Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Guest Blogger - Kristi Parker Van Doren and Her Re-purposed Bench Project

The following post was written and photographed by Kristi.
I hope you enjoy learning how she created this one of a kind bench. Thank you for sharing Kristi!

How many of you like to re-purpose items?  Some friends of mine had this cute little bench for sale at a garage sale.  I thought to myself, "self, you can do something with that bench".  So I bought it!  Yes, the seat lifts for storage.  I decided I wanted to use a mosaic look of sorts, add lots of texture and finish it off with RESIN! So lets get this party started!  
I used my Golden Paints (got a GREAT deal on a garage sale of a then local artist, Pam Carriker!) to lay down some color.  Pam loves the teal/ochre combo so there were a lot of those colors along with white so I went with it!
So I blended and painted and blended and painted and then did it some more. I finally got the look I wanted and so I continued until the entire bench was covered. I colored a bunch of dominoes with Alcohol Inks by Dreamweaver Stencils. Yes, they have wonderful, rich Alcohol Inks!  I edged them with Gold Krylon Pens and made the "frame" for the mosaics on the bench top.
I found these stones/shells at Michael's so decided to use them.  I have not ever done mosaic so I just winged it!  I love just making it up as I go, part of the freedom of art!  I used Designer Dries Clear Glue to attach everything to the bench.  It is the best over all glue I have ever used.  I like some others for different projects, but the Designer Dries Clear is my "GO TO" glue!  
I did some glitter work between the bits of shell and let it all dry.  While I was waiting, I used my Connie Crystal Sheets in white to start trimming the bench on top.  
I added a lot of texture to the front of the bench with Dreamweaver Stencils and several colors of Stencil Paste.  I added bits of the shell as well to the paste while it was still wet.
I also used ink to stencil on the pattern to add more depth.
I finally added the RESIN!  The dominoes made a great barrier for the resin and it just went on perfect.
I finished by brushing a bit of resin over the dominoes to seal them.
This is my final result...

I hope you enjoyed.  

Stencils/Paste/Alcohol Inks : Dreamweaver Stencils
Crystal Sheets: Connie Crystal
Paint : Golden
Glitter/Glue: Art Glitter

Keep Creating
Kristi Parker Van Doren
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Debbie Mahoney said...

Wow, now that's literally "decorating outside the box", very cool!
And Golden Paints is a few miles away from me!

Beetique said...

how neat!
My bf would never let me do this to his bench. lol

Kristi said...

Thank you Debbie! This was out of my comfort zone too. Took me 2 years to tackle it!

Kristi said...

This is why you go and find your own bench at a flea market/yard sale etc!

Michelle Frae Cummings said...

This turned out so beautiful!

Pam Hornschu said...

Just amazing, Kristi!

Kristina said...

Anybody get a feeling akin to hunger when they see beads/jewelry/craft supplies? I seem to also get it with mosaics. This. Is. Fabulous.