Friday, 22 January 2016

Beautiful Stencil Storage!

Hi everyone

It is my turn to feature on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® blog today and I am excited to bring you a storage solution that looks gorgeous - I hope you agree ;-)

You can't see much from this sneak peek so be sure to follow this link to check out the tutorial with all the information you need to make your own!

Don't forget to leave me a comment to let me know what you think!  Thank you for popping by X

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Chalkboard It!!!

Hi everyone just a quick post…..very unusually without a video tutorial!  I just wanted to share with you a way to up cycle something precious that has seen better days!!

This little money box belonged to Damian when he was a baby - He is 32 now!  It was looking tarnished and a bit battered as you can see….

Two Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft ® products will soon change all that.  This works best on objects that have some texture that you can highlight with this fun and easy to achieve chalkboard finish.

I painted the money box with Chalkboard paint.  Thin coats work best and make sure you get in to all those nooks and crannies!

It is better to do several thin coats rather than one thick one.  I applied three coats in total.  Letting each coat dry thoroughly before adding the next.

Next was the fun part of applying gesso to highlight all the raised details of the money box.  I added a little gesso to my finger tip and lightly brushed my finger over the raised details which brings the whole piece to life.  The trick is to only apply the tiniest amount of gesso to your finger and if necessary reapply to achieve the desired effect.

I also covered the bottom of the box which I confess I messed up with paint!  But this flock scrapbooking paper looks fab and will protect any surface I display Damian's money box on.

Callum (my youngest at 16) has a little wooden train with his name on and I think I will tackle that next!

I love this chalkboard finish as you know and it was a really nice way to maintain the integrity of this sentimental piece whilst smartening it up so it is more chic than shabby!

Hope you like this sentimental up cycle.  There is a video of this technique which I also used to make a pretty piece of wall art.

Thank you for popping by X
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