Monday, 17 March 2014

Getting obsessed with letters and paint.

Hi thanks for stopping by.

Is it just me, or are baby girls popping out all over, where are the boys? Are these girls ever going to have boyfriends when they grow up?
Anyway a sweet little girl has arrived to a good friend of my daughter, so seeing as my last little girl gift went well (well I thought it did) I thought I would do another one, but this time I did the full name.

AND NO it isn't pink again! Sorry pink lovers everywhere, I just couldn't do it!

Started with some wooden letters.

And a wooden board I found that had two holes in it. Randomly stroked some Americana relic chalky paint on the board.

Followed by Everlasting, let it dry then sanded it a bit.

Painted the letters with relic (forgetting to take any photos, sorry) let it dry. Then I mixed two colours of chalk paint together, New life (very apt) and Escape to make a teal-ish type colour, painting it on leaving a few odd places showing the relic  through. When it was  dry, I added some DecoArt one step crackle. Left it for a few hours while I cooked dinner, then rubbed on some New life paint on the top and rubbed off with some wet wipes (squeezed out) after a few moments, leaving just a small amount in the cracks. Happy with that, I glued them on the board.

Not sure this pictures show the cracks, but they are there honestly!

It needed something else, so I added one of my waxed butterfly's (sorry but I love them) and also I added a piece of  rope (which had Everlasting chalk paint just lightly rubbed over it)  through the holes so it could hang up, and I think it is done. Almost forgot to seal it all with  DecoArt crème wax.

What do you think? Hope she likes it, if not her Mum and dad can stick it in a cupboard can't they.  Anyone know of any boys being born!

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Been playing with new paints

Evening all,

This is post is all about my getting my sticky mitts at last, on some New DecoArt Chalk paints and yes it is well worth the wait! It just slides on and I didn't even prep the wood first!

I started with a draw/selfy time thing, which was cheap as chips at the Craft Barn, some time ago. I have been using it in the raw, so too speak, waiting for inspiration as to how to decorate it. The paints came on the market and I thought yes, this is what I am going to use.

Gave it one coat of the lovely colour of escape, thought I would need more coats, but no. Excuse the fragile tape around the sides of the draws, but my low tack tape was in the car and it was pouring outside and I am very lazy.

Next I added a great stencil, by stencil girl, using a stiff brush I pounced through the stencil some Everlasting paint and left again to dry.

Next, using a cloth I coated the unit with Americana Decor Creme wax. Left until it was dry, then buffed up.  It looked a bit to fresh so I carried on playing.
Ruffed it up with some course sand paper, especially around the edges, wiped the dust off and  then gave it a coat of a dark wax. Buffed again and finally went over the whole piece again with the clear wax.

Hope you like it. 

Hubby say's it matches everything else in our house, old and worn.
Thanks for calling by and looking. x