I took part in the RSPB bird watch weekend last weekend. Because we are rural and maybe because I put out loads of feeders, which I keep topped up, we have a large number of woodland birds visiting on a regular basis.
I have long been an admirer of Matt Sewell’s bird illustrations. In one of those moments where you just want to change rooms and do something a little bit more interesting than your average painted wall etc, I decided to paint tiles and the walls with fun stuff.
So I just launched into sketchy cameos of some clunky fun regulars who visit our garden. I did check out if Matt Sewell did tiles, but I could not find any, so I did some based on his work for the kitchen and to surround our fireplace.
Never having attempted anything like this before I started with acrylics. These just rub away from a glossy tile. So I played with other ideas but did not want to spend money really as these are just for fun. So as I had loads of plain white tiles, I decided to experiment! I have discovered that acrylics work reasonably well if you paint and then cook them! About 30mins on a low heat and the paint stays put much better. I am not sure if they would stand up to washing, but a gentle wipe should be ok. I will let you know ……………………
So the fun freeze is on its way to being completed.
The fireplacce needs a border of one tile depth around 3 sides. The grren we chose is a little trickier to paint so I am still playing with ideas. But hey – a fun Saturday!