While in France, I learned of woad, a natural pigment used to dye fabric, baskets, used in paint, and more so I went online, found a supplier and bought some. The good people at Golden paints gave me advice on how to mix it to create acrylic paint. I used it for the background in the above floral. I've got a test piece in the window to see how lightfast it is. Golden, and any other paint manufacturers have nothing to worry about with this gal making paint. First the stuff stinks and second, you've really got to get finely ground stuff to work well and it's just not as nice as their paints. But, with that said, I feel like I authentically brought a bit of Europe back with me and not just souvenirs I bought.
Recently, my family spent a week in Captiva, Florida where I spent many an hour picking up shells. I brought a lot of them back and made my own version of a sailor's valentine. Both my husband and my son like it. What do you know?!
Another piece with woad paint in the background.
This clock base is a recent estate sale find. I really paid almost nothing for it. It was in a lot of items and it was so dirty that I couldn't tell what I'd have to do to use it. Turns out I just needed Murphy's oil soap to clean it. Then when the clock insert arrived, just poppped it in.