Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sizzix Moveable Garden Fairies

Hello.....are you finding time to craft or are you enjoying the beautifull weather outdoors?
I spent some time this week playing with "Garden Fairy" dies from Sizzix. They are fun and easy to use and lend themselves to lots of possibilities using bits and pieces already in your craft stash.
The faces are stamped then cut out using "Framelits" dies. This is the first time I have used Framelits and they are fabulous. I used watercolour pencils to colour in the faces, then blended the colours with a very small brush dipped in water. I added a little shading under the chins and on the arms to give depth.
The skirt on this little one was made using petals cut from green tissue paper with the Sizzix "Tattered Flowers" die.

For this skirt I cut tissue paper using a Sizzix doily die. I used 4 doilies...each one was folded into 4, then the doilies were glued together. I applied some glue round the bottom of the skirt and sprinkled on some German Glitter Glass. To add depth to the skirt I puffed up the folds. I printed the wings image on to copy paper, traced the pattern on vellum with a Sharpie, sprayed a little hair spray and, finally, sprinkled on some DecoArt Glamour Dust

For a different look on this one I used artificial leaves for the skirt and white acrylic paint, applied with a stylus, around her top.
If you like playing you will love these dies.......




Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chalky Finish for Glass from DecoArt

Before.....
and after.....




I am grateful to DecoArt for giving me some Chalky Finish Glass Paint to try.
For this project I used the lovely grey called "Yesteryear" on a glass bud vase....it was past it's best and it turned out that the lovely green glass vases I bought last year in Copenhagen were actually clear glass with a plastic coating!

I used:
DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint for Glass - Yesteryear
DecoArt Americana Spray Sealer/finisher Matte
German Glitter Glass
A Rhinestone stick on embellishment
Double sided tape


To upcycle something similar:

1. Wipe the glass with rubbing alcohol using a lint-free cloth
2. Paint the glass - I applied two coats and used a filbert brush (helps prevent streaks) and leave to dry
3. Spray with varnish and leave to dry
4. Place double sided tape on the vase, where you want the glitter - I just wanted a band round the
    bottom of the vase
5. Roll the vase in the glitter glass
6. Gently brush off the excess & save for other projects
7. Apply stick-on rhinestones

This is a really easy way to transform a glass bottle or dish in to something special and would add real wow factor to any occasion....birthday party, wedding tables or even just sitting on your dressing table
Now.....what can I do with the other two?









Tuesday, July 1, 2014

HAND PAINTED ROSES ON A FABRIC T-SHIRT


Today I have been using DecoArt So Soft Fabric Paint to paint roses on a T shirt


I will eventually get around to posting a practice sheet for my roses but, meantime, here are a few tips for painting on fabric
  1. Pre-wash the garment prior and let it dry
  2. Do not use fabric conditioner
  3. Place a piece of plastic or card inside the garment to prevent the paint seeping through to the other side
  4. Leave to dry for 48 hours
  5. Wash on a gentle cycle
  6. Hang dry
  7. Clean brushes with soap and water
Decoart also make Fabric Painting Medium, and this converts acrylics to fabric paint. Simply Mix 2 parts paint to 1 part water

Happy Painting