Time: 1 hour
Materials: gold leaf starter kit, jars, brush
*Instructions do come with the kit! Buy it here.
1. Using the masking fluid, paint on your desired design. Keep in mind that these areas will remain white.
2. Wait about 10-15 minutes for the masking fluid to dry then apply the watercolors. You can paint right over the masking fluid.
3. Once the watercolors dry, use your rubber cement eraser to lift the dried masking fluid.
Time: 1 hour (including dry time)
Materials: pumpkin, knife, scoop, paint, flowers
1. Cut the top off your pumpkin and scoop out the seeds, just as if you were carving the pumpkin.
2. Choose your color and paint your pumpkin. If your pumpkin isn’t white, you may want to use a coat of primer before painting.
3. Let the paint dry, add flowers+water, and you’re done!
Time: 30 minutes
Materials: foam shaving cream, acrylic paint, toothpick, card stock paper
Time: 15-20 minutes
Materials: glass bottle, frosted glass paint, sponge/or brush
1. Make sure your bottle is clean, then tape off your design if necessary.
2. Depending on what type of texture you want to create, sponge or brush on your paint.
3. Peel tape when paint is wet. Use a damp q-tip to spot remove any paint out of place.
4. You can either choose to let your paint air dry or bake your bottle in the oven. I chose to bake mine for 2 minutes at 170˚.
5. Fill with your favorite whisky and enjoy!
Time: 20 minutes
Materials: yarn, fork, scissors, needle (optional)
1. Cut a small piece of yarn and place it in the center of the fork. This is what you will use to tie around the middle of the pom pom.
2. Wrap a separate, longer piece around the fork (about 50-60 times).
3. Once you’re done wrapping, use the small piece of string to tie off in the middle and remove from the fork. Tie a second knot then cut off all the loose strings.
5. With your scissors, cut all the loops. Be careful not to cut the center band! Using a needle or your fingers, string the pom poms through their centers on a new piece of yarn and you’re done!
Time: 8 minutes + dry time
Materials: watercolors, jars, water, white baker’s string
Time: 30 minutes
Materials: polymer clay, rolling pin, knife, oven
1. Cut a chunk of clay large enough for the dish you want. Don’t worry about having too much, you can cut off and reuse the extras later.
2. Roll your clay in your hands until it forms a ball, then with your rolling pin, roll out the clay until it’s 1/4” thick.
3. Cut out your circle. I used the bottom of a plate to give me guidelines.
4. Bake in the oven at 270˚ for 15 minutes. Putting it in a bowl will give your dish a slight curve. Take out and let cool.
5. Paint if you wish, then enjoy!
I’m sorry to report that I did not have time to complete a project this week. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you know that I’ve been down in California apartment hunting! To make it up to you, I will be posting one inspiration photo every hour from 1pm-7pm today. If that still isn’t enough, feel free to check out my Pins.
Hope you had a great week!
**P.S. I’m looking for another guest blogger to cover the week when I move. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
Time: 15 minutes per pair
Materials: cover buttons/tool, fabric, scissors, E-6000 glue, earring backs
*Now available for sale on Etsy!
I am pleased to have Aly from Artisan des Arts as a guest blogger this week!
Time: 2 Hours including dry time
1.Begin by coating your tile with regular drugstore alcohol. This works just as well as the alcohol blending solution but costs a fraction of the price.
2.Once you have evenly coated your surface, start dripping little spots of ink onto your tile. Allow the ink to slide around a bit before adding your next color. You will see that the colors will blend and dance together the longer you let them sit. Keep adding more color, until you have covered your surface completely.
3.If ever you feel like you have added too much color or made a mistake, just use a paper towel to dab up some of the extra ink, then recover with a new color. It’s VERY hard to mess this project up!
4.Once your surface has dried to the touch, take your coaster to a well ventilated area, and spray it with a coat of aerosol finisher to seal the colors. I find that the colors REALLY pop out after this step.
5.Once the finisher has dried, use a paint brush to dab some paint on the sides of your coasters. This will not only finish the edges of your tile, but it will cover up any ink that may have dripped over the edges.
6. Once your coasters are dry, they are ready to enjoy!
More from my guest-
Over at my blog, I post all of the art projects that I do with my art classes. I try to include step by steps, and sometimes I’ll even make a video how-to. As well, I post a lot of DIY’s that I do in my spare time (especially during summer holidays!)
One of my favorite art project that I have done with my students is my hand dyed paper with silhouettes. I love this technique for hand dying the paper, and it produces really striking results, even if you have little artistic ability.
I have some great how tos and giveaways coming up in the next few weeks. Please make sure to come visit my blog!
Time: 45 minutes
Materials: berries, sugar, lemon juice, deep pot, jar
*I used simple directions and a recipe found here.
Instagram shots from berry picking (follow me @rachelmaesmith for more):
Time: 25 minutes
Materials: perforator, embroidery thread, needle, paper
*note- I couldn’t get the heart attachment to punch holes all the way through.
This project takes very little energy or time, but produces great results! If you already have a jewelry stand, the same method could be used to make a cupcake/treat stand.
Time: 5 minutes plus overnight dry
Materials: old plates, candle holder, E6000 glue