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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Altered Cabinet

I bought this little cabinet on clearance quite a few years ago. It was missing some of the knobs and other parts, so it was pretty cheap.

I had a little bit more of this paper, and since I love it, I didn't want to cover it up too much, so the cabinet isn't too fussy. The base coat is some old Apple Barrel Blue Mist. This color was retired quite a few years ago, and I was hoarding what I had left, waiting for the right project. It matched the blue in the paper perfectly. The inside is an ivory color.

The gold is Inka Gold Metallic Rub. It isn't as brassy looking in real life as it is in this photo. If you haven't tried the Inka Gold rubs, try them, they are wonderful! They have a bees wax base, and can be used on most surfaces. If they start to dry out, just add a little water to them. When they are used on wood, they dry to a hard surface, which won't rub off, but you can also paint with them like watercolors, or rub them onto your paper with your fingers or daubers. They are really versatile!

I went around the outside of each paper panel with gold ink, and added gold outline stickers and jewelry findings as accents.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Stamped and Painted Tiles

Sorry I have been missing for so long, but it's been busy here lately.

I have been doing two more projects with my air dry clay and silicone molds, one was a card, and the other is an altered cigar box. I'm still putting layers of varnish on the box, so it's not ready to be photographed, and it's too dark today to photograph the card, so I'm showing some coasters I made last fall. I made them for the Christmas show that never happened, so they are in my shop waiting for next summer.

These were made using some unglazed ceramic tiles I bought quite a few years ago. The stamps are mostly old PSX stamps, as well as one or two old Stampendous ones, and a couple of other brands I've had for years. They were stamped with Stazon black, and painted with ordinary craft acrylics, then coated with a couple of layers of water based varnish, and sprayed with Krylon.

They were all painted with the same colors of paint, and match in real life, but some were photographed in full sun, some outside on cloudy days, and some, inside on rainy days, so the colors look a little different.

Anyway, if you can get hold of some unglazed tiles, it's really fun and easy to stamp and paint, and the tiles make great coasters for Christmas presents!