I don't think I'd be spending my time making valentines!! LOL

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

LOL Janet!!!

But remember, he's out of RUM and out of HUMOR!!!
So maybe the valentine would be a good intro, dontcha think??? heehee!
Yes, I have lost my mind.....


Deborah said...

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaa! HA! Thanks for the morning giggles! Me likes Cap'n Jack. You are very clever today. **kisskiss** Deb

dosfishes said...

Great tutorial matey. I like how this heart turned out. Mail on the way to you. xox Corrine

freebird said...

You are too funny for words.

Marie S said...

Oh this is tons of fun!
I love the sand.
Great job Anne.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey All!

I do have my moments...few and far between though they may be! LOL!!!
Learning is easier when you're having fun.
Of course, if you're TOO DISTRACTED, well, then having FUN is okay too! :-D

Anne.....I'm here all week! Badda Bing! Badda Boom!

Jan said...

Cap'n Jack is a nice respite from real life, as is your tutorial. I shall have to catch up later.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Then my job here is done!!!


Gloria said...

Grit huh? Not a bad idea at all. My husband uses it for his birds. He raises birds. Maybe I can borrow some from him. Great post, always full of life. Have a great evening.

Janine said...

Unhappy me?
My inadequate english is not good enough to understand all of your post and what kind pf gel you used,
However, that looks like a great job and a lot of fun.
Have a great day

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Das Gel wird der weiche Glanz Gel durch Golden Medium.
Ich habe Sand, einige hinzugefügt, und Glitter für andere. Es ist sehr einfach zu tun.
This was through a translator---I hope I have not insulted you! :-)


Bella Sinclair said...

If I were to be stuck on a sandy, deserted island, I must remember to have my gel and some molds with me! Oh, you are too much fun. And that body-less guy...he seems to have a twinkle in his eye. :D

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Well Bella, how else do you spruce up a post about basically making sand pies???
EYE CANDY!!!! Ah-hahahaha!!!!
And that little bodyless guy has been a royal PITA this evening.....grrrrrr......>:-{


Ima Weed said...

Here, here, let's have more of this. So much fun!!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...


After getting all the photos FOUND and in the post (blogger was being a stinker...) I'm ready for a vacation! LOL!!!
If only they could make it a little not throwing photos in where you don't want them.
In the meantime, that little guy at the end, he's been busy! ;-)


Sophia said...

I just love your tutorials and how you add some pizazz and fun in the middle of each. I envy all of your work space. I'm STILL trying to figure out how to create even a small spot to work in my tiny new place! oy!

Love ya and always thinking of you.

Sunshineshelle said...

OMG, I'll have a rum... & a Captain Jack on the side - GREAT POST!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Sophia,

Just pull n *Anne*---get a fold up table, plop it right in the middle of the floor where you'll fall over it and work. (seriously, I have done this many times)
It took me years to have a studio; everything else was made in the kitchen or corner of the living room. I never gave it a second thought..till I did things like drop a hot iron on the carpet...etc! LOL!!!
Just make a tiny space, and go for it!


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey 'shelle!

I think we ALL could go for that combo! LOL!
(I wouldn't get any work done, but, oh well...!)


Robbie said...

i'm really enjoying this process! It certainly will give me lots of samples to see what works, where and when!! and Jack...geezzzz, by the time he'd get here I'd forget what he was coming over for!! Typical!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

It is fun doing all the different things and seeing the final results.
And I would NEVER forget what Jack was there for....hahahaha! >:-)


Sympathy for The Devil said...

this is perfect for my Valentine's day, HAHAHHA :D

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I'm just here to make people HAPPY! :-D
Well, sometimes.
And sometimes NOT.
Drool all you want.


Karen S said...

OMGosh! This is so funny. But I can't believe that I missed "talk like a pirate day" again!!! Arrrrrrgggghhhhh!!!! Where be the rum?!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Karen,

Every day at my house is Talk Like A Pirate Day! LOL!!!I think it's Sept. 21st, isn't it? For some reason that date sticks out.
Where be the rum??? NOT HERE! That's why we be makin' heart shaped sand pies! hahahaha!!!! To keep the Cap'n HAPPY!!!


studio lolo said...

i feel like I'm in a bloody movie!!

That's how good you are ;)

Oooh, trying to catch up on 2 days missed. Bloody hell!

I'm moving on to your next post now!


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

This was the entertaining post Lolo!
The next is, well, a little dry! hahaha!


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