Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Napkin Decoupage on Sneakers - Tutorial using DecoArt Decou-Page

I did a quick makeover on these plain sneakers which, I think, turned out pretty cute

To do the same you will need:
a napkin 
a bottle of DecoArt Decou-Page
and a brush

How to:
Remove the laces from the sneakers and wash them if necessary

Isolate the images by cutting them out leaving 1-2cms border (this makes cutting out easier)

Cut neatly around the image, then separate the layers. Paper napkins normally have 2-3 layers and you will only be using the top layer. The way I do it is to  hold the napkins between dampened thumb and index finger and pull the layers apart .

Normally I would apply decoupage medium to both the napkin cut-outs and the surface, but, in this case I only applied it to the sneakers. I then placed the image on to the sneakers and applied two more coats (Decou-Page can be used as a glue, finish and sealer.) I cut away any excess napkin as I went along

I died the laces Strawberry Pink 




Friday, October 17, 2014

3 Little Birds......made with felt

Today was a play day and I experimented with felt bird shapes cut with my adorable little Sizzix die

Sequins and seed beads

Silk ribbon embroidery roses with vintage hand dyed embroidery floss

Ans a couple of pieces of tatting

 These little ornaments are a great way to use up remnants, odd buttons, beads and ribbon

.......don't worry about a thing


Monday, October 13, 2014

Iridescent Autumn Leaves with Decoart Media

Autumn is the hush before winter. ~French Proverb

here in Scotland it is Autumn, but for many it is " fall". In the UK we don't seem to celebrate this time of year as much as our friends across the pond.  I wish we did but, maybe now there is a renaissance in the crafts world, that might happen!

Scotland is beautiful at this time of year, especially in Perthshire. We used to live there and we do miss the beautiful countryside. When we were there a few days ago I was looking for inspiration for projects when I came across a very old horse chestnut tree and picked up lots of shiny conkers (buckeyes in the US I believe)

When I returned home I wiped them with a damp cloth, allowed them to dry and applied some DecoArt Americana Dura Clear Varnish with a lint-free cloth

I then started thinking about possibilities with some dried leaves I had picked up, and decided to use product from the DecoArt Mixed Media Programme. These products are so versatile that I felt sure I would create a nice effect......and I certainly did

DecoArt Media Mister Turquoise
DecoArt Media Mister Magenta
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Green
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Turquoise
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Blue
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Magenta
A flat or filbert brush
a piece of lint-free cloth

How to:
I removed the top of the misters and used the bottom of the spraying tube to drop small amounts on to a palette (I used a piece of aluminium foil), then squeezed  small drops of the Interference alongside  (I gave them a good shake first).

I then brushed the colours on to the leaves randomly. 

This technique changes the colour of the leaves in a subtle, but eye-catching way giving them a kind of petrol effect
. I didn't  clean the brush between products and this added to the shimmery appearance....just look at these colours! 

I also achieved a nice effect on dried hydrangeas by dry brushing with Media Interference, unfortunately this does not show up too well in photos 

There are so many things you could do with these three things....

conkers and hydrangeas in a mason jar, with iridescent leaves tied on with string

Autumn wreaths

Place settings

Hydrangeas in an urn

or place in a bowl with some berries

 There are lots of tutorials and videos online showing how to dry leaves (glycerine is my preferred way) and hydrangeas

Friday, October 10, 2014

Geisha Girl Decoupage Heart using DecoArt Media - Tutorial

I am loving the new Media product from DecoArt!

I can't thank DecoArt  enough for supplying me with some of their fabulous product; they are always one step ahead when coming up with new product and techniques.

Prior to using this product I gained lots of advice watching Andy Skinner's Youtube channel - Andy is an expert on DecoArt Media so it was very useful. Thanks Andy

 This is  how I transformed a wooden heart in to a lovely wall ornament

I used:
A napkin
DecoArt Americana Paint - Indian Turquoise
A filbert Brush
An old toothbrush

 I applied Two coats of gesso (I like to use a filbert brush as it helps stop lines showing in the paint) and left it to dry

I then applied a watered down coat of Indian Turquoise Americana paint 

..........whilst the paint was still wet, I spattered on some isopropanal (rubbing alcohol) by dipping a toothbrush in the fluid and rubbing my thumbnail across it, thereby flicking some on to the surface. This leaves kind of mottled irregular surface

After it was dry, the next step was to apply a coat of blue Interference......unfortunately this does not show up in the pictures, but it gives a wonderful opalescent effect.

I then added some napkin decoupage by
tearing a napkin along any edge/s that will show in the surface - this  leaves  a soft hairy edge.  Separating the layers (there are usually 2 or 3)  and only keeping the top patterned one

Applying thin even coats of Decoupage on the back of the napkin and on the surface, then positioning it on the desired part of the surface (sorry no picture) and smoothing it out with a brush or brayer

I then turned it over and cut off the excess

this is is how it looked, before I went on to embellish it

I sourced this lovely geisha girl image from the Graphics Fairy website
I printed it off, cut it and mounted it on blue card

the applied it to the heart using the decoupage medium. I used a die to cut pink vellum blossom

I wanted to give the flowers depth so I placed them on a deep foam base and pressed down on the middle of each with a large stylus

I added some pearls to the flower centres and an Oriental coin over the hanging hole

and finally added some ribbon and a mini tassel (please see my last post for a tutorial on how to make tassels)

Please watch this space for more projects using DecoArt Media....here is a sneak preview of what can be done with Crackle Paint and Interference

my next post will be an easy way to transfer images using DecoArt Media Matte Medium

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Mini Tassels for Card-making -Tutorial

I was recently designing some Moroccan inspired cards for a class and decided to add some tassels. 

As all crafters know it can be difficult to source product in the desired colour...also if you buy online postage and handling can cost more than the purchase price.

So, withat in mind, I decided to make some using thread I normally use for tatting and crochet

All you need to make some is thread (I used size 20), a piece of card about 2cms longer than the length you want the  tassel to be and a needle with a large eye such as a size 22 chenille needle 

How to:
Wind the thread around the card as many times as necessary.....for this one it was 20 times (adjust for how thick you want the finished tassel to be)

Pass a piece of thread, about 10 inches long, under the top

Tie a knot

Use a third piece of thread, about 9 inches long, to make a loop and place it over the top of the main threads

Take one end of this thread and wrap it around approximately 6 times

Then pass it through the loop and pull really tightly

Thread the needle and bring it down under the wrapped threads, from top to bottom (sorry I did not take a picture of this) so becomes part of the tassel

 Cut the bottom ends of the loops and trim the ends

To make a twisted cord: wind the thread on the second picture (that you knotted) by holding both ends and twisting in opposite directions, then they should naturally twist together in to a cord. Tie a knot and trim

......completely different tassels made with narrow velvet & satin ribbon

....if you are a burlesque dancer look at the money you will save lol

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