Wednesday, February 23, 2011

springtime table runner

this was a fun project that i shared on wednesday night live recently. the lutradur gives it some really fun texture, as well as some extra stability to keep the runner flat on your table...enjoy!

- background fabric (runner) to fit your table
   (mine is approx 12" x 48")

- ultra-light lutradur
- painted fabric scraps
- spray ink in a color to match fabric
- bonash fusing powder
- glue stick
- silicone release paper

1. hem the edges of your runner with a 1/4" seam.

2. spritz a strip of ultra-light lutradur with spray ink, allow to dry (tip: spray the lutradur on top of a large piece of watercolor paper or plain cotton, then you'll have an interesting painted pattern on the paper/cotton when you remove the lutradur...a two-fer!).

3. cut a variety of painted fabric scraps into circles, triangles, leaves and petals. painted fabric works nicely because the edges don't fray when cut.

4. arrange your scraps however you like to create a random floral pattern on your runner - focus the design just on the ends, or just in the center, or all over.

5. use just a dab of glue stick to adhere scraps in place on your runner.

6. cut the ultra-light lutradur to the best size to cover your floral pattern.

7. sprinkle a moderate amount of bonash fusing powder on top of the pattern, over the entire area where the lutradur will lay.

8. position the lutradur on top of the powdered area the way you want it, cover with a sheet of non-stick silicone release paper, and press with a hot iron to fuse the lutradur to your runner, trapping your floral pattern in between (the paper will protect your iron).

9. stitch around the edges of the lutradur to finish it off, and stitch around the edges of your fabric scrap shapes to embellish, if desired.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

An oldie but a goodie!

Here are the instructions for turning a plain white Ready-to-Go!® Blank Board Box into a gorgeous treasure chest for cosmetics, jewelry or other special trinkets and mementos. I made this one a couple years ago and I am ready to make another! 

1. Start by painting the entire outside and the inside edges of the lid with black acrylic gesso, allow to dry with the lid open.

2. Paint a thin coat of glazing medium all over the outside to give it a nice glossy sheen. Allow to dry with the lid open.

3. To line the inside of the box, trim 6 sheets of paper to fit the sides, bottom and under the lid. Adhere each sheet with a thin coat of matte gel medium, allow to dry. To seal, paint another thin coat of medium over the tops of all the papers, and also over the black inside the lid.

4. If desired, squeeze some puff paint in the seams and corners to cover where the papers meet, allow to dry.

5. Adhere some mirrored mosaic tiles with craft glue inside the lid.

6. Print out a clip-art geisha image, or use a rub-on, on to cardstock. Highlight areas of the image with glossy accents medium, allow to dry. Adhere image to top of box with some matte gel medium.

7. Use craft glue to adhere decorative ribbon around the edge of box and lid as desired.

8. Add a decorative button to the front of the lid with craft glue, so it acts as a handle.

Monday, February 07, 2011

sneak peek

i just made a super cool sheet of distressed art paper using fabric imagery and tap...i learned the technique from rebekah meier and i'm showing you how to make it yourself...this week on wednesday night live

join us for this project and more mixed media mayhem this wednesday, 6pm pst (9pm et). click here to enter the room at showtime.