2018 Topic 13: Mint, Sage, Claret & Gold (Colour Topic)
Lucy is great at making interesting wearable crafty items OR items with a purpose. In this post, she shares a great technique that does both those things. ~Leandra
Hi everyone, it's Lucy from Lucy's True Colours with you today, and I'd like to share with you some wooden bangles I have decoupaged, using a selection of Kim Dellow's stamps and stencils, and Fresco Finish Paints in the colour theme Mint, Sage, Claret, and Gold
I love wearable art: I have always loved clothes, and being able to make something in a particular colour palette of your choice is always fun. You can buy wooden bangles for decoupage in different shapes and sizes or cover one you already have and don't like. Unfortunately I had completely finished this project using narrow bangles when I decided I wanted to remake it using a wide, 4 cms bangle, as I felt it would show off the stamped images more fully, rather than simply looking like an abstract design.
The other difficulty I had was the 32 degree heatwave we were having when I started making this, as the paint was drying very quickly, so I used a little Fresco Drying Retarder with the Gelli Plate. I've never needed to do this before. A couple of days later, there was a little more breeze and I found I no longer had this problem, so it must have been extreme conditions! I was getting frustrated at spending so much of my crafting session cleaning my stencils, despite popping them straight into cold water as I always do. What I discovered, which I hope may help somebody, is to dissolve a dishwasher tablet in hot water before I started crafting, and drop all my tools into that solution as I went along. It worked like magic!
So, for my bangles, I cut a stack of pieces of tissue paper to fit around the bangle length ways and width ways. Why did I do loads? it seems to be a recurring theme with me that I have loads of leftovers. I used a Gelli Plate and Kim's stencils 034, 036, 046, and 048 with Fresco Finish Paints in Bougainvillea, Claret, Mermaid, Lake Wanaka, Haystack, Zesty Zing, Banana, Winter Green, Hyde Park, and Snowflake to build up layers on the tissue pieces and create the challenge topic colours.
I then used a selection of stamps from EKD04, EKD05, and EKD06 with the same Frescos to add additional colour and details to the pieces of tissue.
Here are some more of the tissue pieces I made:-
I wanted to use some text, and also add some white paint, so I used the lovely stamp from JoFy 31 with Fresco Finish Snowflake.
I then used gel medium to adhere the tissue to the bangle, blasting with a heat gun to get rid of any wrinkles.
For the inner curve of the bangle, I snipped at one inch/2.5 cm intervals with scissors to make it easier to fold the pieces of tissue in.
I finished off with a couple of coats of Fresco Finish Gloss Glaze, both for protection and for glossiness.
Here's a final pic of the three bangles together:-
It was such fun making this project, and I made myself an extra bangle with the addition of Wisteria, to match a particular summer dress. I am planning on using the left over pieces of tissue to make a matching necklace with some wooden beads. I do hope you will have a go, and I would love to see what you make!
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