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1  5,400 Dots Bathroom redo(lotsa pics) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by alykorn on: September 24, 2009 07:43:49 PM
I despised my old bathroom. So after I terrorized my kitchen with scrapbook paper, I turned my attention to my bathroom.
The total cost for all materials including ripping out the bad sheetrock and replacing it with new, was about 200$
here is the sneak peek after--

here is the before-


Joanne's fabric had an awesome sale and I thought oooh DOTS!!!!

It wound up taking 90 pages of scrapbook paper. I bought thirty at first and ran out. This was after my bouncy baby girl scattered 500 dots across my livingroom. I am still finding dots in odd places. I used a 1 inch whale punch and stacked three pieces of paper to punch the dots out. I got 49 1 inch dots per page, then I went back with a 1/2 inch punch and  punched out 30 some odd 1/2 inch dots.
I Modpoged the dots to the 1/4" plywood, which was glued to the new sheetrock with indoor Liquid Nails and adhesive caulk. I would paint the spot with Mp (modpoge) and then place the dot and Mp over the dot.
In a shower environment modpodge is not enough protection, so I went over it with spar varnish. The modpoge sealed and protects the paper, the oil based spar varnish will make unprotected paper look like a giant oil stain if the paper is not sealed first..  I messed up with that because I did not make sure I got the clear. So the amber color toned down the colors somewhat which only irrates me. If I redo the shower I think my husband will divorce me:)

Rip out three walls.
Find an unholy mess and realize that the people who built the house were insane.
Keep chanting that it is ok.

Add a buddy,

Re-texture walls with watered down Gorilla Glue and the cheapest possible paper towels I could find. They were the type that chain bathrooms use. The gorilla glue is water proof when it dries so I knew once it dried I would not have to worry about the humidity of the bathroom affecting the texture. I would use a inch paint brush and dip it in the glue mix and paint a  drippy line on the wall, then put a sheet of the paper towel up there and paint the wall behind the paper with the glue mix, then paint the paper itself. It was very delicate not to tear the paper and end up with a giant spitball.

I ripped out the vanity and the sink and designed my own, which still needs to finshed and the drawers added in . hopefully this weekend.

Let me know what you think!!! I can only work on it about an hour a day do it has taken me over a month, this weekend is the final push to finish everything after that I will have the final pictures.
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2  Re: Nightmare(pencil drawing) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by alykorn on: July 24, 2009 08:11:56 AM
Bonesaw-That is very good to know, I am going back today to get more or different pencils so I can look for the low acid. I had always wondered why lots of different art made a big deal out of low acid this or that.
Here are last four.

I use ATCs to make my initial sketches, I found some old oil pastels that I rarely worked with and ran the white over the pencil. I loved the result!! The ATC looks better when it is futher away.(so what do I do?....Zoom in...lol)

This is the final drawing of the ATC sketch above.

This one I am used pencil but at the top I am putting oil pastel over it and then using a piece of felt to smooth it out. I like the effect and it made me think to switching or experimenting with pastels with shades of grey.

Does anyone have any advice on hands? A decent book that I can get? The last photo/drawing-- I love the woman I drew, she is my first full body, but I had really wanted to make a hand reaching out to her and it just wasn't working so I settled on "Worries" instead.
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3  Re: how to make it stick... and stick in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions by alykorn on: July 22, 2009 09:56:17 AM
 I DPed some paper onto three glass pieces. One was my light in my livingroom, it has lasted months and is excellent. I also DPed my bedroom windows to keep the heat down (knocked the temp in my bedroom down by 10 degrees immediately, but I still get daylight!!!) I DPed above my sink. The high humidity ate away the Modpodge and my photo fell off in about 3 months.

I also DPed a picture frame and then left the thing outside for about three months.  It was 3 layers of Modpodge, then three layers of sealer( spray,dry cure, spray, dry cure etc) THEN another three layers, all these layers were done lightly but covered so no dripping occurred. Then because I am OTC and wanted to experiment too, I painted two layers of an oil based sealer.
This frame hung outside from March to May in SE Texas weather IE- bone dry, flooding, water posing as air, then horrible heat and this was usually all in one week:). And it was fine.

I do know that you can seal the paper with MP (2 or 3 layers) and then seal with the oil based and after it cures it is like glass. If you do not seal the paper good enough the oil based will soak thru the paper and make it smooth like glass but also kinda see thru, almost like it has a grease stain.

I hope this helps!! Good luck.
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4  Nightmare(pencil drawing) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by alykorn on: July 20, 2009 08:42:39 PM
After a two year streak my nightmares came back so after the last bout I had an urge to draw them.The pictures aren't exactly what I dreamt about just the feelings that I wake up with after I have one.  I have never done a drawing with just pencil. I have always made sketches, then colored. So this is a whole new world for me to venture into.
Especially considering how dark they are, it is completely off the radar for me to make something like this. I was blending with a dry paintbrush before my step son handed me a stumpy thing.Lemme know what you think.

this last one is a little darker, the flash on my camera made it brighter than it is.
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5  Re: Covering kitchen cabinets with contact paper? in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by alykorn on: June 27, 2009 08:12:14 PM
I covered mine with mod podge and cut up scrapbook paper. It covered up all the imperfections in the wood and I only had to use a small paint brush. When I felt like quitting for the day, I was done!! Wash the brush off, close the MP and wander off.
I don't know if this is like contact paper but it is another option:)
Here was my before--

here is the after--

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6  Re: Art shelf in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by alykorn on: May 07, 2009 06:20:52 PM
Every time I have a dream about smoking I feel guilty the next day.*grins* I am processing!!! It's getting LOADS better, now it is only once a week I think about it.
Oh oh oh here is my can opener....

I used a layer of brown packing tape was best because paper alone seemed to peel off after it dried. I am way too rough on everything for it to peel off that easy.
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7  Epona2 in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by alykorn on: May 01, 2009 10:07:37 PM
The original Epona started out as a doodle and then I went into a bold color phase . This is water color on canvas, it is the cheap plastic tubes from years ago my granmother gave to me. Hope you like her.

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8  Kitchen redo(cabinets are done!!) pic heavy in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by alykorn on: May 01, 2009 09:54:12 PM
this first part of the post was in May--
First it started out to annoy my husband, I redid my art shelf (which is also known as the kitchen) by decoupaging it with lime green and a matching printed paper.

My camo wearing, southern country husband looks at it and tells me the colors look good together and why don't I do the kitchen cabinets that way too.....he even gave me a couple of duck decoys to redo for yard art....

Here is the beginning, with the hobby lobby paper sale it will cost about 90$ to redo my kitchen cabinets top, inside and bottom.  The manager that had to special order 160 sheets on paper cannot wait until I bring the photos up to show them next week.
(This is my reward to myself for not smoking since Feb. 26Th 2009)Cheesy

Two months later I have finally finished my cabinets. My main goal is to redo three rooms for under 1000$ and by myself. I am doing really good so far I have spent 350 so far and that was also carpeting my bedroom hallway and livingroom, again- no contractors. The carpet was a steal, I got the padding too for all 150 and my husband I installed it. It is messed up in some areas but we only notice it because we live here.*grins*

You can see the before of my kitchen. This is the big before photo--

This is the after--

 I have quite a few tips about self texturing a wall for cheap as possible, I have textured and colored one whole wall for 11 bucks. It is awesome.
I started out with one wall being white paneling, one wall was white brick paneling, one textured and one was wall papered. Plaster of Paris really covered the bricks and lines BUT is dried so fast that allot of the texture looked sloppy, and it soaks up paint at an incredible speed. I used twice as much paint to paint that then the other texture I bought. Plus it was 30$ to cover one wall (two 25lb bags)
The next texture I bought was 12$ and a powder, it took longer to dry but was just as messy as the plaster of Paris, plus it was waaaaay to runny when I followed the directions. It did not cover as much area but also did not soak up the paint like a sponge.
So then I was wandering thru walmart and they had a tub of joint compound for 9.88 and it was 42lbs. It was already mixed and the right thickness.  One large mixing bowl full, about 10 lbs- I added a tablespoon of bright blue tempera paint and mixed it with my hand mixer. It came out to a pretty light blue. so if it chips off, it is still blue under it!!! I am doing the walls different shades of blue so I can make swirls into the walls with different colors.

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9  Card Board Mini Shelf in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by alykorn on: May 01, 2009 09:42:19 PM
When I read a post on here by mamandemamma ( https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=293410.0 )about the cardboard end table she made and then she posted sites about the cardboard furniture in France I was sooooo interested. I found babelfish from yahoo that will translate the sites into any language. I looked at the sites and decided to try to do one.
I have a two year old so it took about four days because I could only work on it when she was sleeping:)

It originally was supposed to have drawers but 1) I could not find brown packing tape to save my life 2) Little things and hot glue and ADD do not work well together and I have a horrible time cutting a straight line

BUT since I got this one done and I love it I am making plans to build a big one, Over four foot for my daughters toys and if that goes well then I am going to do my kitchen cabinets(lower)

 Let me know what you think!!
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10  Re: Pagan Craft-a-Long 2009 in Craftalongs by alykorn on: May 01, 2009 09:25:59 PM
 Finally (a month later) I dug out my stuff and thought oh I can do so much better now...... so here we are---

This is the finished but begging to be decorated stage....

And her home but this isn't finished either- I have to raid my friends broken jewelry collection

I also found my mini goddess mold I made for my goddess worry charms. The red color is nail polish, which pools in the details wonderfully and I have a million and one options for colors Smiley
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