April 19, 2012
Have you crafted with chalkboard paint before? If you haven’t it’s something you should consider. Chalkboard paint allows you to create a chalkboard writing surface on wood, terra cotta or other materials. FolkArt Chalkboard Paint is great for decorating furniture, party favors or gifts. Below we are going to show you how to create a chalkboard surface.
Lightly sand project surface (if needed).
Base-coat with a FolkArt Acrylic Color. Let Dry. Mask off area where you will apply Chalkboard Paint with tape.
Apply 2-3 coats of FolkArt Chalkboard Paint. Let dry between coats. Peel away tape while paint is wet.
Condition by rubbing entire surface with chalk and erase.
Your surface is now ready to be used. Enjoy!
April 17, 2012
Have you ever crafted with gilding? Do you know what gilding is? It’s ok if you don’t. You are not alone. Gilding is a craft finishing technique. It is very easy to learn, and easy to do. Gilding produces luxurious results, which can enhance any project you create. This technique is a great for all skill levels, and it’s even better for beginners to tryout, since you do not have to be an expert to use gilding.
So what exactly is gilding? Gilding is the art of applying metallic leaf to a surface. Gilding can be applied to almost everything, wood, metal, glass, and fabric. Gilding comes in a variety of colors including gold, silver, and copper. Gold gilding is typically the most popular color selected by crafters, but all colors produce a wonderful finish. Before you begin gilding you will need to make sure your surface is prepared correctly. This means it should be smooth, without any bumps or cracks.
So now that you know more about gilding, it’s time to try this technique out for yourself. Don’t be afraid to use this technique on your next craft project. Below are some images you can use for inspiration. Wondering where to buy gilding? While there are several brands out there, we recommend Martha Stewart’s liquid gilding. This is a one-step leafing paint that creates a rich metallic luster as beautiful as precious metal. It can be used on any paintable surface. Buy this gilding at your local Michaels, Jo-Ann Fabrics & Craft Stores, or Plaid’s online store.
A mirror with gold gilding
Pumpkins painted with gold and copper gilding
A necklace painted with Martha Stewart’s gold gilding. Designed by Glitter N Glue.
Martha Stewart liquid gilding
April 12, 2012
If you are interested in Gallery Glass here is a technique you should know. See below step by step to learn about the casting technique.
Gather your materials, including Gallery Glass Window Color, leading blank, surface and pattern.
Using a palette knife, spread sections of Window Color onto leading blanks. Make sure areas of color are large enough to cover pattern shapes. Let dry at least 12 hours.
Place pattern under leading blank behind appropriate colors and cut out with craft knife. Set aside.
Carefully peel up cut pieces from leading blank and place on surface referring to pattern.
April 5, 2012
Prepare your surface. Almost any surface can be used to create a decoupage project. Suitable surfaces include wood, paper mache, terra cotta, tin, cardboard, glass and craft foam. Only SOME plastics are suitable for decoupage – we recommend testing a small area before completing your entire project to make sure that the Mod Podge will adhere.
Base-coat your surface (optional step). Many items need to be base-coated before decoupaging if your surface is unfinished. We recommend FolkArt or Apple Barrel Acrylic Paints for base-coating.
Prepare Items to be Mod Podged. Here a few tips you should know before beginning.
- Fabric – Wash and dry the fabric (do not use fabric softener). Iron and then lay out on a covered work surface.
- Wax paper is preferable for covering your table. Using a brush, paint a light coat of Fabric Mod Podge onto your fabric.
Allow to dry. This will allow you to cut the fabric like paper without frayed edges.
- Paper – Most items, especially thicker papers, are ready to be Mod Podged as is. If you are working with thinner sheets of scrapbook paper, it may help to spray your paper with a clear acrylic sealer before Mod Podging. Spray both sides and allow to dry before using.
- Tissue Paper – There is nothing that you need to do to prepare tissue paper, but just be advised that because it is so thin, it is very difficult to Mod Podge without wrinkles. The good news is that wrinkles are typically part of the charm of using tissue paper and add a little character to your surface. Mod Podge tissue paper carefully so that it doesn’t tear. Cut out your paper or whatever it is that you are planning to decoupage. Experiment with design elements to determine the layout of your piece. Add interest to your design by using large and small pieces, layering and overlapping elements and coordinating colors.
Adhere each element with the Mod Podge finish of your choice. Always start with the underlying design elements and work your way upward. Apply a medium coat of Mod Podge to the surface. Too little Mod Podge and you will get wrinkles – you can always wipe away excess Mod Podge. Place your item(s) to be decoupaged on top of the Mod Podge and smooth thoroughly.
Keep smoothing until all of the bubbles are removed.
When working with large pieces, smooth from the center outward. Air bubbles can be removed with the Mod Podge Tool Set. Use the squeegee with smaller items such as trays – it was developed specifically for getting into corners.
Use a brayer for larger items such as furniture.
Add a protective coat of Mod Podge to your project using a sponge or flat brush. Allow to dry and then repeat. The number of coats you finish with is up to you, but we recommend at least two.
For a very smooth finish, wet a piece of #400 grit sandpaper with water and sand lightly between coats. Wipe dry and polish with #0000 steel wool on the final coat.