My Art work

If you are an art lover and want to sneak a peak into my art work. I have a display which can help you learn more about the type of art and artwork I do.

MY INFLUENCES

A few pictures from my notebooks – I try to take one whenever I’m travelling- they’re a nice reminder of time spent with friends and family, also to remind myself that sometimes realism can be fun. The most recent are from the South of France- Cezanne, Van Gogh et al.

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How to Use an Angle Grinder Tool

An angle grinder is a very versatile tool which can help grind metals and cut various other materials like tile, stucco, etc. They are also used to polish certain materials. An angle grinding tool is one of the most versatile piece of equipments has a variety of grinding wheels which makes it easier to cut these materials. An angle grinder tool can be inexpensive and can be sued frequently for demanding jobs like cutting cement, stucco, etc. This equipment has an ability to handle different wheels and accessories making grinders much more versatile. There are many ways to use an angle grinder tool but some of the most common ways include.

Metal cleaning

The wire wheels remove the rust and all the flaking paint easily, all you have to do is attach the brush angle grinder attachment and start to strip and clean the material. The wire wheels can easily fit into the crevices and make it easier to clean a flat surface as well as bumpy surface.

Cut bars, rods and bolts

If you are looking for an equipment which can help make the cutting job easier, it is highly advised by ratemywelder.com, to cut these metals using an angle grinder tool. You can use these angle grinder tool to cut rebar, angle iron, keep rusted bolts at bay. This line of the most inexpensive way to cut metals.

Cut tile, stone and concrete

If you are looking for a way to cut out any ceramic or stone tiles, an angled grinder tool can work well. The obstructions given are difficult for normal cutters to penetrate but with the help of a dry-cut diamond wheel grinder tool, you can easily cut your way through concrete.

Restore cutting edges

An angle grinding tool helps you restore edges and even out any rough edges on tools like hoes, shovels and ice scrapes. You can even use it for initial grinding of the axes allowing to perform much better. If you want to sharpen you other tools follow this guide where you need to position your way into grind edge and switch it on and let the speed shave away unnecessary cuts.

Cutting out old mortar

You can also use an angled grinder tool to help remove the old mortar. If you have a grinder tool lying around your house all you need to do is remove the mortar and do a lot of tuck-pointing as well.  This helps to remove the mortar quickly without the disturbance of damaging the bricks. Remember that while doing this job you might want to wear a dust mask and shut the windows before you start.

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10 Encaustic Artist Tips For Beginners

Encaustic art can create some very intricate and visually complex pieces, not only using color composition and blending via varying opacities, but also texture and tactile complexity. This is because encaustic art involves using melted wax, usually mixed with a pigment, as a painting medium. With so many compositional factors to keep in mind, it might be hard for beginners to know where to even begin when attempting to try encaustic painting. Here are ten tips for starting out.

Determine Your Medium and Canvas

Since wax is a heavier medium, you’re going to want either encaustic board or wood as a canvas. These can be bought at almost any craft store, or even the hardware store if you plan on using wood.

Picking Your Wax

For just starting out, I recommend “encaustic medium”, as it is prepared specifically for encaustic art, and all you have to do is melt it and you’re ready to start. As for color and opacity, the sky’s the limit.

Other Materials

Now that you have your medium and canvas, it’s time to pick up all the other materials you’ll need. These would be:

-Electric Hotplate

-Scratching Tools

-Small Heat Gun or Propane Torch

-Natural Bristle Brushes (hog or goat hair is preferred)

-Encaustic Pigments (if you plan on making your own colors)

-Collage Materials (if desired)

Composing Your Image

While you’re free to just go to town on a blank canvas when learning how the medium reacts and responds to the wood, eventually you’ll want to have a plan when making more intentional pieces. Make a rough sketch of the composition on the wood block using a very light pencil (5H or 6H artist pencil) so you have a guide for where to apply the wax.

Getting Started

Heat up your hot plate to about 170-200 degrees and wait for your wax to be completely liquid before painting, otherwise, you might end up with some uneven chunks mixed in. If you want, set up two hot plates, one for opaque and one for transparent wax, that way you can experiment with both.

Applying The Wax

The key to using a wax medium is to ensure both the wax and the brush remain hot and applying the wax in layers. You also may want to apply a base layer of clear wax as a base coat and work your way up from there. Patience is key, don’t rush it.

Fusing The Wax

In order to get the layers to adhere evenly, you’ll want to fuse them with heat. After applying each layer of wax, brush the torch back and forth over the entire canvas to fuse the layers together.

Collage Elements

If desired, try laying down collage elements like photos or other paper or thin objects between layers.

Texturing

Here’s where those scraping tools come in. Play around with scraping or marking the wax.

Have Fun

This is the most important part! Don’t try to make it perfect, just experiment and find what works for you! Learn about unique jewelry making ideas as well in our upcoming event.