Fast & Easy Photo Transfer Blocks

 I am loving Pinterest SO much & have been excited to try out one of these transfer projects I have been pinning! There are so many so that I had to make an entire Pin board of them!… To make this fast & easy photo transfer you need the following materials… Gel Medium  (Liquitex Heavy Gloss is preferred, but any will do) Blocks cut from scrap 2x4s  (If your house is like mine, there are always a couple lumber odd’s and end’s left over from projects!) White acrylic paint Sandpaper Xerox copy sized to fit your block (I have provided a free printable of my artwork for this project,  or use family photos or favorite pics from vacations) Brushes, Warm water, ribbon & cup hook (if desired) 1. Cut your lumber to size (to fit approximately 3×5″ photo) Use the sandpaper to smooth rough edges & corners… this is why my studio is so dusty all the time…look at the dust on the table!!) Cut the Xerox to size, then coat the FRONT of the picture with gel medium, then adhere face down on the block, smoothing out any wrinkles or bubbles…then let dry around 3-4  hours… When dry, wet the paper (The white will suddenly let the image come through when wet…and begin gently rubbing off the paper… (she is showing a cute example of a family photo…see all the white flecks…keep rubbing… Soon, after gently rubbing off the paper, the design will be left…Coat with more gel medium to add a gloss finish, or leave for a more vintage look… Screw in the cup hook on the top...

How a Painting Became a Coffee Table…

Participating in a fundraiser for Easter seals allowed me to do all sorts of wonderful up-cycling of different elements and paint them together…like this old painting & luggage stand… the luggage stand was in good condition, and I liked the finish, so I used it as the springboard for my design. It was brown with a black speckling… SO I based coated the painting and frame a neutral brown (stony fields from Porter) , allowing to dry, then speckled with black…using an old paintbrush, watered down black paint (1 part water to 1 part paint) and my finger to move the bristles… When dry, I taped of a one-inch ‘frame’ along the inside of the frame & painted chocolate brown, then allow to completely dry… Then I used a walnut oil-based wood stain and glazed the surface two times to achieve a little depth…coated with poly…and… Voila! Place on top of luggage stand for an instant coffee table for the low, low garage sale price of a couple bucks (and some elbow grease!) (Note the before tag…!)...

Fly Away Birdies

Fly away birdie… This little birdie was found amongst the treasures at the Bargain Fair… While he was a sweet little guy, he didn’t match the room I was designing, but was the perfect size & shape to tuck in right by a flower-filled vase… So I quickly cleaned him, placed him on a drop cloth, and sprayed him with magic white spray paint (really the greatest primer on the face of this earth, Kilz)… I let dry, then sanded him all over with steel wool…this burnishes the flat primer surface, and gives a great aged look by creating ‘scratches’ and subtle highlights. I also wanted to uncover a touch of color here and then on him to make him the perfect accent…voila! Note: on larger pieces, you might want to top the Kilz with a light spray of white spray paint to give your surface a play of gloss and flat as well.)...

Trash to Treasure

Recently a local yard sale charity event, Bargain Fair,  enlisted several designers & artists to create rooms from items donated for the fundraiser… As designers, we were allowed to have first peek at all the goodies  (my favorite at any yard sale!!) …and then create to our hearts content… As it was incredibly crowded during the event, and as there were lots of questions  of how I created the pieces in the room above,  I am going to go through the process of each piece this week… So stay tuned…...

Pinterest Parties

My Pinterest addiction is being filled with these fun parties!  (along with countless hours of pinning all these amazing ideas on the web!) Great gals, great projects, great fun! Come out and get your creativity on each Thursday night if you are in the area!...