Surface Design & Art Process
Stick-on Peel-Off Stencil Method
hand painted Furniture
These tables were upcycled basically with the Stick-On Peel-Off method by using painter’s tape (I have used Frog Tape https://www.frogtape.co.uk/ which I really recommend) on an already prepared and painted base.
To prepare the table, the surface was cleaned, sanded, primed and painted with the background color. Having designed the pattern already on paper, I covered the table with tape and drew my design on it. With a very sharp knife, I cut and then peeled off the areas I was going to paint in a different color. It is important to be careful that the knife does not cut below the tape, otherwise, you may damage the surface. It is about knowing how much pressure to assert. Next, peeled off the tape. This method leaves sharp lines and gives the table a professional finish. Then, I added some more painted details with copper ink to some of the tables, to finally wax and buff the surface.
The Stick-on Peel-Off Stencil Method worked wonderfully! Little did I know I would be using it with a very different medium.
Patterns on Tables
Patterns on Tables
My husband and I enjoy going to the car boot sales around York and the auction house nearby. We look for little treasures, nothing expensive but with potential; old things that we find unique in terms of design that people don’t need or don’t appreciate anymore.
I started buying small old tables that were the perfect canvas for my pattern designs. These tables are well constructed and foldable. I wanted to take advantage of the design opportunities this offered. Because they are foldable, they offer different views, so the viewer’s perspective and angle became crucial for my designs. This is most noticeable in the Spiral Table.
Patterns and Hama Beads
Love for Patterns
I discovered my love for patterns playing Hama Beads. Hama Beads is a popular craft activity to help children focus and be creative. It consists of little colorful beads on a tray that are fixed together by ironing on top of them and creating little mats of color. I started experimenting with them and I found the whole thing irresistible! I couldn’t stop. It had a bit of mathematics, sequencing, design, and of course, color! It made me want to experiment with patterns on bigger surfaces. Why not try on tables?
Where do creative ideas come from? How do they appear, and in which fashion?
I have a very creative mind, and in my case, ideas come when I least expect them, sometimes even in my dreams while I sleep. It is as though the brain creates a collage of concepts and images through the day, maybe, from that flower that I observed while walking? Or that artist that I was reading about? Then, mixes them together to produce a new and unique idea. This process fascinates me. It is the reason why I have decided to start this blog in order to understand the creative process. I want to share this in the form of a blog so any creative soul out there can, like me, use these ideas and produce something new and unique. Let's work with this chain of recycled ideas that we call creativity!