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Topic: Decoupaged Tile Coaster/Trivet (Harry Potter content)  (Read 5803 times)
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« on: May 16, 2006 09:19:40 PM »

I made this coaster/trivet thing for a Harry Potter swap.  The original intention was to paint the image.  That was before I remembered that I don't paint because my hands shake too much to paint a straight line!  (I wish I was kidding.)  Instead, I decided to adapt a paper-piecing technique my mom used for visual aids in her classroom.

What I Used

Potter Puff graphic (nicked from Potter Puffs)
paint program
various colors of cardstock
plain white tile from home improvement center
satin varnish/decoupage medium
sticker maker

What I Did

1) Opened graphic in paint program.  Removed all but thick, black outlines.
2) Determined needed colors; loaded appropriate colors of paper into printer.
3) Printed line graphic onto each color needed.
4) Cut out appropriate section of each color (hair, eyes, clothing)
5) Ran cut-out pieces through sticker-maker.
6) CAREFULLY assemble pieces on tile, sticker side down.  (It's like a puzzle, man!)
7) Apply multiple coats of varnish to make sure paper stays stuck.

Hope the above makes *some* sense -- let me know if any clarification is needed!

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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2006 09:31:20 PM »

That is adorable.  I love those Potter Puffs.

I really like that paper piecing technique.  It sounds like fun.  I'll have to give it a try.  Thanks for the little tutorial.

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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2006 06:29:00 AM »

Potter Puffs are the cutest! And I know what you mean about your hands shaking too much to draw a straight line. I like what you did thought. I think I'll try your way next time.

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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2006 09:43:11 PM »

Hope this little tip on painting helps.  Rosemaling is a traditional scandinavian painting technique that I'm not particularly fond of but it does require steadiness of hand.  In order to do this, the painters hold the brush in their dominant hand (duh..) and rest it on the opposite wrist to steady it.  The subordinate arm (from the elbow down to the hand) should be resting on the work surface as well as your dominant elbow.  I don't know.  I've used this in the past for tricky, delicate work, and it's worked ok for me.  Thanks!

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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2006 10:58:15 PM »

how did you get the black outline?

they are awesome.

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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2006 12:17:21 PM »

The black outline is part of the original graphic; I just used my paint program (Paint Shop Pro, but others will work) and deleted the color sections with the Magic Wand tool.

To do this, open a drawing in the graphics program of your choosing, then select the Magic Wand tool.

Next, choose the area of color to remove and click within it with the Magic Wand tool.

Hit delete.  Voila!  Color removed!

Hope that helps!

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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2006 12:45:37 PM »

very cute!

and i seriously feel you. i can't draw good lines well either because of my shaking hands..
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