More projects where we remove color! Tie-dying can be super messy with all the powder and mixing. The same technique can be achieved by removing color instead of adding color. Here are some leggings I made my daughter that were a dark teal and I made them match the top with a sun-washed look by tying and adding bleach:
Ever wanted to try batik? Batik is a method of dyeing fabrics typically using a wax-resist to create patterns and designs. Here’s an easy way to get the same effect but without the hot wax. I’ve seen people use washable glue for easy batik, but the cold wax resulted in a much better effect for me: it dries quickly, provides a waterproof resist, and also washes out really easily. Instead of adding color using dye, in this tutorial I remove color by using bleach. CONTINUE READING
I’ve been wanting to do this for a while now…..paint an entire wall with chalkboard paint and let it be a collection place for quotes, memories and inspiration. This wall in our breakfast area was just the place to do it….right next to the magnetic chalkboard I did back in 2009. We are getting ready to repaint our interior wall and I wanted to find another way to preserve Boo’s growth chart too.
I used regular black chalkboard paint in the can:
I painted a few coats and let it sit for 3 days to cure:
This is my favorite part: Chalk Ink. These are chalk markers like the restaurants and coffee shops use to make their awesome signs. It creates a clean look without all the dust and mess and can be removed with windex. It won’t smear either. I used the Artista Pro Earthy Set for the wall:
I used the Chalk Ink to add a few of my favorite quotes:
I moved over Boo’s growth chart and made it a little more whimsical:
I added some artwork:
It’s going to be a work in progress for a while…..but it will look so cool once the entire wall is finished.
Source info: You can purchase Chalk Ink markers from Chalk Ink directly here.
Need a project for all those Instagram photos? I made these little sachets for a gift for Mr. LBB. They are filled with cedar shavings to put in his closet and drawers….or he can just prop them up on his dresser. I made one for my mother as well and filled it with scented potpourri. I want to make a few more filled with beans/barley as baby gifts! Father’s day is coming up……they would make great little gifts for the special dad in your life!
First, I emailed a few photos to myself from my Instagram feed. (Come find me on Instagram! @lilblueboo) Then I printed them out 4.5″ x 4.5″ in size onto transfer paper. There are various types of transfer paper: use a light version for white and light colored fabrics and opaque transfer paper for dark colored fabrics.
Another addition to Boo’s playroom….a paper mache unicorn head! It took about 4 hours total to make….over 3 days. I love that it’s whimsical 3-dimensional artwork appropriate for a child’s room.
I crumpled up newspaper and kept wrapping it into a ball until it was the size needed and secured it with masking tape:
I made three different sized newspaper balls to make up the entire head…..
….and secured them together with tape.
I wrapped the pieces in newspaper to help secure them and used tape to contour different sections:
I formed a neck out of newspaper and attached it:
I cut a heavy piece of cardboard to be the backing for the neck (the flat piece that will lie against the wall when mounted):
The cardboard was secured with masking tape:
I use a boiled paste for my paper mache mixture. 1 part flour to 4 parts water works for best for me but you can experiment with your own mixture to see what you prefer to work with. I bring it to a boil stirring constantly until it’s a soupy mixture.
Pouring the soupy paper mache into a bowl I let it cool for about a minute and then start tearing paper towels into small pieces. I use paper towels because they are easier to sculpt.
I dipped pieces of paper towel into the mixture…..
I press and sculpt the head as I go to give it the shape I want:
Once the head has been coated completely I let it completely dry overnight:
The next day, I cut out some ears…..
…..and made a horn by wrapping a sturdy piece of paper into a cone. I used masking tape to secure them into place.
I made another mixture of paper mache and used paper towel pieces to secure the horn and ears securely to the head:
Paper towels are great for sculpting….so I used pieces to create nostrils and more bone structure. It doesn’t matter what it looks like except for the basic structure because I’m adding another layer of nicer paper on top for the finish coat.
I built up layers and layers until the head looked like I wanted it to.
Then I let it dry overnight again!
After the paper mache form had ample time to dry….I took an old book and some Mod Podge and used it to cover the entire form.
I cut up the pages into small piece and just started layering them over…….
….and over…..until the form was covered entirely.
I bought a pre-cut wood plaque from Michael’s for $5.00 using my 50% off coupon and spray painted it hot pink.
The final step was to attach the unicorn head to the plaque! I used industrial glue and a staple gun to secure it. The staples are easily covered with some more paper and Mod Podge.
I can’t decide what animal to make next!
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The heat control is key because it heats up much hotter than most wood burners…..making it much easier to burn:
I ordered these pre-cut driftwood hearts on Etsy from Tinker’s Attic:
Driftwood is super easy to burn because it’s so soft:
You can add some paint for some color:
A love note:
My favorite point is the universal point…it performs all fundamental designs:
A tapered point can burn more intricate designs:
Just heat the tool up and using light pressure burn your design into the wood.
The longer the point remains on the surface the deeper and darker your burn will be.
Golden Fluid Acrylics are perfect for adding color:
Leave a sweet message for someone you love! Drill a hole for to make a little gift topper or keychain. Place one in your kid’s or spouse’s lunch. Put one on your dresser.