Surprise! This set of coasters glow under a black light.
Since Christmas is over and all presents should be unwrapped, I can share other set of coaster I did for a Christmas present. I did a fluid painting over each coaster, used a scraper to swap each coaster, and sealed them with resin. Cork was placed on the back. What I learned; taping is difficult.
I been wanting to create some Acrylic Pour Coasters for a while. I purchased 4″ wood tiles from Michael’s and they traveled with me in my car for several months before a was able to work on them.
First, I applied white Gesso to both sides of the wood tile. I mixed the paint in squeeze bottles. The colors I used were pink, purple, grayish blue, light pink, light purple, green and white. I love pinks and blues.
I let the tiles cure for about a month while I was out of town again. I cleaned the tiles with a mixture of Dawn and water, which I keep in a spray bottle. A few weeks later when I got up the courage to apply resin, I poured resin over the coasters.
The tiles did not come out perfect, but it wasn’t a failure either. The tray to hold the tiles was purchased from Hobby Lobby. I stained the inside of the box and two sides. The other two sides I applied Gesso and did a pour on the sides.
I did not pour the inside of the tray, instead I cut out some white polymer clay and did a pour on top of the clay when I poured the tray sides. After I cleaned the tray, I glued the clay to the bottom and applied several coats of varnish.
I glued cork to the back of each coaster using wood glue. Below are the results.
I found these work of art at the Rural Life Museum today.
These are the crosses I did for Mother’s Day gifts. I ordered the blank wooden crosses from ArtisticCraftSupply on Etsy in July 2016.
The top piece on the cross was stained. I left the back side of the top piece unfinished so I would have a better chance for the pieces adhering together when they were glued together. The bottom cross was sealed with white primer, several coats. I did a fluid painting pour over the top of the crosses using chalk paint. The colors were: Dark blue, white, light pink, light green, light purple and light yellow. I added Floetrol and water each paint color to help the paint flow, and silicon to the mixture to help form the cells.
After the bottom cross dried for several weeks, I cleaned the crosses with a mixture of Dawn and water. I sprayed the mixture on the crosses and wiped gently. After I let it sit for several weeks, I glued the top cross onto the bottom cross using wood glue. Several coats of glossy vanish was used to finish the cross.
I put a hanger on back of each cross attached with a screw. The screw goes into both pieces of wood, so if the glue fails I have a backup.
I love fluid / pour painting. I am not sure what the difference is, but I am still learning. This was my first attempt at putting silicone in the paint to make cells. I never thought I would like the cells, but my first attempt looks amazing.
Thanks to MomDot.com I learned that you could put Floetrol in your paint to make it flow easier, instead of more expensive alternatives. I used acrylic chalk paint because I wanted the matte finish look.
I hope they dry as pretty has they look now.
Fluid Painting / Pour painting is amazing! I could sit and watch the videos all day. My first attempt was the tissue box and it came out great. (In my opinion!) All of my sisters have birthday in January. I thought they would each like a stool with the top poured.
First I sanded, stained and applied varnish to the stools, except for the top. For the top, I applied a coat of white primer. After the top dried for a couple of days, I wrapped the stools in a plastic bag (except for the top) and tape around with bottom edge with blue painter’s tape.
The first stool, I used metallic acrylic paint that came in the 2oz bottles. But, first a applied a thin layer of white metallic paint. I applied each color separately. After a lot of tilting and tapping, this was the result.
The second stool, I used acrylic glitter paint. I had the idea, but I first asked my sister “if they considered themselves a glitter family.” The paint was applied the same way as the first stool. White glitter paint first, then each color.
I finished the stools by adding several coats of polyurethane.
It appears I forget to share my Piano Jewelry Box. Since, I give away most of the items I finish as gifts, I normally have to wait until after their birthday blog about it.
The piano box was ordered from Amazon in November with an expect delivery date in December. It was delayed so many times, Amazon threaten the supplier with cancellation if they did not ship it. It finally arrive in early January 2017, which left me with only two weeks to finish the box and ship it out.
The box was finished with ebony stain. I wanted to get it dark, really dark, like a grand piano. The box appeared to have the keyboard cover down, so I did not have to paint keys on the piano. The name plate was made with polymer clay. The balls on the legs were painted with silver acrylic paint and numerous coats of polyurethane to give it a high gloss shine.
I thought about putting music notes inside the jewelry box, but after some thought and test runs, I decided the space inside was small and it would not hold much. So, I made polymer clay roses and put them inside the box. The leafs were left overs from other projects. The roses were glued down and coated with several layers of polyurethane.
Maybe I should write a blog about how I make roses from clay. I make them differently than what I have seen on other websites. And, I have been making the same way since the Play-doh days.
Here are the boxes I did as Christmas presents for my nieces and nephew. I decided I could not leave my “superhero fan” nephew out, especially since his sister were getting boxes.
For Kegan’s box: I used an acrylic type pour for the letters and loved to design, but it got lost on the blue stained wooden background. Since he loves superheroes, I used metallic paint to do a geometric design. Inside the box, I made crosses from polymer clay and silver puff paint as the grout.
The pastel box: The top of the box was painted in glow in the dark paint. (Yes, I used a lot of glow in the dark and neon glow paint this Christmas season.) The outside of the box was done in chalk paint base and a sponge technique to get the different colors.
I put polymer clay crosses inside the box to resemble the top of the box. Both boxes was sealed with high gloss polyurethane.
I saw a some videos on fluid painting and pour painting. Just watching the videos is mesmerizing, and the results are beautiful. I decided to try it out. But, I did not have any fluid to add to paint to get it to flow. All I had was the acrylic paint that comes in the 2oz bottles. I use a trash bag and painter tapes to tape off each side that I would not be painting. I used metallic acrylic paint. Letting each side cure overnight. It took days to finished. The outcome was impressive.
Now, I trying to decide if I should do a pour on the inside of the tissue box, or just leave it like it is.