Stripes

Bold and Beautiful.


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Tag your creations!

Tagging can often be viewed in many different lights.  To some its graffiti.  And to some graffiti is art and to others it is destruction of public property.  One thing is for sure, when you’re creating your own artwork, a tag of your name is a must.  It’s like your signature on your work.

I didn’t have a tag for my name, so I went on a hunt to find some help in creating one.

I found this great website which shows this guy who documents all the tags he sees all over Paris.  In this case, it could be more of graffiti, but it is actually quite cool.

From there, I got this awesome interactive version.  After that, I was kind of on my own.  But I came up with lots of combinations and finally settled on one.

My only piece of advice, try to be bold and make a statement with your name. It’s your name so do it proud.

Below is how I painted it on my work.

I started with pencil, because I wanted to get it right. But I’m sure most people have their tag down pat that they just mark it on.  Do whatever you feel comfortable with.

Then I started painting.

Here’s how it looks on a finished painting.

To see how I made this painting, check out this post-Make your own art-EASY!

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Homemade Chalkboard Drawers

As a college student with a constant urge to craft, a brain that doesn’t stop thinking, and a little free time, I scoured the internet looking for a way to spruce up my three drawer plastic rolly storage unit, a standard on the college packing list.  Although they come in a multitude of colors, shapes , and sizes, I was bored and thought why not add a little labeling system to the whole thing and paint them with some chalkboard paint.

I didn’t have chalkboard paint.  So I scoured the internet, and ended up creating my own mixture from what I found.

I decided on no recipe.  Kind of how I do the rest of my cooking and concocting, I fix and mix until it looks about right.

So for the chalkboard paint, I started with paint.  I used acrylic, but for my no-recipe recipe, I honestly would have used whatever I had and just hoped it wouldv’e come out ok.  I mean except for the obvious, you want to avoid watercolors, face paint, and washable.  In my opinion, you want either a wall paint or acrylic.

To about 1/2 cup of of the paint, you want about 3 tablespoons unsanded grout. Which is basically like dry powder grout.

Just mix it all together. It should be thicker and look like it has crumbs and bumps all the way through.

Ok so now that you have your paint, you need to prepare your drawers.

You want to tape off the edges so you have a clean front and no smears on the sides of the drawer.

I chose to have a border, just to have a little visual interest, but if you just want a plain rectangle on the front, then you can skip this.   For the border, tape off a line  on the inside so you can just paint on a line.  If you choose to cut regular tape in half so its a little skinnier, make sure you use the outside clean cut edges for the areas you want to paint.  That way it will be nice and smooth.

Paint it once or twice so it looks nice and solid.

Next your going to tape out the area for the center part.  Make sure, again, you use the straight part of the tape on the side of the area your are going to paint, so it comes out clean.  And obviously you want to move the tape so your border has space, but you can space it however you want.

Especially here, I would make sure it’s nice and thick.

If it starts to peel when you take the tape off, it happened to me too.  You want to peel the tape when the paint is wet so that if it does peel, you can paint it back on.  Once its dry, as long as its thick, it should be good to go.

Next, you cover it in chalk.  I did green so it popped a little, but keep in mind, there will be permenant residue from whatever color chalk you choose so keep that in mind.

It doesn’t need to be thick, just covered. So you can just move the powder around with a dry paper towel.  Then let it set. It must set, or the paint will start to come off. When you go to wipe it off with a wet paper towel this time, if you see pink (or whatever color your paint is) , its too early and your chalk should sit longer.

When all your finished, even if it doesn’t come out perfect, as mine did not, it still really spruces up your basic triple plastic drawer set.  It adds some coverage, creativity, visual interest, and even a little country flair.

Its some definite magic.


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Photo Striped Compact Mirror

A small compact mirror can often be a girl’s best accessory.  However, stores think they can capture your attention and place all these little cute expensive mirrors right next to the register. The problem is, the mirror would not be able to fulfill its destiny if you were to purchase it.  These small dolled up reflective glass accessories tend to cost so much that you will probably spend as much on the mirror as the item that you walked up to the register with.

I have a solution.  Capture some fun patterns in an easy fashion.  A photo striped mirror.

Start with the mirror. Not the cleanest, I assure you it does not matter.

Tape around the sides so that you don’t end up gluing your mirror shut.

Then, take some old photos that you don’t want anymore, and chose sections that have a lot of color, or patterns, or some type of visual interest that you enjoy.  *Note- you will only be using a section so the visual interest has to be small patterned so that when you cut the picture, its still visually interesting.

You could choose a color theme , or like here I have all Ohio State.

Here I chose to add in a little greenery to break it up.

I also put them on a piece of tape so I could make sure they looked good all next to each other. Not necessary though.

Glue it all down. I used a little stronger shiner version of a modge podge, however you probably should use actual glue to glue and modge podge to make it shiny.  Glue around the edges too.

And your finished product! Shiny, personal, and new!


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Button Push Pins

Now that our bulletin board is all spiced up, we can’t just have plain old push pins. Here’s an easy quick way to add more fun flavor, and these look great even if you don’t have a decorated bulletin board.

Start with a button. Any color and shape of your choosing, just make sure its flat. You can’t really use one with the raised spot with a hole.

Add some of our nail glue.

Add on your push pin.

And then center it.

Finished!

Then, go ahead and add them in cool pattern on your bulletin board and it looks super fancy.


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Paneled Bulletin Board

I absolutely hate concocting an idea in my head and watching as it fails in front of you.  However, in this particular instance, we do not have a failure on our hands. Instead, we have genius!  From  a previous flop of an experiment, I was left with a bulliten board that left much to the imagination. It just was not good. So to cover up the horrendus amount of flailing glitter I had on my hands, I decided to turn to my favorite friend, the stripe.

So here’s what I started with.

What I wanted to do was make panels.

So I started with a couple rulers, a cutting board, some cardboard, cut from a shoe box or any kind of box, (but it is very important alll of the cardboard you use is the same thickness. Otherwise it will look funny), and then also very important, a VERY sharp exacto knife.

VERY SHARP. Scissors wont work.  Even with this it wont be perfect, but its handmade and this is the best I could do without breaking out my dad’s electric sawing equipment.

So using fabric glue and 2 kinds of yellow fabric, which was actually all I could find but it ended up being nice and bright and cheery, I fastened the fabric onto cardboard panels in a fashion that resembled stretching fabric over a seat cushion.   I recommend heavy weights to keep it staying down while the glue dries. It can be a little messy.

         

Here’s the back of it.

And then the fronts.

One other trick to go along with that, make sure you press the fabric down smoothly.  Sometimes there are fold creases, all you have to do is smooth it out first.  And smear your glue around before you put the fabric down.  Otherwise you’ll see those glue lines on the front and it will probably be even more messy than it already is because the glue will seep through.

Before you begin assembling the panels to the corkboard, you’re going to want to paint the trim.

I went with an acrylic paint called Basics. I also went with a bright magenta to really contrast the yellow and kind of give it a country look.

So, when you begin to assemble it should look something like this.  It might not alllll fit perfectly, but I promise, it will all come together nicely.

The next thing to do is glue all of the pieces down.  

I used something like Hard as Nails glue. You want something strong and sturdy so that it will hold the pieces down well.

You can see I used those paint jars as weights. They didn’t work the greatest but luckily most of my pieces fit together well. If they dont, it is cardboard, so you can kind of squeeze it into place until the glue dries. I had to do that for one of mine.

But it is worth it.

When its all finished, add your pictures and some extra cute **button push pins** ,  its a huge improvement.