Wooden Place Setting

Wooden Place Setting

I was invited to teach a workshop at The Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia https://centerforartinwood.org/ in the Fall of 2018. The purpose of the workshop is to introduce students to techniques on adding color to their art. This Wooden Place Setting highlights several methods that I use to enhance my art. These three items show students different ways to explore a variety of techniques. The students were given time to experiment on their own pieces. The beauty of the creative process is watching a student work with something new. And to use materials in an innovative way.

Regarding the Wooden Place Setting which features a plate with iron paint that gets a chemical coating to create a rust finish. The cup is a silver paint and oxidizing chemical to provide an antique appearance. The oatmeal is a mixture of white paint and resin. Finally, the wood spoon has several applications of silver foil and milk paint. This gives a vintage look to the utensil.


For color applications we discussed and played with the following techniques:

Milk paint is a non toxic paint that produces wonderful effects by layering of colors and then sanding them back..

Copper paint and then applying a patina chemical to create a verdigris effect as seen on a church steeple. This also applies to iron paint to create rust and oxidizing silver for a vintage look.

Gold foil and silver foil applications. Takes a little practice, but can pick it up quickly.

Staining wood with a brush or rag or an airbrush which is my favorite method to apply color.

Various finishing techniques using clear resin to achieve a gloss dome over wooden jewelry and holiday ornaments.

Here is another example of a piece using milk paint https://www.aaturning.com/2017/01/20/bowl-with-rim-feature-and-milk-paint/

Just scroll though my site and you will see many ways that I treat my pieces with color and texture. There are many “Wood Purists” out there that object to these treatments of wood. I think their position it is completely ridiculous as wood is a canvas. It does grow on trees.

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