Easy Bleach Batik Technique

Easy Bleach Batik Technique via lilblueboo.com

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

Easy Outdoor and Indoor Games

Outdoor and indoor games for kids DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

It’s hot here today…..over 100 degrees. Here are few options for indoor and outdoor games you can switch around throughout the year depending on the weather!

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Make a Rustic Crate (A Tutorial)

 

Make a Rustic Crate (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

With an easy technique you can transform any new crate into an old rustic looking one!  I made the above one for Boo’s Easter basket this year…..adding her name and a bunny to the side. I bought the below new mini-crate from Michael’s Craft store using my coupon and it was only a few bucks:

 

Make a Rustic Crate 1 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

I used my Silhouette Machine to cut “Sienna” out of vinyl shelf paper to use as a stencil….I also cut out a bunny shapes for the sides.  I placed the stencils on the crate and used black spray paint:

 

Make a Rustic Crate 2 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

The spray painted images:

 

Make a Rustic Crate 3 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

 

I mixed a solution of white distilled vinegar, steel wool, and tea to apply to the wood. You can see the full tutorial on the process here (the wine barrel lazy susan tutorial) but basically the vinegar reacts with the steel wool and creates an aging effect on the wood. I add the tea to add a bit of “tea stain” to the wood.

 

Make a Rustic Crate 4 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

 

As it is applied the wood gets a little darker…..but you won’t see the full effect until the wood dries. You can even rub the steel wool on the wood for extra age but I recommend using some gloves.

 

Make a Rustic Crate 5 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

The finished crate!  It will look so cute filled with paper grass and some handmade goodies and treats!

 

Make a Rustic Crate 6 (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

Monogrammed Canvas Totes (A Tutorial)

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

We are spending time with my husband’s family this week at the beach. I wanted to make everyone something special so I made these extra large personalized beach tote bags.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

They are perfect for carrying all of our beach toys, towels and sunscreen down to the beach.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

It’s easy to keep everyone’s things straight and they all look pretty cute together on the sand:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

I bought the large totes at Marshall’s.  You can find blank ones many place on the internet and other suppliers.  I used two methods for these bags to give you a few options!

 

The first method I used is the freezer paper method. Freezer paper is typically used by butchers to wrap meat because it has a waxy finish on the inside and regular white paper on the outside.  It can be used as a fabric stencil because when the paper is heated the waxy side adheres to the fabric but doesn’t leave any residue on it when removed.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

You can purchase freezer paper at most large superstores. I know for sure that Wal-Mart carries it as well as Dharma Trading.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

First, use an exacto knife and cut out the monogram letters into the freezer paper:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

After the letters are cut out place the freezer paper stencil face down on the fabric, waxy side down.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

Iron the paper (cotton setting) so that it seals to the fabric.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

If your paper rips at all or if you “overcut” any of your letters just use some scotch tape to fix it so ink doesn’t flow through those areas:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

Take a paint brush and fabric paint…..

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

…..and begin dabbing it onto the stencil.

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

I usually do about 2 or 3 coats:

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

Once the paint has dried thoroughly.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

The second method I used was a “one-time” paper screen print. For a one-time paper screen print you need a stretched screen. It can be a silk screen or even just a large embroidery hoop with panty hose stretched tightly. (I recommend investing in an actual  screen, you can use it over and over again….the paper part of this method is what is considered “one-time.”

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

I used my Silhouette to cut out these initials. Or you can just use an Exacto knife.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

I used just regular 8.5″ x 11″ copy paper to cut out the letters:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

Place the paper onto the bag:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

Carefully place the screen on top of the paper:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

Put a small amount of screen printing ink or fabric paint on your screen and use a squeegee to pull the ink across the image (or I’ve used a credit card as well if you don’t have an actual squeegee). Use enough pressure so the ink goes through the screen. You can touch up any light areas with a small fabric paint brush.

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

Lift up the screen (the paper will stick to the screen) and you’ll have your finished monogram. Iron to set the paint/ink:

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

 


 

A few of the finished bags!  They were filled with snacks, magazines, beach toys etc to greet everyone at the house when they showed up!

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

I made one special one for Boo using some of the artwork from our Spring nautical line:

 

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

Just beachy :)

 

Easy painted monograms with freezer paper or as a silk screen. 2 DIY tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

 

 

 

Lil Miss Tiggy Winkle and the Frog Prince

Two new prints today: a little hedgehog and a frog prince (just in time for movie!)

Lil Miss Tiggy Winkle and the Frog Prince via lilblueboo.com
Sienna is going tomorrow to see the movie The Princess and the Frog with her grandparents.

Lil Miss Tiggy Winkle and the Frog Prince 2 via lilblueboo.com
I’m hope to do a few with a crown applique as well.

Lil Miss Tiggy Winkle and the Frog Prince 3 via lilblueboo.com
He’s got rhinestones for eyes and on his crown.

Lil Miss Tiggy Winkle and the Frog Prince 4 via lilblueboo.com
I added a little rhinestone and bow to this hedgehog (or is it a porcupine) to make her a girl.

Lil Miss Tiggy Winkle and the Frog Prince 5 via lilblueboo.com
Both little animals are actually a font by Pixel Farms. I love all their cute little creatures. Just search on Google….there are several places to download them. I redrew the frog though to make his mouth smaller and added toes and a crown. Now I’ve got to get to work on Sienna’s dress so she can wear it to the movie tomorrow!

You can make the frog prince yourself if you want. I’ve attached the edited graphic below. Just make sure to link back if you use it. Thanks!

Lil Miss Tiggy Winkle and the Frog Prince 6 via lilblueboo.com

Revenge of the Nerds (Correction)

Remember when pocket protectors were the ultimate geek status symbol? Not anymore. Here is new little screenprint I am adding to some dresses: full pocket protector complete with crayons, a pencil and a little sock monkey thanks to my friend Lisa’s suggestion.

Revenge of the Nerds (Correction) via lilblueboo.com
Here it is on a simple bubble dress (in my etsy shop):

Revenge of the Nerds (Correction) on a dress via lilblueboo.com
Geek IS the new chic! I’m all about teaching my daughter that being different, smart and a little nerdy is not just okay….it is awesome!

Revenge of the Nerds (Correction) geek chic via lilblueboo.com

 

Top Tutorials Week

Happy 4th of July! We are off to Lake Tahoe for the week! Luvinthemommyhood is having her “top tutorials week” so I thought I’d tag along and have my own as well! Head on over and vote for your favorite tutorials on her blog! BUT before you leave Lil Blue Boo….let me know which of my tutorials is your favorite too!
This is a great chance for me to list some of my tutorial links (in no particular order) for newcomers! Welcome to my Lil Blue Boo blog!
Thanks so much for your support of my blog! I love coming up with new ideas and sharing them with others! All of you help me to stay inspired and I love reading your blogs as well!
EARLY tomorrow morning we will be driving through the middle of nowhere to get to Incline Village. Only poor little Diesel and the housesitter are being left behind. I know I will be going through CRAFT-WITHDRAWAL about 2 hours into the drive…….but it will be SO nice to get out of the 110 degree heat for a little while!
Boo in Tahoe via lilblueboo.com
Sienna in Tahoe last summer…..she looks so young!
Have a great week and I’ll be back soon!

Make a very large stencil or template….

I’m working on a fairy forest mural for a client family right now that includes a very large butterfly chalkboard. It is going to be an awesome mural on five walls for the girls’ room so stay tuned for photos!

Make a very large stencil or template via lilblueboo.com
I want both sides of the chalkboard to be completely symmetrical so I made a large template that I will use for both sides of the butterfly shape. I placed it against our growth chart in the below photo so you can see that it is close to 5 feet tall!

Make a very large stencil or template 2 via lilblueboo.com
To make the large stencil/template:

1. First draw the shape you want and scan it into your computer.
2. Upload the shape to the Homokaasu program that you may have read about in my post How to Rasterize a Photo. With this program you can size the drawing to as large as you want and it will print off on letter sized paper in your printer.
3. Piece the shape together and tape all the seams with packing tape to reinforce it.
4. Outline the shape with marker and cut out.
Easy!

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