Monday, December 7, 2015

Something Craftsy

Every wondered what to do with some of those pictures you've saved on your cellphone, pictures you've taken of the kids/grandkids, pets, etc.

I've been working on this fun project and thought I would share. Especially after realizing how easy it is. I like easy!

This is something that would be a fun project for teacher gifts, stocking stuffers or family keepsakes.

All the supplies I used were purchased at Michael's because they carry the brand I like "Golden". These are also available online at Other Craft Stores carry these products, so feel free to substitute. I have the Michael's app on my phone and use the digital coupon for my purchases, especially on the Golden supplies.

Here's a picture of the supplies I used - look for these in the art section of the store.

Supplies needed for this project:
1. Gesso
2. Extra Heavy High Gel (Gloss). I like the finished look of the gloss, you may prefer the matte look, which is also available in this line.
3. Grumbacher's Final Varnish Spray (Golden has an Archival Finishing Spray which works the same). If you use the matte gel, get the matte final varnish spray.
4. Ceramic 4 inch tiles (you can buy these in stacks of 4) and/or 6 inch wood plank (other sizes and styles are available). On the tiles, I prefer to use the uncoated ones and after shopping around, they are cheaper in the craft store than the big box hardware stores.
5. Small paint brush
6. Hair (blow) dryer, optional

Print out the picture(s) on plain computer paper and crop according to the size tile or plank you plan to use. You want to let the ink dry to minimize color bleed on your project. I usually print out several the night before.

Next you want to prep you medium either the tile or the wood this process works the same for both. Use can use your hair dryer on the low or cool setting to speed up the drying process.

Step 1: Apply one coat of Gesso to both sides and along the edges of the tile or the wood plank. Let dry or blow dry with hair dryer.

Be sure to rinse your brush with cool water between Gesso & Gel

Step 2: Apply a nice even coat of Extra Heavy High Gel (Gloss) to one side of medium, now gently place your photo on top, smooth out any wrinkles use the blow dryer for about a minute or two; then apply another coat of the Extra Heavy High Gel (Gloss) on top of photo. Let it dry completely or blow dry with hair dryer.

Trim any excess paper from along the edges and rinse your brush so it will be ready to use for the next project!

Step 3: Allow to dry completely for up to 72 hours then spray with a generous coating of the Grumbacher's Final Varnish Spray

Your final finished project will look something like this...Surprise!!! (you know who you are!)

Be blessed and be a blessing!

Can't wait to see pictures of your finished projects!!!

1 comment:

  1. Can't wait to see pictures of your finished projects!


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