Sunday, January 20, 2013

Gettin' Crafty

The Table.

Some background to the project:

I found this table on the side of the road, I passed by it a few times, first because we don't have much room in our apartment for new furniture, second because I'm always paranoid people put their things outside to just clean.  I didn't want to steal it!  But after a few days of it outside I figured it was up for grabs- right?  I really wanted a coffee table! haha. 

I was just going to spray paint it because that was nice and simple.  In the meantime (since it was winter and I couldn't really spray paint) I put a few blankets on top for cushion.  When I told Josh I was going to spray paint it he got a little sad because he liked the cushion. Men.  So... I decided to buy some cushions and fabric. Guess it's not too much of a coffee table anymore, a little bit of a bench.  We still use it as a coffee table though (:  

So, here's the process:
 1. Get the supplies.

Luckily, my amazing friend, Brittney, had a staple gun and hot glue gun to put the cushions in place.

2.  Take off the legs and put the cushions on.

 3. Staple the fabric over the cushion to the table.  Anddd I got a little too excited towards the end of the project so I forgot to take a picture of this step- whoops!  So I put the legs back on and here's   But here's the final product, I LOVE IT!

The Shelf.

All you need is a little color (:

Step 1: Find a piece of BORING furniture around your house. Check!

Step 2: Find a little bit of paint that is your favorite color... double check!

Step 3: Sand till your heart's content!  I used an electric sander... saves LOTS of time.

Step 4: Primer.  This makes your paint adhere better to the surface of whatever you are painting.

Step 5: Paint.  I used a foam brush, a sponge, and a normal bristled brush.  Your brush depends on what type of look you want.  Unfortunately, this shelf had a plastic covering so I didn't have much of a choice.  I wanted to go for the antique look, but it's hard to do with the covering that was on this piece.

Step 6: If your shelf has a backboard to it, cover it with a fun piece of wrapping paper to spice things up!  If you don't have wrapping paper, you could make your own stamp out of an eraser, draw on the backboard if you're super artsy (: , or paint it a different color than you did for the piece.

The Doodle Art.

This is my "I love..." project!  This idea came to me through doodling.  I'm not sure if you knew, but I am a professional doodler ;) catch me in class- what am I doing? Doodling.  Due to my ADD, doodling helps me focus, instead of looking at everyone around the room, liking this person's hair, that person's outfit, etc...  

Anyways, I figured- why keep my doodles to myself?  Let's share it with the world (aka: my apartment)! So, I have decided to make many of my doodles into art!  And so can you... all you need to do is get a little creative (:

I get my canvasses from Big! Lots.  (Or at least I think that's where the punctuation goes..)  Here, the canvasses are really affordable.  I got this one for around $5. You can also check out Michaels, Walmart, any other crafting store... they just may not be as affordable as Big! Lots.  So far I haven't found a better deal- so if you do, please let me know!

1.  I painted my canvass white.  Silly, it sounds... but at Big! Lots, you never know how clean your canvass will be.  So, if it's white enough for you- go for it!  Doodle away. 

2.  Then, I painted the sides pink, one of my favorite colors (:  Obviously, you can pick whichever color you're in the mood for!  And you don't have to paint the sides pink, you could paint just the front and leave the sides white... I just wanted to try something a little different than my normal canvass doodle arts.

3. After, I traced a heart.  I did this freehand, but if you have a stencil/make one of your own, that would be a great idea as well.  I lightly traced the heart with pencil, and then wrote my words slightly over the line so that I didn't need to erase it in the end.

4.  Write away!  What do you love?  The heart reserves names for only those who deserve it.  This is where you get to know yourself.  Make that list of things that make you unbearably happy.  It will brighten your day and bring back great memories!

Another Doodle Art.

 I call this my "Tree of Luuuuuv".  Just kidding, I don't really "name" my doodle arts, we can just keep that up for interpretation ;) 

1.  Paint your canvass any color that suits you.  It doesn't have to be a perfect wash, I prefer mine with a little character, actually.  As you can see, I used horizontal strokes for the ground, and vertical strokes for the sky.  But, be your own art-eest!  Switch it up however you'd like.  You can do the sky/ground with swirly strokes, zig-zag, anything you would like.  This was just my first try so I kept it simple.

2.  I started with the trunk, then the shadow.  As for the hearts, I didn't pencil it out, just let the brush do the work! But if you don't feel comfortable with this, penciling it out before hand works out just fine

I would definitely recommend penciling out the shape of the leafy part of the tree.  If you don't it can get pretty lopsided, trust me haha

If you don't feel comfortable using a brush for fine lines, use a pen like I did for the heart.  It's much easier and takes less time!

Any questions?  Leave a comment! 

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