I picked some flowers the other day
to press in books for later use,
and there were plenty left over.
This old thermos that I got a while back at the second hand store
actually still has the unbroken crock inside,
but the outside had seen a little too much weather.
Moon loves to watch in great intensity
at whatever I do.
Such a willing pupil.
He pointed out to me that the thermos might be in need of some sprucing up,
especially since the rust had taken over the color of it.
I agreed, so I used my Paris Grey Annie Sloan Chalk paint,
which can be used on pretty much anything,
and after I coated it,
I picked a graphic I liked from the Graphics Fairy blog.
There seems to always be something suitable at the Graphic Fairy.
So I colored on the back of the design with charcoal pencil,
taped it to the thermos,
and traced the design on.
I got my acrylic calligraphy ink out,
(so I know it will be permanent and won't bleed)...
and I drew/traced it on with my calligraphy pen.
It was a bit tedious,
I got a little annoyed with myself for picking such a detailed one,
but I worked on it in between child demands,
and I am happy with the results.
I added a verse I like to the center,
and after it was dry and I'd wiped the charcoal pencil off,
I waxed it with Fiddes and Son clear wax,
with just a touch of Rugger Brown for a little age.
It's funny how you can trace something
and not realize the detail of the picture...
until you are actually tracing it.
I added a bird in on this side.
Can you spy it?
It is fun when something old and ugly is spared and repurposed;
and such a pleasant job it has now, too!
Many thanks to The Graphics Fairy
for featuring my thermos on her"Brag Monday."