Saturday, 25 January 2014

Altered Wooden Horse Tutorial - It's a Kind of Magic...

I' sure you already know - I love wooden horses. (And birds. Deer. Maybe just animals in general? But certaily - horses are on the top of the list!).
Maybe it is because they bring back the best memories from childhood when I wanted to have my own pony (no matter we lived in a small apartment in downtown) or maybe because they are so great, inspiring shapes to alter? Or both?
Certainly there is some strange magic in them - I can't resist and when I see one I'm ready to get it... and change their appearance completely!
 Below you can see a small wooden horse my friend bought for me on the folk market which was turned into steampunk-like, dark Pegasus. This is the project I've created for  Luminarte blog - not so long ago! In general - it reflects everything I love about using gels, paints and found objects...


 I have to admit I'm very happy about the final effect - I just love the colors and aged look together with a bit industrial feeling of the wings and sides of the horse. Here you can see it from different angles:









Supplies for this project (links to my store - Mixed Media Place): 


- Silks - Acrylic Glaze from Luminarte: Teal Zircon, African Jade, Stargazer, Bolivian Blue, Solar Gold, Ginger Peach (or others)
- A bunch of found objects you'd like to use (buttons, pebbles, clock parts, trinkets, etc)
- A Prima Mechanicals - metal embellishments from my collection
- Black Gesso or good quality black acrylic paint
- Heavy Gel Medium - gloss or matt
- paintbrushes


And now the best part -
a Video Tutorial for you where you can see this project made step-by -step.
I hope you will enjoy and get inspired!
(you can watch it in bigger size here, on my YouTube :))



I wish you all happy creating and I'd love to know what you think about projects like that. Do you like altering and artistic recycling? What are your favorite objects to recycle/alter?
Sending warm hugs!

21 comments:

Rita said...

Anna, only you could transform a horse in to something special. It's really mind blowing. I still enjoy trying mixed media since I did your course. Lots of Hugs from Scotland. Rita xxxxx

Jadwiga Kluczyńska said...

Aniu- cudeńka tworzysz, które oglądam z wielkim zainteresowaniem. Film obejrzałam z równym zainteresowaniem, choć nie mam odwagi podjąć się takiego zadania. Trzeba by mieć Twój talent :)
Pozdrawiam cieplutko z mroźnej i wietrznej Bydgoszczy

Elena Olinevich said...

You have rocked altering, and I do love the final result. Totally inspiring ( since my inspiration has gone away). The way you cut the horse tail - great tip.
THank you for the inspiration and great tutorial

butterfly said...

Beautiful colours, and a glorious upcycling of that lovely horse... am bookmarking the video to come back and watch when I have time to enjoy it properly!
Alison x

MARCH said...

vous avez un don !
:-)
corinne

bcap61 said...

you already know how I feel about your projects, this one included! :-)

Sjlnechnaia said...

This is awesome project! Thank you for great tutorial! Love the result.

Lin said...

Love love love this horse and have watched the you tube video a couple of times!! Are you going to be selling the wooden horse in your shop??

zveriok said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial! It's always interesting to watch the process of things transformation.

Redanne said...

What a wonderful transformation Anna, your video was excellent and the horse now looks like a steampunk version of Pegasus! Anne x

Gabistella said...

Superb!

Joy said...

Wow! I love the tranformation of the horse!

Corrie Herriman said...

Yes, I like recycling/altering stuff too, mostly boxes and books. Having seen your magnificent horse I might have to try to alter something else too.
Wonderful project !
Corrie x

AngelicaS said...

I love how you touch ordinary, everyday objects with your magic wand and transform them into enchanted fairytale creatures with a life of their own!!!

Jeannette v.D. said...

I absolutely love this project. Thank you very much for sharing.

Laura Strack said...

Hello Finn, I like so many others, have a a whole new respect and love for your art, after having taken a class taught by you. Your horse is gorgeous! Thank you for the awesome tutorial.

Véro said...

It is just wonderful; i love it
it gives me an idea for my niece who loves horses
thanks a lot

Coco said...

A fabulous small horse, thank you so much for sharing with us the process of this amazing masterpiece of Art!!

Tellimaria said...

Oh my, that is so cool. Makes me want to try my own :)
Thank you for the tutorial!

SamsHomeCookedDesigns.com said...

Hi I have only just discovered you because I might have a chance to go on one of your Workshops!!! I love your horse. I am altering Rolling Pins at the moment for wedding good luck gifts. But am I altering or just decorating? got me thinking now. Sam

Tracey Ryalls said...

I have followed your art journey for the past several years, I admire the freedom of spirit and joy of creating your work showcases. Thank you for the inspiration.