Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Day 386- My Palette


What is your palette like?

Mine started life as a chair. A chair that has since broken its back and lost an arm with legs that no longer stood strong.


Yet, I kept it because my apron belonged there; like two ill fated lovers who met again in their late years, a little worse for wear but finally happy.


And when there was room too for my old paper canister of new paint brushes and an equally old flask for my water, I knew the chair was for keeps. 


It could even hold seven small jars of precious pigments and make them look like jewels. 


And that is not all. For I could fashion a mixing board with its broken back and easily punched a hole  through. I put a tube in that hole so it could hold the most loved brushes; the ones I used all the time. Of course, I also made space for a little cup of water. 


The board has one short leg and one long one but it can be balanced with that sturdy tube of brushes. It stands securely anywhere


 but it sits most snugly on the chair where it really belongs.


I think I am ready to paint now. 

Will you join me? 

My place?


Or yours?

37 comments:

rosanna said...

No time but :o))))))))
((((*_*))))

Sans! said...

(((((((((((Ro)))))))))))))

Goodnight :)

Kim said...

either, either!! Your place is more serene-mine is more crazy- what kind of things would we create in each place?? Beautiful post Sans- I love this house soooo much ♥

Drora's minimundo said...

Nothing goes to waste. You created a beautiful work furniture from a broken chair (Did you break it on purpose?) I am getting to love this old house.
Hugs, Drora

Lady Jane said...

Lovely story surrounding this old broken down chair. Perfection!!!

The Old Maid said...

Yessssss. Yours this time.;D
How useful it is to know how to use broken things...:)The chair has got not only second life but also meaning.;)
Hugs and kisses

Ilona said...

Definately your place, I would love to come and paint with you in this special house, Sans! I never throw broken things away, they are often very useful!
Hugs, Ilona

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: a great job. It is very real. . Keep in touch

Daydreamer said...

Oh, my Dear Sans!!!! I am on my way right now!!! You have built the perfect painting bench... the more perfect because it is so worn and damaged that no-one will mind dripping paint all over it!!! And your Brushes... so perfectly available... Can I PLEASE use the Blue one????? You make Poetry of the simplest things... Treasures out of trash... and Beauty in the Derelict... it is almost too much for words... I am Delirious with the thought of spending time there with your precious pigments.... I am on my way... or am I just Dreaming again....

Dark Squirrel Victoria said...

Perfect! I love all the colors and your brilliant use of the broken chair.

Hugs,
Victoria

Liduina said...

This is such a fantastic post! I love it! Right now I am working on something similar ( though my personal style is different from yours) and this is a terrific inspiration. Your pallet, brushes, pigments and apron; it all just looks perfect! Well done. Do you happen to know how to make such nice tiny brushes? Did you make a tutorial once?

Ana Anselmo said...

I will join you for sure!!!! I love to paint and it will be so funny to do it together!

Eliana said...

A broken chair becomes a essential trestle!
The paint palette is amazing!
=)

teviro said...

Que bien te ha quedado y se ve tan usado. Perfecto.
Besitos.

CWPoppets said...

Your imagination is astounding, Sans. I would just have thrown it out never thinking about what one could make of it.

Lucille said...

I'm coming Sans! I will cross many oceans to join you in your little house and admire first hand this enchanting little bench and palette. Old things are always best. Be it an old blanket which we bring on picnics, or an old shawl or sweater that we're not afraid to spill things on, old comfortable chairs and cushions that are squashed and faded with time and usage. I am looking forward to a painting lesson from a most talented host. I love those little pots! I agree, they do look like precious little jewels!

carmen said...

fantástica tu paleta!

Marta said...

That's a great idea!! Hugs. Marta

BiWuBär said...

Your place - because your palette is more beautiful and more practical than mine... and big enough for both of us. What a clever solution you've found - I wish I had something like this in real life. And your aging - or maybe I should better say colour sprinkling - made it even more beautiful. Fantastic piece - now, start painting!!! ;O)

Hugs
Birgit

Fabiola said...

The broken chair now have a new life. Great idea!
Bye Faby

Maria Ireland said...

The use of the broken chair is a beautiful wonderful idea. I would love to go painting with you in your wonderful house.
Hugs Maria

Margriet said...

definitely your place :-)
What a great idea to use an old broken chair!

Piikko said...

Haha..painting on a chair remains me for my dad. He used paint and keep his paintings on the chair..in kitchen.
Once happened an accident...
I dropped down one of his wet painting. You know, I do not how to paint but I did my best. ;D
Thank you Sans for showing your beautiful scenes. Hugs and greetings. And definitely in yours!
Becourse I love these colours of yours.

Ascension said...

........cuando quedamos en tu casa para pintar???
Consigues hacer de una silla rota una fantastica pieza y de unas pequeñas miniaturas una historia llena de vida.
Me encanta venir de visita.
besitossssss tesoro

Elizabeth S said...

Hello Sans! Your talent is so innovative and the results are spectacular! You make me want to have an old chair like yours and laden it with all the things that artists love. There is so much freedom and independence in your creations! Every picture tells a story and you never want the story to end.

elizabeth

Sans! said...

Kim, there's nothing like a crazy place for creating something unexpected and freeing . My creative spaces can hardly be called serene although when I am done and everything was packed away, sometimes it looked as if I was never there.

As you may be able to tell, I am a rover with no fixed place to work. I am all for alternating my place with yours , Kim and I am sure we can make magic in either's space.

Sans! said...

Drora, you are sharp :):). Yes, I did break the chair but I didn't know it was going to end up a palette cum tablet cum hanger of apron :) when I broke it :). I think I had wanted it to be a stool.

Sans! said...

Thank you Lady Jane !

Sans! said...

Liduina, I have seen and read your blog and I am a fan of what you do :):).

About the brushes, yes, I made them and yes, I will definitely consider doing a tutorial if I can get to photograph the process properly. But in this scale, the items were too small and I couldn't get the camera to focus sharp enough.

Maybe I can explain it here :

I used toothpicks for the stem and feathers from a feather duster for the bristles.

Step 1: cut the toothpick to size (depending on your scale. Mine was 1:24). Make sure that one end of the pick is shaved a bit flatter.

Step 2: Paint the pick the colour you wish for the brush stem .

Step 3: After it is dry, dab some glue at flatter tip where you will want the bristles to be.

Step 4: Cut off the edge of a feather so that just a few bristles of the feather are on your finger. (DO NOT breathe! or the teeny bits will fly off)

Step 5: Quickly transfer the bristles to the glued tip and twirl the toothpick as you do, so that the bristles are glued on both sides pf the toothpick.

Step 6 : Paint the part where the feather was glued to the toothpick silver to give an impression that it was the metal casing used to hold the bristles to the brush

Step 7 : Cut off the bristles to desired length if they are too long.

That's it! If it is still confusing, let me know and I will see if I can take pictures for a proper tutorial. I have seen your work, I am very sure you can do this and make them even better!

Sans! said...

OMG, Ana! I can totally see you painting any broken chair to life! I absolutely love your paint work! :):)

Sans! said...

Ok, I am utterly confused now! Will the real Marta, please stand up? teehee, sorry, just kidding around.

Marta of All for Barbie, I kept thinking you were the Marta I met in Spain until I saw Marta of els petite detall de la Marta whom I see now from the profile pic to be HER! :):)

Are you the same person with 2 blogs? Or different Marta ? :)

Sans! said...

Birgit, I too want something like this in real life :). In fact, more and more , I wish I have a place like this in real life just to create. :):)

Sans! said...

Piikko, I too had sat on a wet freshly painted chair too ! hahaha! I think memories of loved ones creating are some of the more special ones in a person's life. For me, I will always remember my mum for her extraordinary green fingers and my dad for designing the dining area of our 3rd home. He even designed our dining table and the chairs :). After we grew up, he pretty much left all the designing to us, his children. :) And no, he wasn't a designer nor schooled as one. He just wanted a comfortable home :)

Eva said...

I would like to paint with you...in your place....
Love to see that a broken chair can be transformed in something so creative and beautiful...Congrats my dear, your fingers are like brushes that give colors to the more unusual items.

Cinderella Moments Real Estate said...

It's so cute! Your details are always so perfect. I love looking at your creations. They amaze me.
hugs♥,
Caroline

Virginia Isabel CoMa said...

Me encanta como escribes y me ha encantado la silla de trabajo que te has hecho. Yo me uno a pintar contigo.
Besujis!!!

Norma said...

Only you could make a little broken chair into a work of art (no pun intended LOL) - I'm sure your imagination knows no bounds. And the colours are the stuff of dreams, their depth and vibrance make the jewel like and truly enchanting.

Google+ Badge

Blog Widget by LinkWithin