Tissue Paper Texture Canvas Tutorial

Tissue Paper Texture Canvas
Tissue Paper Texture Canvas
Tissue Paper Texture Canvas

Create this fun Valentine canvas with your little sweetheart.

My son is 9 and he does not like to draw.  I can however get him to crumple paper and glue.  So he thought this was an awesome project for us to make on his day off school.  We gathered all of the supplies and began.  Each time we needed to let a layer dry we would play Just Dance 3 on the Wii and let me tell you that this momma still has it!

Mod Podge and Plaid Paints
Mod Podge and Plaid Paints

 

Gather your supplies. I used a variety of colors from Plaid and   the remnants from two containers of Mod Podge.  Luckily I had a back up small bottle if I used up the others.

 

 

Cover canvas with tissue paper
Cover canvas with tissue paper

Materials: Paint, Mod Podge, Paint Brushes, Tissue Paper, Four 4×4 canvas, One 12×12 Canvas, Chipboard hearts, Sea Glass buttons and Clear Acrylic Alphabet letter, Sizzix Die Cuts, Pan Pastels,  Clear Craft Glue, and Black Fine Point Sharpie.

Directions:

Crumple up a large sheet of tissue paper into a ball.  Cover the canvas with a thick layer of Mod Podge.  Smooth out the tissue paper and lay it on top of the Mod Podge.  Use a paint brush to smooth out and extremely large wrinkles.

 

 

Paint Tissue Paper with darkest color
Paint Tissue Paper with darkest color
Add second color of paint
Add second color of paint
Add layer of glitter paint
Add layer of glitter paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let the paint dry in between layers.  Using three or more colors will give the piece more dimension.

Add a layer of Pan Pastels
Add a layer of Pan Pastels
Remove a layer of paint
Remove a layer of paint
Embellish each square
Embellish each square

Embellish each square with an element of similar sizes.  I used chipboard shapes that I painted, felt words, die cuts from glitter paper and buttons all left over from other projects.  The most important thing is to have fun.  We sure did!

Stash Busters Part 2 – Creative Gift Jars

stash buster scrap jar gift idea

 

 

stash buster scrap jar gift idea
As we continue to tackle all of our scraps in an effort to find useful ways to include them into our projects, here is an idea that I think you will love. Its economical, green and organizational. Creative Gift Jars.

Perfect if you have a growing stash of paper and/or fabric scraps.  I will willing to bet you have just as many if not more bits of ribbon and trim.

Baby jar

While sorting and cleaning out my crazy mess of trims, I thought of this idea. I had been saving recycled jars for some time, so I dug out three pickle jars, removed the labels, washed and dried them.

Recycle d pickle jars

I sorted my bits and ribbon and trims into piles by color, or by color combos that inspire me. I was sure to include various bits of tiny pearl trim, tulle pieces or anything else that would add texture.

Divide ribbon into colors

I filled the jars, artfully by making sure interesting pieces were visible from the outside of the jars.

Fill jars with ribbons

To color coordinate the lids, I chose DecoArt Americana Acrylics in various colors, along with some Duraclear varnish to coat the paint and prevent it from chipping off the metal.

Paints to use
To decorate the front of the gift jar, choose some rub ons in desired themes. I liked a Baby Girl theme for my pink ribbons and more general themes for the other two. by adding themes, I can choose to giveaway my scrap jars as gifts to a new Mom for her scrapbooking projects, or keep the jar of ribbons as my go to jar when creating projects for a new baby!

Rub ons

I love to create gifts for artsy friends and these ribbon scrap jars perfectly fit the bill!

Rub on jar

Here is a photo with the lids painted and dry brushed. For my stash, they are perfect just as is and will make pretty decorative containers for my studio.

Painted jars with rub ons

But if you plan to give them as a gift… you may want to consider adding a coordinating tag. I used a tag punch and cardstock to punch tags for my  gift jars.

Punch tags

Then, I set about embellishing the tags with rub ons, stamps and rhinestone trim.

Embellished tags
Attach them to your gift jar with coordinating ribbon.

Jars with tags

I challenge you to gather up all your bits of ribbon and trims and get a hold of them with this project. You will feel so great knowing you have so much more supplies to use than you thought and they will be ready and waiting for you when you start your next project! For ideas in using up fabric and paper mosaic, see my post from last week on creating a paper mosaic.

Live Life Creatively,

MelonysSignature

Valentine’s Day kids craft idea – a Mod Podge Collage

Mod Podge Collage from Laura Kelly

 

Mod Podge Collage from Laura Kelly
Mod Podge Collage from Laura Kelly

 

Great for kids of ALL ages!
To make this fun collage, gather up left over Valentine cards and Valentine papers and any items that might look good with your papers.  No need to go out and purchase a ton of supplies.  Use what you have.  If you wanted to get extremely creative you could make your own pattern paper with stamps an ink or even paint and paintbrush.

 

Draw & cut out a heart
Draw & cut out a heart

 

Cut a heart out of cardboard and trace it on to a large piece of thick
cardstock or canvas paper.

 

 

 

 

 

Fill in the entire area  OUTSIDE of the heart with tissue paper or scrapbook paper using gloss Mod Podge from Plaid Enterprises.

 

Fill in surrounding area
Fill in surrounding area

Once your outside is covered, add a few decorative pieces of contrasting paper to create a layered effect.

Let it dry completely (enough time to give the kids a snack)

 

 

 

Paint the inside of the heart with Plaid’s Apple Barrel paints.  To get the streaked effect, dip your brush in white then red then pink and do one
complete stroke across the heart.  Follow the same technique for all of the
strokes necessary.

Paint in heart
Paint in heart

 

While the paint dries, use a Sharpie marker and write
“You Make My Heart Sing” on white cardstock then cut the words apart.

Use a section of sheet music
Use a section of sheet music

Cut a strip of a page from a music book that will cross your heart with a bit of extra on each side.

Use the Mod Podge to attach your music paper and then your words on top if
the paper.

 

 

 

MAKES a great placemat and a super fun piece of wall art.

La la la la la….you make my heart sing!

Make a Ruffled Valentine Dress

Ruffled T-shirt dress
Ruffled T-shirt dress
Ruffled T-shirt dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let me start this post out with the disclaimer that- I AM NOT a seamstress.  I took sewing in 8th grade.  I think I might have scored  a C .  The cupcake pillow I made was nothing to write home about.  I do however like to sew.  I don’t know how to work with patterns so I kind of create as I go.

T-shirt and swatches
T-shirt and swatches

I found the materials used to make this in the clearance  bin at Joannes and I picked up a 1/2 yard of each.  When I bought it I had no clue what I was making but I knew I liked them together.  A few days later I went to Belk and found a bunch of t-shirts on sale.  Wahoo, I love a good sale.   When I got home I realized they were a perfect match.  Now, if you are anything like me and you have something that randomly works like this your mind starts racing and you wonder what you can create.  My first thought was an applique on the t-shirt.  Maybe a cute hootie owl or a dancing bird would be fun.  After looking at the materials all together, neither one of those seem to work.

Final layering of fabric
Final layering of fabric
I started layering the fabrics.  I kept arranging and rearranging and this is what I came up with.  Now in normal Niki fashion, I could not stop there.  I had to keep adding more …and this my friends is this how my attempt at making a fun dress went from a size 2t to a 5.  Hopefully she will take after her father and be a tall girl and not have to wait  3 years to wear the dress.  After the layers became ruffles on the dress I decided it needed a bit more.  So I took a pencil and drew a heart on it.  First I stated with SeaGlass Blue buttons.  I thought they looked pretty awesome even though my heart was slightly lopsided. Then when I went to sew them on I found the Avacodo buttons and had to go with them.  I thought hey provided more contrast.    Which buttons do you like best?
First button heart
First button heart

Scrapbook paper idea – Stash Buster

If you are any type of crafter who enjoys sewing and/or paper crafts, chances are pretty good you have a great collection of scraps. Follow along with me as I show you how to create some great projects using these scraps.

Inspiration journal

This technique is sort of like creating a mosaic, minus the messy grout. First, choose some coordinating colors of patterned paper and use a pair of scissors to cut them in random shapes. I chose to cut mine into shapes with straight edges.

Cut paper scrapsI chose a black, white and cream color combo to create the bird napkin rings shown above. After you have plenty of cut pieces, glue them to the surface of a piece of cardstock with a paper adhesive such as Zip Dry Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives.
Paper mosaic
Completely cover the surface of an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet, overlapping pieces as needed.

For the fabric sheet, I chose cotton fabric, burlap, a netting type of fabric for added interest and printed canvas.

Fabric mosaicHere is the final result. Instead of wet adhesive, I fused my uncut fabric to Lite Steam a Seam with an iron and then cut the pieces into “tiles.” I used the iron to fuse the fabric pieces to the cardstock sheet after peeling off the paper backing.

Steam a seamNow that you have your paper and/or fabric mosaic sheet completed, use a sewing machine and contrasting thread to free form random lines on the surface of the sheets with a straight stitch.

Fabric and paper sewnOk- so these are interesting but what can we do with them, right? I used a Sizzix Big Shot Machine to die cut my favorite bird shape from the sewn paper mosaic sheet.

Die cut

For the wing, I used a recycled cardboard box to trace a simple teardrop shape. I cut it out and peeled the top layer away to reveal corrugated cardboard. Ink the wing and add a pretty embellishment and voila!

WingsThese Karen Foster sparkle brads were purchased from Scrapbook.com. To adding some extra durability to the bird shapes, die cut a bird from the recycled cardboard box and glue the pieces together with the paper adhesive. Then, use Collage Pauge to coat the sewn surface.

BirdsI love to create napkin rings, they are a pet project of mine. I used a recycled cardboard roll to create a ring and mounted the bird to the ring with Aleenes Tacky Glue. If you want extra durability for the cardboard ring, consider adding some fabric tape to the outer ring. These can also be purchased from my etsy shop.

Napkin ringsWhat did I do with the sewn fabric mosaic? I used it to adorn the front of a journal cover, to capture all my inspirational thoughts and ideas when the moment strikes.

Inspiration journalSince I have plenty of paper and fabric scraps laying around, I am looking to introduce you to a new technique once or twice a month. What do you do with your paper and fabric scraps? I would love to hear your ideas!

Live Life Creatively,

MelonysSignature

Make a button Yin-Yang

Button Yin-Yang

button yin yang

A friend asked me to create a zen piece for her.  I thought about what Zen means to me and how I go about finding my Zen.  For me Zen means being aware of your oneness and at peace with your surroundings.  That whenever you close your eyes to reflect on what you have done, or what you intended to do, you have, in a way, practiced Zen. To many, the Yin-Yang symbolizes balance and Zen is the peace that comes from being one, being whole. So when I think of Zen in a physical form I think of the Yin-Yang. The Yin-Yang represents the ancient Chinese understanding of how things work.The outer circle represents “everything”, while the black and white shapes within the circle represent the interaction of two energies, called “yin” (black) and “yang” (white), which cause everything to happen.  When I looked at the pictures of where I go to find my Zen I noticed the blues of the water and the green of the flora. With those colors in mind, I decided to make a Yin-Yang to hang in my studio to remind me of my inner peace.   To make a piece similar to this you can choose from a great variety of button colors and combination color sets at Buttons Galore and More. 

Tools to Make a button Yin-Yang:

Scissors, Pallet knife or tongue depressor, small container, paint brush, pencil
Materials: Olive and Seaglass buttons, Olive microbeads, red tape, DIY Bangles 12″ craft ring, Jaquard Lumiere Paint- Metallic Olive Green, Plaster of Paris, cardstock

Directions to Make a button Yin-Yang:

1.  Base coat craft ring.  Let paint dry.  Mix paint into plaster of paris.  Mix well.  Spread on ring.  Allow plaster to dry thoroughly.

2. Painted interior and exterior edges and dry brush the top of the ring.

Products used.

Base coat craft ring
Base coat craft ring
mix paint into plaster of paris
mix paint into plaster of paris

3. Trace center of the craft ring onto the paper.  Freehand draw a Yin-Yang in the center of the cardstock.  Cover the center with red tape.

Trace inside of circle
Trace inside of circle
Draw Yin-Yang
Draw Yin-Yang
Mock buttons placement
Mock buttons placement

 

Cover with red tape
Cover with red tape

 

Press buttons into place
Press buttons down
Pour on microbeads
Pour on microbeads
Press beads into place
Press beads into place

4.  Burnish the edges of the tape.  Place the ring on the paper.  Remove the red tape and place the buttons on the paper.  Pour on microbeads.  Use fingers to press into place.  Tap off excess beads.

 

 

GIVEAWAY and a Digital Layout

Digital Layout

 

Digital Layout

Digital Layout

Paper and ink make me happy.   I love to scrapbook and make cards.  Digtal scrapbooking has interested me for a while so I thought I would give it a try.  I made my own pattern papers and images in Illustrator.  Why I feel the “need” to be uniques is beyond me.  I could have purchased a kit.  I know there are thousands available.  BY creating my own I could use colors that are me.  I even used Illustrator to make the circle accent.  I used Duetica Lettering Arts Studio Woodwyns font.

GIVEAWAY

Since we are in maintenance mode and a.k.a taking a break from almost 400 posts in one year,  redoing the graphics for the site and lollygagging in general I wanted to do a giveaway. Yes, it is a form of bribery. Wink wink.

We are going to giveaway a $100 Prize package of paper crafting supplies.  

Directions – Leave a comment with your two favorite projects from this year.  Simple as that!  Comments must be entered by Monday 1-16-12 at 4pm eastern standard time.  IF you are not a “fan” on facebook we would love to have you “like” us!