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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Shades of Blue....Trash to Treasure

Hi friends

just some random 10 minutes recycled crafts with my most favorite glass paints,stencils and some bits and pieces....


The glass paints are on the inside of this recycled Adidas perfume bottle ( pic from internet ).......I  broke the tip of the bottle and sealed edges with some epoxy resin ( Shilpkar) 



The leaves are those made in this post and colored with three shades of Hobby Ideas Glass colors and the edges sanded lightly to reveal the base. 


This is a small notebook ( 16 cm x 12 cm )made out of a mixed media page using wrinkled tissue paper on the base and shades of blue and green inks sprayed randomly.The bird is stenciled using homemade texture paste.......the inside pages are recycled notebook pages salvaged from the last year school notebooks of my son. These are cut to size, folded and holes are punched. Binding is a cute 7.5 cm paper clip and a big rubber band !! The front......

and the back...................


This is another one recycling a cardboard piece, a die cut, a sentiment torn out of an old desk calender and the giraffe sticker borrowed from my son

here is the back which I love, I penciled a simple design and cut using a paper cutter, a paper pad is glued inside.



Make your own Pad of Paper : I want to share with you a simple way to recycle paper which is especially useful if you have unused notebook pages in your kids school notebooks at the end of the academic session.  It is very easy to make in about 5 minutes. I do not have any pics of it but you need to 

1. Cut paper to size and stack
2. Clip the paper together with a binder clip on either side near the top
3. Add a generous amount of  white glue on the top of all the pages and let dry.

This is such a functional idea as you can use this to make small notebooks to slip into bags, sketch pads and notepads. In fact my sons likes these pads a lot and does all his rough /practice work on these pads !!

A final look at my set of three in blue !! Happy recycling !! 








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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Textured Painting .....Trash to Treasure

Hi Friends

sharing a Textured painting with you using some spare piece of wooden board and Wall putty !!


Started with a piece of 8'x8' piece of wooden board (left after some home renovation ) and gave two coats of wood primer. Mixed the wall putty with some fevicol MR and add water to it. the consistency should be that of texture paste. You can use china clay ( available easily in craft stores) or some ready wall compound also for this ). Spread the paste on the primed surface in a thickness of about 3-5 mm and create texture using any household objects like lids, pen caps , stamps etc.I have used my wooden blocks to stamp designs in wet clay. Take care to wet your stamps before stamping and wash the stamps immediately or put the stamps in water till you are finished mark making. This is how it looked after stamping, leave to dry well for at least 24 hrs.


Give two coats of Acrylic Gloss medium ( I used Camlin),  drying in between layers, you can see the gloss on the piece in the following picture after the gloss medium has been added. Now to build layers of colors, Used Cadmium Yellow Medium and cadmium Lemon and hand rubbed with a little water. Smooth with a paper towel and rub off with a cotton cloth to retain some areas with the base color. Paint with another layer of Gloss medium after the yellow dries completely and let gloss medium dry too .


This is after adding a layer of Permanent rose and Magenta on the yellow !! repeat all the steps  ie hand rub colors, smooth with paper towel, take color off with a cotton cloth to reveal base layer and yellow layer from certain areas and after drying give a coating of Gloss medium.


here you can see the layers............


I gave some additional layers with Phthalo Blue and Black and deep green and repeated the steps, The last layer was a wash of Black acrylic. And then it was time for some magic with the fabulous silk acrylic glazes by ColorArte which I won in the Scavenger challenge on ColorArte blog



a top layer of dry brushed silks in various colors brought a lot of glamour to this piece........

some close-ups ..........
a touch of stickles to the butterflies and peacocks..............


a bit of bling in the four corners..............
and a layer of Varnish later.............







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