Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Our old table is new again!

We wanted to do something with our everyday dining table. At first I thought I would paint a design on it with those new chalk paints I've been hearing about. Then my husband and I got the idea to glue a map that shows all of our travels onto the table and add collage elements around it then pour resin on top to seal it all.
This photo shows the first attempt of trying to glue down the map. I used a whole jar of acrylic gel medium and it had some horrible wrinkles I couldn't even get out. I carefully took it off before it was dry. The photo shows were parts of the map stuck. I poured water on the table and used a credit card to scratch it all off. 

The map sat around for a week while I gained courage to start over and  got some helpful hints from my friend Marianne and the internet. I tore the map apart on its creases and crinkled up each section to make overall wrinkles and coated the front and back of each section. 

It came out perfect this go around.

After I glued down the pieces, I added dots and swirls of paint between the ephemera. 
The next steps were to put masking tape around all the edges and then pour a coat of 2 part resin. Unfortunately the resin soaked through the map making dark mottled areas where the paper was thinner from it sticking to the table the first go around.  Now what to do?

I decided to start painting on the resin.
I painted our tandem bike.
I really liked the way it turned out so I painted some more...
Next I added our teardrop R-Pod trailer complete with
our little pink and blue trailer shoes under the door. 

Next I added our  Dodge Ram Pickup truck we had to buy to pull the trailer, then the second coat of resin was added. We thought it still needed more "stuff" so my husband and I decided to add some current travel photos to the mix...
In total there are 3 layers of resin. I waited until it was dry to the touch to add the second and third layers. After letting it cure for 72 hours, we removed the tape and had to do a light sanding around the edges as the resin had tried to creep up the tape. I didn't have the resin pour off the sides. The table top is 3' x 4'. I have ordered some silicon place mats so we don't scratch it up or cause any damage since it is a table we use every day. 


Rebeca Trevino said...

pam I got here via facebook
and your table looks fabulous.

because you had to remove that beautiful map, I wanted to tell you about a new "glue" I just learned about. it is amazing. no bubbles, no wrinkles ever!
I learned about it from my studio-mate. she taught high school Art at one of our high schools here in santa rosa.

anyway it's WALL PAPER PASTE!
I am sold on it. it's relatively inexpensive, easy to use (I make it in small batches, just add water, and I keep it in a re-sealable tub from the deli, and it keeps for a couple of weeks)

after the paper is laid down and it dries, I seal it with a couple coats of Liquitex gloss varnish.
(I know the wall paper paste lasts, because I have original wallpaper on some of the walls in my house that's been there for over 50 years!)

anyway, you should try it. I'm telling you . . . you will love it. it's great for larger projects, like tables, or if you do a wall collage. (im thinking of wallpapering a wall in the guest bathroom with sheet music.

take care, sorry this went long . . .

Pam McKnight said...

Thanks Rebeca! I used to buy wallpaper paste when I taught elementary art for making paper mache but I never thought of using it in a collage.