Friday, September 16, 2011


Being from Florida, we do not have traditional County Fairs like up North, so I am so excited to participate in the Blog County Fair! This is going to be so much fun!

Fellow designers Vicki O'Dell and Laura Bray decided to get a linky party going to show projects that you might see at a county fair. Click on the Blog County Fair blinkie in my sidebar for more information.

Since I have a black thumb instead of a green thumb, my entry is a Circular Saw Blade that I painted to look like a Sunflower.

Sand the used saw blade and then seal it with a coat of Krylon Triple Thick Crystal Clear Glaze, so the rust would not come through the painting.

I created dimension under my painting with Golden Molding Paste and a palette knife in long strokes from the center to the edges. The saw also had a large hole in the center, so I taped the back and filled it with molding paste as well. (TIP: Let the molding paste dry over night or up to 24 hours before you begin painting.)

Base coat the sunflower petals in a medium yellow tone (Marigold), then add highlights with a lighter shade of yellow (moon Yellow) and shading with a darker shade of yellow (Antique Gold). Repeat for the flower center with three shades of brown (Milk Chocolate, Light Cinnamon and Dark Chocolate) and a stiple or stencil brush to create the "fuzzy" texture. I created accent dots by dipping the wrong end of my paintbrush in the medium yellow paint and randomly dotting the center of the sunflower. I used Americana Paints by DecoArt.

I added additional depth to my sunflower by antiquing the entire piece with Light Cinnamon. Simply paint a sloppy, thick coat of medium brown paint over the entire flower, getting in all the nooks and crannies, then wipe off the excess with a paper towel. Seal with another coat of Kyrlon Triple Thick.

Hope you enjoyed my project for the Blog County Fair! Be sure to hop around to all of the other Blog County Fair entries - and add some of your own - Blue Ribbons handed out on Monday!

Thanks for stopping by! -Beth


Nubia said...

I absolutely thought this was created with paper....stunning! I can't believe it's a saw blade.

Carol Heppner said...

My great grandparents, grandparents, and parents all had Veggie gardens that were amazing. I never had any luck with plants. They look at me and wither! lol. Love your idea of painting a saw blade. You did an outstanding job!

Carol Heppner

Carmen said...

Gorgeous! What a great way to use up an old saw blade. I love how you added dimension with the molding paste. Fabulous!

Laura said...

That's pretty amazing. We have one of those lying around here. Never would have thought of this.

Laura Bray said...

So pretty! I love your creativity.

creativegoddess said...

Love the Sunflower! Thanks for joining us at the Blog County Fair!! :)

Olubunmi said...

I would never imaginve that it's a saw blade. That is just so nice! I would have that definitely as a decoration in the house somewhere. Perhaps in my kitchen as it has a theme of Country Kitchen. :) Very nice!

Donna said...

Really nice job! Great way to upcycle!