Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Painting and stenciling on fabric

fabric painting lisa fulmer

I love painting on fabric (instead of canvas or paper) because of all the different kinds of cool effects you can get when ink and water are combined to saturate the fabric. I like using a medium-weight muslin the best because of its canvasy texture.

Acrylic inks do a nice job of stiffening the muslin enough to hang nicely on clips - plus the inks prevent the edges from fraying. If you like the look of frayed edges, prep them first, before painting.

I learned from my friend Rebekah Meier how to work in layers, allowing each layer to dry before adding something more on top. I really like alternating between ink washes and images that are stenciled and stamped with paint. The painted areas give a slight resist to the ink-washed areas of the muslin. Of course, I always have to blend in my favorite iridescent medium in there somewhere for a little shimmer!

Click here to see an option for adding a sentiment to this piece with iron-on embroidered letters. I really like this size for a whole series of paintings that could line the hallway!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Win a set of Deflecto drawers to decorate!

decorated deflecto drawers lisa fulmer

Today the Designer Crafts Connection is having a blog hop sponsored by Deflecto - they make lots of crafter-friendly office supplies, including desktop frames, caddies and containers.

They gave me this cute cube of clear mini drawers that will be perfect for storing my rolls of washi tape. And what better way to decorate them - with washi tape, of course!

washi sheets washi tape

In addition to the usual rolls, I had found some 12"x12" sheets of washi paper with a peel-away liner at a local scrapbook store a while back. This is the perfect project for it - the thin semi-transparent washi paper sticks well and looks great against the clear plastic.

kiss cut washi sheets with cricut

After lining the top and sides with the blue striped washi sheet, I used my Cricut machine to kiss-cut some flowers from the yellow dots sheet. Use the lightest pressure and slowest speed settings to cut through only the thin layer of washi without cutting all the way through the paper liner. You have to be very gentle as you peel the flowers off the liner, as the washi paper can tear easily.

decorated deflecto drawers lisa fulmer

Added some contrasting yellow and pink tape to the edges and glued buttons to the flower centers and done! This will look super cute on my worktable!

Be sure to visit the Designer Crafts Connection blog to see more designers' projects in the hop and enter there for a chance to win some Deflecto products.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Etched glass shadow box

etched glass shadowbox lisa fulmer

I've been eyeing every glass surface in my house a bit differently these days, looking for things to accent with etchall® etching crème. First I tried some glass candle jars, but the etching came out too faint to photograph well. Some types of tempered glass (like Pyrex or candle jars) that are thicker to withstand heat won't etch very deeply.

So I kept looking and my eyes finally landed on this cute little shadow box with a glass lid. I have a small 5"x7" mixed media piece inside that I made a while back - the center part is an ocean sunset, framed by layers of Lutradur and layered on top of a painted journal page. 

Framing art in shadow boxes is fun because you can add additional embellishments to give more personality to your work, like putting little seashells inside. Now let's etch a cute water-drop border on the side of the glass.

etchall glass etching creme with silkscreen

After emptying the shadowbox and cleaning the glass, press a self-adhesive silkscreen into position and smooth out to remove any creases or air pockets. This little water-drop pattern is part of a larger set of paisley silkscreens that I love using any chance I can get. 

etchall glass etching creme with silkscreen

If there's not much material bordering the image to be etched, then add painter's tape all around the edges to prevent the glass from getting etched outside the image area. After pouring a small puddle of etchall crème on top, use a mini squeegee to slowly spread it across the silkscreen. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the jar.

Let the creme sit on top of the image for about 15-20 minutes, then swipe away the excess and return it to the jar - it's reusable. Carefully pull the silkscreen off, remove the tape and rinse the silkscreen under water to clean. Wipe the residual etching crème off the glass with a damp paper towel and you're done!

etched glass shadow box lisa fulmer

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Upcycled tin cans

upcycled tin cans buttons lisa fulmer

Make your own cute little storage containers in minutes with upcycled tin cans. This is a project I made for the Buttons Galore blog - click here for the tutorial.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Dimensional scrapbooking

photo shadow box dimensional scrapbooking lisa fulmer
Here's a dimensional scrapbooking project I created recently for a craft class I taught at the library.

A shadowbox is a fun way to preserve a memory, commemorate an event or celebrate whatever pretty things you like.

Click here for the tutorial on the Bella Crafts blog.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Holiday ornaments with Smoothfoam and The Robin's Nest

paper christmas ornaments lisa fulmer
Today the Designer Crafts Connection is having some fun with Christmas in July, using Smoothfoam shapes along with holiday papers and Dew Drops from The Robin's Nest.

I made two paper ornaments, inspired by another designer's tutorial that I found online. For the round one, I punched several 2-1/2" circles to score and glue together. I rimmed the edges with a gold pen and glued red diamond Dew Drops along the edges. I glued a loop of wired trim inside the center for hanging.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Upcycle old necklaces into new bracelets

upcycled bead bracelet

I took apart some of my aunt's and mom's beaded necklaces and made them into a trio of cute little bracelets. Click here for the full tutorial on the Craft Paper Scissors blog.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Natural wood desk set

natural bass wood desk set

Last month I made this two-piece desk set with natural bass wood rounds for the Walnut Hollow blog. It was super quick and easy - makes a nice guy gift! Click here for the full tutorial.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Burlap and seashell wall clock

burlap shell smoothfoam wall clock

Here's my latest #craftyourstash tutorial for the Bella Crafts Quarterly blog - it's a 16" round wall clock made with a Smoothfoam disc. It's totally beachin' man!

Click here for the full tutorial.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Paper maché surfboard treasure box

paper mache surfboard treaure box lisa fulmer

I had a little more fun with the surfboard theme - this time I used CelluClay to mold a treasure box and lid in the shape of a surfboard.