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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Decoupage Tutorial on: February 06, 2005 05:28:03 PM

-Something to decoupage on:  Old shoeboxes can be a great place to start (and are free so there's nothing lost if you screw it up) but pretty much anything can be decoupaged as I'm sure you've seen around here. (Wooden items like tables or cigar boxes, plastics like suitcases, metals like the ever popular Altoid tin, glass vases and such - if it holds still it can be decoupaged.) For this I used a small chocolates box.
-Something to decoupage onto your object: This can be pictures from magazines, pretty paper napkins, stamps, some fabrics, comic books, old sewing patterns, etc. It's generally best to stick with something in the fiber family (papers and fabrics) and be fairly thin because you want your glue to get a really good hold. For this I used images of print fabrics from catalogs and magazines.
-Decoupage medium: You can use Mod Podge (available in matte or shiny finishes), other commercial products or just plain white school glue watered down (equal parts glue and water), which is what I like to use.
-Brush for the medium
-Scissors: To trim up your images...  I recommend using scissors that you don't mind getting a bit messy since you're dealing with glue.
-OPTIONAL Brush for paint & paint: I like to paint my object before I start just in case I don't completely cover the surface with my images or in case they are transparent. I used white acrylic craft paint.

1. Prep your surface. In my case I peeled the label off my chocolate box since it wasn't glued down very well and I didn't want the logo showing through and then I gave it a quick coat of paint.

2. Figure out your design. If you are doing a complete collage, select the images you want to stand out the most and set them aside. You'll want to save them for the end so they don't get buried under other images.

3. Start somewhere... slop down a whole bunch of glue on your surface or to the back of the image itself.  Apply your image and slop down even more glue on top. The idea is to get your image completely sealed in glue, top and bottom, so that there are no air bubbles or lumps.

You may notice with some images (specifically those cut from magazines) that you can see the printing from the opposite side when they are wet. In my experience, if you couldn't see it before the paper was wet, you won't see it once it dries, so don't freak out until you see how it dries. Keep moving until your item is covered in images to your liking.

4. Let dry.

5. Trim up the edges of your object if applicable.

6. Cover the object in glue medium again and allow to dry.

7. Check your object for any loose images... places where a bubble may have formed or a corner that is sticking up. I glue these down with full strength white glue (which dries clear.) OPTIONAL: You can lightly sand the object with a very fine sand paper to remove any extra lumps. (I never sand my stuff though.)

8. Cover in a 3rd coat of glue and allow to dry. I usually do a 4th and 5th coat as well. In between coats for the patchwork box top, I decoupaged the bottom of the box with pink tissue paper and made a felt lining for it.

The lid for my box was rather loose to begin with but in case of a tight fit between box lid and bottom, decoupaging the bottom (or inside of the lid) wouldn't work because the box would no longer fit together. It's important to keep that in mind when decoupaging boxes.

9. Seal if desired. Mod podge is made to act as a sealant and in my experience school glue is fairly durable as well. However, if your creation will get a lot of wear, you may also wish to spray it with a clear art sealant.

10. Enjoy your finished creation!!!

Decoupage is not an exact art - there can be a lot of trial and error depending on your medium, the object you're decoupaging and the images you are using. For this reason, I wouldn't use any antique or otherwise irreplaceable items for your first project. Overall though, it is a very versatile and forgiving craft.
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / T-shirt waistband, pink paisley skirt with fringe on: January 22, 2005 12:41:56 PM
I made myself this pink paisley skirt yesterday. I wanted it to be kind of slim (not gathered or pleated) but I hate zippers so I used a t-shirt as the waist. I am also pregnant so it works out great since the waist has enough give to fit me months from now but will still fit when I'm not pregnant.

13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Dia de los muertos tea cozy on: January 21, 2005 08:22:20 PM
My kitchen is done in a Mexican fiesta theme (with bright Fiestaware dishes) and I drink a lot of tea so I made myself a tea cozy today. (Hopefully it has enough irony for Crafster. Wink)

The skull and flowers are felt with a little embroidery. Here's a link to a slightly larger picture.
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I want to learn how to make my own patterns... on: January 11, 2005 12:05:29 PM
In the "love to sew....hate the aftermath" thread in Stitch & BOTCH, jennhi mentioned the books Patternless Fashions (Reply #22) but also mentioned all of the problems she was having with it.

I'm wondering if anyone has recommendations for a book or website that would show me how to make my own patterns out of my measurements?
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Garden theme playroom mural on: October 21, 2004 11:08:40 AM
I just did this mural for my daughter's playroom. (Please ignore the nasty stained carpet and sloppy baseboards - those are thanks the previous owners and will be getting redone this spring.) It's a little room so I took a picture from each corner....





I painted the walls blue then rubbed on a wash of white paint and water all over and then put extra white paint on with a rag to make the clouds. I had some left over green paint that I mixed to create different shades for the grass and the leaves on the tree and leftover brown paint for the tree. I just used acrylic craft paint for the flowers and bugs (there are two butterflies, a dragonfly, a catepillar and a lady bug.) My daughter loves it!
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My orange and turquoise livingroom on: October 21, 2004 10:59:41 AM
My livingroom is still a work in progress as far as the accessories go, but I thought I'd share my painting...

I painted the ceiling turquoise and the walls a deep orange. Then I made a pattern out of cardstock for the moorish arch design, traced it on with a pencil and painted it in. Then I went over the outline with copper acrylic paint. Everyone makes a face when I say that my livingroom is orange and turquoise but they love it when they see it together.
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Crazy-quilt style patchwork messenger bag - TUTORIAL on pg 2 on: August 16, 2004 06:58:14 PM
Here's my latest love...

It's a little too big for everyday but it's awesome for trips to the library and such. I made it in 3 pieces: one for the back/flap, one for the front, and one for the handle/sides. VERY simple construction but it took me forever to do the patchwork. It didn't cost me a thing since I had all the material left from other projects but if I was paying myself even minimum wage it would be over $100. Ah, well... what's a few days out of ones life when you get a cool new bag out of the deal.  Wink
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Decoupaged Shoe Suitcase on: August 07, 2004 07:53:22 PM
I bought a cute little suitcase for $1 at the thrift store and turned it into this...

I painted the suitcase with white spray paint made for plastic (and then painted the trim with hot pink acryllic paint). I cut out various styles of shoes from fashion magazines and catalogs making sure to either trim all of the background out or select ones with a white background. I decoupaged the shoes on with Elmers and water and then gave it a coat of clear polyurethane spray paint.

I love the results but I'm afraid to use it as an actual travel suitcase because I don't want to ruin it. I think I'm just going to use it to store items in my house where I can admire it's beauty.
19  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Abstract Acrylic Paintings on: June 04, 2004 09:26:09 AM
This is one of my favorite paintings I've done called "Motherhood."

More of my stuff is here: http://img30.photobucket.com/albums/v91/AnnaReilly/
20  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Art-A-Whirl!!!! (Northeast Minneapolis) on: May 13, 2004 12:32:05 PM
This weekend is the annual Art-A-Whirl festival in Northeast Minneapolis. It is the largest open studio and gallery tour in Minnesota!

This is the official website: http://www.art-a-whirl.org

Art-A-Whirl dates and times are:
Friday, May 14th - 6-9 pm
Saturday, May 15th - 12-8pm
Sunday, May 16th - 12-5pm

I LOVE Art-A-Whirl!  Kiss There are always tons of amazing artists and crafts-people displaying and selling their creations. Definitely check it out!!!
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