This weeks theme is sunflowers, inspired by a commission and the fact that I’ve grown some from seed. Last year I had a monster sunflower:
As you can imagine this produced a lot of seed. Some went to the birds and I planted a few seeds but to my dismay 3 of the young plants have already been eaten by slugs, despite nasty slug pellets! I don’t normally resort to slug pellets but we’ve had so much rain the garden has an abundance of slugs and snails. At least I still have 4 plants and I can’t wait to see if they become monster ones or revert back to normal ones. So I’ve painted the sunflower vase commission and created a sunflower treasury on Etsy, which can’t be eaten and hopefully keep the sun shining!
My latest creation involved some upcycling. I love it when I find vintage glassware, usually in a charity shop and I’m able to transform the plain pressed glass.
I chose the colours for this piece based on a similair colour scheme for a glass serving dish that sold very quickly. The most important skill for painting pressed glass, along with a good eye for colour, is a steady hand! I usually paint one side and then let it dry before turning the glassware around to paint the other side, which helps prevent smudging as well as drips. The glass is then baked, making it washable. I’m always a little nervous when doing this with vintage glassware but so far I’ve only had one mishap!