You may have noticed in my office makeover that I have a gallery wall above my desk. Let me just confess now that it’s something I’ve wanted to do for years (literally years here folks) but just now finally got around to doing. If you’ve been coveting gallery wall images on Pinterest but have yet to hang any art, don’t worry– you are certainly not alone. Here are my 5 tips for actually hanging a gallery wall! Continue reading…
As I’m sure you know by now (especially if you follow me on Instagram), I absolutely love flowers. The only part that I don’t love about them is having to toss out wilted blooms after a week or so. Instead of pitching my latest bouquet, I decided to press my favorites stems and petals so that I could have them to craft with in the future!
Position your paper at the back of a heavy book and close. You’ll want to leave your flowers alone for about 4-6 weeks (try not to peek!). The longer the press time, the longer they’ll be able to retain their coloring when exposed to the sun again.
I’ll be back next month with a project using these exact flowers, so stay tuned!
I’ve always wanted to learn how to print my own fabric, but never had the time or space to invest in it (aside from using rubber and potato stamps that is). Thankfully though, Lumi Inkodye exist! With a few steps and even fewer materials, I was able to transform one of my photographs into custom wall art.
Shake your inkodye packet then snap open to spread on your fabric. Each packet should cover a 12×12″ area, so use more than one if you want the surrounding area to be dyed too (I used two for this project).
Once you’re done applying the dye, position your photo negative and pin in place. If you don’t know where to get an enlarged copy of a photo negative, you can order one through the Lumi App! I used one of the photos I took for my Instagram Sunday Flower Series (see the original photograph here).
Take your fabric outside and lay in the sun for about 15-20 minutes. The dye will darken significantly from the initial application. When done developing, take inside, remove negative and toss in the wash. You’ll want to use Inkowash and run through a hot/cold cycle twice in order to remove any unexposed Inkodye molecules from your fabric. Once done and dried, your design will be permanent!
Cut fabric into desired shape, leaving extra room at the top. Fold fabric over dowel rod and seal in place with fusible bonding web. It’s easiest to fold the fabric over the rod (position it in the way it would hang) then remove the rod to iron. Knot a strip of twine or leather cord on either side of your print, then hang on a nail.
Time: 1 hour + dry time
Materials: ceramic bowl or mug, vitrea 160 paint, brush, tape, oven
Tape off the area you’d like to paint, or start free handing your design. If you use tape, be sure to remove it before the paint dries. If you don’t, there’s a chance the paint will peel up with the tape. The design can still scratch off at this phase so be careful; this also means you can make minor touchups at this time since the paint can be removed.
Let dry fully, instructions say to wait 24 hours (I baked mine after 3 hours since my paint wasn’t thickly applied). After you are satisfied with your design, remember this is a permanent process, place your dish in the oven for 40 minutes at 325°F. Don’t take out of the oven until completely cool otherwise you risk the chance of your dish breaking. It’s best to turn off the oven then leave your dish inside until the oven is no longer warm.