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Drum table with raised stencils

Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a great weekend so far.

See the vintage drum table below? My Mom gave me this table over a year ago and it has sat collecting dust in my basement until about a month ago when I decided it was about time that it received a makeover.

I cannot lie. Refinishing this table has been a real struggle for me! It has taken me over a month to finally finish it and it is has seen no less than 4 different finishes during that time. Really, for only a small table? Well, it has been one of those projects! You know, one that you procrastinate on because your indecisiveness is getting the best of you? Lately, this has been happening to me more than I care to admit!

So when I had set out to work on this table, this is what happened…

First, I stripped the top of the table because it originally was in terrible shape, as you can see below. I then stained the top with my favorite whitewash stain. I really was loving how it was looking so far. Then I primed the base with gray primer and painted it with two coats of creamy-gray paint. Something just wasn’t right with this look. Moving on…next I glazed the table with a burnt umber glaze to try to bring out some of the details on the pedestal base. Nope, not working either. How about a coat of watered-down homemade chalk paint? A little better, but still not there. Lastly, there was the gray glaze that I made with watered-down acrylic paint that was applied over top of everything and the distressing that I did. Now we’re talking! So I thought…

The more I looked at this table, the more I wasn’t totally happy with what I had done. Don’t you just hate it when that happens when working on a project? At this point I was about to give up and just sell this table instead of keeping it for myself. I had already put so much time and hard work into it, not to mention the supplies that I had used up. After a glass of wine and a bit of contemplation, I decided to take a step back and let it sit untouched for a while until I had a vision as to what it should be like.

 

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This table sat there for a couple of weeks until one day last week when I had a “Eureka” moment! The reason I didn’t like this table was because it was too plain. I thought that the french-style top was really cute but the base and legs weren’t anything special to look at. How about if I added some wooden appliques around the drum of the table to give it some style? Hmmm…that wouldn’t work because the table is not totally flat. Well, how about doing some raised stenciling around it instead? Perfect!

Here is what my table looks like all finished! What do you think?

 

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As, you can see I carried the stenciling all the way around the drum. I decided to not stencil the drawer at the front because I thought that it would compete with the handle that was there. I also added one raised design to each side of the legs to give them more interest.

 

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It’s hard to tell here, but in real life it almost looks like this table is covered in embossed leather. Very cool!

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Here you can also see a close-up of the whitewashed stained top that I did.

 

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I found out that it is very hard to photograph a whitewashed finish without it looking all washed out! In person, this finish is greyish-white with grey streaks running through it and touches of greyish-yellow here and there. It am so happy with how it turned out!

 

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In this close-up of one of the raised stencils you can see that I also used a bit of crackle medium. I made sure that each raised stencil was a little bit different looking. Some have cracks, some don’t. Some are more aged then others, some aren’t. No two designs are exactly alike!

 

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Here on the pedestal, you can see the distressing that I did but not so much of the gray glazing that is there. It is much easier to see indoors where the sun doesn’t wash out the finish.

 

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I painted over the original brass drawer handle with gesso and crackle medium. After the crackle medium had dried for at least an hour, I put on a light layer of gray craft paint to bring out the cracks. I added more white gesso to the raised parts of the handle to highlight. Finally, I coated everything with a layer of Mod Podge for protection.

 

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Last month, I had shared how super easy it is to do raised stencils in my Decorative Book tutorial. You can find my step-by-step guide HERE.

For my decorative book project I had used Golden’s Light Molding Paste to do the raised stencils. For furniture though, you will want to use something that will not crack or chip off. You want it to stand up to everyday use. For raised stencils on furniture, you will want to use Golden’s Molding Paste. It is much heavier in weight and texture than the Light Molding Paste and much more durable.

 

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 This is the cute little stencil that I decided to use on my table. I covered over the small flowers with happy face stickers (that’s all I had handy at the time) so that the molding paste wouldn’t seep through when doing the raised stenciling. I thought the addition of the flowers would just make my table look too busy and I liked the simplicity of the medallion by itself.

 

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To stencil my table, I first found the centre of the back of the drum and made a small pencil mark. I made sure my stencil was level and then used my Anthropologie membership card (again, all that I had handy) to spread on the molding paste. It’s just like icing a cake! I carefully scraped off all of the excess medium back into my jar and then lifted my stencil up from one end in order to not disturb my pattern.

As I mentioned in my previous tutorial, molding paste is a PITA the get off your tools if you let it dry. You will want to wash your stencil and tools immediately with soap and water before moving on  Also, it may make your stencil all cloudy so don’t use this medium on your prized stencil unless you don’t mind it getting a little messed up. My stencil is still useable. It just doesn’t look pristine anymore. It doesn’t bother me!

After I did my first set of stencils, I left them to dry, which only took about 20 minutes. Then I worked on the opposite side of the center stenciling in the other direction as to not mess up my fresh stencils. I placed my stencil over top of one of the previously stenciled designs and continued on. This helped to keep my stenciling in a straight line.  By the time I got to the last set of stencils on each side I found out that this stencil fit perfectly within half a centimeter from the end on each side. No cutting needed and no half design to deal with.  This was the perfect stencil for this project.

 

 

After I finished all of my raised stencils I let them fully dry for about 2 hours before painting. To paint my raised design I first glazed it with medium gray craft paint. Then I re-applied my stencil over top of my raised design and stenciled on a coat of white gesso. I then applied crackle medium randomly and once that was dry I sparingly glazed over the cracks with more gray craft paint making sure to wipe away the excess immediately.

Finally, to protect my table, I coated it with three coats of my favorite clear finish sanding in between coats.

 

This drum table was a labor of love for sure! It is definitely a keeper now!

 

If you are interested in replicating this finish on one of your own pieces, I have included the products below that I used for this makeover. If you are a regular visitor to my blog you may notice that I have again used some of my tried and true finishes when refinishing this table. You can read more about my absolute favorite products to use when refinishing furniture HERE and HERE.

 

Drum Table with Raised Stencils Product List:

Table top:

Circa 1850 Soft Strip, Minwax Whitewash Stain, General Finishes High Performance Waterbased Topcoat in Satin

Table base:

Water-based Glidden Gripper Primer tinted in Behr Dark Gray, Martha Stewart’s Sharkey Gray paint, white acrylic gesso, DecoArt Americana Driftwood acrylic paint, Minwax Polyacrylic Topcoat in Satin

Raised Stencils:

Golden Molding Paste, DecoArt Americana Driftwood acrylic paint, white gesso, DecoArt One Step Crackle Medium, Minwax Polyacrylic Topcoat in Satin

Drawer Handle:

White acrylic gesso, DecoArt One Step Crackle Medium, DecoArt Americana Driftwood acrylic paint, Matte Mod Podge

 

 

Have you had a chance to try raised stencils before? Either way, I would love to hear about what you think of my table, so please leave me a comment below. I appreciate that you take time out of your busy day to leave me your thoughts.

 

Until next time,

 

 

 

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A Reader’s decorative books

Happy Sunday! How are things with you?

Myself, I have been busy weeding my yard and re-doing my flower beds. It definitely was time! After all of the rain we have been having this summer, my garden has gotten way out of control. I will be at it for the next little while but in the meantime I have some photos to share with you that one of my readers recently sent to me.

Denise wrote to me a couple of weeks ago letting me know that she used my DIY Decorative Books tutorial to make some books of her own. Really? Yeah!

Just from conversing with her by e-mail I could tell she was the nicest person!  I told her that I would love to see some photos of her books and would she mind sending some photos to me. She promptly replied with the message below:

 

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I can’t believe what an amazing job she did on her books! They turned out so well, don’t you agree?

Denise used the script printouts from the tutorial along with a wonderful stencil and molding paste for the raised design on the front of her books.  As well, from her photo it looks as if she mixed in some metallic paint before covering the stencil with paste because of the great sheen that her raised stencils have but I will let her answer here in case I don’t have her technique exactly right.

 

 

As Denise had mentioned in her message above, she also made a lamp with another set of books that she did! Isn’t it a clever idea that she had? So cool!  I am in love with the stencil she used and I also love how she carried the stencil over to the spines of the books.

 

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Thanks so much Denise for sharing your decorative books with us! You did such a wonderful job and you are an inspiration!

 

For those of you, including Denise, who decide to use one of my tutorials, I am truly honored that you have taken time out of your busy day to give my project a try. It totally makes my day to find out that you actually like what I have shown you enough to make you own!

So if you have used one of my tutorials, I would love it if you would send me a photo or two of your beautiful work and if you are ok with it, I would love to share your project with my readers as well.

You all are so creative and talented!

 

Enjoy the rest of your day!

 

 

 

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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…

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Until next time,

 

 

 

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Photo transfers onto wood: a vintage sewing storage box makeover

Good afternoon! It’s almost time for the weekend, and that makes me so happy!

 

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Let me start things off by showing you my latest project.

 

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I found this little vintage accordian-style sewing storage box at Goodwill a while back for only $7.99. It was in really good shape structurally; I just wasn’t in love with its golden-stained 1970′s finish. I knew that a couple of coats of paint and a couple of embellishments could breathe some new life into it.

Don’t you think it looks a little sad in the before photo above? Just look at the big white splotch on the top left and all of the dust on the top. Oh my! That should give you a clue as to how long it was in my basement. It really was time for it to be made over!

 

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Here is what it looks like now after its makeover.

Much better, don’t you think?

I am really in love with it now!

 

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First, I have to apologize for the dark photos that I am sharing with you. It has been very gloomy here (raining/snowing and really cold) for the past few days so not the greatest conditions for taking nice photos. Maybe once the sun decides to shine again, I can replace these photos with some better ones. C’est la vie! (Such is life!) I guess I was mistaken once again; Spring is apparently not on its way…yet!

 

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Now for the nitty gritty details. I started by giving my storage box two coats of Martha Stewart’s Sharkey Gray latex paint mixed 50/50 with white gesso. I then gave it an all-over wash with a medium gray craft paint again mixed 50/50 with gesso. After everything was dry, I mixed up some Sharkey Gray paint, some cream craft paint and some gesso in equal portions and applied it to the entire box using a dry brushing technique.

 

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I did not need to prime this piece, nor did I sand it. The gesso/latex paint mixture sticks to the original finish really well. Adding gesso to your paint also gives whatever you are painting a gorgeous chalky finish and it sands out really nicely with fine-grit sandpaper.

 

 

For the top of my wooden storage box, I transferred two identical copies of a French Ephemera graphic that I found on The Graphic’s Fairy’s blog here.

You can find my tutorial on how to transfer photos by clicking on the photo at the bottom of my post.

 

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Isn’t this a gorgeous graphic? It has so much detail and I really like how crisp and clear it transferred!

The wonderful thing about transferring the photo/image to the wood instead of just decoupaging it on is that your transferred image will take on the background of what it is being transferred to. It ends up looking as if it was printed directly on the wood or it was handpainted on. Very cool!

 

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To add a bit of interest to the sides of my storage box, I added a raised stencilled in a damask design. I then glazed over top of it with a coat of watered down medium gray craft paint.  Finally, I coated my storage box with two coats of Modge Podge Matte to protect it and also to bring out the details of my transferred images.

In case you are interested, I will be sharing a tutorial on how to make a raised stencilled design soon!  Please subscribe at the end of this post or on my homepage to receive an update in your e-mail inbox!

 

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In this photo you can see more clearly the layers of paint that I added to this piece giving it an overall weathered effect.

 

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I have yet to fill up my little storage box but I am sure it will give me a lot of space for the majority of my sewing supplies. The rest of my supplies will be going into my main sewing cabinet. I hope to share its transformation with you early next week.

So, what do you think of my little storage box makeover? Please leave me a comment below. I would love to hear from you.

 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

 

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