Monday, September 3, 2018


I had been doing a lot of thinking about what design I wanted to paint on my oil tank. I wanted a design that would be interesting and not fussy to paint. Although the designs I liked were kind of 60's-ish abstract I really wanted something organic, so I went through my stash again and found some fabric with a leaf design I liked.

I liked it because I could paint it easily freehand and it didn't have to be exact.

 I didn't want to paint the whole tank, but I did want to break up that vast expanse of white.

I have no trouble handling a brush and getting it to do what I want it to do.

It looked good, but the more time that passed made me realize that the paint I was using wasn't designed to stay where I put it, unlike artist oil paints which are generally stiffer than toothpaste.

Even though the design looked good when I painted it, a short time later, drips appeared.

I tried to wipe the drips with a rag, and almost made it worse. I have to decide how much touching up I want to do.

Because in the grand scheme of things, it looks fine.


QuiltSwissy said...

Hmmm.....wouldn't have expected the paints to run like that either. Love the leaf motif though, perfect choice.

Judy in Michigan said...

Great paint job - you are very talented. Maybe just touch up the white. Less is more.

Jackie Kelly said...

Looking good.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Well, paint does like to run. I wouldn't do too much coverup, but I'm pretty sure as OCD as I am I would need to do some. You chose the perfect design for the tank. I like that you didn't choose something to busy. It's true that less is MORE. I love it.
xx, Carol

Quiltdivajulie said...

I think I would leave it as it is. You aren't going to be close enough to see the smudges very often and, if it turns out that they annoy you greatly, you can always go back and fuss with it.

Mari said...

Oh, this is perfect! It looks so good, and I guarantee no one else in the neighborhood has a tank like this. Can you see the drips from 20 feet away? If not, it's perfect as-is.

Susie Q said...

WOW.... great way to "paint" the tank.... I to would just leave it.... no one but you is really going to notice a drip.

Ann said...

It looks better than fine. What is that old saying? If you can't see any problem driving by at twenty mph, it's fine. It must amuse your neighbors - or drive them crazy. I'm glad it's not all white. Much less likely to get dinged by a snow shovel.