Upcycled Burlap Gift Bag

Today I am sharing an Upcycled Burlap Gift Bag I made with some products I received from sponsors of the Prime Publishing VIB Event at CHAShow 2016.

upcycled burlap gift bag

I honestly didn’t expect to have so much fun making this Upcycled Burlap Gift Bag!

upcycled burlap gift bag

“Before”

Thank you to the following sponsors:

  • Therm-o web DECOFOIL™ Transfer Sheets: purple
  • DECOFOIL™ Liquid Adhesive
  • Plaid folkArt® HOME DECOR chalk paint ( in Sheepskin #34879)
  • Testors yellow enamel spray
  • FairfieldWorld Oly*fun™ fabric sheets in various colours, and metallics
  • IMAGINEcrafts Tear It! Tape
  • Sakura Micron pen – black
upcycled burlap gift bag

I love how easily the Plaid chalk paint went on the surface. I also used some of the Mixed media Color Spray

upcycled burlap gift bag

REALLY taking recycling to the next level! I took the remnant Oly*fun® and used it as a stencil! It worked perfectly 🙂

I started by painting some of the surface with the chalk paint, let it dry, and then added some splashes of yellow spray paint. I hurried up the drying with a hair blower.

Next I used Sizzix Flowers#7 die and cut out some lovely flowers from pieces of Oly*fun®.

I used the remnant of the Oly*fun® as a stencil and first daubed green acrylic paint, let it dry, and then sprayed the white colour spray to create an added pretty sheen .

I lightly daubed some DecoFoil adhesive on a few spots and added a lovely highlight of purple flecks.

Add brads, attach flowers with adhesive, and your gift bag is complete!

Roberta

Salvaged Mixed Media Canvas

This month I am sharing a Salvaged Recycled mixed media canvas. Recycled? Yes, because it is from a class that I taught.

salvaged mixed media canvasWhen I teach certain technique classes, I make samples: I use one canvas to demonstrate different techniques. I am not creating a canvas, just using the canvas to demonstrate different things. I come home with a canvas, covered in whatever, and put it in a box in the hopes that SOMEDAY I will do something with it. TODAY IS THE DAY for this sad little canvas!

salvaged mixed media canvasAs you can see, it started out with many layers of paint, tissue paper, cardboard, texture paste, and it’s primarily yellow and red. Ick.

Supplies:

Pre-layered canvas
Earth Safe Finishes Chalk It Up, Milk Chocolate
Earth Safe Finishes Iridescents by Ann Butler, Orchid
Earth Safe Finishes Texture Paste
Earth Safe Finishes Gesso
Envirotex Lite pour-on High Gloss Finish resin
Clearsnap Ann Butler Art Screen, Lattice
DecoArt Media Mister, Yellow Green
Thermo web glue runner
Maya Road embellishments
Ranger embellishments

How did I do it?

I want to tone down the colour and add some tooth to surfaces that might be shiny. So first, cover the surface with Milk Chocolate paint and let dry. Chalk It Up paint dries VERY quickly ( yay), so you don’t have to wait long.salvaged mixed media canvas 

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Cover most of the surface with gesso, including the sides of the canvas. Let it dry. salvaged mixed media canvas
Place the art screen down and spray with Yellow Green Mister. Let it dry.salvaged mixed media canvas
Mix up a small amount of texture paste and orchid Iridescents and apply over a small portion of the Art Screen. Also paint the wood button with the Orchid. salvaged mixed media canvas
Once everything is completely dry, mix up 20 cc of the Envirotex Lite ( 10 + 10) and spread it over the canvas. I then placed the pink resin flower and ruler piece right into the wet resin. Let dry.
To finish, I added the remaining embellishments with the glue runner. I LOVE how you can see through the crystal petals 🙂

What is lurking in your closet/cupboard/on a shelf that you can breathe new life into?salvaged mixed media canvas
 Roberta

Watercolour Inchies in a Flash!

Creating mini masterpieces called ‘Inchies’ is super fun!

To the uninitiated, these are little pieces of art made on a 1″ square.  They are fun and easy.
The first fun part is decorating your background paper. Paint, draw, spray, decoupage your heart out.
Sidebar: One of my ‘first loves’ of crafting and creating was watercolour. I painted a LOT, and as a result I accumulated many ‘paintings’. I could never bring myself to throw any out so I kept every one (just in case…??) and placed them in a very large potfolio case, lovingly referred to as my ‘Watercolour Graveyard”.
Here is a great way to upcycle,recycle, and repurpose those treasures.

As you will see, I sectioned the paper into 1″ strips. I used a pencil to draw moderate weight lines and then went over the lines with a Conte a Paris white pastel pencil. Smudged it a little. I love the way it defines the borders of the squares.

Use your paper trimmer to cut 1″ squares to create your canvas. My FAV paper trimmer EVER is Fiskars 6″ with guide wire. I’ve had it for ages.

Add an embellishment and write a sentiment, if you wish. A little glitter goes a long way, too 🙂

I sold these a little while back and attached a magnet to the back of each inchie.

It’s that easy!

inchies

Have fun with this,

Roberta