Friday, 24 June 2011

Cars, Keys, and Crackle Glaze...

Patchwork Orange - Twisty Town

So, nothing to do with art but I feel the need to vent...my car failed its MOT on Monday and so S kindly dropped me off at the train station yesterday morning and then left my car into a garage for repairs.  He then got the ferry over to Scotland yesterday afternoon to bring his wee boy back over to Ireland for a holiday. I got a taxi back from the train station yesterday evening and it was only as I was reaching into my bag for my wallet that I suddenly realised that my house key was on the same key ring as my car key - which was in my car at the garage! Cue sinking feeling and mounting sense of panic as I realised S wouldn't be home until after 11pm that night!

Luckily my only friendly neighbour (its like a soap opera round our way and we're usually just the viewers!) was home and so I sat in her house drinking tea and wondering what to do.  I phoned S for the name of the garage to see if I could get my door key from them - he then informed me that actually he took my car key off the key ring and then hung my door key back up in the key box in the hallway - hmm, not useful!  

We contemplated smashing one of the small windows in the kitchen and getting in that way but not being keen on having broken glass everywhere and a great big windy gap where the window used to be, I rung round several locksmiths instead.  I was met with phones that just rang out unanswered or 'sorry, we don't have any engineers in your area' or 'yes, I'm a locksmith but it'll be tomorrow before I can get to you' - seriously?! Eventually the last one in the Yellow Pages in my area answered and 20 minutes later he was at my door.  Literally within less than 2 minutes he had picked our lock and I was £40 poorer (and I still haven't found out how much my car's going to cost me yet!).

Moral of story - keep door key and car key on separate key rings!

Anyway, rant over and this is after all an art blog and so here is my contribution to Paint Party Friday for this week. I've been working on building up some stock for my stall at the style fair in August and after a disastrous attempt to replicate a Walkies picture on canvas (all either 4x5, 5x5 or 4x6) with acrylics (I'm going to stick to watercolour for those) I decided to do a series of Twisty Towns instead.  I've completed two so far:






Not as green as I'm cabbage looking - Twisty Town





I've got another 13 to go, unlucky for some but hopefully I've had my quota of bad luck for this week!

Now, it was thanks to Paint Party Friday that I learnt about Crackle Glaze and I decided I just had to have some. So, I was wondering if anyone reads this and uses crackle glaze could they give me some pointers on how to make it work.  I tried it out on a sample canvas that I don't intend to sell,  put on the stage 1 like it said and applied stage 2 but it doesn't look very crackly unless you look really closely - do I need to go over it with paint and if so which colour is best or does it depend on the colours in the painting?

Crackle Glaze

Don't forget to pop over to Paint Party Friday to see a whole host of creativity out there in blogland.

43 comments:

  1. Sorry that you had such "accident". Something similar happened to me last year ... :)

    Enjoying your "Twisting Town" series. The use of one color (in different value) for each is fun. Wishing you a success at the fair.

    P.S. I have a thing for the number 7 ...

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  2. I always love your posts and your comments and today's post has not let me down. What a story of your key adventure. I think everyone has a key story but mine certainly will not top yours. Some days are just like that!
    Your twisty town are so charming! I truly love them. You are so talented.

    I hope you find your answers to working with the crackle glaze. I am interested in trying it out myself.

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  3. Ah, wise words. I have my keys together. Sorry to hear of your mishaps and car troubles. Just had to have mine worked on too. I love the quilted lands and twisty roads and houses paintings!
    Hope all goes much better. Happy PPF! Theresa

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  4. Ah that tale reminds me of the time I took the rubbish out in bare feet and the front door slammed behind me...

    I am very intrigued by crackle glaze - I so want to try it out but am bamboozled by all the different types...

    Your twisty towns are great fun! I likey :)

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  5. Love these towns. :) I can't wait to see them all. Sorry to hear about your day. But it was funny to read. :)

    And to top it, my Mom locked the car keys in the car yesterday with my cat in it. My cat Roadie snicked in the car while we were taking out stuff and when my Mom clossed the door the electronics went crazy and locked the doors. 45 minutes later the car guy came over to open it so all was well. :) The kitty was a little hot though.

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  6. This kind of art is right up my street, I think they are superb, are they for sale??? Ive locked myself out (twice), the first time we had to get our neighbours small boy to climb in through an open window to get to the door. Second time a neighbour literally smashed the door open after I was let down by 3 locksmiths!!! x

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  7. Sorry about your key catastrophy! Lucky the neighbour let you in! Love your twisty towns, they are a bit like miniature Hundertwassers, Happy PPF, Valerie

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  8. Wow, sorry to hear about your key drama! I have been in that situation before, so rest assured you are not alone!

    I LOVE your series! Very very cute. reminds me of quilting too!

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  9. This is unlike anything you've shown before ... it's very good at his style, I like`t. Saludos

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  10. I love those little twisty towns! I am so inspired by the way that you have developed this wonderful, unique style that is all your own!

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  11. Loving your twist towns they are so cute. Sorry to hear of your painful adventures.
    You can make your own crackle glaze with acrylics and PVA Glu. I think there is a demo on UTube. Happy PPF. Annette x

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  12. Oh, I love your story about the key because yes, it ended well and you made the best of it. Love your spirit...and that you have kind neighbors to keep you company throughout the evening. I probably would've popped into the local restaurant for karaoke or steak night or something and made the best of it, but I live in a neighborhood where everyone knows each other and it's almost like a big family party every time I head down to Starbuck's or the market.

    Now let's get to your beautiful twisty towns...you know, you are a children's picture book illustrator, among other things! WOW!! I want to pop into those paintings and live on a house on the hill, like the tipsy one in the green painting. That way when I have one too many mojitos I could say, "is the house tipsy or is it just moi?" ;)

    Seriously, you are an amazing talent! I am fascinated by the quality of work you put out week after week. It's always such a pleasure to visit you.

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  13. Gorgeous work...I love them...beautiful and whimsical..powerful visually too!! Lovely!

    AWw..what an adventure...glad all is aok now!!
    Happy PPF!
    Victoria

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  14. Your TWISTING TOWNS are charming! I enjoy seeing what you will create and share next with us each Friday. HAPPY PPF!

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  15. Hi Pointy Pix, Happy PPF! I just love your twisty towns and how funny, because that is the only way I can paint little houses as I have a hard time with placing them on canvas. These are just so much fun. Great job. Sorry about the key stuff. I know the feeling. A few months back I locked my keys in the trunk of the car. Luckily I had my phone in hand and called my insurance towing place and they came right over like in 5 minutes. He opened the car door and all was well. I got to the trunk and my keys were laying in there.::whew:: sigh of relief. What I did was buy a key holder that I put a spare car key and spare house key in and I carry it in my purse right now. Hopefully I won't lock my purse in the car. Tee Hee. Have a great weekend and great job.

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  16. I love your twisty paintings. The colors, the composition, everything! Sorry about your lockout. Take it from me, someone who manages to lock myself out at least once every six months. Have an extra key somewhere. I keep an extra key in my garage. So when I type in the numerical code to get in the garage I can get the key. Have a great weekend, and no more lock outs! :-)

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  17. I love your twisty paintings - maybe your car broke down from driving on those twisty roads!! Hope it gets fixed soon!!

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  18. totally gorgeous pictures. I did something similar with my 2nd grade class-- inspired by Dr. Suess architecture. just reminded me of the twisty buildings in his art.. http://vividlayers.blogspot.com/2011/03/dr-suess-architecture.html

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  19. Sorry about your mishap, but it was interesting reading! Life's like that. I love your twisty towns, they are really good.

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  20. your paintings are wonderful. i love the characters that your homes have. wishing you the best with the crackle product, it is new to me.

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  21. I am in love with your Twisty Towns! LOVE them! Your work is always wonderful. These are no exception. Crackle paints have never worked for me. I've tried all kinds and have only gotten a hint of crackle. If you find the answer let us all know.

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  22. I love your houses!!!
    What a fun perspective, very original and make me smile!!

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  23. What an amazing story! I am sorry you had to live through it, reading it was very interesting though.

    I love your wrapped canvases. I had a chance to use crackle medium some years ago and remember that resulting crackles were not very visible until I read somewhere that you can rub oil paint in them with a rag. Depending of the kind of effect you want to achieve you use different colors. I wanted antiquated effect at the time and used dark gold mixed with burnt sienna. The result was really great - my daughter won I-don't-remember-what place at the school art fair, one of the first three most certainly :). Hope this helps!

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  24. Oh, I've had those sorts of days! Love the twisty towns so much, they are simply wonderful. Hopefully they will make you back that 40 and then some.
    I haven't heard the expression "Not as green" since my grandparents shuffled off this mortal coil, that brought back some happy memories. Thanks!

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  25. love them - I too see Dr. Suess here! I lose keys all the time, my phone, my camera...choas...my husband calls me Lucy (affectionately).
    cheers, dana

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  26. hehe! Love your way with words..you even turn misfortune into a chuckle hearty story :) Here's hoping the garage are feeling generous and charge you a tiny amount. (yes unlikely I know!!)
    Loving your twisty towns, they're such fun and I really like how they wrap around the edges of the canvas. Sorry can't help you with the crackle glaze though..never used it!
    enjoy your weekend :)x

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  27. I totally love your twisty towns, very cool!!!!
    -Andrea

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  28. I absolutely Love your Twisted Towns! They are so much fun and light hearted! Wonderful paintings!!! Happy PPF!

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  29. Oh dear what a pain! Glad you got in your house eventually! Loving these twisty towns very quirky and cute! :0)
    As for the crackle glaze the stuff I've found looks different to yours and I've been having the same issues, I think I haven't put a thick enough layer of the glaze on as the thicker parts on my canvas seemed to crack better, still need to do alot of experimenting with this but I really do love the effect! :0)

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  30. Oh No! I hate it when I lose, misplace or just forget my keys. Glad it worked out. Isn't it amazing how locksmiths can open your door in 2 minutes.

    I always like your twisty towns and these two are no exception. Fun!

    BTW, Did you get a notice that your sketchbook has been digitized yet? I just got my notice. Cool!

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  31. I'm so sorry you had such a crappy day,, thank goodness you had someone to sit with after all.Fourty pounds is alot to have the house opened, wow,, cheaper than replacing a window though,,, I just love your twisty towns,, do you stretch your own canvas,, I love the deep canvas sides,, thats really sharp ,, it looks really good with the sides painted that way,, i hope tomorrow is a better day,

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  32. Sorry about your car & keys saga. Loved the title though, sounded like a western. :D
    Beautiful towns, cool concept. It´s amazing how they can completely change moods with a change of palette. :)

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  33. Sorry to hear about your car trouble, but so happy you found a locksmith so late at night. We hide a key outside our house. I love your twisty towns. So whimsical! I've never tried that crackle glaze. Good luck with it. Happy PPF! :-)

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  34. Love love love your twisted towns!!! So sorry to hear about your mishap with the car. But you did make me laugh! About the crackle paint. Most of the time you have to put a stain on top of it and it will show the cracks better. Hope that helps!

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  35. What a nightmare! any way I hope the MOT doesn't add to your woes.

    I am loving the twisty towns so mmm I can imagine a book and characters for these lovely little towns.

    Re-crackelglaze I have also tried a few with no success. I use UTEE bout 3 layers and then pop in freezer (because I am inpatient) and then crack where I like then ink a darker colour of what I have been using to highlight the cracks (very cheap and effective).

    Love Dawn xx

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  36. Sorry to hear about your bad day!But I must tell you I adore your twisty houses, so much fun!

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  37. At least the bad day ended well (if poorer). I love these twisty town paintings! What fun!!

    Looking forward to hearing more about the fair and what you are doing for it!

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  38. Hah, such cute houses and hills!
    Sort of remind me of Super Mario Bros... And I love Super Mario Bros! XD

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  39. Love the twisty towns! Sorry about your car and keys. Two of the absolutely suckiest household things to go wrong IMHO. If you figure out crackle let me knoW. Ive had mixed results with the stuff for years. I probably have never laid it on thickly enough. If it was chocolate frosting I would have no problem at all.

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  40. I love your twisty towns! SO imaginative! I have never used crackle glaze before so I couldn't advise on that - but it sounds like you're having fun experimenting anyway :0)

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  41. Thank you all so much for the comments - it is reassuring to find out how many other people have had key mishaps!! My car only cost £50 which was less than we expected so fingers crossed it'll pass the MOT re-test next week!
    I don't wrap my own canvasses by the way - I wish I even knew how to!! I got a whole pile of these on sale in an art supply shop so bought them all with the art fair in mind!
    I have since added crackle glaze to the pictures although its more glaze, less crackle to be honest!

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