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Silk Painting


If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you've probably noticed that I can't turn away from a pretty pattern. Silk scarves have these in droves, so I unknowingly have started collecting them.  While I was at Alt last January (can it really be two months ago!), I had the opportunity to take a Fabric Design course. What it really turned out to be was learning the technique of Silk Painting. This was brand new to me, so I was really excited to learn a new skill. Since then I've been playing around with it more and have learned from my mistakes. In the next few weeks, I'll share a little DIY project around silk painting. But before that I wanted to share my first experience with silk painting (mistakes and all) and the other talented artists that took the class at Alt too. 

In the end, everyone created amazing pieces. I especially love the feathers! 
 Stay tuned for a full DIY next week! 



200th Post!


I can't believe that I've made it to my 200th post! Looking back, it's amazing to see how much I've grown in blogging, and how many projects and activities I've accomplished and been able to share with you. It only ignites my passion to continue sharing and striving to inspire YOU to craft! 
Here's a look back at some of my favorite projects and posts. Enjoy! 
#10 - These Zipper Bags were the first that I had tried anything involving a zipper. It's not easy, but not impossible! Zippers really take practice and these little pouches are perfect for just that. 
#9 - One of my first experiences of the Alameda Flea Market. I miss going here and the sunshine! But perhaps next time I'll be a vendor! ;) 
#8 - Our First Booth at the Alberta Street Fair. Little did we know how much of a profession this would turn into for us! ;) This year, Chris and I will be combining our booth and assuming a fresh new name for our vintage sales. Come see us this Saturday at Beggars Banquet and all season at Portland Flea
#7 - This Rainbow Chevron Quilt started as a challenge to use just 5" square solids (a first for me!). Cutting them up and making zig zags was only natural. 
#6 - I loved making this Vintage Sheet Quilt. It's basically one block turned into one quilt. I just sold this quilt on etsy and I've been stockpiling more sheets, it's time to make a new one! ;) 
#5 - This was the first project I made from Martha Stewart Living for my new project "Living Martha Stewart Living." This Astronomical Tree Topper will be donning the top of our Christmas trees for many years to come! 
#4 - Teaching Glass Etching at Portland Bazaar was such a great experience! Loved working with Kate from Portland Flea, and getting to share a fun craft with over 30 people. 
#3 -  Going to ALT was one of the best decision I've made! I learned so much and met so many amazing people. Making this DIY Tote Bag to help brand myself was icing on the cake! 
#2 - Interview with Emily Henderson// Secrets from a Stylist - Part One, Part Two, Part Three
#1 - My favorite project to date: the Tissue Paper Wall Heart. It casts an amazing spell over any room! 
I hope you've enjoyed this round-up! Over the next 100 posts, you will see many more DIY projects, vintage finds, and inspiration to begin/continue crafting yourself. 
Thanks so much for being a reader, I appreciate you so much!



Encaustic Painting

Things have been a little quiet around here lately. Over the weekend, Chris had a booth at the Antique & Collectibles Expo. Between working at Collage and Expo, I didn't have any time for me and my blog, as to be expected. It's now Tuesday and I'm on my "weekend"! I'm very excited to continue working on some projects that are in the works and to get together with a good friend, Courtney, this afternoon. Happy Weekend to me! Plus, the sun is out! Hooray! I'm going to try drenching myself in Vitamin D and shake out any gloomy feelings I've had these past few weeks. :)

One of the things that breaks me out of any gloom is being creative, trying something new, and playing with bright colors! Have you heard of encaustic painting? It's basically painting with wax. I had never really heard of it before Collage, so I took one of the classes we offer. Here's a glimpse into the process:


The wax medium is a mixture of beeswax and damar resin. The colors are a mixture of the medium and  wax sticks. The process consists of painting the hardboard panels with wax and then fusing the layers of wax with this hand iron or a heat tool. It's a very fluid process as the layers meld and change as you fuse them. The first piece consisted of collage, I couldn't resist and not use this cut out from a 1950's Better Homes and Garden magazine. 


For my second piece, I wanted something much more graphic. First I applied many coats of white wax, then taped off a pattern, and applied colors. I ended up not fusing this piece together in the end as that would have eliminated the straight lines. I really like how this piece turned out in the end! 



Encaustic painting was really fun to learn, and there are so many techniques that you can use and explore with it. Truth be told, I didn't fall in love with the process, as it was very time and material intensive, but I'm glad that I tried it and am now more knowledgeable about the process. 
Have you tried encaustic painting? 



DIY // Watercolor Notecards


For the past few months, I've been more and more intrigued by watercolor. It's definitely trending among most of the blogs that I read. I've never been much of a drawer, but what I love about watercoloring is that you don't need to be a good drawer in order to produce beautiful work.  
Over the past weekend, I've been playing around with techniques. I really liked painting in stripes and learning how to control my brushstrokes. 
If you'd like to make these, it's super easy! I picked one of my favorite color combos: blue and orange. 
For this project, I used cover/card-stock weight paper. You could use water color paper, but I found that this paper works really well too. 
Using a round paint brush, paint lines from one color unto your paper. Don't worry about straight lines, or different thicknesses. One tip on thicknesses: if you hold your brush low to the brush, you'll have a thicker line. If you hold farther up toward the top of the brush, you'll have a thinner line. 
Allow the paint to dry for 30 minutes. 
Using a bone folder to smooth the fold, makes a crisp and clean fold. 


I love the left over stripes and decided to use them to decorate the outside of the envelope. I used a glue stick to glue these on. 
For this card, I also painted a new page, then cut the 8.5x11 paper into two rectangles in order to fit the front of an A6 fold-over card.


I hope that this inspires you to pick up a paint brush and make some watercolor notecards. Have fun with all sorts of color combinations! If you make them, send me a photo, I'd love to see them!