Many of you have asked how to make handmade paper since I started posting photos of my own. Well, here you go! I have two friends who inspired my paper making obsession. The first is Arnold Gummer who is a paper making genius! The second is my friend Robert Mahar who gave me the skinny on how to create
my own screens from inexpensive
Ikea frames and by-the-yard plastic screen from the hardware store.
A rainbow of colors
My favorite color…..green using marigold petals and leaves from my yard
Golden yellow and pinks with flower petals, large chunks of newsprint and gold flakes
Need a fun scarf to spruce up your fall wardrobe? Why not make one in minutes with stripes and pom poms! These are so easy to make, you might want to make a few and wrap them for the holidays. No need to sit there and stitch on each pom pom either. E-6000 Fabri-Fuse makes it as easy as 1-2-3!
Danielle sprucing up her basic jean jacket!
2 yards striped fabric
Fold your fabric and measure 12″ to 14″ inches along the length
I love anything marbled….ANYTHING! This year I decided to share my secret technique for marbling and show you how to use it on some real and fake pumpkins. Once you master this, I promise you’ll be addicted. Happy Chic Halloween!
Danielle had an old blazer in need of a makeover, so we extended it (using only ONE zigzag stitch) and added lace to give it a couture feel. We both love the way it looks. It’s the perfect couture coat dress for fall. Grab some E-6000 Fabri-Fuse and some embellished lace fabric and you’ll be runway ready in no time!
The art direction in the movie BEETLEJUICE is wonderful and let’s face it, the movie is really good, too! I decided to make a Beetlejuice inspired table using an old record player and some mismatched glass dishes for my Halloween gathering. BTW, painting dishes on a record player is very relaxing… Once you start, you won’t be able to stop.
The great thing about painting glass dishes is that you can eat off of them
because you paint on the underside.
The flowers are my favorite and super easy to make.
Old record player
Americana Gloss Enamels in Sand and Black
Americana Acrylics in Black and Orange
Cut several layers of cardboard the size of your record player
Cut a small hole in the center so it lays flat on your platter
*This is your work surface
Clean your glass dishes with alcohol
Turn on the record player and draw a line on the cardboard so you can center the plate
Tape it in place
Turn on the record player and paint your stripes starting with the light colors first
Paint the glasses the same way
Bake twice at 350° for 30 minutes letting the oven cool in between baking times
Cut 4″ x 4″ squares out of a manila folder
With the acrylic paint a large black circle with an orange center
Trace and cut the flowers using my flower template
Overlap the petals to create dimension and tape together
Last week my amazing assistant Danielle said she wanted a funky backsplash for her bathroom like the one I have in mine. Being the awesome boss that I am, we gathered tons of different stuff and created one especially for her crazy artistic style!
We used everything in my crafty junk bin to make this magical mosaic and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Other than buying the grout, we had everything we needed
to put it together!
An up close shot of my backsplash
Danielle’s new backsplash made to fit her tiny sink
Here’s a shot that includes my crazy baby head night light!
1/4″ thick plywood
Beads, dominos, gems, bottle caps, tiles, small mirrors, seashells
Cut out the shape of your backsplash in the 1/4″ plywood and sand the edges
Create your design using all of your doodads
Glue everything in place with E-6000 glue and let dry overnight
Cover the entire backsplash in group and with a damp sponge,
remove the grout to expose the glue on pieces
*Make sure to really clean the pieces before the grout dries
Using glass plates and bowls from the dollar store you can create a star studded table setting that’s sure to please. Heck, bring the entire universe to your table! Since we’re painting on the underside of the glass, you can actually eat off of these plates and they’re dishwasher safe…..How fantastic is that!
Print out this constellation in gray scale (to save ink) and ON THE MIRROR IMAGE SETTING
*The reason you want to print this on the mirror image setting is because you’re working on the opposite side of the plate. When you flip the plate over the constellation will be in the right configuration
Clean the underside of the dishes with alcohol
Pick your constellation and draw it on the underside of the plate
Edge the plate with the Krylon Short Cuts pen to give it a finished look
Add tiny stars with the silver metallic Krylon Short Cuts Pen
Blend the Napa Red and Dioxazine Purple Gloss Enamels on the center of the plate
Before it’s dry, add the Midnight blue and blend
Coat the entire back of the plate with midnight blue (or black) and let dry
Bake twice for 30 minutes at 350° letting it cool in between baking
It’s all about big, beautiful couture earrings for fall and I’m going to show you how to make your own with just a few simple supplies. I used large stone beads and rhinestone chain to create these stunners! Why not make yourself some expensive looking accessories to spice up your wardrobe? Make an extra pair for a gift and cross someone off your shopping list! Just get out there and rock the runway, ladies!
Danielle showing off her new earrings
Add even longer chain for shoulder dusters
Try using glass gems or fused glass pieces instead of stone beads. Instructions for these
are in my book, The Big Ass Book of Bling
Aluminum flashing (any hardware store)
Tin shears or serrated edge scissors
Silver and gold chain
Large stone beads
Clip on earring backs
Once you’ve figured out the design, trace around the stones on the aluminum flashing
Carefully cut out the shapes adding 1/4″ all the way around each shape
Glue the stones to the corresponding shapes with E-6000 Glue and let dry for 30 minutes
Cut rhinestone chain to size and glue it around each stone on the 1/4″ extension with
more E-6000 glue and a toothpick
Turn the pieces over and connect them with more glue and long pieces of chain
Add the earring clips and let everything dry for at least 1 hour
Everyone can use a little color in their world, so why not make some simple abstract DRAG art and freshen up your decor! Pick your favorite colors and you’ll have something for you wall worthy of MOMA! Grab the kids and have them help. Seriously, you can’t go wrong with this technique!
Is it upside down?
Try hanging several together….
I may leave these out in my garden!
Americana Decor Multi-Surface Satin Paints
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics
Small paint roller
Roll several colors of paint to cover the entire canvas and let dry
Squeeze your favorite colors along one entire edge of the canvas
*Be generous with the paint
Take the flat edge of a piece of cardboard and drag the paint straight across the canvas
Take a new piece of cardboard and continue along the edge until the canvas is completely covered
Add more colors to cover up any “holes” you may have
For a different technique, try using a wavy motion when dragging the paint across the canvas
Have you been seeing padlock jewelry in every fashion magazine lately? I know I have! Even though some of the looks are pretty outrageous, you can still get in on this look in a very cool way with tiny brass locks from your local dollar store. For just a few bucks you’ll be able to rock your locks and be right in style for the fall!
Some of these are little over the top, but I like the idea.
A bejeweled lock set ready for a fashionable night out!
Danielle rocking a simpler version without rhinestones