Sunday, July 27, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
I am grateful to DecoArt for giving me some Chalky Finish Glass Paint to try.
For this project I used the lovely grey called "Yesteryear" on a glass bud vase....it was past it's best and it turned out that the lovely green glass vases I bought last year in Copenhagen were actually clear glass with a plastic coating!
DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint for Glass - Yesteryear
DecoArt Americana Spray Sealer/finisher Matte
German Glitter Glass
A Rhinestone stick on embellishment
Double sided tape
To upcycle something similar:
1. Wipe the glass with rubbing alcohol using a lint-free cloth
2. Paint the glass - I applied two coats and used a filbert brush (helps prevent streaks) and leave to dry
3. Spray with varnish and leave to dry
4. Place double sided tape on the vase, where you want the glitter - I just wanted a band round the
bottom of the vase
5. Roll the vase in the glitter glass
6. Gently brush off the excess & save for other projects
7. Apply stick-on rhinestones
This is a really easy way to transform a glass bottle or dish in to something special and would add real wow factor to any occasion....birthday party, wedding tables or even just sitting on your dressing table
Now.....what can I do with the other two?
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
I will eventually get around to posting a practice sheet for my roses but, meantime, here are a few tips for painting on fabric
- Pre-wash the garment prior and let it dry
- Do not use fabric conditioner
- Place a piece of plastic or card inside the garment to prevent the paint seeping through to the other side
- Leave to dry for 48 hours
- Wash on a gentle cycle
- Hang dry
- Clean brushes with soap and water
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Glue or sticky dots
- 1. paint the base pieces with the chalky paint (please see below for how to paint the embellishments)
- 2. float the Graphite paint around the edges and, after a few minutes, rub some colour off with kitchen towel until you get the desired effect
- 3. mix some inky paint with 50/50 Graphite paint and water, and use a toothbrush to add speckles - to do this dip an old toothbrush in to the inky paint and run your thumb across the bristles. It is a good idea to practice on paper first
- 4. apply the wax using a lint-free cloth and buff when it is dry
I also prefer the wax to any I have used before as it is so easy to apply and gave just the vintage finish I wanted on this set
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Don't you just love the feeling when you stumble across a traditional shop, tucked away in a back street, brimming with things you love?
This happened to me a few days ago when I came across a little button shop in Portugal. From the the outside it looked nothing special, but I was not surprised to find the best stash of vintage buttons I have ever seen in one place....with the exception of museums of course.The shop is owned by a lovely Portuguese lady and she told me the business has been in the family for 94 years
a selection of very large buttons - the cream ones could be shell?
Plastic I think but very old and very pretty
These are hollow, about 1/3" deep with sequins in the bottom and they have what looks like a piece if chain around the edge
another gift from this sweet lady....a vintage hospital vial. Her father used to sell them many years ago and she stores tiny buttons in them.
As if I had not seen enough she then came through from the back with boxes and boxes of vintage silk floss, in jewel like colours
I hope you have enjoyed visiting a Portuguese button shop with me. I will go back tomorrow and will share pictures of any more treasure I find. I did spend mire than I meant to but that, I guess, is to be expected and happens to us all......
Was I excited doing the simplest of things - yes I was lol
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Hello from Silves in sunny Portugal
We have had this Burstner (RV if you live across the pond) for 7 years. Each winter we leave Scotland for sunnier climes...I guess we are European Snowbirds
I resisted the temptation to paint something on the van until we bought this Fiamma back box, and my husband said "go ahead if you want to paint something on it"...... how could I resist?
The next thing was what should I paint? roses seemed too girly, so I decided on poppies. When we travel from Scotland through France and Spain to Portugal we see so many beautiful poppies that they seemed to fit the bill
Painting on plastic has always been difficult - various companies have marketed paint but I never liked the colours, until now.
DecoArt Multi Surface Paint is a durable, opaque satin finish paint suitable for painting on wood, glass, fabric, terracotta and plastic
Because we are travelling and space is at a premium, I was limited in the colours I could bring. I completed this design using only 5 colours: Black Tie, Lipstick, Apple Green, Orange Sherbet and Cocoa Bean (I use polystyrene plates as palettes and, when painting outdoors, sometimes use a few stones to prevent them blowing away)
The colours I used for the leaves were Apple Green, Cocoa Bean and just a touch of Lipstick (silly me...I did not bring any yellow but it seems ok as it is)
Project completed......if you happend to be somewhere in Europe and see a motorhome with painted poppies please give us a wave
I almost forgot.....I painted a different design on the other side of the box
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