Monthly Archives: March 2013

Wooden canvas prints

Recently I discovered you can buy wooden canvases. They look like a normal stretched canvas at the back but have wood on the face. They stand up beautifully on their own and are very sturdy.

The ones above , I used were $8.50 each from the art shop.
I found old black and white photocopies of prints I liked that I’d put away in a file years ago. I had photocopied bits of fabric and vintage lettering etc.

This is another blog on the amazing techniques of gel medium!!
I cut the photocopies to size and pasted a layer of gel medium over the face of the canvases with a large paint brush.
Next I placed the photocopies face down on the gel medium.

Leave over night to dry and bond well.

Next day – get a damp sponge and bowl of water. Begin to gently rub the paper off.
The paper comes off in little bits- is a messy project. I did mine outside under the umbrella in the garden while kids swam in the pool. Nice ” mindless” project. Rubbing away the paper off 8 little canvases.

Eventually all the paper comes away leaving the print. Dust off any excess bits and leave in the sun to dry.

Next step is to seal them with varnish. This takes away any chalky look left on the surface and protects them. As well as seals them so you can then paint over them with a glaze of Colour.
I used gloss varnish from the art shop. But any wood varnish you have in the shed etc is fine.

I have a metal beam in the house. I popped them on there and got some silver lettering with the letters for ” PEACE”.

But once the varnish is dry you can place any thing ontop like vintage buttons glued on, wooden letters , painted stripes…..
Options are endless.
This is also a great way to transfer family photos onto a wooden canvas and stand them up on a book shelf , coffee table etc.
Or do pictures for your kids room
To match the fabric on their bed cover. Enlarge the image from the pillow case on a photo copier in Colour. Transfer onto wooden canvases with gel medium.
Loads of fun….. Options are endless.


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Using great granny’s sewing machine.

Beaux- quet ( craft idea)

Recently my girls and I have been enjoying sewing on a very old bernina sewing machine that was my grandmothers, so Eden and Jessica’s great grandmothers.

It would have been my grandmothers 102 birthday last week. She was an amazingly creative woman. She sewed, painted , did wood work, metal work, jewelry and so much more. Her house was full of creativity and as a child I loved going there.

I bought a big pile of coloured paper for the girls to do craft with. The shop Office works has a pack of all those colours and about 500 sheets for $3.

We decided to cut out paper birds and sew them on the sewing machine.

First the girls drew a templet of a bird and then retraced that over and over.

Then it was like feeding the paper birds through like a sausage machine.

With great delight we hung them up to flit around in the wind.
Such a simple idea and do effective.

We also cut alot of stencils out of the same paper and today I got the machine out again with my two art students and we began stitching paper stencils to painted water Colour paper.

The combination of fabric and paper stitched on with the sewing machine can look really effective, especially framed in a box frame under glass.

This one my little art student stitched on granny’s sewing machine and took great delight zooming her foot on the old pedal. So cute. She did pipe up and say she thinks I need a new sewing machine.

But that’s what I love about it. It’s so old and vintage and has sentimental value. The new plastic white ones are not the same!!!!!

So many more projects to attempt on great granny’s bernina. We’ve only just begun…..

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Chalk boards.

Beaux- quet. ( craft idea)

It’s so satisfying doing a little ” trash- to- treasure” craft. I love it. And as most of my readers are aware- I am a real council clean up fan. Scrounging around piles of throw outs on the road side and finding lovely hidden treasures.

I’ve been meaning to get a chalk board for ages. So I can write shopping lists , notes etc on it. Finally I decided to make one.
I’ve had this round , silver frame for ages that a friend found on the road side for me.

I painted it turquoise blue with aqua Matisse structure acrylic.
Did two coats and let it dry over night.
The plan was to get a jig saw and cut a perfectly round piece of wood to fit in the back. Infact , that is still the long term plan.
But I was so Impatient to see the finished product , I cut a piece of stiff,foam board instead.
Painted the foam Board with two coats of black chalk board paint.

I bought a delightful little rubber stamp with a bunny on it.

Stamped the same turquoise paint onto it and decorated the top of the chalk board.
I’ve hung it up and it looks so cute.

That got me thinking about another old op shop frame l had been given.
Time for another chalk board…..

Grabbed the tool box and unscrewed the painting. Then mixed a duck-egg blue acrylic this time.

This is a really old wooden frame. I took a pic of all the spider webs on it. Yukkkk. I’m thinking it must be from some deceased estate.

Began to paint the frame with the duck egg blue. Just such a beautiful Colour.
Local hardware shop can mix you a test pot on request. Not expensive.

The detail in this frame is amazing. Was tempted to
Leave it like this.

But persevered all the way around…..

Then I found a piece of wood to fit and painted this with two coats of chalk board paint. Dulux brand is great and goes a very long way.

Next I lay it to dry over the bath tub with the frame.

Would have liked to have left it out in the sun to dry but it’s been raining for ages.

Once dry , I got some black and white sticky tape and made an inner border. This tape is available from shop called Typo.

Next step – nail in the board to the frame and hang. I do just love this one, even more than the round on.

Another option is to use mini pegs and peg photos through the frame. Yah!!!!! Trash to treasure project/s complete. Great project for a rainy day like today.


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