Monday, November 23, 2015

Easy Mixed Media Glass Jar

Hello everyone!!!  Today I thought I would share with you a quick Christmas table decoration using a glass jar that I found at my local craft store.  You can use jars in many shapes and sizes - you can even use an empty pickle jar if you like.  Below is the completed item and I will share with you the simple techniques that I used to complete it.

With plain white tissue paper, I cut pieces, wrinkled them, and adhered them to the glass jar using matte medium.  The matte medium is a very good adhesive especially on shiny hard surfaces like glass.  Below you can see the tissue.  Some spots you can still see the glass, but this will get covered up.  I added some netting around the  bottom of the jar to give a different texture.  You can add whatever you want.
I then painted the whole surface with a thick coat of white gesso.  The thicker coat added to the texture of the tissue.  Let this completely dry.

Gessoed surface  below.

I then painted the complete surface with a red kraft paint.  Any paint will do.  When this was dry I sprayed with a gold spray and let the spray run into the grooves of the tissue.  After this was dried I applied some gold textured paste (Finnibair) roughly here and there over the surface of the jar.  See below.

I tied a generous bow from an antique lace that I had.  Using a hot glue gun I added my embellishements:  flowers, pine branches (not real), poinsettia branch, gold poinsettia and tucked in a few extra Christmas decorations. I tucked some of them under the lace.   Below is a closeup of the jar from the left side and the right side.  This would make a nice gift for someone.

I hope you try this.  It was quite simple to make.  I may even try this with my granddaughters.
Until next time,
"Happy Crafting"
Candles and stars and Christrmas tree lights twinkle and glow in the velvet night.

Friday, November 06, 2015

Quick and Easy Layout

Hello everyone!!!  Today I thought I would share with you a very simple layout using some scrap papers and embellishments from my stash.  I first off selected the papers, and the flowers that matched the papers and the picture.

Below is a picture of the start of the layout.  I first decided to use my Shimmerz textured paste on the background paper to give a cloud effect.  You can see it coming out from the edges of the paper collage.  When this was dry I proceeded with the paper collage.  I love the paper collages which is a good way to use up a lot of your scraps.   I first placed my picture down without adhering, then built the collage around and under the picture.  I distressed each piece and inked the edges.  Using a couple of circle stamps, I stamped as shown using a grey ink.  You could use black as well.

I then proceeded with the rest of the layout.  I die cut a heritage clock and placed it under the picture.  Along the left side I used a decorative chipboard piece which I painted with white gesso first then heat embossed it with a white embossing powder.  I added a bit of turquoise spray onto the surface of the chipboard and inked the edges with the same brown as the papers.  In the centre of the chipboard piece I adhered a resin fairy.  Next I took a piece of cheesecloth and laid it down at the bottom left corner of the paper collage.  I adhered my main turquoise flower in the centre of the cheesecloth making sure that the cheesecloth came out around the flower.  The smaller flowers were next.  At the bottom right corner I adhered a couple of strips of paper, added a resin frame, and some flowers.  A few sparkly gems were added.  And there you have it.  It only took about one half hour.  Below is a close up of the flower section.

I hope you enjoy.  
Until next time, this is Donna wishing you a safe and happy day.
"The art of life is to know how to enjoy little and endure much."