Tuesday, 7 August 2018

SMILE SPREADS BRIGHTNESS.... AN ALTERED MASON JAR, LAMP


Hello friends....
Hope all are doing great !!! 
Greeting everyone  with a big smile ....and yes there is always a reason to smile !!!  'I choose to face whatever comes my way with a smile and be the reason to bring smiles as well....... spreading brightness and happiness around' ....my mason jar expresses exactly that !!!



I had a  mason jar lying at my home with a  broken lid and was no longer in use, however it had many makeover possibilities. I altered it  to make a beautiful table lamp, using decoupage technique and the recently launched, new thin cut dies of Itsy Bitsy. 
The altered jar is my DT creation for Itsy Bitsy and you can view the step wise picture tutorial for the same here.

Sharing some interesting picture of the altered mason jar table lamp.



Threaded decoupage technique.

Grass with embossing texture paste

The Victorain Lamp Post

View of the jar without light

Happy bird chirping with joy  in the beautiful garden.

The altered mason jar lamp adds warmth to the decor, bringing in elements of nature and creating a cosy corner in the home.  The die cuts have added so much depth and interest  to the decoupage work. Had never thought about them in this way before.....They help me build a garden scene on the mason jar. 

To light up the lamp, you can use a strip or string led light , that can be inserted from the mouth of the jar.


Hope I have inspired you to put together different techniques and materials to transform an ordinary object to beautiful decor piece.

Keep Smiling and take care till we meet again.
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Create, Express, Enjoy !!!
Vaishali K.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

PEACOCK EDEN- ADDING DEPTH TO DECOUPAGE

Hello everyone...Hope all are crafting great !!! 

I completely enjoy decoupage and its always great to explore new ways of using this craft technique. Most of us know about various mediums used for mix media. Modelling paste and texture paste are widely used mediums to create textures. In my creation, I have used modelling paste to give depth and dimension to the otherwise flat decoupage work.....



Follow the link here for a step wise picture tutorial of creating this happy garden space for the peacock on canvas- ' Peacock Eden' !!!
The link also has useful information about decoupage with napkins.

Some close ups-
'SEIZE TODAY' - Seize the happiness today in the moment !!!!

Embellishments - chipboard shapes and paper flowers used for further enhancement .


I love the brick effect seen through the printed napkin

The stenciling creates a border, compliments the napkin design and gives an ethnic touch.

Hope you like this idea of decoupage over a created textured area. It adds depth and gives a wonderful dimension.



Happy Crafting till we meet again ....

Create, Express, Enjoy !!!

Vaishlali K.


Sunday, 1 July 2018

CHALK PAINT TECHNIQUES

Hello friends ....Hope everyone is crafting great !!!

Today's post is about different techniques that can be done with chalk paints. These techniques help to create beautiful backgrounds for decoupage, mix media or any other craft form that you enjoy. I have used new bright chalk paints from Itsy Bitsy and mdf (wooden) pieces to demonstrate six techniques !!!!



 Here's some useful information about chalk paints.
  • Chalk paints are acrylic paints with a chalky matte finish. No stickiness at all. This makes them great for furniture, box edges ...no jamming of lids, drawer edges etc with them.
  • They can be used on all surfaces, directly without applying gesso.
  • They have a great coverage and are fast drying.
  • They can be mixed with each other to get different shades. Once dry they can be layered with other colours.
  • They can be mixed with gel mediums, texture paste , retarders and other mediums as well.
  • They can be easily sanded to get a further smooth finish and oppositely to get distressed look.
  • Great for dry brushing.
TECHNIQUE 1 - To create Sponged and Concrete Effect.


Steps to create the effects


Close up of concrete effect


TECHNIQUE  2 - Create a rust effect- Colour Layering.

Colour Layering process



TECHNIQUE 3-  Background with Texture tool and Chalk paints.

Steps for using texture tool



TECHNIQUE 4 - Fabric Effect with Dry Brushing.

 Process of dry brushing colours from light to dark 



TECHNIQUE 5- Background with Tissue paper.

Steps to create the effect






TECHNIQUE 6 - Distressing using wax technique. 





So here are some  background techniques using chalk paints. I hope they will be useful to you in your projects. I have varnished each piece with water based, decor varnish matte from Itsy Bitsy. You can read details about these wonderful techniques here

Spreading cheer and warmth with these happy colours ....
Create, Express, Enjoy !!!!
Vaishali K.












Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Happy HOME Decor using chalk paints.

Hello friends...Hope everyone is doing great. 

As you know I love creating decor products. Today I would be sharing a  decor piece made using decoupage and mix media techniques. 
Hope you like it as much as I enjoyed making it !!!! I have experimented with many new craft products in this creation.
The creation is also my DT post for Itsy Bitsy, as an inspiration for their monthly blog challenge - where anything goes using the new happy bright chalk paints.



This welcoming piece is around 24 inch length and 9 inch height. Its sure to enhance the living space and add warmth to the home !!!!

Some close ups - 

A cosy nest for the birds 



Windows, curtain and blooming flowers 



Home Sweet Home ...where happiness and love grows !!!



A space where Family has laods of fun !!!

I have a step wise picture tutorial of this creation here.....It is inspired from the beautiful Gulmohar tree that is in full  bloom at this time of the year, here in Mumbai. The orange chalk paint colour depicts the bright Gulmohar flowers and the grey background  are the grey clouds that cover the sky as the monsoons begin here as well..... so here is a HAPPY  HOME under the shade of Gulmohar tree....whose branches  gently sways with the music of monsoons !!!!



Wishing everyone a Happy Home where all your dreams come true....
Happy Crafting...
Create, Express, Enjoy !!!
Vaishali  K.

Monday, 28 May 2018

PHOTO TRANSFER on different surfaces- TRANSFERRING IMAGINATIONS

Hello everyone.

Happy to be writing today about a wonderful technique -Photo Transfer also known as Image Transfer !!!! Yes its indeed transferring your imaginations, memories and creating beautiful treasures from them....

I have done photo transfer on various surfaces, like metal, glass, wood , fabric and chipboard, using the recently launched photo transfer medium from Itsy Bitsy. The photo transfer medium has perfect consistency and gives wonderful results, when done systematically with loads of patience. Try it once and am sure you will enjoy the process... Its pretty addictive as well....so have many projects to share... Let's get started !!!!

Project 1 - Metal Planter ...Let's go to the flower market to fill the planter !!!






Project 2 - Glass lamp / votive






Project 3- Keepsake Wooden box




Project 4 -Canvas Potli pouch- transfer on fabric


Project 5 - Transferring a black and white image on chipboard.

I have photo transferred a black and white image on to a  coaster size, mdf  piece to create a magnet. To create interest, I have adhered chipboard bricks from the store to the mdf square piece using silicon glue. Next I painted the whole surface with chalk paint frozen ice. When completely dry, I transferred a black and white image. Interestingly, the white areas got completely eliminated while rubbing the paper layers. That's a great feature of the photo transfer medium from Itsy Bitsy. You can see the background colour (in this case blue) through the white areas and the design in black seems almost printed.



For the final touches, I highlighted the chipboard lines with silver gel pen and embellished with paper twine and flower. Also distressed the edges with black chalk paint. Isn't that 
cool !!!! Not to forget that for all the creations, I have sealed the transferred image with photo transfer medium and varnished the entire product with decor varnish for further protection.





There are many among us, who are painters, graphic designers... this technique is  a great way to get your designs transferred on to objects to create unique handmade, gifting products. Also helps create personalized gifts with personal pictures.

Do give this technique a try...Follow the link here for detailed step wise tutorial of the above creations and some important tips for photo transfer. 

Looking forward to your creations.

Create, Express, Enjoy !!!
Vaishali

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

TRANSFORMING SIMPLE OBJECTS WITH DECOUPAGE

Hello friends. Hope everyone is doing great !!!!

Today I have a decoupage project to share with a step wise picture tutorial .
Each time , I decoupage a tray, I always think as to how else can a simple serving tray be used. This time, I have converted it to a decor piece which tells you time, date, holds  a message and a bunch of keys. And of course enhances the wall space in style …..


Have also decoupaged a pen holder to create a co ordinating set.

I have used the recently launched decoupage papers from Itsy Bitsy to transform the tray...Infact all the products are from the store. You can visit the link here for the tutorial and some amazing features of the decoupage papers from Itsy Bitsy.

Some close ups of the creation.











This post is also an inspirational post, announcing the Itsy Bitsy Monthly Blog
Challenge #14 . Its about using recently launched decoupage papers from Itsy Bitsy in your creation. Do check the guidelines and  looking forward to your participation.

Create, Express, Enjoy !!!!
Vaishali