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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diy wax seal (using a dremel!)

 diy wax seal (using a dremel!)


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If you know me at all, you know that I am a DIYer at heart. It follows, then, that I love DIY tools that are easy to use, multi-functional, and, most importantly, enhance and supplement my creative experience. Today, I am sharing a tutorial using one of my new favorite such tools-the Dremel® Micro™ 8050!

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My husband and I created an easy and versatile wax seal using our Dremel® Micro™ 8050; it was the perfect weekend afternoon project, and will add dimension and a fun detail to my gift wrap, cards, and more! If you weren’t already aware, Dremel offers a full line of versatile tool systems that provide the perfect solution for almost any craft, hobby or DIY project. The Micro 8050 is the most “brilliantly powerful” and precise cordless rotary tool that Dremel has ever produced. Light and easy to handle in tight spaces, the Dremel® Micro™8050 is packed with features that have crafters, hobbyists and DIYers in mind: soft grip, LED front-end lighting to illuminate projects, a docking station that continually charges, and an 8V Max Lithium-ion battery.

Want to create a wax seal of your own? Let’s get started!

Materials:
Dremel® Micro™ 8050
3/4″ wooden dowel

sealing wax

Here are the accessories I used to complete this project, all of which came with my Dremel Micro.

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Step 1: Take your wooden dowel, and cut off a section approximately 4″ long. Using your Sanding Drum Mandrel and 240 Grit Sanding Band, smooth the edges of your cut dowel piece.

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Step 2: Using a Sharpie marker, draw out the design you want on your seal on one end of the dowel. Make sure you draw your design/image in reverse. I used a pencil first, then traced over my pencil marks with the Sharpie. Using your Highspeed Cutter (#191), carefully begin to carve out your design. We also used the Engraving Cutter (#105) and the Highspeed Cutter (#125) to help add the detailing and “finish” our design. This was an easy process, taking less than 5 minutes to complete.

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Step 3: Your stamp is done, now let’s start sealing! I used red sealing wax that conveniently fit inside my glue gun. Set your glue gun to “low”, insert your wax stick, and create a small puddle on your envelope, gift, etc. I used a journal and thought the seal added such a fun, personal touch! Wet the end of your stamp (this prevents the wax from clogging up your stamp), shake off excess liquid, and insert stamp into your hot wax. My husband drew an arrow on our stamp so that we would remember which direction to hold the stamp (smart man)! Hold for a few seconds, then lift.

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Be sure to practice first on a piece of paper or cardboard to get the technique down, but, seriously, it’s crazy simple. If you mess up, just wait for the wax to dry and simply pull the wax off and try again).

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I love the idea of imprinting journals and glassine bags, but wouldn’t this also make a great way to decorate holiday packages? I’m envisioning kraft paper, bakers twine, and a wax seal to create fun, vintage-inspired gift wrap.

You can purchase the Micro 8050 online at Amazon.com and HomeDepot.com for $89 USD.

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Do you own a Dremel Micro? I’d love to hear what your favorite use for this tool is! Leave a comment!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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