Marbleized Paper DIY

Happy New Year everyone!

Today I’m going to show you a very simple DIY that yields beautiful results. Marbleizing paper (and other surfaces) can be done in a variety of different ways. The following method is child-friendly, “I’m not artistic”-friendly, and wallet-friendly.

You will need the following items:

  1. Newspaper
  2. Shaving cream
  3. Food coloring (or other inks if you have them, though I find food coloring smudges the least)
  4. Toothpicks
  5. White printer paper
  6. Thicker white paper
  7. Lots and lots of paper towels

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Step 1: Cover your working surface in two-three layers of newspaper. Ink can go through thin paper easily so you want to protect your table.

Step 2: Cover a piece of white printer paper in shaving cream.

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Step 3: Drop food coloring all over the shaving cream in any manner you like. You can splatter it, or drop big drops in a few places.

Step 4: Add a second layer of food coloring to the page.

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Step 5: Use a toothpick to spread the color and cream all over the page. Try to make cool patterns on the surface of the shaving cream.

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Step 6: Take a second sheet of paper now. I recommend using printer paper for your first few prints. I’m using printer paper in the following image. Press this second sheet of paper down on top of the page layered with color and shaving cream. Don’t flatten the sheets against each other- just let the second sheet balance on top of the shaving cream. This allows you to use the bottom sheet as a template for several prints.

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Step 7: Remove the top sheet carefully. You will see that there is excess shaving cream on it.

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Step 8: Use paper towel to pat and wipe off this excess shaving cream. Food coloring instantly dyes the surface of the paper, so don’t worry about smudging your final print by rubbing it with paper towel. I can’t say the same for other dyes. When I used alcohol ink it smudged quite a bit, so just be aware of the type of ink you’re working with. Then again- smudging can look quite cool! Here’s what this final print ended up looking like:

Step 9: When you’re comfortable with your technique, try pressing down thicker paper onto your shaving cream base. The result will be a more professional-looking print that is less likely to curl up at the ends. To prevent curling ends with printer paper designs, let the work dry with books weighing down each corner.

Here are are a few other prints I made during this crafting session:

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For the following two works, I used pink and black alcohol ink. This type of ink spreads much more quickly so you can cover a larger percentage of the paper with ink, but it also risks smudging. I had success with these two prints!

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Marbleized paper can be used for a variety of purposes. I gave my mum a set of marbleized paper envelopes and papers to be used as stationary several Christmases ago. I also use marbleized paper to decorate my binders. I slide the sheets into the plastic slips on the front and the back of each binder. You can also frame prints and use them as wall decoration. The possibilities are endless.

I hope you enjoyed this DIY! Let me know if you discover a type of ink that works exceptionally well for marbleizing- I’m always trying to perfect my technique.

Until next time,

xoxo, Chloe ❤

 

 

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Jewelry Board DIY

Hi everyone! Before I leave tonight (tonight! TONIGHT!) for Amsterdam, I thought I would post a quick DIY about a craft I made a while ago. I made it before I even created CanvasAndCrumpets, which is why I never thought to write about it before. But it’s an item that has stayed with me through three years of university, and never fails to impress all who walk into my room. ( “Oh my God did you make that?” is probably my favorite sentence in the english language ).

That item, ladies and gentlemen, is a jewelry board.

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The best thing about having a jewelry board is that you can see everything you own. I actually have two of these, and they house all my gems and baubles that come up with me to Tufts each year. They also take up very little space, as opposed to so many of the unwieldy boxes that used to crowd my bureau. Here’s a DIY to show you how to streamline your collection into a beautiful display:

Materials

-Sand paper

-Exacto knife

-Ruler

-Plain wooden frame(s)

-Cork board that is bigger than the frame(s)

-White paint

-Gloss clear acrylic coating

-Wood glue

-Tons of newspapers (this is a messy project)

-Heavy books

-Thumbtacks (not the round head kind, but the kind that extend outwards)

-A pile of jewelry

Instructions

Step 1: Lay out a ton of newspapers and put some Billy Joel on Spotify.

Step 1: Sand the frame until it is soft and smooth.

Step 2: Paint the frame and a piece of cork board with two coats of acrylic paint. Let dry for an hour between coats.

Step 3: When dry, coat the frame with a clear glossy acrylic coating. Let dry overnight.

Step 4: Flip your frame onto its back. Measure the length and width not of the frame itself, but the picture that is meant to go inside. You can also measure the cheesy stock photo that probably comes inside your frame.

Step 5: Trace a rectangle onto a piece of cork board with the measurements you have just found.  Cut this rectangle out using an exacto knife. Try not to cut off your fingers. 😀

Step 6: Smear wood glue all over the inside of the frame. Fit the cork board on top. It should fit as if you are putting a picture inside the frame.

Step 7: Place some heavy book on top to keep the frame and cork together while the glue dries. Let dry at least overnight.

Step 8: Turn your frame over. It should be completely connected the cork. Start putting in thumbtacks where you would like to hang jewlery. The nice thing about this is you can hang the tacks wherever you want- super high to accommodate a long necklace, or really close together if you have a  ton of short earrings.

Now, I was content to simply lean my frames against the wall, on top of my bureau. Freshman year I put a few small, pretty boxes in front to keep it weighted properly. Other suggestions include: buying an iron frame holder that can support the weight of your jewelry, or attaching a hook to the top of the wooden frame so that it can be hung on a wall. Perhaps when I graduate and am allowed to drill nails in my walls, I will do the same. On the other hand, next year I may make a whole new jewelry hanging contraption! Stay tuned…

 

xoxo, Chloe ❤

 

 

Travel Journal DIY

Tomorrow I leave for my spring semester in Amsterdam. I’m so excited I spent all of yesterday decorating supplies for me to use abroad. I covered my laptop charger and phone charger in red glitter tape, created my very own planners from index card rings, and decorated two travel journals. (For when the first one runs out!)

Decorating your journal is a very personal process. I can’t tell you how you ought to decorate, but what I can do is give you a few ideas, and show you some technical tricks that will make your travel journal look professionally made! Here is a step-by-step guide to making a travel journal, with mine as a template.

Materials:

-Two lined notebooks. Mine are Staples brand, made from biodegradable materials. I chose them because they had a blank brown cover and they are eco-friendly!

-Black and white ink pads.

-Black construction paper.

-Alphabet stamps.

-2 sets of alphabet stickers. One of mine was printed with a map design and the other was shiny and gold.

-Scrapbooking paper printed with maps.

-Scissors.

-Wooden tags.

-White fake flowers.

-Black sticky gemstones. Be careful to buy ones that come with a sticky film on the back because it is very tricky to glue down tiny, unsticky rhinestones!

-Vintage decal.

-Tape

-Elmer’s Glue

-Thin foam brush.

Instructions for Book 1

Step 1: Rub the surface of the white ink pad onto the book cover in a circular motion. Stop when the cover is saturated to your liking.

Step 2: Stick map alphabet stickers onto black construction paper. Cut around each letter.

Step 3: Arrange each rectangle/letter onto the cover in a way that pleases you. Adhere with elmer’s glue or tape. Tape is less messy, but does erode over time. Glue dries clear, so messiness is often temporary. I like to use a thin foam brush to apply glue because it keeps it allows me to apply only a fine layer of glue.

Step 4: Brush the edges of your decal (mine was a vintage cut-out of a clock) against the black ink pad to dye the edges black. I like to apply harder pressure on the edges and lighten the pressure as I moved the pad inwards. This creates a nice ombre effect.

Step 5: Adhere a white flower to the center of the decal with glue. Then, cut a black rhinestone from a pack and adhere it to the center of the flower.

Ta-da! That is how I made my first book.

 

Instructions for Book 2

Step 1: Rub the surface of the black ink pad onto the book cover in a circular motion. Stop when the cover is saturated to your liking.

Step 2: Stamp alphabet stamps onto black construction paper with the white ink pad. Apply light-medium pressure so that you don’t get excess white residue onto the paper. Cut around each letter.

Step 3: Arrange each rectangle/letter onto the cover in a way that pleases you. Again, glue or tape work fine. Scrapbooking sticky tabs work as well, I just didn’t have any left!

Step 4: Cut out a rectangle from the map-printed scrapbooking paper. Adhere to the cover with tape or glue.

Step 5: Stick gold alphabet stickers onto a wooden tag.

Step 6: Brush the edges of the tag against the black ink pad to stain it black. Again, hard pressure on the edges and lighter pressure towards the middle creates a nice gradually lightening effect.

Step 7: Adhere the tag on top of the scrapbooking paper using glue.

Voila. Complete.

 

As you can see, it’s not that difficult to decorate a travel journal. Small touches go a long way. Placing stickers/stamped letters on top of construction paper makes them pop. Staining the edges of a tag or a decal with ink makes the book look more multidimensional. Keeping to a color scheme and repurposing motifs will help your books look like they are part of the same collection. I used maps, for example, in both the alphabet letters of the first book and the background of the second book.

I can’t wait to show you guys the INSIDE of these books once I start filling them out. I use books like these to write poems and journal entires, and paste business cards, ticket stubs, and all kinds of travel memorabilia.

Until next time (tot de volgende keer)!

xoxo,

 

Chloe ❤

 

 

Marbleized Clay Dish DIY

The other day I was feeling super adventurous and decided to try a medium that’s new for me- clay. What resulted was: one ruined manicure, two stabbed fingers and three beautiful clay dishes. The good news is, now I know what works and doesn’t work so you can save yourself a few bandaids. Here ya go! A Marbleized Clay Dish DIY!!

MATERIALS

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-Three oven-safe bowls. Their base should be the size you want your dishes to be. These are your molds.

-Oven-bake clay. I bought a jumbo size of white, and several accent colors.

A clay knife An exacto knife. As I will explain later, clay knives are terrible.

-A rolling pin/water bottle

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-A container with a circumference wider than the base of the three glass bowls (I only used it for two of the three dishes).

-Gold acrylic paint

-A thin brush

-Wax paper

STEP 1: Lay wax paper onto your workspace and tape down the sides so it can’t slide around. Then, break off a chunk of white clay and roll it into a snake that is roughly five inches long, and a couple centimeters wide.

STEP 2: Break off slightly smaller sections of the other colors and roll them into snakes. These can vary in length and width. As you make more of these dishes, you will learn what ratios of clay work best and look best. Also, you can always add more clay later.

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STEP 3: Twist the snakes of clay together, wrapping them around each other more and more tightly until they appear completely interwoven.

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STEP 4: Smush the jumbo snake together and roll it into a ball. If only a couple of the colors are visible on the surface, stretch it back out and roll it into a ball again.

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STEP 5: Use a rolling pin/water bottle to flatten the ball. Keep rolling until the circumference of the clay is wider than the circumference of your round container.

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Here is where you have several options!! Here is the way to do it that most people recommend, but I found kind of difficult:

STEP 6: Place the round container on top of the flattened clay, and trace around it with your clay knife, to cut off the excess clay. You should be left with a perfect circle of marbleized clay. However, my clay knife was a horizontal blade, and did not cut very well around a circle. Instead, it cut my fingers and created a very jagged edges on the circumference of the clay. If you have an exacto knife, this method will probably work a lot better.

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STEP 7: Finagle your circle of clay into one of the smaller bowls. It will be a little difficult, because it will be wider. You may have to use your knuckles to press the clay into the sides of the bowl and get rid of air bubbles. Allow the clay to fold up on the sides of the dish, creating a dish shape in the clay.

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If you’re feeling super inventive, or have a really bad knife like I did, you could also forgo tracing around the round container entirely. What I did for one of my dishes was 5)Roll the ball of clay into a patty using the water bottle 6)Press the misshapen patty into one of the glass bowls to create a dish shape 7)Cut down excess clay using the clay knife once the clay was inside the dish, checking to make sure it was level by holding it in front of me and rotating it.

STEP 7: Once you have made several bowls, with either method, pre-heat the oven to whatever temperature your clay indicates. Mine was 15 minutes at 275 degrees. Once the oven reaches that temperature, place your dishes inside and let them bake.

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STEP 8: Let them cool! I waited around 15 minutes for this. Then, turn them upside-down and lightly tap until the dishes fall out of the glass bowls. This could take a while. I let one of mine sit upside for an hour before it dropped on its own.

STEP 9: Use a thin paintbrush and gold acrylic paint to paint the rims of the bowls.

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STEP 10: Let dry! You can coat the final dishes with a glaze if you like.

STEP 11: Put all your rings and pretty things in your dishes, or let your friends wonder over your lovely marbleized clay artwork  🙂

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Hope you enjoy this lovely craft! I also hope you have an exacto knife! Until next time…

xoxo, Chloe ❤

Galaxy Jar DIY

Feeling ~trippy~ ? Make a galaxy jar out of simple household items! Well, if fabric dye is not typically in YOUR household, then a trip to the craft store might be necessary. In my house we have 100+ jars of acrylic paint but no milk or detergent, so there’s that.

Anyway

Follow these simple steps to add some trippy, out-of-this-world vibes to your home.

MATERIALS

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-Cotton Balls

-Fabric Dye (I used some from an old tie-dye kit. Food coloring also works, if you can find pink, purple, and blue food coloring.)

-2 Glass jars

-Glitter

-A long stick (Mine’s a shish kebob stick)

-Water

STEP 1: Fill up one glass jar a little less than halfway.

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STEP 2: Pour in a few drops of fabric dye, and mix thoroughly with a stick. Just use one color.

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STEP 3: Put a bunch of cotton balls in the mixture. I used around 10 because they are very absorbent. Push them down with the stick so that they are completely submerged, and there is only a thin layer of mixture on top.

STEP 4: Sprinkle glitter on top and mix with the stick.

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STEP 5: Place another bunch of cotton balls on top of this mixture. Meanwhile, pour water into the other jar until it is 1/4 filled. Then use a different color of dye to dye this mixture.

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STEP 6: Pour the new mixture into the original jar. Put more glitter on top of this and mix with the stick.

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STEP 7: Repeat steps 5 and 6 with yet another color of dye, or just alternate between the two colors. Do so until the jar is mostly filled.

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STEP 8: Screw on the lid and find a good spot to house your new galaxy jar 🙂

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P.S. If you like the look of the coaster my galaxy jar is resting on, check out the Alcohol Ink Coaster DIY here: https://canvasandcrumpets.com/2015/01/02/alcohol-ink-coasters-diy/

xoxo, Chloe ❤

Simple Frame DIY

Helllloooo everyone!

For the less artistically inclined, I know that mixed media art and crafting can seem extremely complicated. After I posted the alcohol ink coaster craft a few weeks ago, I got both rave reviews…. and a few requests to post a simpler craft. So here ya go! A simple frame craft that is sure to brighten your desk or bureau. I made this set of two with a ballet theme when I found these two old pictures of my sister and I dancing. (She’s the tall one, I’m the pudgy one).

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Materials:

-Sanded wooden frames. These were under five dollars each, and came already sanded (they weren’t rough or scratchy).

-Ribbon (Mine was pink)

-Fancy Scrapbooking tape (Mine was glittery green)

-Sticker letters

-Photos!

^Yup, that’s it.

1. Play around placing strips of ribbon and scrapbooking tape at different angles on your frames. I find that contrasting angles are visually pleasing. (ex: one horizontal stripe, one vertical, or one horizontal and one diagonal). When you are ready, cut the strips with two extra inches.

2.Glue down your ribbon, and tape the ends (one extra inch on each side) on the backside of the frame.

3.Remove the self-adhesive on the scrapbooking tape and lay down the tape flat in your desired location. Fold the ends (one extra inch on each side) and secure on the back of the frame.

4.Spell out a phrase with your sticker letters and paste on the frame.

5.Normally I would tell you how to “back” the frame so that the ends aren’t visible from behind, but this is a simple frame DIY!!! So stop here, put your photo in, and revel at how crafty you are 🙂 If you do want to back the frame, I suggest cutting a sheet of card stock the size of the frame and sealing it on the back with scrapbook stickies. You can also use glue, but I find it gets everywhere and doesn’t stay down too easily.

Hope you enjoyed this quick DIY. Even for more experienced artists, it can be nice to add a simple touch to your room that doesn’t require much work. Next time things will be a little more complicated…

xoxo, Chloe ❤

Alcohol Ink Coasters DIY

Happy New Year everyone!!!

I hope you all had a fantastic New Year’s Eve! My sister and I threw a lovely soirée at our apartment thanks to both my sister’s event planning skills, and the wonders of crafting. People were impressed by the fact that we actually had FOOD at the party (pigs in a blanket?!?!?!) and by the artistic touches. My sister and her best friend spray painted mason jars translucent gold, filled them with water, and floated tea candles on top. They created a banner from silver and gold glitter paper that spelled “Happy New Year.” I made gold glittery snowflake centerpieces. There was even a photo wall made from glitter paper and fun crafted props to hold up, like paper champagne flutes and mustaches. What I was MOST excited about, though, were my alcohol ink coasters. Tragically, I started them too late, and they weren’t dry until New Years Day. But hey, there’s always next year! Take a look at these beautiful coasters and I’ll show you how to make them yourself.

MATERIALS

  • Several glossy, nonporous, porcelain tiles
  • Alcohol ink (I used black, white, silver and gold for this particular set)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • A foam brush
  • Self-adhesive felt pads
  • Wax Paper
  • A ventilated room
  • Spray sealer

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Step 1: Cover your workspace with wax paper. Ink stains are super difficult to get out! I like to tape the wax paper to the table so it doesn’t shift around.

Step 2: Drizzle rubbing alcohol on a tile. Not too much- just enough so that the surface is wet. Spread with foam brush.

Step 3: Begin dropping alcohol ink onto the surface of the tile. It will spread quickly, and may even lose pigment. Keep dropping ink in the pattern you desire. Then, add another color of ink, layering droplets of color so that they merge and swirl around one another. Continue until you have used all of your desired colors.

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Step 4: You have a lot of freedom with this medium. You can use the nose of each bottle as a wand to shift pigment around on the wet surface until you achieve the desired effect. Here, I used the nose of the silver bottle to create a swirling pattern.

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Step 5: Modify (if you want!) At this point, I decided I wasn’t happy with the overall look of the tile. So I took the silver bottle and began dropping silver specks inside blobs of black. The colors shifted. I kept playing around until I achieved my desired effect.

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Step 6: Let the tiles dry overnight. Be careful if you move the tiles to a different space for drying because the alcohol has not set yet. Tipping the tiles too much could shift the rubbing alcohol on the surface and totally change your artwork.

Step 7: Make sure you are in a room that is ventilated (or just open your back door and infuriate your neighbors) and spray your tiles with a sealant. I wasn’t positive what to use so I asked a salesperson at my local craft store. Usually, a sealant that works on glass, wood etc should work fine. Spray back and forth across the tiles, wait ten seconds, and do a second coat.

Step 8: Throw a New Year’s party and feel sad that your gold and silver New Year’s coasters are drying on top of the refrigerator.

Step 9: 24 hours after you have sprayed your tiles they can be handled. Place self-adhesive felt circles on each corner of the back of the coaster. This will make them sit softly on your tabletop, as opposed to clunking loudly down on every surface. It also makes them more resilient to breakage. Some DIY websites suggest gluing black felt to the back, but I found that the glue seeped through the felt and looked very amateur. The felt also stuck out a little on the sides which ruined the appearance of the coaster (in my perfectionist opinion).

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Here is what my final set look like.

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I hope you enjoyed this DIY! There are ENDLESS possibilities for alcohol ink. This summer I made a colorful, psychedelic set for my room at school. If you’re thinking bright colors are more your style, take a look! With this set, I painted the sides black with acrylic paint. I opted out for the metallic set because I liked the look of the ink dripping on the sides. Both are fine options.

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Merry Crafting and a Happy New Year! If anyone has an idea about how I should spend my $25 Michaels gift card (thanks Santa) let me know!

xoxo, Chloe ❤