• Sanna Wieslander

Last winter, I worked on a different project in addition to my regular studies at school. Tibro's craft academy usually collaborates with Art college in Gothenburg, where their design students produce a detailed sketch of a chair that the students at our school help to create.

From the craft academy this semester, it was Nils and Lovisa (from the special carpenters) who sawed all the pieces for the chair, and put it together at the end and I (from decor painting) and Kajsa (from gilding) made sure to paint it according to their wishes.

This is what the design students' sketch looked like, which we would then make sure it became a physical chair.

The tiled chair RUT! It may not be a chair I would have in the living room myself. But imagen how cool it would be to have it in a bathhouse or similar. Or maybe at the bottom of a pool?

While the carpenters sawed all parts, I took the opportunity to test different types of "tile paint" on smaller test plates. They wanted the tile to look crackled so I tested with different varnishes that made the color crack. As well as with different base colors. We also tried to lay some metal in the foundation. But then they got a completely different expression. Kajsa focused on finding the right black color and structure for the hook and the newspaper stand. The students at Art college wanted them to look like cast iron with a slightly coarser structure.

Here are four different tests. I think I made about 15 tests before we made up our mind.

We came to the conclusion that we wanted white lacquered top paint with a slightly broken white base paint in the cracks.Then it was just to let the party get started! The carpenters came in with all the pieces and then it was time to polish, paint, polish, paint and then apply the crackling varnish.

About half of all the pieces of the chair that we were about to paint.

Malin in my class came in as a saving angel and helped to grind and paint the pieces (they were many!).

This is how the surface ended up. I didn't have many pictures from the "crackling stage".It was a bit difficult to capture in the picture as it takes a few hours for that varnish to be activated. When all the pieces were painted, the carpenters putted them all together. And voila! We had a chair!

Malin and I in action.

Final touches.

And this is how it turned out in the end:

Portable newspaper stand and "café table".

Hanger with "cast iron look".(which Kajsa has painted).

What do you think? I think it looks kind of ugly/cool and modern/old school at the same time. Far from a traditional cozy armchair (although it is actually very comfortable to sit in).

It was so cool to take part of this process. From seeing the first sketch and then to be involved in creating the final product. Especially when you get to collaborate with several different educations / schools in this way. And I have to say that it turned out very similar to the sketch? And you know what? This chair (and a lot of other cool stuff) will be on display at an exhibition in Mölndal in May. More info about that coming soon.

You who have hung out with me here for a while know that I previously ran my own webshop and printed and sent my posters and prints myself directly to my dear customers. Then life took a little tango. We got a baby girl, moved to a new city and I started studying full time at Tibro's craft academy. All of a sudden there was not enough time and I chose to close my webshop and sell through other retailers instead. As with Printler for example! I am SO happy about this collaboration. It feels so safe to know that my illustrations are really handled by professionals. They keep a close eye on everything that has to do with the printing process, use paper of the highest quality and are sent nicely packaged with care to the customers.

And you know what? Right now I am the artist of the month at Printler! Feel free to have a look at their website to read more. Right now they also have up to 30% off on all posters and prints if you use the code "SPRING21" when you arrive at the checkout. (Read more here.)

  • Sanna Wieslander

My God, time has really flied ever since I started at Tibro's craft academy. A whole semester has already passed! I thought I would write a lot here and update you on what we are up to in school, but time has just disappeared. But now I'm here!

During this semester we've been practicing the basics in decorative painting, imitating different kind of marble and wood, ornaments and been studying shades and light. We've also had furniture history and studied various ornaments and design languages ​​through the centuries, which we will later learn to weave into our painting. Very exciting! When we paint, we use and old technique called "beverage mix" (beer + pigment) in the first layer and then half oil and pigment in the remaining layers. But we have also worked with a slightly more modern technique/paint called marbling base. For me who just been drawing with pencils before, this is a whole new world! But it's so much fun to paint with oil and pigments!

Here are some pictures of what we have been doing lately at school.

Painted kålmårds and ekebergs marble with shadows.

Imitating wood - flaming birch.

Imitating wood - different techniques painting oak.

Imitating wood - walnut with frame.

Imitating wood - walnut with frame.

Imitating wood - The beginning of an intarsia.

Imitating wood - finished intarsia, walnut with frame and different kind of birch.

Shadow technique - The beginning of a Mascaron painted with oil. (Mascaron is a relief ornament in the form of a stylized grinning face that merges with a surrounding ornamentation.)

Shadow technique - The beginning of a Mascaron. This sour man is not finished yet.

Now these basic courses are over, but I will continue to immerse myself in decorative painting during term three. We have now started two new courses - gilding and molding. And it's sooo much fun! We are sculpting, molding, building frames and gold leafs and imitation leafs are flying back and forth all over the class room! :)

More pictures and info about that is coming soon. Bye bye for now. Talk to you soon!

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