Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Altered Painted Mason Jar

This is the second jar I created for the Altered Mason Jar swap I hosted. My partner wanted a cream, white, and black theme. I immediately thought shabby chic.
Before starting I knew I wanted to use the tiny Maya Road spools to hang a banner across the jar. I painted them white and then dry brushed them metallic paint and VerDay left over on my brush to age and distress them. Then I layered over the spools with these sweet alpha stickers. I also painted the old with the metallic paint and VerDay and then folded white dots around the rim of the jar.
The inside of the jar was painted with the same method I mentioned in my last post. :) Super easy. 

The jar is tried with Maya Road trim and vintage lace, and the spools are strung with twine and a small pink rose to accent. 

So sweet right? Thanks for looking! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

How to Paint a Mason Jar

This month I hosted an Altered Mason Jar Swap at Artsy Fartsy. We had an odd number of participants so I decided I should get *two* partners and *two* jars! :) 

My first partner said she has a boho chic style and loves the colors fuschia and hot pink. 

I decided I wanted the jar to have a bit of a gypsy feel with a bronze lid and gold accented ribbon. 

I already knew I wanted to do a full painted jar as I've been seeing them pop up places, but had never tried painting on glass. Turns out, it was super easy. 

I, first, scrubbed the jar down with an alcohol wipe and then painted on three layers of acrylic paint, drying with a heat took between layers.

I then used a sanding tool to scratch the paint off the logo on the front of the jar - a surprisingly tricky step because you don't want to peel off too much paint. Use a fine sanding paper. 

Next, I sealed it with Mod Podge. Tip - don't use glossy! I forgot to check and it really threw off the look I was originally going for because the glass already gives it a sheen. 

I added layers of ribbon which I dry-brushed with the last of the paint on my brush. I tied it all of with a creamy button. 

The back of the jar has a tiny pink dream banner. The banner pieces are from Maya Road. I painted it with pink distress paint, dried it, and adhered to the chipboard to the jar using red tape. I used varying font stickers to give it a more eclectic feel.

Here's a sweet jar she and her little girls can use to store their wishes and dreams. Thanks for stopping by! 


Custom Blue Green Easter Banner

Howdy. :) I'm so glad we're finally settling into Spring! Though I could do with a few less hail storms.. :) Easter is coming in another week or so and I wanted to share this custom Easter banner
I created. I was asked to create something heavy on the blues and greens and using lots of neutrals. Here's what I came up with. 

It's been cloudy so I took this out front to snap a quick pic. No, I wouldn't normally hang a banner across my front door. :D

This is a picture of the first panel so you can see a bit more of the detail. I mixed pinks, blues, yellow, and creamy buttermilk . Some of the ribbon was hand-dyed. 
The butterflies are back out at my house. Sadly, the wasps are making their return known too.. :)

She also asked that I use flowers so I dug through my "abundant" stash for these sweeties. 
Here you can see this sweet vintage Easter bunny image. She said she loves vintage ephemera so I thought if sneak this into the background.

Here you can see the gorgeous sequined and velvet trims I used across each banner piece. 

I know it's tiny, but I loved the detail of the circles in the metal jewelry behind the letter.

It's all tied together with spring twine and ready for her mantle. So fun!  :) Thanks for stopping by! 



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