Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tissue Paper Art

This is my entry for CSI Projects Mod Podge week. I have been trying to come up with some art to go in Gracyn's room. I'm cheap so there is no way that I would buy art. Especially since I can paint just about anything, so I painted a butterfly, and I was not happy with the colors. Then  I remembered when I was in high school art we used this technique of ripping up tissue paper glued it to a piece of card stock to learn how cool colors recede on the page and warm colors draw your eye forward. 

 All you need for this project is a canvas or canvas board, Mod Podge, tissue paper (in what ever colors you need), and I used paint to do some detail work.

I free handed a rough outline of what I wanted my owl to look like. Then I tore up the tissue paper in smaller pieces. My parents would get so mad at me when I was little because I loved to rip paper up in tiny pieces.( Mom all that paper shredding came in handy.)

Then I Mod Podge a 4"x4" square of the canvas and stuck the tissue paper on it over lapping the edges. Then I went over the tissue paper with the Mod Podge. I didn't wait for it to dry because I do not have the patience for that. I like to see results. I did the background first. Be sure to finish the edges.

Here is the background finished I used green on the edges everything else I used light blue. I would suggest if you are not using colors that blend well together to go from light to dark so that the colors do not bleed together and make ugly colors. But since I didn't care if I had a blue-greenish color I did that green first.

After I finished the owl I let it dry over night and the came back with paint and put the eye lashes on her and the ruffles on her body. I think she is pretty cute. I'm going to make another on to hang next to this one. I can't decide if I want to do a butterfly or a sparrow. I will post it when I decide and finish it.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010


I have been a blog stalker for a while now, I have a list of about 60 blogs that I check out on a daily basis. Yes I know I have no life; but I love it! I have been trying to figure out what I would want my blog to look like, what kind of things that I want to show, and how to get it all going. So I decided to buckle down and stop putting it off and get this thing started. I decided to do my first project the same week that CSI Project is doing their Spray Paint week, and I love spray paint! ( I couldn't find blue high heels when I got married so I spray painted my shoes. My Mom says that I will spray paint anything that doesn't move...)

So here is my very first project!

Urban Outfitters Inspired "Metal Leaf Headband"
                                                                                                                              (Urban Ouffiters Metal Leaf Headband)                           
This project is super easy I could never pay 20 bucks for this headband. I have really been into headbands for the past couple of years; mostly because I can dress up a pony tail because that is what I wear 99% of the time and because they are super cute.
1 plasic headband
1 or 2 faux greenery leaves 
Primer (I used a grey tone because I used a nickel paint)
Metal toned spray paint
Hot glue/ glue gun

First I primed the headband and the leaf front and back. (I decided to just use one leaf because it was the right proportion to my head.)

Let it dry....Yes its taking forever...because it just rained a ton...but it was worth it because its 98 now instead of 106.

Now. Paint the headband and leaf with a couple of coats of your metallic spray paint, be sure that you have covered all the green parts front and back. Ok now you have all your pieces painted and ready to go. Cut the little stem part off your leaf.

And... glue it on the headband.

Now you have a $20 headband for almost nothing...well it didn't cost me anything because I had everything.

Thanks for stopping by! So glad that you were a part of my first post.  I am going to be doing at least a couple of projects a week, as much as I can squeeze in with a one month old and a two year old. 
Yall come back soon!
Jekka Laine
Update: My headband was Amanda's Pick!

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