Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The rest of the story...

I was contacted by Christina who asked which method I used to transfer the graphics on to the top of the little table I featured in my last post.  I have to apologize that I didn't provide that information at the time.  As a new blogger I forget that people can't read my mind or that I haven't made myself very clear.  Thanks Christina!  I will endeavor to improve.

Anyway, I used the tried and true method (and the only one I know at the moment) of transferring the graphic on to the top of the table by the use of graphite paper.  I think graphite paper is less messy than the old carbon paper, and who still has that stuff anyway?  Graphite paper can be purchased at any art supply store and I use it primarily to transfer patterns on to china for painting.

The rest is as follows:

I went to my favorite graphics source, Graphics Fairy, to choose a design for my project.  Karen has provided a variety of ideas that could work for this type of project.

I printed my choice of design on my printer paper.  I placed my paper face up on to my project and taped it down with painter's tape.  I then slipped the graphite paper under the copy and began to trace the image. (Make sure you have your graphite turned face down!  You can't imagine how many artists I know have traced a long and involved pattern only to find that they had the paper in wrong side down!)  It is tedious, especially if it is an intricate design, but worth it in the long run.

When finished, I removed the papers and began to paint in the letters with regular craft paint.  When dry, I did take some sandpaper and scuffed up some of the writing to "age" it a little. 

I hope this helps.  I will be researching to find another way to try this.  I am sure some of you who have been at this longer have some ideas and I would love to hear about them.

Now, go create something special!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A First

Two postings in one week.  What has come over me?  Anyway, I just finished a project that I wanted to show.  

I purchased this little table at an auction and have tried my hand at repainting and decorating this little piece.  I must apologize as I forgot to take a photo of the "before", bad, bad blogger!  I was so excited to get started that I completely forgot.  Pretend that you can see the piece as a dark mahogany colored little table and now look at it...

 I used Annie Sloan's Louis Blue paint and Pure White and then distressed the surface.

 I also hand-painted the design on the top with a graphic from Graphics Fairy.  Thank you Karen for providing such great designs.

It is now at the shop ready to go home with someone.  So we'll see...

Monday, August 27, 2012

Busy, busy, busy...

We've been busy around here lately with several projects in the works all at once plus playing with the grand daughters whenever possible.  

I am trying to stock as much product at my booth at Consignments Plus as I can.  There is an open house scheduled for September 7th from 6-9:00 p.m.  If any of you live in the Louisville area and can come by, it sounds like a nice evening.  They will be having live music, food, prizes and give-a ways.  This store is located at 5622 Bardstown Road in Fern Creek behind MacDonalds.  This store is a really well-run operation that is more upscale than some of the other local Peddler's Malls.  

I am also trying to develop an inventory for an art show I am doing in November.  Since I just started crafting again, I am having to start from scratch with the basics.  I certainly appreciate the inspiration that my fellow bloggers are providing to get me motivated.  That brings me to my point... (finally)... I wanted to show you some of the inspirations I have run with.  I am really impressed with the artwork of Dawn Edmonson with The Feathered Nest.  Dawn has some fabulous tutorials for sale and  I purchased several and wanted to show what I've come up with.  Her tutorials are well worth the $5 cost and are very detailed and well written.  Here is the one I started with per Dawn's instruction...

Then inspiration struck...

Then I tried my hand at doing some miniature photos...

These small photos are from an old family photo album that was falling apart so I decided to help it along a little bit.  The photo on the left is of my mother-in-law (on the right) and her sister (on the left). 

Anyway, I have had a good time working on these and hopefully I will improve my designs as I progress.

Thank you to the Graphics Fairy for the great photos I used.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Going once, going twice... sold!

Probably the biggest of many surprises for a first-time auction patron is the speed at which the auctioneer and his staff of item handlers and bid spotters work.

One of the items on your bucket list should be to attend an auction; be bold and bid on something. You just might get lucky and have the winning bid.  Regardless, I'm sure you will find it entertaining.  As a matter of fact, for my husband and me, it has been such an adrenalin rush that we have started attending an auction per week. I am astounded at the things I can find to update and resell at my booth at the antique/consignment shop. I have enough to keep me busy for quite a while to come.  I wanted to show you some items I purchased last evening that I have already worked on...

I found a box with several boring brown document frames that I thought might have some potential...

Here they are with a couple of coats of Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint...

Here they are already painted with a few photos from Graphics Fairy. I'm tickled with how they turned out.

Here is another one of the finished frames and some other items.

This is a mirror that we purchased a couple of weeks ago to refinish.  I had no idea at the time it weighed 40 pounds!

Here's the finished product.  It's already at the shop.

I highly recommend finding an auction house in your area for a great evening's fun and a real treasure hunt.