Woodburning 101 (A Tutorial)

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I’m having so much fun with this woodburner. My favorite thing I’ve made so far: little driftwood message hearts. I’ve had a lot of luck with this brand…..the Creative Versa-Tool.
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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:

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I ordered these pre-cut driftwood hearts on Etsy from Tinker’s Attic:

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Driftwood is super easy to burn because it’s so soft:

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You can add some paint for some color:

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A love note:

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My favorite point is the universal point…it performs all fundamental designs:

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A tapered point can burn more intricate designs:

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Just heat the tool up and using light pressure burn your design into the wood.

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The longer the point remains on the surface the deeper and darker your burn will be.

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Golden Fluid Acrylics are perfect for adding color:

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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.

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Random Ideas and inspiration

Seriously, sometimes the most random things will spur ideas. This little heart print was inspired by a Burlington Coat Factory commercial (ever seen their logo?). This is why I need to keep a notebook by my bed….so in between Jersey Shore, The Bachelor and Lifetime Movies I can jot things down!

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I’ve been printing the hearts on soft cotton interlock for some Valentines skirts and dresses:

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Just having fun with it and mixing the hearts into different prints.

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Someone emailed me and requested a twirl skirt so here it is:

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Can you guess what my other new pattern is?

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I’ve had a few St. Patty’s requests too…..so I dyed and screened a few variations of this too (tutorial for dyeing to come soon):

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Speaking of random. A friend brought his daughters over last night to play with Sienna while he and my hubby painted something. Checking on the girls I found that they had somehow convinced Sienna to dress up as a Kangaroo….doesn’t she look thrilled?

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What is the most random thing that inspired an idea for you?

Screenprinting Techniques: Using Contact Paper (Tutorial)

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This technique is super easy and great for designs that are not too detailed. You can cut a simple design into contact paper (you know, the adhesive vinyl used for lining shelves and covering text books!) and start screening in a matter of minutes. For more detailed designs and small lettering I recommend the Photo Emulsion Method. Below I’ve put together 3 tutorials for the following three designs using contact paper and screen printing techniques:

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Using Contact Paper to Create a Simple Design:

Step 1: Start with a blank screen printing screen:

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Step 2: Cut a piece of contact paper slightly larger than your screen…..

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….and draw out your design on contact paper. Note: either draw your design on the front of the contact paper or make sure you reverse the design if you are drawing it on the paper backside. I made this heart design for Valentines day dresses:

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Step 3: Cut out your design using a razor or Exacto knife.

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Step 4: Adhere the contact paper to the bottom of the screen (on the non-recessed side).

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Step 5: Lay the screen down on the fabric you want to screen the design onto (recessed side up):

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Step 6: Place a small glob of screen printing ink on your screen and using a squeegee pull the ink across the design. (I used Versatex ink for these prints because there are more colors available).

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So easy a 2-year-old can do it!

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Step 7: Carefully lift your screen off and you have your finished design!

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Let your design dry and then use an iron to heat set the ink.

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Cleaning: I use a sink sprayer to make sure all the ink is removed from the screen….and as long as the contact paper remains on the screen you can reuse it!

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Using Contact Paper to Create Stripes:

Step 1: Cut strips of contact paper and adhere to the bottom of the screen. Note: I actually used electrical tape for this project because it was the perfect size.

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Step 2: Place the screen down onto the fabric either diagonally or straight depending on the angle of stripes you want.

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Step 3: Place a small glob of screen printing ink on your screen…..

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……and using a squeegee pull the ink across the stripes.

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Step 4: Carefully lift up your screen and move it to the end of your stripes to start another set.

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I like the distressed look so I did my stripes a little haphazardly, but you can be as careful and tedious as you want to be in order to get them perfect.

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Using Contact Paper to Create a Distressed Plaid Design:

You can also use different sizes of stripes and screen separate colors to create a simple plaid design.

Step 1: First I started with the large stripes. I cut 3″ strips of contact paper and placed them on the bottom of the screen as shown.

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Step 2: I screened my first set of stripes….

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….then turned the screen 90 degrees to create new stripes perpendicular to the old ones. Then I set the fabric aside to dry.

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Step 3: I cut new strips of contact paper to create smaller sets of stripes……

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….and screened them in the exact same way using a different color. I used the size of a small plastic ruler as a “mini” squeegee.

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A distressed plaid design! So easy…I didn’t even measure the stripes…just a rough estimate.

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This one was perfect for a plaid dress!

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This tutorial is part of a series for the Lil Blue Boo / Dharma Trading Challenge running this month. If you haven’t checked it out yet please do! All levels of design/sewing/printing encouraged to enter!

I "Heart" Tie Dye

I love mixing bright tie-dye fabrics into the clothes I make…..so when Fave Crafts sent me a Tulip tie-dye kit to review I was psyched! I used two of the packets to make about 4 yards of “heart” tie-dye fabric.

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I only used 2 colors for this batch: black and teal. It covered A LOT of fabric.

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First, I soaked the fabric yardage in hot water with about 1/2 cup of salt (I was out of soda ash). I folded it in half and then in half again so it was 4 layers…..and laid it on a plastic drop cloth.

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Then I traced a “half-heart” template using my disappearing ink pen onto a few of the edges.

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I bunched up the fabric following along the line I drew…..

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…..and secured with a rubber band. I repeated this in several other places.

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I used one-third packet of each dye and mixed with hot water into these 6 oz squirt bottles.

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I covered the heart shapes first…..

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…..ten randomly covered the rest of the fabric, turning it over and covering the bottom side as well.

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Then I folded up the plastic drop cloth around the fabric and let it sit overnight.

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Opening it up it has little heart shapes throughout….perfect to cut up into sleeves and skirts for the dresses I like to make! Or just a knit shirt:

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Holy cow my arm looks long in the above picture…..GO GO GADGET ARM!!

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Fave Crafts has an eBook that features 28 free fabric dye craft projects organized by 18 different dye techniques, with step-by-step photo instructions. Click here for the free eBook!

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