Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Expressing Gratitude

In addition to this site here I have a great web site called The Study of Man.   I call it my Anthropology site. My degree is in Anthropology and I wanted to find a marriage between my love of all things Anthro and my passion for creating art.



I create a lot of original artwork for this site.  My favorite are the hand made Talismans.  I have a kiln in my studio and I create them from earthenware by hand, one at a time.  I think you will really enjoy seeing them.

Here is a Talisman called a Bindrune.  This is a symbol made from the Norse alphabet or Norse Runes, of which there are 24 letters.  This Bindrune is to create a "happy home".  The circle around the symbol contains all the letters of the Norse alphabet and it is called the Elder Futhark.  



My main interest in Anthropology has always been in human evolution.  This includes the physical evolution of the hominin species starting about 7-8 million years ago.  I also have a very strong interest in and fascination of the evolution of human consciousness.

On my site, The Study of Man, I have a blog and I write extensively and in depth about those two fields among other topics.  My exploration into the development and evolution of the human consciousness has led me to use of symbols and symbolic behavior.

The symbol above is an Icelandic Magical Stave called Vegvisir or The Wayfinder.  The Icelanders used on their ships to guide them through the seas and bring them home safely.  It also acts as a spiritual compass that guides your heart and helps you make the right choices in life.

The legacy of Modern Man begins with the creation of Symbols for use in rituals, communication and art.  Through thousands of years iconic symbols have gained great power in the collective consciousness of mankind.  It is possible to harness that power for yourself right now.  This is one of the main topics I explore on my site.

This Labyrinth symbol has been found in all cultures around the world starting over 4,000 years ago.  This Labyrinth Talisman has one well defined path that leads you to the center and back again.  It is believed that the path of the labyrinth represents a spiritual journey into the center of your own being; this journey brings about a change to your consciousness creating balance, soothing the nerves, healing the body, mending the heart and calming the soul.


The reason sacred symbols and talismans work is not because of some inherent magic they possess, rather it is the inherent ability of our consciousness to make them work.

Check out this post on my blog ---  I Am Thankful   It is a story of how expressing gratitude can change your life.  The science is solid on this.  It is the simplest, most easy thing you can do to improve your wellbeing.  All it takes a second.


Please visit my Anthropology thestudyofman.com.  You can find great gift items there.  I am adding weekly to the Talismans to make your life better.  And please go to the the bottom of any page on The Study of Man website and sign up for a notice when I make a blog post.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Project to Paint Garage Doors To Look Like Wood is complete.

I was able to finish up painting the two garage doors to look like wood yesterday.  They both came out looking great and the client was thrilled with them.

This pictures I have today of the doors is more like the actual color of them.  The ones I posted the other day are a little off.  Just using the camera on my phone so...

garage door painted to look like wood

 I am always amazed the huge difference it makes in the look of a home when the garage door is painted to look like wood.  It's a huge positive with the curb appeal for any home.

double garage door painted to look like wood


two car and one car garage doors painted to look like wood

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Paint A Garage Door To Look Like Wood

I have been working on a new project this week painting standard white metal garage doors to look like wood.  I got off to a good start even though one day was a rain out.  I got the doors scrubbed down really well with soap and water first.  After that dried the primer went on and then the basecoat.

Here is a photo of both doors, the smaller one is primed and the larger one has the basecoat already applied.

painting a garage door

 The smaller garage door was painted to look like wood first.  Step one in the process after the basecoat dries is to tape off each panel.  I paint the center of each panel with a horizontal wood grain first.

painting a garage door to look like wood

Once the center panels have been painted with a horizontal wood grain.  Then I tape off and paint the area between the panels with a vertical wood grain pattern. In the photo below you can see how each row has been completely painted with a wood grain.  The next step is to paint in the areas between the rows and then the vertical area on each side.

garage door half way painted to look like wood

These garage doors are on the south side of the home and they get direct sun all day.  So I in this case I use my sun tarp to provide shade, here is my setup below.

sun tarp for protection while painting a garage door to look like wood

The next two photos show the garage door completely painted to look like wood.  The first one is taken with the sun tarp up and the second one is taken with it taken down.

single car garage door painted to look like wood

garage door painted to look like wood

This week I will take on the larger door.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Painting ceiling beams to look like wood.

I finished up a project this week and it's a little different than the garage doors but still painting a wood grain.  This was a major remodel for this home.  I mean totally gutted the home and rebuilt the interior.  Looks great too.  One of things they did was make a tray ceiling in the living room and then build these beams in there.  Each beam is 15 feet long and 15 inches deep, 6 inches wide.  They are set 20 inches apart with lighting between them.

 Here is a photo of the setup.  The beams were framed out and then using drywall boxed in and smoothed out with joint compound.  In the pic I have taped them off and primed four of them with one to go.  I have the lights on for this pic but did not work with the lights on, it's way to distracting to do that.


The next photo shows my setup to get the job done.  Also the idea was to paint the beams to match the wood flooring which is in the range of the grey tones which you can see.  In this pic I have already gotten some of the beam sides done.  A big challenge with the job was the lighting between the beams.  I cut the handles off my brushes so I could get in that space and move the brush back and forth without hitting the lights.


Here are two closeups of the work.  They really came out great, might be the best ceiling beams I have ever done.




It was really hard to get a photo of the completed job, the next two are the best I could get.




Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Painting a Garage Door, an Entry Door and a Porch Beam to Look Like Wood

I just finished up a project where I painted a garage door, an entry door and a porch beam to look like wood.  The garage door had been painted the same color as the body of the home.  The entry door is a wood door and was clear coated but the coating was cracked and peeling so  it had been stripped off.  The porch beam was weathered quite a bit.

Here is a photo of the finished project.  The white arrow indicating the porch beam.


Just getting started here in the first photo.  I had cleaned the door really well with soap and water and a scotch brite pad.  Then I primed the door and applied the base coat of paint.  The base coat of paint in this case is a Sherwin Williams color called True Penny.


The next photo shows how I have taped off the first two rows and at this point I have finished painting in the center panels to look like wood.  The first coat of wood grain color is a SW color called Fiery Brown.  The second and darker color I used is SW Black Bean.


It's always quite a shock to see the base coat color of True Penny on a garage door but you can see in the next shot how painting the garage door to look like wood is really coming out great.


The finished garage door is shown next.


A little closer view of the wood grain pattern I created.


The next photo shows how I taped off the panels on the front door, the first step to get it ready to paint like wood.


So all the panels are done in this next photo.


The entry door came out looking great but the picture I took didn't come out so great.  You get the idea however.  Why paint a wood door to look like wood.  A good question.  The answer is that wood doors protected by clear coats will weather and start to look shabby after about a year or two, sometimes shorter if it gets sun a lot during the day.  So it is not uncommon to have to refinish a wood door every 2-3 years to get it looking good.  Painting it like I do will last about 20 years or more depending on how much direct sun it gets during the day.  The other reason is that if you want the front door and the garage door to match you need to paint them in the same way.


A last look at the garage door I painted to look like wood.


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Painting A Large Garage Door To Look Like Wood

I finished painting one of the largest garage doors I have ever worked on.  This door is five rows high which is not that unusual but each row of this door was larger than normal.  About 15-20% of the garage doors I paint to look like wood are five rows high but this one with the oversized rows was really large.

For this door I used a base coat color called Toasty by Sherwin Williams.  After that dried I started on the rows working from the top to bottom.  The top two rows I had to use a ladder to paint.  Typically on a double car door I don't need a ladder at all.  I have to use one though with all the doors that are five rows high.

In this first picture you can see how I have finish up the top two rows and I have taped off and am working on the third row down.  For painting on the wood grain I used a SW color called Terra Brun for the first color of brown.  The second and darker color brown I used SW Black Bean.


In the next shot you can see a little closer look at how the door is coming out.


This last picture is the finished door painted to look like wood.  I sell a complete tutorial on how I go about painting a garage door to look like wood.  I sell it on this site here.


Monday, March 19, 2018

Enhance The Curb Appeal Of Your Home

Painting a garage door to look like wood is one of the most dramatic steps you can take to give your home more curb appeal.  You have to figure that in a lot of neighborhoods the garage door is one of the biggest architectural features of the home you see when driving down the road.  Having a beautiful wood garage door really enhances the look of your home.

I completed painting this garage door to look like wood last week.  The color of the door is perfect for the color of the home.  It is a muted brown look which goes great with the light green color of the home.

The first two photos show how much work was completed after the second day on the job.  The first day was cleaning, priming and applying the base coat of paint.  The base coat of paint on this door is a SW color called Tiki Hut.   The wood grain color is a dark charcoal with some brown in it.  A custom mix I made.




 The next two photos are of the completed door.   The client loves her door and the huge change from a plain white door that was there.




Here is the color I used to create the wood grain.  I only used one color on this door.  It is a custom color but if you took the pic below to a paint store they could mix it.


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Painting Your Garage Door To Look Like Wood

I created a wood look on two garage doors last week by painting them with exterior Sherwin Williams acrylic paint.  I prefer to use SW paint but whatever paint you use to paint a garage door to look like wood you have to use a Latex or Acrylic exterior paint.  Never use an oil based product on a garage door even for the clear topcoat.  Oil based products will crack and peel in short order.

Here are some photos of the doors.  The first one is after I cleaned the door with soap and water using a scotch brite pad.  Then as you can see I started to apply the primer to the doors.


 This second shot is after the primer has dried and then the basecoat of paint was applied.  I used a SW color called Toasty for the base coat of paint.


There were a few issues with these doors.  The next two photos so how the weather strip at the top of the doors had started to fall apart.  So I replaced that on both doors.




Also, after I basecoated the doors I could see where the door was actually hitting the door opening when it opened and closed and this caused scrapping on the doors.  The white spots in the photos is where the base coat of paint got scraped off.  I adjusted both doors some just enough so that when they opened and closed they would not touch the opening.




Next are some in progress shots how I go about painting the garage door to look like wood.  I use a lot of tape to make sure all that there are no stop and start marks on the door with the wood grain pattern.


I use two different color browns for actual wood grain colors.  The fist wood grain color I used is a SW color called Terra Brun.  The second color is a really dark brown called Black Bean.






Then I have some photos of the completed doors.

garage door painted to look like wood


garage door painted to look like wood


painting garage doors to look like wood

Even though the SW paint I use has a lifetime warranty with it, I always top coat the garage doors with a clear UV acrylic topcoat.  I use a product called MasterCear from Modern Masters.

garage door painted to look like wood

These garage doors really came out nice and the clients were thrilled how much they looked like they were made of real wood.

painting a garage door to look like wood