Vintage Inspired Painted Fan

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It always amazes me on how a little paint can change something from ordinary to extraordinary! At least that is how I feel about this fan. It was a basic black circulating fan that I like to use in the summer. Of course I have the AC blasting since it’s 110 degrees outside, but every little bit of circulating air helps. But this fan was dirty and filthy (5 years of dust) and I considered getting rid of it. Then I saw this…

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The Vornado Vintage Collection VFAN. It’s so sleek and glamorous, if you can call a fan glamorous! I wanted it, but had no desire to spend money on it, that’s when I decided to try painting the fan that I had. I figured if I ruin the fan, it wouldn’t be too much of a loss.

Painted Fan http://sparklepantsgirl.comHere’s the before picture. This thing was difficult to clean. See all the dust on it, even after cleaning once. I had to use Q-tips to get all the dust out of the crevices of this fan. The front part of the fan snaps off so you can clean the grill and the blades. Of course, make sure it’s unplugged first.

Supplies

fan, can of spray primer, 2 cans white glossy spray paint, plastic grocery bags, painters tape, liquid gold leaf, foam brushes, clear spray sealant, hot glue gun, 1/8th inch leather lace in medium brown (50 ft)

Vintage Inspired Painted Fan Once clean, I sprayed the fan with a coat of primer, so that the spray paint will stick. I stuffed a bunch plastic grocery bags behind the fan blades, to protect the little fan engine from the spray paint. Originally I was not going to paint the blades, but then decided that I liked them better white than black. I used three light coats of the white spray paint to adequately cover the surface of the fan.

Painted Fan http://sparklepantsgirl.comAfter spray painting the whole fan white and letting the paint dry, I taped the fan to protect the side and the center. I then used a foam brush to paint on the liquid gold leaf. Brush it gently across the top of the fan. The liquid gold leaf goes on so smoothly. When dry, use another foam brush to get in between the spokes. Once adequately covered and dry spray with the clear sealant spray.

Vintage Inspired Painted Fan http://sparklepantsgirl.comOne last detail. I didn’t like the look of the black cord. So I wrapped it with 1/8th inch leather craft lace, applying glue to the leather, in spots, to hold it in place.

Vintage Inspired Painted Fan

Cute, right! It so much prettier to look at now!

 

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Floral Imprinted Summer Coasters

Imprinted Clay Coasters

 

Hi y’all! Thanks for coming back  to check out my second project for the DecoArt and Stampendous blog hop extravaganza! See the first one here. Today is a large blog hop that should keep you busy all weekend. Don’t forget to leave a comment and check out all the other links, hopefully you’ll win the giveaway!

I loved making these imprinted coasters. They are going to look great on my summer brunch picnic table. It was fun and a little messy and the kids were able to make some of their own as well.

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I covered my workspace with freezer paper, shiny side up, so that the clay comes up easily. Roll out the clay to about ¼ inch (or about 6 millimeters for our metric friends) thick. Make sure it’s not too thick that it won’t dry, but not too thin that it will break. Dab your rubber stamp with paint with some sort of foam sponge or a makeup sponge. Place your stamp down on the clay and apply even pressure on the entire stamp. I found the best results were by gently rolling my rolling pin over the stamp.
Floral Imprinted Summer Coaster #DecoArt #Stampendous

Let-Me-Point-Out-The-Obvious-Tip: Wash the paint off of your rubber stamp after each use, particularly if you live in the hot desert. It dries fast and took some effort to get clean.

Imprinted Floral Summer Coasters

Cut out your coaster shapes with something round. I used the mouth of one of our drinking glasses. Then  use a butter knife to smooth the clay around the edges. Place the round shapes on a cooling rack if you have one. Another tip: Once the top of the coaster is dry, flip the coaster over so that it doesn’t start to curl on the edges and remains flat. I flipped mine 4 or 5 times during the drying process. It will probably take 24 hours to completely dry. Mine dried overnight, but remember, I live in an oven.

While it’s drying, cut your felt or cork so that it’s smaller than the coaster, and will fit nicely on the back. Once dry, gently sand the side and rough edges of the coasters so they are smooth. Paint the edges with a light coat of Champagne Gold metallic paint.

Once that is dry, paint a coat or two of satin varnish on top to seal the coaster so it can withstand a little moisture. After the top  varnish is dry varnish the bottom, and stick on the felt with the varnish.

Imprinted Floral Coaster #DecoArt #Stampendous

That’s it! You can package them up pretty for a hostess gift or customize them to the colors of your summer table. Cheers!

Now check out all the other amazing projects in the blog hop!

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The excitement continues as conclude our grand tour of amazing artists playing with Stampendous, DecoArt, and Princeton Artist Brushes via inspired by Willow Wolfe products! The inspiration has been amazing, and today you’ll be even more astonished! If you missed the beginning of our journey, be sure to go back and check it out! MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAY

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Louise Crosbie (Scotland, UK)

Lea Kimmel (North Carolina, USA)

Claudia Neubacher (Vienna, Austria)

Asia King (Oxford, UK)

Iliane de Fockert (Elly) (Niedersachsen, Germany)

Suzanne Czosek (Illinois, USA)

Julia Stratford-Wright (near London, UK)

Kristine Reynolds (California, USA)

Angelica Stark (Hudiksvall, Sweden)

Mark Gould (West Sussex, UK)

Debbie Cole (California, USA)

Jamie Martin (Oklahoma, USA)

Tobi Crawford (BC, Canada)

Wendy Price (New Jersey, USA)

Jessa Plant (Arizona, USA)

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Vintage Bicycle Ad Image Transfer

Vintage Bicycle Ad Image Transfer I really wanted to get this project up on the blog before Father’s Day, but it just didn’t happen. Why didn’t someone tell me that summer break was going to be so busy??? Anyhow, it’s a fun and crafty gift, that’s completely customizable. I love the vintagy and distressed look of this project! Vintage Bicycle Ad Image Transfer The French bicycle ad was ordered off of Etsy. I reversed the image using PicMonkey, then had it laser printed on an 8.5 x 14 piece of paper at Staples. For the transfer to work, the image has to be printed with a laser printer. Sorry, but ink jet printers won’t work. Vintage Inspired Bicycle Image Transfer   supplies Start by “aging” the wood. I mixed some brown and gray paint in a little bowl and added a splash of water to make a stain. I used one of my foam brushes and painted it on, then immediately wiped off the paint with a wet cloth.  Let the wood dry. When the wood is dry, grab your image that was printed out in reverse, particularly if there are letters on it. I cut off the borders of the image, but you don’t have to. Using a foam brush, spread the Acrylic Gel Medium on the wood, covering the whole surface area. Additionally, cover the image with gel medium as well. Carefully place the paper, image side down, onto the wood. Smooth out the paper so that there are no bubbles and it looks even. It helps to use something like a ruler or a credit card to smooth it out. I had an area on each side that the image didn’t cover, so I put a piece of plain white copy paper to cover up the gel medium. Vintage Inspired Wooden Bicycle Transfer Let the medium dry for at least 4 hours or overnight. Once it’s dry grab a small bowl of water and a wash cloth and start rubbing off the paper. You’ll start to see the image as the paper comes off. This is definitely the messy part. Vintage bicycle image transfer Once all the paper is off, let it dry again. Then grab your sanding block and sand away! Make it look as distressed (or not) as you’d like. This is where you can sand off any areas where the gel medium looks a little wonky ;) Wipe off the dust from sanding and paint on a little satin varnish to seal it all and even out the finish. It’s that easy! You can make this with any image you’d like!

Vintage Bicycle Transfer Art
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Falling Stars Patriotic Tea Towel

Oh My Stars Patriotic Tea Towel Well hello! Are you enjoying the summer? I’m finding that summer break is just as busy as the school year, just more fun. Summer camp is getting the girls out for a few hours everyday, but I do feel like my uninterrupted crafting time is diminished. Though, I did find some time this week to make a tea towel for the kitchen to celebrate Independence Day. Remember the Falling Shamrock Tea Towel from back in March? Well this tea towel is very similar. Just the 4th of July version. I love using DecoArt Ink Effects on 100% cotton material, because it gives the design a watercolor effect. If you want bolder colors, make sure your fabric is at least 60% synthetic material. Oh My Stars Patriotic Tea Towel Supplies You’ll also need an iron. Paint a bunch of stars in various sizes, using the red and blue Ink Effects. I did a quick Google search for star outlines and traced a bunch of them. There were about 60. I am so not talented enough to freehand draw the stars. Oh My Stars Patriotic Tea Towel Let the paint dry for 45 minutes. Lay out your tea towel on top of another towel for ironing. Spray it with the base coat (if your fabric is less than 60% synthetic material) and let dry. Place your design painted side down, on the tea towel. Place a clean piece of paper on top of that. Iron on the cotton setting, with no steam, for about 3 minutes, constantly keeping the iron in motion.  Peel off the paper, and you should see your beautiful design transferred to the tea towel. Repeat process until done. I reused some of the stars I already transferred to layer a lighter transfer on top of the other ones. See photographic instructions here. Oh My Stars Patriotic Tea Towel The whole project only takes a couple of hours. So make one today! Patriotic Tea Towel xoxo   {This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I may receive a small compensation to help pay for the blog.}

 

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Canning Jar and Chicken Wire Lanterns

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Ball jars, Mason jars, canning jars… Whatever you want to call them, they are fun and they have made their way out of the kitchen and into home decor. Somewhere I had seen some canning jars covered in chicken wire being sold for $25 to $30. Well, there was no way I was going to pay that much for something I felt like I could make myself.

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Supplies: Chicken wire, canning jars, flat nose plier, cutting plier, spray paint, wire (24 gauge) candles or LED tea lights

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So start by lining up the  lip of the jar at the smooth edge of the chicken wire. Cut the wire so that it wraps all the way around the jar, and overlaps an inch or two. I  used the hexagonal rows as my indicators. You want one or two inches  of the chicken wire to hang over the bottom of the jar.

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Twist together the ends of the chicken wire together, pulling it pretty tight, particularly at the top portion of the jar. Use the flat nose pliers or wear protective gloves and make sure you’ve had your tetanus shot, those edges are pokey little buggers. Then pull out the jar from the bottom so that you can really wrap the wires tight.

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Wrap the wires and tuck them in themselves the best you can. Snip off any ends of wires that are poking out.

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Now is the time to add a handle if you want to hang it. I added the handle after painting it so that the handle showed up better in the picture. Slip a long length of 24 or 22 gauge wire through the top of the chicken wire. You are then going to double-up the wire, wrap the wire around the chicken wire a couple of times to secure it, then twist the  doubled up wire until the end. Wrap the loose end of the handle on the opposite side of the chicken wire. Wrap it so that it’s tight and will handle the weight of the jar if you choose to hang it.

***DISCLAIMER: I had a lighted candle in the jar and the handle did get hot. Be cautious of this so that you don’t burn your fingers.***

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Take the chicken wire outside and spray paint it. Obviously, I chose gold, because I loved it with the blue Ball jars. But the ones I saw for sale were clear jars with oil-rubbed bronze chicken wire. Or get colorful! I’d love to see some with neon painted chicken wire!

Once the paint is dry, slip the jar back into the chicken wire from the bottom. Tighten the wire as best as you can, being careful, because you don’t want to scrape of  the paint.

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Start pinching together the chicken wire at the bottom of the jar. Cut off any amount that looks to be extra. Then wrap the wires at the base of the jar together so that it is tight and will hold the jar. Try to keep it as even as possible, because you want the lanterns to sit flat.

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Put candles in them, use them as a vase or plant some succulents in them. These are going to be perfect for our lovely suppers we will be eating outside (at least until the weather gets too hot!)

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I adore the way they look hanging on the cement wall!

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xoxo-

Jessa

 

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Kaleidoscope Easter Eggs

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Happy spring! With Easter coming up in a few weeks it’s a great time to add a little color to your decor. The color of these straws that I found at Ikea screamed spring, and were my inspiration for the colors in these Easter eggs. I really enjoy the painted geometric angles and the hints of gold on these eggs. Gold is super popular right now, but I’m ridiculously slow to embrace it and add it into my decor. Baby steps here, baby steps.

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So run to the craft store and pick up a couple packages of paper maché eggs, gold spray paint, a sheet of craft vinyl and some paint.

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Go outside and spray the eggs gold. I did do some white ones, but they didn’t look as great. While the golden eggs are drying, cut small strips of vinyl, like about 1/4 of an inch wide. I used a paper cutter, and the sizes of my strips varied, but they were all close to the right size.

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Once the golden eggs are dry, wrap the vinyl strip on the egg. You can place it strategically or haphazard, whichever suits your fancy. Just make sure the vinyl is stuck smoothly on the egg, so you can minimize paint seepage.

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I used DecoArt’s Americana paints, in Poodleskirt Pink, Peony Pink, Bahama Blue, and Lemon Yellow. I also mixed the yellow and Peony Pink to make a pretty orange. No, this post isn’t sponsored by DecoArt, I’m just a big fan of their products.

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Use a quality paint brush to dab the paint on the egg, varying the colors.  Try to stay within the lines (Sometimes I still have problems doing that). I left some spots empty, so that more gold shows. Yeah, I’m daring.

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Let them dry completely and apply a second coat of paint. Once your paint is dry, gently peel off the vinyl. Make sure you pull straight up, or you might take some of the color off with the vinyl. I did that and I was pretty sad about it.

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That’s it! Now you just need to find a pretty way to display your Kaleidoscope Easter Eggs. Put them in a bowl on the coffee table, hanging from a little tree, or stick them on a candle stick.

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Here are the white ones… Pretty, but not striking like the gold.

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Xoxo-

Jessa

 

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