make your own canvas! in high school, i was the art teachers T.A. (teacher’s assistant) (I spent a lot of time in my art room in high school…) and one of my assignments was prepping the canvas by painting it with gesso. and it sucked. 25 canvases…and they weren’t small. so when i saw that krylon had gesso spray paint..i totally had to give it a try! I took some white material (it was actually dark out curtain material left over from my daughter’s room) and spray painted it.. maybe i should of ironed? then i took this awesome vinyl cut out from ten 23 designs and laid it onto a black spot i painted… then painted around the edges to seal it in.. (i acutally had it up on my wall…but it wasn’t exactly what i wanted!) so i used it as stencil instead… i then went totally paint happy my inpirations was this awesome picture from pinterest i used loads of awesome paint by americana…on my very professional artist paint try (i.e. i can’t believe it’s not butter lid) when i was happy with the behind…i peeled up my vinyl…
Ava Blake Creations How to Print on Fabric With an Inkjet Printer Inkjet fabric printing greatly expands quilters' choices. Quilters love to collect fabric, and being able to print their own makes a great personal statement. Printable fabric can be purchased or prepared at home. Making an entire quilt from fabric printed on an inkjet printer isn't practical, but customized small portions of a quilt add a special touch not to be found anywhere else. Before investing time and money, it's important to understand that an image printed on fabric will probably not look the same as the same image printed on paper. Commercial Inkjet Fabric Sheets There are two sources for fabric already prepared for printing. When choosing which fabric to print, consider what the finished product will be. Always follow the directions carefully for the specific product. Homemade Fabric Sheets for Inkjet Printers Dyer's Muslin vs. Mounting Fabric for Printing Freezer paper is often recommended for mounting the fabric to print. Cut the treated fabric into 9" x 12" pieces.
101 Simple Handmade Gift Tutorials These simple handmade gift tutorials will make any crafty person’s heart sing with joy! You don’t need special skills or a bunch of time because these can all be done super fast! Simple and cute…that works for me! You are going to love these fabulous tutorials!!! You can make all your gifts for years from this list! If you love creative links, please subscribe to Everything Etsy! Thanks so much for all your tweets, stumbles, Facebook likes and pins on my Sewing Tutorials and Free Printables posts…you are the coolest crafty friends! If you want to be doubly awesome, try doing handmade gifts that are also eco-friendly! Handmade gifts make people feel special, don’t you think? ~Kim
Reverse Tie Dye Scarves First of all, we’ve got a secret to share. A jersey-knit scarf is also known as a quarter yard of jersey-knit fabric available at your local fabric store. Jersey is the same as t-shirt fabric, and comes in a variety of blends and softnesses (just like that scarf you bought at American Apparel). Next up, the bleach. Materials: - jersey-knit fabric (each scarf we made was a quarter yard) - bleach - spray bottle - plastic drop cloth - plastic bucket or bin Your setup for this is key. First, we got into it with our painter’s tape. And spray! For our second scarf, we decided to go a little nuts with the spray bottle to create a solar system-inspired look. Lay your scarf out on your table (still protected by a drop cloth). Love the combination of rustic earthy tones with nerd space-age designs. Last, the tie dye! Use scissors to cut off the rubber bands and reveal your masterpiece. These are great for staying cozy and stylish all at the same time. So much colorful coziness!
How- To: Making Your Own Stamps! (Hearts Afire, 12" x 12", hand-carved stamps on heavy watercolor paper, 2007) (This tutorial can also be purchased as an e-book from both Amazon.com and Barnes and Nobel.) Every artist needs primary source material. Primary source material is original images, sketches, drawings and photographs that the artist herself has generated without the aid of any outside sources. Finding PSM becomes challenging (and often disheartening) if you're an artist like me who doesn't draw. That very fact alone nearly stopped me dead in my tracks years ago, when the desire for making art began to bubble inside me in earnest. So how does an artist who can't, don't, or won't draw get original imagery into their art? Let's get to it. Corrugated Cardboard Stamps What You'll Need: - 3-ply corrugated cardboard, recycled from old boxes or purchased in cut sheets at a local shipping store. What You'll Do: - Press firmly onto dry or damp paper or fabric and lift straight up. To Clean: wipe gently with a damp cloth
A Sweet Little Curio Cabinet This was a fun transformation, it might be way to sweet for some of you! I found this great curio that needed just a little help. I almost forgot to take before pictures until after I had taped off the glass I used heirloom white paint And added a water slide decal on the inside of the glass. The wallpaper is a vintage Laura Ashley I think it looks like a little apothecary cabinet This is headed to the Fancy Flea, the show I'm doing in April Yep, so sweet it it could make your teeth hurt! Happy Creating! Tutorial: Homemade Bubble Jet Set *Edited with new recipe* *Edited using inks* I made this bag last night (the pictures show each side of the bag - the pictures are of my gorgeous boys!!!) using a homemade bubble jet set recipe I have been experimenting with. I was so excited that it worked, I want to share it with all you gorgeous craftsters: I also made this cosmetic bag using the same process: ****Now been edited to change the recipe - the new one is better!! Here's how I did it. Firstly choose your fabric. Then get your equipment. Here's the recipe (the percentages are by weight - NOT volume): 85% hot water10% washing soda (the crystal type - it's also known as Soda Ash)5% fabric softener Here's the new recipe (the percentages are by weight - NOT volume): 85% hot water10% alum4% washing soda (also known as Soda Ash)1% fabric softener So, as an example, if you wanted to make 300g, you would mix: 255g hot water30g alum12g washing soda3g fabric softener In this next photo you will see I have added the ingredients (but not stirred them):