holiday gift guide 2014

gift guide holiday gift guide 2014

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how to screenprint with mod podge {a tutorial}

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If I had to choose the one thing I love most about crafting, it would have to be the process of taking familiar products and materials, and experimenting with them in new and different ways. I love to think outside the box and have fun crafting while creating something new. Therefore, I was intrigued about the process of screen printing with Mod Podge. Amy shared her take on DIY screen printing with Mod Podge here, and now I’m going to share my experiences. Read on for the how-to!

Materials:
Mod Podge
embroidery hoop
sheer fabric
Speedball screen printing ink
paint brushes (I used a wide, flat brush and a smaller detail brush)
item(s) to screenprint on (I used onesies and dish towels)

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Step 1: First, you’re going to need to decide what image you want to screen print. I found that, at least for my first attempts, simpler images worked better than more intricate ones. Once you decide on your image, find the image online that you can resize and print out. Alternatively, you can hand draw your image. Take your fabric (I used a double layer of tulle fabric, Amy, in her post, used a sheer curtain that she found for a dollar, and I’ve even seen pantyhose used for this step), insert it into your hoop, and pull (very!) taut.

Place your hoop over your image, and trace. I used a Sharpie so that it would show up well.

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Step 2: Flip your hoop over, take your paintbrush and apply Mod Podge around your design. I used Mod Podge gloss for this, though, after doing some research, I’d probably use Fabric Mod Podge if I were to do it again. When you rinse off your fabric after screen printing, Fabric Mod Podge will be less likely to rinse off along with your screen printing ink (meaning, you’d be able to reuse your hoop!) Let dry thoroughly, and recoat (I actually did three coats total). The holes of my tulle were fairly large, and I wanted to make sure that they were sealed well so the screen printing ink didn’t seep through.

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Step 3: This is where it gets fun! Turn your hoop back over and place onto your (prewashed) fabric. Take a paintbrush and ink, and paint over your fabric. I used Speedball screen printing ink, which I picked up from Amazon. The quality is great and the price is fairly reasonable. Let dry completely.

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And you’re done!

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I also decided to screen print some dishtowels…here’s the design I started with:

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And here’s the finished product:

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Wouldn’t a set of these make a wonderful wedding or housewarming gift?

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Have a lovely day!

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easy painted canvas {a tutorial}

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I have a thing for painting canvases; and when I tire of one, I just pull it down and paint over it. That’s what happened with this pretty blue piece. I love the colors (obviously), but I also love the abstract, whatever-goes nature of it.

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All you need for this DIY is a canvas (mine is 16×24, I think), some craft paint, and a foam brush. Start off by placing dime-sized drops of paint onto your canvas-it may be hard to see, but there are 15 globs of paint here, all in the same color family (only use colors that will work well together when mixed).

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Now take your foam brush and drag it through the paint vertically, making sure your canvas is evenly covered.

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Now here’s where it gets interesting. Take your brush and make large V-shapes all over your canvas, giving it a bit of texture and pattern. It’s hard to explain, but hopefully you get the idea from the image below. It’s hard to go wrong with this step, you just want to move the paint around until you get a design you’re happy with.

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You’ll probably find that you’ll want more of a certain color, so feel free to add more when you see fit. I added more navy and kelly green, because I felt the turquoise/aqua shades were a bit over powering. Once you’re happy with your piece, let your canvas dry. Lastly, I added some white in places to add contrast and give the eye a place to rest (don’t add the white until it’s dry, or else the white will mix with the other colors).

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And that’s it!

 

 

 

 

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I love the look of these blues/greens combined, and I especially love how easy and fast this was to put together.

Thanks for reading!

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