painting · reincarnate::giving old things new life:: · whichcraft?

oh deer.

 As cute as this little deer is… it’s just not me. It was my Mr.’s grandmother’s and being the sentimental fool I am, I had to make it work.

This project used a couple of techniques that I’ve been wanting to try. One of them being oven bake enamel paint. It was easy to use but my only complaint was that it was too thick to pour. I wanted more of a glazing effect and the brush strokes are too evident when you use a brush. If I had had a vat to dip it in it would have been perfect! After doing one coat with the brush, baking and letting it cool, I did a poured second coat. I diluted the paint with water until I was able to pour it over the whole piece, drained it and baked it again.

Next I used some gold leafing. I didn’t get the sheets but used the one that almost looks like gold leaf confetti. So easy! First, you use an adhesive and let that sit. When you put the gold on, it only sticks to where you have placed the adhesive. I love the gilded, almost crackled, soft effect.

Love my new piece! Can’t decide if I want to let the girls use it for jewelry/pencils or if I want to keep it all to myself!!! It’s going to look great with some cut flowers!

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Getting ready for New Moon… custom Twilight tees.

I can’t believe it’s almost here!! I cannot wait to see Edward+Bella in New Moon! The tickets have been bought, the party been had and of course we made up some t-shirts to wear to the midnight movie.

Of course, there had to be a lot of trial and error in the process. First, I tried printable iron-on transfer paper for dark fabric. Sounds easy enough, right?

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Wrong! This stuff ironed on with a solid white background. Not the effect I was going for. I don’t know how this stuff is supposed to work since the directions state to leave a 1/4 inch border around the image. I decided to try my iron-on transfer paper for light fabrics. I even ironed on a swatch first. The square on the left is for dark and the square on the right is for light. It irons on clear. Perfect…

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After printing the Cullen crest onto the transfer paper(in reverse), I cut it out and was excited to finally put my image on my brand new black shirt!

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Well, guess what. The image didn’t show up on the dark fabric. I hadn’t thought of that. Back to the drawing board.

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My last effort before buying one online was making a freezer stencil. You need your image, freezer paper, cutting mat and an exacto knife.

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This is the best way to trace your image onto the dull side of the freezer paper. You can also print directly on it.

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After carefully cutting it out, iron it onto your shirt with the shiny side down.

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Place a piece of cardboard inside your shirt to keep the paint from soaking thru. Paint a thin layer of fabric paint. Let it dry. Paint a thin layer of fabric glitter. Let it dry. Gently peel off the freezer paper. Admire it with a big smile on your face. 

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And we’re ready to roll!

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painting · reincarnate::giving old things new life:: · whichcraft?

nifty, thrifty kitty.


This is one of my favorite recent thrifty finds. It originally had flower pots in it,but I immediately knew its true destiny! I had been looking for something to make into a doggie dining station for Ziggy and this was PERFECT… well, almost.


After using it for awhile, it started to leave rust marks on the tile floor. So I spray painted it a nice glossy yellow. I know I always say this, but I love it!


It could totally pass for Le Crueset’s first doggie dining station! I hope the rust beats the dust. And if it doesn’t I’ve got one more trick up my sleeve. I’ve seen liquid plastic at the hardware store. They use it to dip the ends of rope so that it doesn’t fray. It looks as if it dries into a smooth plastic. I’ll save it for a last resort, because I don’t know what else I would use it for.