Hi Helmar fans!! It's Tracey back to share a new project with you. Here in the U.S. we're celebrating the 4th of July next week. I've made a no-sew home decor piece by recycling an old pair of well worn jeans for my Patriotic Door Hanger featuring Helmar Fabric Glue.
"Land of the Free"
Tips and Techniques
The handle for my piece is constructed from the hem of a pair of old worn jeans. I cut off the hem with a nice margin to fold over the back. I simply glued it down using Helmar Fabric Glue.
I cut out this denim pocket to use as my decorative base. All of the elements are glued down with Helmar Fabric Glue as shown on this lovely red crocheted flower.
The 4th of July is all about the Red, White, and Blue!! Colors that aren't always associated with a shabby chic pallete. I dug through my stash and found some perfect elements to pair up with the denim pocket, from an older BoBunny trinket to a new Tim Holtz resin flower, all adhered with Helmar Fabric Glue.
Here's a shot from another angle.
I've never attempted to stamp on denim, but as you probably have figured out, that has never stopped me from trying. I used Ranger Archival Ink and achieved a perfect image on the first attempt. I cut it out and distressed the edges with the edge of my scissors and rubbed Black Soot Distress ink into the rough edges. The Helmar Fabric Glue holds it on smoothly without any lumps or bumps.
OK, so I know that most normal people make tiny Fairy houses, but not me! I made a huge Fairy Lodge for all the little fairies to come to on vacation! lol What can I say? I've never been normal!!
First I made lots of fun things to embellish the front of the yard with, like a tiny birdbath made from a seashell, acorn mushrooms and a little Fairy stand for them to store their magic wands in.
I created everything from either found items, nature (twigs, lichen,moss and pine cones) and of course, one of my favorite glues, Helmar Silicone Adhesive Sealant
The ladder was so much fun to make. Now you may be asking, why do fairies need a ladder since they can fly, well they don't...but the Gnomes like to visit and they need to climb up so they can visit...wink, wink.
Evidently fairies like glitter too, so I added tons of it and a little moss here and there to hide the glue that sometimes showed through.
Then, I went to work on the Fairy Creek Lodge out down by the creek where it was nice and cool. Other than keeping an eye out for snakes, it was awesome and I loved working outside. I added tons of pine cones and moss on the top of the roof along with a few pebbles and twigs.
I then returned back inside to create my Fairy door....there are a lot of premade Fairy embellishments you can buy, but it's more fun to create your own! I found a nice piece of tree bark and cut it on an angle (because evidently Fairy doors are all shaped) and used Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesiveto adhere it to a piece of cardboard and then glued a branch (that I found with all the bark removed already and it's very hard, almost petrified) to surround the door. Love the little bell that I had hoarded for years, it was the perfect addition to add to a piece of wild grapevine for the front door, the bell even rings.....oh it is that cute!!
Then back down to the creek to work on the front of the lodge. Helmar Silicone Adhesive Sealant is the BEST way to go when making anything for the outdoors, especially when working on difficult surfaces. You can see how the glue fills in between any spaces left by the twigs and fills up the curved area from the tree bark. This glue ROCKS uneven surfaces better than anything!
As you can see, I had many different surfaces, twigs, lichen, small stones and tree bark all to apply on to a standing surface. I love, love LOVE how the right glue can make a difficult project easy! And let me point out a few things, I was working down by the creek where everything was pretty much damp, even the pebbles I glued on were wet....and they stuck to the front like magic! Also, several times while making this I was chased out by rainstorms, hard rain too and nothing washed off! The glue wasn't even cured and it held up in rain. Can we say simply amazing?
And if you haven't figured it out by now, the reason it's called Creek Fairy Lodge is because I have it perched on the creek bank.
Go out and create a little fairy magic of your own with the help of Helmar Worldwide Adhesives!
Paintbrushes: 3/4 Angular, Script/Liner paintbrush and #3 round paintbrushes
Acrylic paints (I'm using Neon blue, cobalt teal, white wash) (DecoArt)
Green Interference paint
cardboard (from thin, food package)
jar of water + paper towels
1) Loosely paint a journal page with black gesso using the 3/4 angular paintbrush. Let dry.
2) Using a #3 round brush and white acrylic, paint your inspirational quote. Take your time with this step! If you make a mistake, wait until paint is dry then brush black gesso over it.
3) Take your pencil and draw flowers, vines, and other botanicals as a border for the illustrated quote.
4) Create small marks along the outline of some of the petals with a white Gelly Roll pen.
This girl needs texture!
5) I love adding dimensional elements so, next, I applied Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots to the middle of the flowers, then brushed on a layer of green interference paint. (This special kind of paint makes a great effect and it's so beautiful when light reflects off of it.) The illustration is looking a bit magical now!
6) I used a sharp X-Acto knife to cut out two birds from a thin, cardboard package.
While the bird pieces were drying, I continued embellishing my illustrated quote.
9) I outlined the petals with an irRESISTible Neon Pico Embellisher in white (ImagineCrafts). When this dries, the lines will have a subtle, textural feel. Ooo la laa!
10) Select areas within the petals to brush on more of the green interference paint. Outline the flowers with a mixture of acrylic + interference paints.
11) Once the bird pieces are dry to the touch, I determined where I wanted to place them within the composition. I added a small piece of matboard under each bird to make them lift from the surface of the page.
Here's the completed illustrate quote! It reads:
Forget all the reasons why it won't work and BELIEVE the ONE REASON why it will.
I hope you go after your biggest dreams! Thanks for visiting us today ;)
Greetings fellow crafters from deep in the heart of Texas! This is a picture of my daughter shortly after having her braces removed. Isn't that smile "AMAZING"! Have you ever wanted to try your hand at creating a work of art on canvas but didn't really want to invest in buying one? Here is a simple cost effective way to create to your hearts content!
After you cut your cardboard to size squirt a generous amount of Helmar Super-Tac Glue and spread it out evenly. You can use an old credit for this is you have one. Place pre cut fabric on top and smooth it out from the center to outer edges. Let dry.
Now that you have your canvas apply a coat of gesso and allow it to dry. Then I applied a top coat of white acrylic paint. These two steps will keep your paints from bleeding into the material.
Now to create some texture by applying a stencil and paste. Allow to dry.
Now it's time to play with paints and mists of choice.
Place your photo where you like on your canvas. I use a bit of Helmar Craft & Hobby PVA Glue to a square of card board and adhere my photo to it for a touch of height.
Finally I rummage through my stash for a few flowers and other elements to create interest and flow to my canvas.
I hope this has inspired you to allow your own creativity to take flight. Don't forget, whatever project you create always start with Helmar glues!