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Easy DIY lace flower vase & 10 spray painting tips

Hello friends! I am here today to share with you my latest DIY project; this easy, inexpensive and super cute lace flower vase.

Have you ever seen these tall, slim containers at your local thrift stores, flea markets or garage sales? Did you know that you can make them into beautiful flower vases with a little lace fabric and some paint? This project is so easy even my 11 year old daughter could do it if the spray paint that I used wasn’t so smelly.img-1235

I recently picked up these two rather boring containers at our local Salvation Army thrift store for a couple of dollars a piece. I decided for this particular tutorial that I would like to work on the terracotta wine cooler on the left-hand side, so please ignore the container on the right for the time being . It will be getting a makeover soon, which I hope to share with you in the near future.

 

Here’s how I transformed my terracotta container into a flower vase.

 

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • terracotta wine cooler or tall paintable vase
  • lace fabric
  • dark gray craft paint
  • white acrylic Gesso
  • Martha Stewart’s Sharkey Gray latex paint or a light gray-taupe paint color of your choice
  • Mod Podge or clear acrylic spray
  • spray adhesive
  • white spray paint (I used Design Master Color Tool spray paint in Vanilla-This is the best spray paint EVER!)
  • ruler, scissors and papertowel
  • 400 grit sandpaper
  • painters face mask or respirator, old clothing with long sleeves/pants, goggles and latex gloves
  • glass canning jar, empty pasta sauce jar or clear glass vase
  • paint tray or paper plate, newspaper, cardboard, and paint brushes

 

Directions:

Give your container a wipe-down with a damp cloth before painting or run it through the dishwasher and leave it to dry thoroughly. If your container has any gloss to it you will want to give it a light sanding with 400 grit sandpaper before painting to give the surface some “tooth” so that the paint with stick. If your surface is very glossy you will want to paint it with a bonding primer before proceeding with the rest of this tutorial. img_4568

Mix up an even amount of dark gray craft paint and white gesso in a paint tray. Paint your container with two coats of your paint mixture allowing each coat to dry thoroughly before re-coating.

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Mix up some Sharkey Gray paint with gesso in a 75/25 ratio. Using a slightly damp paper towel, dab lightly into your paint and then wipe the excess off onto another paper towel. Pounce your papertowel randomly over your entire vase leaving some of the dark gray paint showing through. A thin, light coat of paint will look the best. REMEMBER: You can always do touch-ups with more dark gray paint to cover up any problem areas.

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Now for your lace fabric. You should easily be able to find lace fabric at your local fabric store or thrift store. Maybe you even have a piece of lace clothing in your closet that you will never ever wear again. Why not use it to make flower vases, pillows or art for your home?

So where did my lace fabric come from? It’s hard to tell in the photo above but this lace fabric is actually a pair of sheer, crop lace leggings. No, they aren’t mine! I wouldn’t be caught dead in them!

Actually, my daughter got these pants as a part of a $5.00 Surprise Bag from Ardene’s (a jewelry and accessory store) a couple of weeks ago. I told her that there was no way that she would be leaving the house in these see-thru lace pants! I quickly tossed them into the Goodwill bag and forgot about them until a couple of days ago when I happened to come across them again. When I saw them a light bulb went off in my head. What if I used them for my spray painting projects? Hey, why not?

Just so you know, when my daughter came home last night I asked her what she thought of my new lace vase. She said that she really liked it. You should have seen the look on her face when I explained to her that I used the pants that she got in her Surprise Bag to paint my vase. Haha!

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Moving on…Next, measure around the entire width of your vase. You will want this measurement to be fairly exact. You do not want to have any overlap of your fabric otherwise your pattern will not be consistent. In my case, my lace fabric was stretchy so I cut it a little short knowing that I could stretch it across to fit around the vase.

Then measure the height of your vase. Here you don’t need to be as exact as any excess can be easily tucked into the opening or underneath the vase.

Cut out your fabric rectangle and wrap it around your vase to make sure it fits. Trim as necessary. img_4595

Take your fabric and spray adhesive outside and also put on your latex gloves and a painter’s mask. Lightly coat your fabric on one side with your spray adhesive. Wrap your fabric around your vase smoothing it as you go. NOTE:  If your fabric is not lined up how you would like it to be, you can easily reposition it or start over.

You are now ready to spray paint!

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Here is my list of 10 spray painting tips. These are tips that I have found to work well for me. They are by no means the only way to spray paint an item.

 

  1. Prepare your spray paint can by giving it a good shaking for at least two minutes.
  2. Protect your work surface by covering it with a large piece of cardboard.
  3. Elevate the item you are painting by raising it slightly off of the cardboard with scrap pieces of wood or old boxes.
  4. Put on your safety gear (painter’s mask/ventilator, long sleeves and pants, goggles and latex gloves). Be sure to work outdoors or in a very well ventilated area. Your health and safety is the most important thing when spray painting!
  5. Optional: Attach your spray paint trigger handle to your spray paint can (make sure your spray can nozzle is pointing outwards). I use Rust-Oleum’s Comfort Grip Spray Painting ToolIt makes painting so much easier and saves your fingers from cramping up!
  6. Give your paint can a shake again right before use and then test out your paint color on your cardboard to make sure it is the right color and that the spray can is working correctly.
  7. Keep your spray paint can at least 12-16 inches away from the item you are painting.
  8. Squeeze your paint handle while moving your arm back in forth in a uniform motion coating one side of your item evenly before moving on to the next. Preferably work from top to bottom and shake your paint can in between coats.
  9. 1-3 light even coats of paint will give you better results than one thick coat of paint. It will also prevent runs and drips from occurring.
  10. Leave your project to dry for at least 10-15 minutes before re-coating or handling. If it feels dry to the touch it is ready to re-coat. Preferably leave it to dry overnight before coating it with two to three coats of topcoat for protection.

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The photo above shows my lace fabric after 2 light coats of white spray paint and right before I removed it from the vase. As you can see the Design Master spray paint is very fine in consistency. Had I used regular spray paint my lace fabric would have been a lot more opaque at this point.

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Once you are finished painting your vase, let it dry for 5-10 minutes before carefully removing the lace. Smile to yourself at the great job that you did!

To finish off your vase you can sand any raised edges with your 400 grit sandpaper to give your vase a distressed look. You will also want to coat your vase with at least 2 coats of matte Mod Podge or clear acrylic sealer for protection.

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NOTE: The outside of this vase should be spot-cleaned only. I would not advise you to submerse it in water. For my particular vase, the inside was not glazed so I chose to add in a separate container to hold my flowers and water. I ended up finding the perfect-sized canning jar in my cupboard. You could also use a pasta jar or a tall glass vase which can be found in any floral department of any major department store. The great thing about adding a separate container to the inside of your vase is that it can easily be removed for cleaning without ruining the finish on your vase.

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Your lace flower vase is now ready for use. All you need to do is add your favorite flowers, sit back and admire how great it looks.

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I just love how my vase turned out! What do you think?

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Have you ever used lace and spray paint before to transform something in your home? If you have I would love to hear about it. If you haven’t had a chance to try it out yet, I hope that you decide to give this little DIY project a go sometime.

 

Have a great night!

 

 

 

 

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DIY decorative books with raised stencils & image transfers

Hello friends! I have been promising for a while now that I would share my raised stenciling technique with you after receiving a few e-mails from my readers asking me about the raised stencils on my vintage sewing storage boxWell…I am excited to share my latest DIY project with you this evening. This project combines the use of raised stencils, image transfers, aging techniques and vintage books all into one!

I found the vintage books below at my local thrift store for 10 cents each. Yes, you read right; they were only 10 cents each! For that price I couldn’t pass them up.

What also caught my eye, besides their amazing price, was the ribbed indentations that were on the spines of the books. To me they looked similar to old antique books that you might find in a library in England somewhere.

As much as I loved the shape of these books, there was no way that their original burgundy color was going to fit in with my decor. They just had to have a makeover!

 

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Here they are all prettied up! What a great improvement, don’t you think?

I really love how they turned out!

 

 

If you would like to make over a set of your own books to put on display in your home, I have included the full tutorial below.

Why not make over a set for display on your mantel, your bookcase, or your coffee table? You could also use this tutorial to transform a hardcover journal that’s a little on the boring side or to make over a wedding registry book to give as a gift for a bride-to-be.

 

Here’s how I did it:

 

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • three new or vintage hardcover books
  • two printable images found here and here
  • damask stencil or a stencil of your choosing
  • Golden Soft Gel Medium (I used semi-gloss)
  • Golden Light Molding Paste
  • Mod Podge (I used matte finish)
  • acrylic gesso
  • Martha Stewart’s Sharkey Gray latex paint ( a taupey-gray color) or color of your choice
  • acrylic paints in burnt umber, medium grey and light ivory (I used Folk Art Burnt Umber, DecorArt Storm Cloud Grey and Delta Ceramcoat Light Ivory)
  • fine grit sandpaper (I used 400 grit)
  • small paint brushes, 4″foam roller and a spray bottle
  • ruler, pencil, tin foil and scissors
  • painter’s tape (optional)
  • plastic plate/tray for paint
  • rubber brayer or flat spreader
  • plastic trowel/spatula or old credit/debit card
  • paper towels
  • dish scrubber
  • plastic drop cloth to protect your workspace

 

 Directions:

 

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Start by wiping your books down with a barely damp cloth to remove any dust or grime. Then give them a light sanding with 400 grit sandpaper and wipe away any sanding dust.

 

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Coat the outside of the book covers with two coats of white acrylic gesso using either a foam brush or a 4″ foam paint roller. Once dry, sand lightly to remove any rough spots.

 

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In your plastic paint tray, place a medium-sized amount of Martha Stewart’s Sharkey Gray paint on one side and the same amount of white gesso on the other side. Scrunch up a paper towel and dip it into the Sharkey Gray paint. Dab off the excess onto another paper towel. Pounce your paper towel randomly onto your book covers leaving some of the white gesso showing through as in the photo above.

NOTE: If you don’t have Sharkey Gray paint, don’t worry! Just use what you already have on hand. Sharkey Gray is a great neutral taupey-gray color so if you don’t have a paint color at home that would work you could easily mix up some acrylic craft paint to create a similar color instead.

Next with a clean piece of scrunched-up paper towel, pick up a small amount of gesso from your tray, dab off the excess and then lightly pounce over top of your book cover leaving small amounts of Sharkey Gray showing here and there. This technique will give your book cover a great aged marble look.

 

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Mix up equal amounts of Storm Cloud Grey (medium grey) craft paint and gel stain medium. Paint a light coat on your cover working in one section at a time. Before your gel stain has a chance to dry, wipe off the excess with a damp cloth. Gel stain medium gives your paint color more transparency and more working time, much like a glazing liquid would.

Again, if you don’t have the specific paint color I have mentioned above, any medium grey paint will suffice. As well, if you don’t have gel stain medium you could instead use a glazing medium or just dilute your paint with water.

 

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In this photo you can see how the paint stays in the crevices when the gel stain/paint mixture is wiped away.

 

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What’s next? Photo transfers.

I recently found Graphic #1 (below) on The Graphics Fairy’s blog HERE. I knew that I wanted to use some vintage handwriting for this project and The Graphics Fairy’s site is the first place that I go when looking for images to use for my projects. Did you know that all of her images are free? I know, awesome!

I downloaded her poem graphic and then prepared it for transferring by removing the aged background, flipping the image to “mirror image mode” and reducing it to fit on to the front of my book.

To save and print this image for your own project, click on the image below and right click to save it to your computer. This image has been sized to fit the front of my books. Please re-size it to fit your specific project.

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This next image I found online a couple of months ago but for some reason I misplaced the source for this graphic. I searched all over Google for the source but didn’t have any luck finding it. If you happen to know where this graphic came from, I would be grateful if you could please let me know so I can properly credit the site where it came from.

To save and print this image for your own project, click on the image below and right click to save it to your computer. This image has been sized to fit the spine of my books. Please re-size it to fit your specific project.

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To start, measure the spine of your books to make sure that Graphic #2 will fit the entire length of the spine once printed. Print out the graphic onto regular plain copy paper using either a laser printer or have it photocopied at your local photocopy center. Be sure to print off at least 4-5 copies of each image so you have extras. Also, if this is your first time transferring images, you may want to test your technique on a piece of cardboard at least once before working on your actual book covers. “Practice makes perfect!”

 

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Using a ruler and pencil, measure and draw out the size of the Graphic #2 image needed for the spine of your book with enough to wrap around the sides as shown below. One print-out should be large enough for two book spines side-by-side. Be sure to erase any pencil marks left on your image after cutting it out or the marks will show up on your final transfer.

Place your image face up on a piece of tinfoil and coat it with a even layer of soft gel medium. Quickly and carefully lift up your image from the tinfoil handling by the edges only and place it face down on the spine of your book. Try to line it up as best a possible before you place it down because once your transfer is stuck down it cannot be moved without messing it up.

 

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Use your fingers to push out the air bubbles and then use your brayer with a little bit of pressure to roll over your image in all directions. This will help to make sure your image is firmly stuck down. Wipe away any excess gel medium with a damp cloth.

Leave your transfer to dry for at least two hours, preferably overnight. The longer you leave your transfer to dry the better your image will come out. You can use a hair dryer to manually dry your image if you are short on time.

 

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When your image is fully dry, use a spray bottle or a damp paper towel to wet part of your image with water. Wait 1-2 minutes and then use the pad of your pointer finger to rub away the paper layer of your image. Work in small sections and keep your image moist.

Try to get as much of the paper residue off of your image as you can but don’t rub too hard with your finger or you may rub away part of your image!

 

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Once you have removed as much paper as you can with your fingers, dampen a kitchen scrubber (type shown above) and rub lightly over your image in a circular motion. Be sure to scrub gently especially around the edges of your image or it may start to rub away. Use your hand or a dry paper towel to wipe away any leftover bits of paper.

 

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You will be using Graphic #1 as a transfer for the front of your book right above/below your raised stencil.

Print out the graphic provided and cut it out with scissors in a slightly larger size than the space you are wanting to fill. Tear away some of the edges of the paper to age the image further.

Transfer your image to the front of your book using the techniques described for Graphic #2.

 

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Next is the raised stencils. My most favorite product to use when creating raised stencils is Golden’s Light Molding Paste. When you first open the jar of molding paste you will be surprised about how thin and fluffy it is.

I love this product because it is so easy to work with, it can be tinted to whatever color you want and it dries to a nice hard finish that can be sanded and painted. I find that it looks a lot like plaster when its dry but it has much more durability.

 

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First decide where you are going to place your stencil on your book cover.

Sorry, I don’t actually remember where I found this damask stencil as I have had it in my stash for a while now. Michaels or any other craft supply store should have a similar stencil if you are wanting to use something close to this one.

 

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When you are ready to mix up the molding paste for your stencil you will want to have everything set-up and ready to go as molding paste dries very quickly.

IMPORTANT: You will want to wash your tools and stencil immediately after using molding paste, especially in between stencil impressions as it will leave a residue and harden on your tools if you don’t. I wash everything up with water and a little bit of hand soap as I go which works really well.

For the mixture above, mix equal parts of burnt umber craft paint and medium gray craft in your plastic paint tray. Then add in an equal part of molding paste and mix thoroughly with your spatula.

 

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Hold your stencil firmly with one hand and use your other hand to trowel on some of the molding paste mixture on to your stencil. I found that the easiest way to do this is to put on dollop of molding paste on the corner of your stencil and use the flat part of your spatula to spread the paste around lightly covering the entire stencil in an even layer. If you keep your spatula flat you will avoid digging into the stencil and possibly getting some paste underneath where you don’t want it. (see photo above). It is almost like icing a cake!

To remove the excess paste, turn your spatula on its side and lightly scrape across the top of your stencil putting the excess back into your paint tray. If you are using an old credit card as a scrapper, you can just drag it across your stencil lightly. You want a raised stencil that is at least 2-3 millimeters thick.

When you have your paste spread out in an even layer and you are happy with how it looks, carefully lift your stencil straight up. You should be left with a nice clear and clean impression.


 

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The photo above shows what the raised stencil looks like when it is still wet. Don’t worry if there are some ridges and/or bumps on your stencil. Once dry, these ridges can easily be sanded away or left alone for more texture.  FYI, you will see below that I sanded the ridges off my raised stencil once it was dry.

 

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Next, coat your stencil with some medium gray craft paint mixed 50/50 with gel stain. Leave some of the original brown color showing through near the edges of the stencil. Once that is dry, mix up some light cream craft paint also 50/50 with gel stain and add highlights to your design as show above.

 

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As a final step you can age your books even further by glazing over them with a mixture of medium gray craft paint, with a touch more burnt umber craft paint and some gel stain to make a glaze that will settle into the cracks and crevices on your books.

Just brush it on…

 

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…and use a damp cloth to wipe it off. Continue this treatment over the entire book leaving extra glaze around the spine of the book and over the areas you want to look more aged.

Finally coat your book with at least two coats of Mod Podge for protection. Leave your books to dry for 1-2 days before displaying them side by side so they don’t stick together. Please don’t ask me how I know this! Haha!

 

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I decided to change the placement of the raised stencil and transfers on the three books so each of them were different.

 

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To display my books all together, I tied them into a bundle with a pretty piece of cream ribbed ribbon from the Dollar Store.

 

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In case you didn’t know, these Readers Digest books are either burgundy or gold colored at the top of the books so I decided to paint out the book pages so that they would blend in better with the rest of the book.

If you have the same kind of books you can paint the tops of the pages by dry-brushing some white gesso on top of them. Then you can then age them further by lightly dabbing on some Sharkey Gray paint or some of your medium grey craft paint randomly.

To keep the paint from seeping down into your book pages, use one hand to firmly hold the pages together while painting with the other hand. Also, use a fairly dry foam brush or roller to paint with. If you do this you should have very little seepage onto your book pages. After you have applied your paint and the top of your book is slightly dry, fan the pages a few times to make sure the pages are not stuck together.

 

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So instead of sending your old books off to the recycling facility or giving them to Goodwill because their covers are ugly and you plan to never ever read them again, you now have a tutorial to help you to turn them into a set of decorative books that you would be proud to display in your home.

You know what else you can do with these books to make them even more functional? You could cut one big rectangle out of the middle of each of your books to use as a “safe” for your keepsakes, jewelry and money. Place a small cardboard box that has been measured to fit inside and no one would be any the wiser as to what your books contain!

These decorative books only cost me $1.00 to make! That’s it! It was 0.40 cents for the books with tax, 0.60 cents for the amount of ribbon I used and the rest of the supplies didn’t end up costing me anything as I already had them on hand. Woohoo! I love projects that cost almost nothing to make, don’t you?

 

In other news…

I have a buffet cabinet that I am working on right now that is taking a little longer than I had hoped. Hopefully it will be done soon so I can share it with you. Also, later this week I am off to my Mom’s to finally finish off her buffet turned TV cabinet that I had shared HERE. Stay tuned for the final transformation coming soon!

Well it is way past my bedtime so I am going to call it a night. Thanks for taking the time to read my posts and for leaving me comments. I really appreciate it!

 

Until next time…

 

 

 

 

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My first mixed media art collage & some weather woes

Hello there! How are you doing?

I am feeling much better after hurting my back lifting a piece of furniture last week. I am still not 100% but I have some of my energy back and it doesn’t hurt to move around anymore, which is awesome! I have already been to one session of acupuncture which helped quite a bit and I have been taking things easy (no more lifting furniture for a long time!).

Thank you to everyone who responded to my post here and for all of the e-mails I received with your suggestions and get well wishes! It means so much to me that you took the time to leave me a message. You guys are amazing!

Since I have been feeling better I have been in the mood to get some of my projects done outside; my garden seriously needs weeding and I have some furniture pieces in the garage that really need to get finished. Mother Nature though has another plan in mind as it has been raining here almost non-stop for the past few days and there is no end in sight!

 

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Here is the view from my family room window yesterday looking into my backyard towards my garden shed. Everything is all green and the plants are starting to finally fill in. With all of this rain though my garden will be overgrown in no time!

 

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And here is the view outside of my window today..It looks the same doesn’t it? Mr. Sun, where have you gone?

 

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I do love the rain because it makes my garden look all pretty. It is really starting to put me in a funk though, especially when I see this long-term forecast for our area. Yes, you are seeing right! It is supposed to rain almost every day until the end of the month. What gives? Really??? I am hoping that the Weatherman is wrong because his forecast is making me depressed!

You know what? I decided I am going to try to make the best of all of the this wet weather and get some things done inside the house instead . I have been busy working on some art and craft projects this weekend and yesterday I went to a full-day course on Mixed Media Collage which was a lot of fun. What is Mixed Media Collage, you ask?

Mixed Media Collage is the combination of text, found objects, scrapbooking supplies, art mediums, drawing and painting to create expressionist artwork on a canvas or a birch panel. Techniques used include raised stencils, digital grounds, drawing, gel transfers, crackling and sealing.

 

Below is the collage that I made in the class. I think it turned out pretty cute and better than I thought it was going to. When I first started on this piece I had no idea where I was going to go with it. Here I was staring at my blank canvas with all of these paints, scrapbooking supplies and patterned papers in front of me. What do I do with them? What if it turns out ugly? The instructor had also just told us that at the end of the class we have to share our collage with the 24 other people taking the class so we can be critiqued on our work. Um, what? Ya, pretty nerve wracking!

I did know one thing for sure. I knew that I wanted to incorporate some french text from The Graphics Fairy in my piece, so I decided to use this french graphic found here. The Graphics Fairy has so many wonderful images to choose from it is mind-boggling. There is never a shortage of inspiration for me when visiting her blog!

 

 

So what do think of my first collage? Do you like it? I wanted to make something that would go nicely with my turquoise sewing cabinet in my future sewing/craft room so I used a lot of turquoise in this piece.

 

If you are interested in making your own mixed media art similar to the one I have just made or maybe just want to learn something new, I have included some general instructions of the techniques and materials that I used in my collage below.

 

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First, I started out by painting 2/3 of my 12″X16″ canvas with a very watered down turquoise acrylic paint. Before it had a chance to dry, I used a kitchen sponge to tamp up and down which created the light blue area in the middle of the canvas. It almost looks like clouds when you look closely at it.

Then for the aged brown area at the top, I used watered down brown acrylic paint and a sponge to age it. I painted the brown paint on the canvas and then used a sponge stamping it up and down to give the canvas an aged look. I then dripped some water over top of the entire area and dabbed that off with my sponge. This made the brown look like it was aged with an acid treatment.

To create the dotted brown area underneath the text, I used a piece of burlap like a stamp with a little bit of brown paint added to it. I just dabbed it here and there along the edge of the brown area.

If you didn’t already know this, burlap is not just great for making things for your home, it is also wonderful for adding texture to your arts and crafts. Who knew?

 

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For this area (top left), I used some Japanese mesh wrapping paper like a stencil along with some dark gray-black acrylic paint. You can see the paper in my previous post here. After stenciling the paint on, I decoupaged a corner of a sewing pattern piece (see below for more details) on top. The lines of the pattern almost look like they were drawn on with a Sharpie pen but it is the sewing pattern that has created this design.

 

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On the far left I decoupaged a paper doily on the canvas for some added texture. I used gel medium underneath the doily and then I added more to the top to seal it. I then painted it with watered down turquoise paint and once it was dry I added some crackle medium on the top. You can sort of see the subtle crackling that took place with the addition of the crackle medium. I finished the doily off by antiquing it with some burnt umber gel paint to bring out the crackled design.

 

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Now for the french text. I added the photocopied image to the canvas using Golden Gel Medium and it was left to dry for two hours (see my How to Transfer Photos to Canvas Tutorial HERE for specific instructions ). Since I was in this class I didn’t have time to leave the transfer to dry overnight, so when I removed the paper backing some of the text came off in spots. Usually, I leave my gel transfers to dry overnight but I think it all worked out well this time as it gives this piece more of an aged look. I also love how these transfers show up transparent and allow the background to show through.

 

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Moving right along…this circular shape was made using Martha Stewart’s Arabesque stencil which I shared in my previous post here. I used a special paste mixed with a small amount of turquoise acrylic paint to make a raised stencil. Once my stenciled area was dry, I again stenciled the same design over top but I moved it over to the right slightly and this time I used a dark gray-black paint to give the design a bit of shadowed look.

Don’t worry, I am not trying to hold out on you! I will be sharing with you my raised stencil technique later this week including what product I use to stencil with.

 

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Here I used the same raised stencil technique except I didn’t add a second set of stenciling over top. I then decoupaged a sheet from a sewing pattern on top. I tore the edges to give the tissue paper more interest and made sure to wrap the paper around the edge of the canvas.

Did you know that you can use sewing patterns for your artwork and craft projects? They are so much fun to use and so inexpensive! Because sewing patterns are made of tissue paper, they go on transparent when decoupaging and they will take on whatever background is already on there. So neat!

 

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Here you can more clearly see the raised stencil.

 

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These two photos show how I have continued whatever technique I used on the front of the canvas over on to the sides.

 

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When I felt like my collage was all finished, I coated it with two coats of gel medium in a matte finish. This helps to protect your collage so all of your hard work won’t be ruined by little fingers, spills, dust, etc. and so everything will be stuck down nice and firm and be unified together!

 

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If you haven’t had a chance to create a mixed media collage before it can seem like it would be a lot of work and it also might make you feel a little intimidated. I know for me it did. I am so happy that I decided to give it a try anyway because I learned some new techniques and I now feel confident enough to create some more collages in the near future.

You don’t need to be an artist to do this! All you need is a little bit of creativity, some patience and some courage to try something new. What’s the worse thing that can happen? If you collage ends up not turning out the way you wanted it to you can always cover it up with more paint, stencils and/or images whenever inspiration strikes again.

Making your own art is very inexpensive too. The canvas I bought only cost me $7.00 and the other supplies I brought with me to the class or they were provided to me as part of the course fee.

If you would like to see some examples of mixed media collage Pinterest is also a great source for inspiration.

 

In other blog news…

Stay tuned for some more projects that I will be sharing this week. I have been a busy girl…

Also, if you haven’t had a chance to enter my giveaway from Molly Maid just click on the “ENTER HERE” below. There are 5 ways that you can enter to win. One easy way to enter is to submit your favorite cleaning tip. Easy peasy!

 

Molly Maid has generously offered one of my readers the chance to win a “Take Care of You” gift pack (a $50 value)! It includes a nail file, foot pumice scrub, microfiber cleaner, and more!

ENTER HERE!

 

 

Until next time,

 

 

 

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Putting Down Roots guest post

Hello there! How was your weekend?

I have a special treat for you today! Let me introduce you to one of my newest bloggy friends, Emily from Putting Down Roots. She is here today to share one of her latest projects with you.

Not only is Emily a sweetheart, but she also has some amazing talent! My absolute favorite transformation of Emily’s is her entertainment center makeover. You must check it out! It is so cottage chic!

 

Take it away Emily…

 

 

Hello there! My name is Emily from Putting Down Roots and I am thrilled to be guest posting here at Hooked on Decorating today. I have the pleasure of sharing a tutorial with you that I hope you will find helpful as you plan your summer festivities.

We are coming up on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day,  graduation open house season, Memorial Day, etc. If you happen to be in charge of decorating for any of those events/holidays, I’m sure your head is spinning with ideas…or maybe you’re just trying to see how you can save a few bucks.

Well, no celebration decor is complete without a banner or bunting, right? What if I told you that you could make ONE custom banner that could be reused over and over again for all your special events this summer? Enter…custom colored chalkboard bunting!!!

 

 

Did I mention that it’s easy to make?

 

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

 

 

1} flat latex paint in any color you want for chalkboard paint {recipe below}

2} non-sanded tile grout

3} sponge paintbrush or little roller

4} card stock {I used manila folders!}

5} twine, ribbon, baker’s twine or whatever you want to use to string the bunting

6} some way to secure the bunting to the twine {sew it, tape it, paperclip, clothespin, etc.} not pictured

 

I love painting…me and my paint brush are buddies. I am a huge fan of DIY chalk paint, so I was itching for an excuse to make my own chalkboard paint. {If you are confused about the difference between these two paints, see HERE for an example and recipe for chalk paint.} A while back, I found a chalkboard paint recipe on Pinterest from Martha Stewart. With only two quick steps, it is so incredibly easy and foolproof.


Step # 1: make your paint

 

Directions via Martha Stewart

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I didn’t prime or paint my surface before painting it with the chalkboard paint, and it worked fine. If you plan on reusing it a ton, then it might be a good idea to go the extra mile.

 

Step # 2: paint it


If you have the time, why not add some polka dots or fun stencils for a themed event? The possibilities are endless.

 

Step # 3: cut it
Need a template for your bunting? No problemo! Here is a template in 4 different sizes and it’s free to boot: chickabug blog.  Want to branch out from the traditional triangular bunting? Check out my Pinterest board “Bunting” for more ideas!

After you have cut out your bunting, secure it to your twine.  If you don’t want to permanently secure your bunting to the twine so you can add/take away later, consider using little clothes pins…

 

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…or those old school clothes pins you can find at Hobby Lobby for $3 or so…

 

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I’m sure you can come up with more amazing ideas.

I hope I have inspired you to take this idea and run with it!

If you have some time, swing by and check out my little corner of the blogosphere: Putting Down Roots…I would love to have you! If you are short on time, “like” my page on Facebook and we can catch up later.

 

 

Thanks so much Emily for taking time out of your busy schedule to share your wonderful project here today. I can’t wait to give this a try!

I hope you take a minute to stop by Emily’s blog and say “hello” and also check out some of her other inspiring projects.

 

Happy Monday!

 

 

 

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A sewing cabinet sneak peek and some fabulous printables

You may be wondering why I haven’t posted my sewing cabinet reveal yet, so I am here to update you on my progress. I know I had promised to share my finished cabinet with you early this week, but it is taking me a little longer than I had anticipated to finish it. There are so many little nooks and crannies on this piece to paint and I paint everything by hand! This is one of those times where a paint sprayer would really come in handy. I may have to break down and buy one some day. Work smarter, right?

Also, my family and I were away this past weekend so I wasn’t able to get into the garage to paint and because I work full-time during the day, I only have about an hour or two each day to work on my painting projects between running after my kids and the mountains of laundry. I am so behind on my projects this week, but I am sure you can relate in one way or another!

Anyway, I should have my sewing cabinet all finished and ready to show you in the next day or two. In the meantime, I thought I would leave you with a sneak peek of my cabinet as it was yesterday; all painted and ready for distressing, glazing and topcoating.

 

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The color looks so vibrant here, doesn’t it? It is actually a light turquoise in real life!  What do you think?

I am so excited to share its transformation with you soon! I hope you will like it.

Updated: Please click HERE to see the final reveal of my sewing cabinet.

 

On another note, one evening last week when it was cold and rainy outside I kept myself busy making these amazing tags from Lilac & Lavender.

I found Megan and her blog while on Pinterest one day. Let me tell you it was love a first sight. I can’t believe all of the wonderful free printables that she has on her blog. Thanks so much for sharing these with us Megan!

 

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I printed out these gift tags on white letter size cardstock on my color laser printer. They printed out beautifully and they look as if they are professionally printed. Megan’s tags are such great quality.

To cut out the tags, I used my small Fisker’s paper trimmer. This took me only about 5-10 minutes. I then used my small hole punch to make holes in the top of each tag and I finished them off by threading lengths of thin twine through them. I found the twine at the Dollar Store. It was actually a part of a children’s necklace making kit.

 

Click on the tag name above the photos to find the gift tags that I have shared in this post.

 

French Vanilla Tags 

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Vintage Bird-Inspired Tags

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This one below is my favorite!

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Aren’t they sweet? These would look gorgeous on a gift or they could used as sales tags for those of you selling your handmade items. You could also frame these tags as works of art, use them in your craft projects or use them in your photo transferring projects.

For more eye candy and an abundance of free printables, please stop by Megan’s blog and say “hi!”. I am sure that you too will be amazed by all of the wonderful printables that she has on her blog. http://lilac-n-lavender.blogspot.ca/

 

Until next time,

 

 

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