Monday, August 25, 2014

How to organise your chargers

Aaargh.... know the feeling - it's like Spaghetti Junction on a bank holiday! I have tried everything to keep cables and chargers in some kind of order, but up until now nothing has worked. It must be because I keep pulling them out until I find the right one and the whole thing deteriorates in to a tangled mess. By the time I find the right one I feel like tearing my hair out as well as the chargers. that has all changed, thanks to DecoArt Multi Surface Paint.

All I did was dip the wooden end of a paint brush in to a puddle of paint and plop a dot on to the charger and the device in matching colours (it's a good idea to rub the surface with a little rubbing alcohol to remove any grease and help the paint to adhere).

You could get really creative, but there is not a lot of space to paint on.
If you run out if colours just plop 2 dots on to the surface and pull them together to make a heart

This must be the shortest and easiest project ever posted but, trust me, it works

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Before and After Camera Case/Bag using DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish

give your camera case a new lease of life

from this.....

to this.....

My camera case was, to be honest, looking rather scruffy, but I like it as it's the right size to hold my camera. I decided it would be easier to do a makeover than search for a new one! Isn't that what painters and crafters do?
I used:

  • DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint (the colour I used is "Refreshing")
  • DecoArt Americana Clear Creme Wax
  • Isopropanol (pure rubbing alcohol). 
  • 2 x lint free pieces of cloth
  • a small piece of card
  • a paint brush

The first thing I did was cut off the zipper pull

then rubbed the surface with a piece of lint free cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol

I held a piece of card against the zip when applying the paint - just to keep it nice and neat and to make sure no paint got on the zipper

 I placed the case over a bottle and left it to dry

and applied a coat of Americana Clear Creme Wax with a piece of lint free cloth ( this paint dries really quickly so I din't have too long a wait!)

after a couple of hours I buffed the whole case with a dry cloth

and added a new zip pull I made with a silver toned bow and heart and, finally, added  rhinestones for a bit of bling

I am really pleased with the result and the paint doesn't even come off if I scratch the surface with my nail! It actually looks like leather now

This paint is amazing and, like the colour I used it is "refreshing" - an added bonus is that my camera bag matches my new holiday handbag (sorry it is not a great picture)....none of mine are!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

German Glitter Glass on Paper Shoes

at last I have some German Glitter Glass....and love it

Glitter comes in lots of shades and grades. Inexpensive plastic glitter is fine for kids projects but not great  for time consuming projects that you want to be "just so" (this is not a suitable product for children as it is real glass)

 I will always love DecoArt Glamour Dust for my painted projects and when I want a fine glimmer but sometimes something a bit heavier is required and German Glitter Glass comes in different grades to suit many projects

I sprinkled some on tissue paper I used for a fairy's skirt

German Glitter Glass is produced by Bavarian glass artisans using a seven step process - the glass is coated with pure silver before firing - it is then ground in to different "grits" ranging from "fine to "course" and comes in many colours

The Glitter Glass does tarnish through time although I find this an attractive look, I don't want it to tarnish prior to use, so I will pop one of these small anti-tarnish pads in the Ziplock bag I store the glass in.

The possibilities for this are endless...think Christmas ornaments. shoes, wooden blanks, tea light holders

I used my Sizzix Ballroom Slipper die for the shoes and the Sizzix Garden Fairy

Let's sparkle!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Artcoaching in Greece with Nadia Bandura

“Life as an art cannot be copied; it must be created.”
― Nadia Bandura

Earlier this year I was teaching on a cruise ship and had the pleasure of meeting Nadia Bandura. Nadia was the classical pianist on the ship and she played a great part in adding to passengers enjoyment. You can listen to some music, from her album "Heavenly and Earthly Piano" HERE

In addition to being a pianist Nadia is also the author of Artcoaching

What is Artcoaching? Nadia describes it as "a technique which gives you skills to create your own life as an art.

She has chosen Samos - a beautiful Greek island as the location for her upcoming Artcoaching tour in August 2014. You can register on her website 

Unfortunately, because of teaching commitments,  I can't accept Nadia's kind invitation to join her as part of this venture this year, so I can only dream of golden sandy beaches, tours and tastings, daily workshops,  sunshine, white buildings, friendly people, good food and the opportunity to see the Greece you will not find in a guide book.

If you are lucky enough to go - enjoy!