Friday, 14 September 2012

Decoupage Bottle Lamp - Old Newspapers Scraps

First of all I would like to thank everyone who took part in my giveaway. |The clock has already gone to Sadie. Hopefully she likes the clock.
Back to the begining of my decoupage. How much I like to devise something like that.
Long time ago I was glowing by new, modern and cheap items and what was most important, shiny. But since I got into my passion and work I began to look at the world through the mirror. I have made a phenomenal discovery of what is the handicraft. Therefore my outlook of the surrounding objects also gained another blunt. As far as I can remember one of my lamps was in a pitful condition. Probably I had a few removals and therefore the lampshade had bent and gone completely gray and unattractive. 

My craft project's go was to decorate the lampshade using pieces from the old newspapers.

  The scraps were simply glued with PVA but before I had spent so much time preparing all the necessary materials. I was collecting all sort of newspapers where I could find old pictures of people and old fashioned font. I have ripped small pieces of my favourite images and made it looks older with the flame method. I didn't actually put the paper into the flame. The idea was to use the heat from the flame to burn the paper slowly not to burn it completely.

Now my lamp is used in my crafty room as my extra source of light.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

The Happy Winner

Good morning everyone.

I'm having fantastic morning by choosing one of you to be a happy winner of my decoupage wall clock giveaway.

I'm happy to announced my clock is going to  Sadie

 Thank you everybody for participating.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

DIY - Decoupage On Metal And Shabby Chic Tutorial

How many of you decided to get rid of unnecessary items from your home and garden or replace them with new, tailored to the interior of your kitchen or bathroom decorations?
Simply by following my steps you can change any dull and boring object into an attractive decoration.
This is easy, quick, cheap DIY and above all you don't need great painting or decorating skills.

                                                           MATERIALS NEEDED

  • metal containers/tins
  • washing liquid
  • acrylic paints (light, dark - ivory, brown)
  • medium drit sand paper
  • paper napkin
  • kitchen sponge (cut for small pieces)
  • small piece of candle
  •  acrylic varnish (matt or gloss) 
  • decorative string, rafia 

1. Wash the metal containers with washing liquid and wipe dry.
2. Rub with medium grit sandpaper and flick 
 the dust. This is a very important step before painting.

 3. I have decided to mix two colours of paint, a little of gold and a little of bronze. 
You can use any colour you have at home but make sure that the first coat is darker than the top one.

4. Slowly coat the tin with the base coat without leaving bleeds and bubbles. How I usually say, tap tap slowly your tin and leave to dry. This will create the smooth surface.

5. Now I'm going to age the container by rubbing a candle in selected places. Remove bits of wax before next step. 

6. Apply top coat of light paint leave to dry. At this step you can start cutting your chosen motif.

 7. When your tin is completely dry ( I usually leave it for at least 12 hours) start your shabby chic process by going all over your metal object with medium grit sandpaper. 

8. Separate the remaining two layers and gently apply the motif using Pva glue, when dry repeat the step.

 9. Add a bit of shading and finally varnish at least three times with acrylic lacquer.
10. As a final touch you can add a decorative ribbon or anything you prefer. 

Enjoy the creative process.....