Monday, April 16, 2012

Printing Colored Images on Burlap

I saw some roses painted on burlap and I thought it was very pretty. I cannot paint - but I can print - so I thought I would try printing an image of a rose on burlap.

Black is definitely the best color to print with if you want to see the image clearly on burlap. I printed the smaller letters in black and the larger letters in dark gray. I had to go over the gray with a black sharpie because it could not be read very well. I think the flowers turned out very well as a subtle background, and gave the exact feel that I wanted for my Mothers Day mantel board. I used the image from The Graphics Fairy blog called French Roses Postcard
Check out my post with my first printing on burlap project HERE.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Burlap Bunny with Pattern

I decided to go on the "cute" side for my spring wreath this year. I decided to make a burlap bunny. This is how I did it....
1. I made a pattern, and cut out all the pieces in burlap.
2. I machine stitched all the corresponding pieces together leaving an opening in each piece to add stuffing. I did the ears first so I could sew the ear bottoms in the seam when I sewed the body together.  I stitched all openings closed, and stitched the remaining body pieces to the bunny.
3. I stitched black bead on for the eyes, brown felt for the nose and added other facial features with paint. I chalked pink in the ears, arms, feet and cheeks. I frayed the burlap a bit.
* I sewed an extra "insert" ear piece to the ears with scrap burlap after I stuffed the ears. It adds dimension but it is not necessary*

I attached the bunny to a twig wreath by threading wire through the bottom of the bunny and securing the wire to the twigs.

If you would like to try making this bunny - the pattern is below. Right click, copy and paste into your favorite computer program and resize to fill the page. Print and cut.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Inkjet Printer Image Transfer Method

I wanted to paint on a wood plaque the words "Hoppy Spring". The only issue I had was I did not like my free hand printing. This posed an opportunity to try a transfer method that had been on my "try" list. 
I saw a tutorial on the matsutake blog CLICK HERE to see what they transferred. 

1. First of all - I covered a piece of cardstock with washable Elmer's glue, let it dry over night - and printed my image. I used words, so I made sure I flipped or mirror imaged it. 
2. Then I cut out the image and covered the woodsie with mod podge. I pressed the image on to the mod podged wood and let it dry completely. 
3. When the image was completely dry - I put a soaking wet cloth on the wood to moisten the paper. After 5 minutes - a started peeling the paper off the wood. 
4. According to the tutorial I followed, I put the wood under running water to thoroughly wash the bits of paper off the wood.

I cannot say the ink did not run at all. Check out the 'n', 's' and 'y' - however I was pleasantly surprised at this transfer method. It was definitely handy not getting a laser copy. 

Another transfer method I have tried is with gel medium and a laser copy image.

CLICK HERE to see this tutorial.

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