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21  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Backsplash accent tiles on: August 24, 2013 05:20:26 PM


We recently remodeled our kitchen and I have been coveting a cool backsplash. A while back, I took a few pottery classes and really enjoyed working with leaves, so I thought it would be cool to do some tiles with leaves from our garden to use in a back splash (you might be able to spot: sage, rosemary, parsley, Japanese maple, thyme, coleus, watermelon, tomato, cucumber, marigold, creeping jenny, and a few other leaves).

Here are all the tiles together:


Instead of glazing them (which would require another firing that I do not have the patience for), I finished them by rubbing them down with brown shoe polish paste to act sort of like a resist. Then I painted over them with a thin wash of ivory acrylic paint and then washed the paint off of the waxed surface.  I will seal them with a coat of satin finish poly before installation.

Here's what they'll look like with the background tiles:


Update (9/7/13): Grouted, caulked, and complete!
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: A Morbid Acuteness of the Senses on: August 03, 2013 08:08:23 PM
Absolutely one of the coolest emboidery pieces I have ever seen!
23  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Baseball Bachelorette Tees on: July 08, 2013 07:04:45 AM
These are GREAT! Especially love the way the numbers spell out the wedding date - VERY clever and looks fantastic in photos!
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Flowerpot makeover on: July 08, 2013 06:54:57 AM
SO pretty! I love the painted rim. My friend's teenage daughter is coming over today to do mosaic pots. Smiley
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Painted carpet squares/welcome mats on: July 06, 2013 12:54:29 PM
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What paint do you use and how do you set the colours?

It's just standard acrylic craft paint. We didn't set the colors - the paint sits on top of the carpet fibers and doesn't seem to fade too terribly, although they do wear off after a season or two of heavy use (about as long as a cheap seasonal rug from a big box store). I would imagine adding a fabric medium to the paint would help it last longer.

26  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Tree Lantern on: July 06, 2013 09:34:19 AM
Super cute! This technique would make great orchid pots too!
27  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Mosaic Birdhouse on: July 06, 2013 08:52:45 AM
I recently made this birdhouse for my mother-in-law. I used a warped old pottery tile I made in class several years ago (textured pieces). Smashed it up and added mirror, stained glass, and flat marbles.


I liked this mix of materials so much I had to make another. This one uses textured glass, pieces of an old patterned dinner plate, and a few flat marbles thrown in for good measure. This one still needs to be grouted.
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Painted carpet squares/welcome mats on: July 06, 2013 08:38:42 AM
Our local Habitat Restore did a class a while back on painting carpet squares. My friend and I went to the class and we've been hooked on painting "rugs" ever since. The carpet squares are $2 each at the Habitat store and it only takes an hour or two to paint them. SO much FUN!

My favorite so far:


This one still needs something. I'm unhappy with how close the lettering is to the edge of the rug too...
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / New garden sign on: June 02, 2013 07:33:41 AM
We recently had our electric meter replaced/moved and it left a gnarly hole in the siding. With old aluminum siding, I'm not sure we could find a patch that doesn't look like a complete eye sore, so I made a garden sign to hang over it in the mean time. For the lettering, I used this technique (http://www.craftionary.net/2012/05/hand-painted-kitchen-sign-board-tutorial-guest-post.html), but before I taped down the paper, I rubbed the back with graphite so I could skip the additional outlining step.  The wood had knotholes on the left-hand side so I placed the flower centers there. The flowers, vines and banners were drawn on freehand.

30  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: A Super Bright, "Sweet" Big Brother Quilt on: May 14, 2013 06:54:19 PM
Wow! This is SUCH a great quilt, so totally unique and the fabrics are just perfect.
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