Friday, September 28, 2012

DIY Christmas Glitters




I love finding uses for stuff that usually end up
in the garbage dump!
When a TV show called up
asking for a tutorial for 
Christmas Decor
from recycled materials,
I thought of the ubiquitous water bottle.
 
 Plastic water bottles comes in 
different shapes and sizes.
This one has rings all around
and I decided to cut along the ridges.
First you have to use a cutter to make a slit
and then you can cut around with a pair of scissors.

 When I was done cutting up 
making sure that it was a continuous "garland",
I cut out some stars from another water bottle
that did not have those ridges and other designs on it.


 To make uniform stars, I made a pattern then
cut up the stars with the pattern underneath
the plastic. Easy! 

Then with a needle and thread, 
I attached the stars to the garland.

Then comes the messy part.
I forgot to take a picture because 
my desk was full of glitter!

 You need white glue, a brush
and glitter of your choice.
I chose gold,
but you may prefer silver, red, 
blue, etc.

First you brush glue on the plastic,
then pour glitter over it.
It's a lot messy but the results are 
well worth your time
and the cost is minimal!

 There are a lot of designs you can make-
this one is a square
which you can even put a picture in,
if you like! 

 This one is like an earring-
I cut out 3 squares of different sizes
and sewed them together,
putting a knot between the squares
to make sure it 
doesn't scrunch up together.

This one is from a ring of a large bottle,
rolled up twice and sewn on top.

 Here it is on the tree.


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Friday, September 21, 2012

Flower Collages




Flower collages are really easy to do and you can make them big or small, simple or really complicated!
Materials:
base material like canvas or board, wall putty or gesso, brush, acrylic paint, water, various paper and fabric. Scissors, white glue, crochet thread, needle,
Optional materials:
Stencils, rubber or foam stamps, fabric, felt, leather, decorative scissors, spray bottle, fixative
1. Decide on your substrate or base material- canvas? Cardboard? Just make sure you can put a needle through it. Coat with gesso or wall putty. I prefer the latter as it’s cheaper, it’s not as fine, but I like the texture it makes. Dry the gesso or wall putty well. If you paint on it and it's not that dry, your work will have white streaks on it..

2. Paint the surface a light color (yellow, light blue, pink, etc.) and wait for it to dry. Apply a second coat of paint – use a slightly darker color. You don’t have to paint all areas. After this dries, apply a third coat of darker color (dark blue, orange, brown, etc.). Again, you don’t have to cover all areas. You can use stencil, or stamps to add texture and interest to your background. You can wipe away some parts and you can even use a water spray bottle to add moisture and dab away the moist paint.

3. Prepare your materials for the flowers. You can use printed cardstock but I prefer to make my own painted paper. Look for old books with music sheets, foreign languages and paint them in different colors.Make your own designs using the computer- use interesting calligraphy fonts to encode french poems for instance. You can also use wall putty or gesso on bookpaper and paint it after it dries.
I also like to draw on book pages and copy it. Paint with acrylic or watercolor. Make different patterns and designs.


4. I also use fabric glued on paper. Use 50/50 water and white glue to attach the fabric to the paper.Sometimes I can find leather or felt scraps and this can make a nice addition to the collage.

5. Cut out different shaped flowers and petals from the paper and fabric. Sometimes I use decorative scissors for the paper and pinking shears for the fabric. I tried tearing flowers and I liked how that turned out too.Cut out leaves and stems and grass too.

6. This is the part I like. Try out different combinations of the cut out flowers and see which ones you like. Place them on the canvas or cardboard to see the placement of the flowers. Stems can be straight, wavy or crooked depending on your preference.

7. Glue on the stems, and the leaves and use olive green crochet thread to make some stitches. You can use whatever kind of stitches you like. I usually do the back stitchhttp://www.embroiderersguild.com/stitch/stitches/back.html but couchinghttp://www.embroiderersguild.com/stitch/stitches/couching.html , and stem stitches will do as well.http://www.embroiderersguild.com/stitch/stitches/stem.html

8. Glue on the flowers, making sure you have a balance of small and big ones. In my first canvases, I didn’t glue on the flowers and they were 3d, with the petals standing up.However, I started gluing on my flowers because I thought the 3d ones wouldn’t stand the test of time. Either way you want to do it, you will now choose a button to put in the middle of your flowers. Sew this on.
I like adding embroidery stitches to the flowers to add interest and texture.
9. As a final step, you may decide to put a bible verse or a favorite quote on it. Spray the collage with fixative to protect.
Here’s the finished product:

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Wrapped in Prayer



 As usual, I like using recycled materials.
Here is an old pair of canvas pants that I am cutting up
to make into a stuffed doll.

 I drew a simple pattern of a doll with a pencil
on the cloth.

After pinning two pieces of cloth together, I cut it out
leaving a bit of a seam.

Next, I sewed the two pieces of cloth together.

It is important to put notches on the seam so that 
when you invert the doll, 
the cloth won't bunch up.

I am now inverting the doll to the right side.

If it is difficult to invert, you can use a 
long nosed pair of pliers.

Fill the doll with fiberfill or cotton.
When it comes to the arms,
just put fiberfill or cotton inside the hands,
then sew a knot to keep the cotton in there.
Sew a knot in between the arm and body too
to keep the cotton from migrating to the arm.
The arms will not have any cotton or fiberfill
so it is pliable.

When the body is filled with fiberfill or cotton,
place a stone at the bottom
to add weight.

Cut out two ovals from cardboard
to fit inside the base.

Use a glue gun to glue cloth to the base.
Then glue on the 2nd cardboard oval to cover it up.

Paint the doll with gesso or wall putty
to make a base for paint.

Draw a face.
Or you can use movable eyes
and a button nose if you prefer.

 Or feel free to use this template
with carbon paper to trace it
on to your doll.
Paint the face. I used acrylic paints.

  Paint the dress.
I like using two or more shades of the same color
 to add interesting splotches.
Also, this hides any imperfections!

For the hair, I used some scraggly yarn 
I unravelled from an old sweater.

I looped the yarn around my fingers,
cut it,and arranged it on her head.
Then I used a glue gun to hold it in place.
The important thing is not to let any bald spots show!!

Next, I looked for some lace
and fixed it around her shoulders.
I cut up some small bits for her neckline
and her sleeves.

To put words on her dress,
you may write directly on the dress with
a permanent pen.
But I chose to use gel medium.
Make sure your words are inverted and
that you used a copy from a copier
not from a printer.
Put gel medium on the side with the print.
Glue it on the dress.
Wait 30 minutes.

To remove the paper, dip your finger
in water and rub off.
If some parts of the letters got removed,
like here with the letter e,
just write over it with a permanent pen.

For the little book,
I cut out some leather from an old jacket.
I was so happy to find the leather label
of just the right size! 

Make 3 signatures out of any kind of paper.
I used an awl to make the holes,
but you can use an ice pick or even a big needle.
Sew it up with the knot outside the signatures.

Use a glue gun to attach the signatures
to the leather cover.

Write prayers inside the little book.
I'm praying that my son, Josh, and his cousin Mark,
will pass the UPCAT, our State University's exam.
I need to pray hard because 70,000 students took it!

Put velcro on the doll's hands
so that she can hold the Book of Prayers.

Paint a design on the hem of her skirt.

And here she is!
Holding on tight to my prayers! 

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