Friday, July 29, 2016

Summer Party Basket

Hi everyone Steph Ackerman here today with a sweet basket that can hold your outdoor paper goods in style for all your summer parties.

Begin by using the Delta Sander to sand the basket.  The angled head of the Delta Sander allows you to get into even the smallest of areas.

Paint the basket with FolkArt Milk Paint by Plaid in Bristol Green.  Once dry, lightly sand the basket again to bring out some of the wood grain.

Dry brush on a light layer of FolkArt Milk Paint by Plaid in Petticoat.  I love that this gave the basket a light distressed effect.

To finish cut pattern paper to fit the basket faces and adhere with Beacon Adhesive.    A floral pattern blended in nicely with the colors of the basket.  Once dry,  lightly ink the edges of the paper with distress ink.
Now, fill with your paper goods and enjoy.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Welcome Sign

Hello friends. Larissa here today with you with a welcome pineapple sign. This is my first post as a new Design Team member and I could not be more excited.

I hand drew a pineapple onto the SmoothFoam using a pencil. 

Then I cut it with the Hotwire Cutter Thermocut. Which let me add this. This machine cuts like butter. I am in love with it. I already have another project in my head that I am going to try this weekend. 

Once I cut it I used the Plaid Folk Art Ultra Dye to paint the pineapple. 

Once the Ultra Dye dried. I painted lines using the Milk Paint. 

I set it aside and let it dry for about 30 minutes. Not sure if it really took that long but I was working on some other things. 
I adhered the letters down the middle of the pineapple.

Now I have a cute little pineapple to put on my table with some flowers. 

I hope you enjoyed my post today. Have a wonderful day friends.

Larissa Pittman 

Friday, July 22, 2016

It's never to early to make a Fall Gourd

Yes I made another gourd with my Proxxon tools. I'm primarily a Gourd Artist and working with gourds is a passion of mine.

Here's the materials you will need: 

Proxxon JigSaw
Proxxon Delta Sander
Proxxon Rotary Tool w/ flexshaft 
Wood burning Tool
Alcohol Inks in Fall colors
Acrylic paint (Ivory)
Paint brush
Clean piece of cloth cut into squares
Krylon Kamar Varnish

I started out with a gourd on which I drew a circle and cut the top out of. Here's a picture of how yucky it looks when it's first opened up. I do want to mention again though, that it is very unsafe to not wear a respirator mask when working with a gourd in cutting it open and also cleaning the inside out or when doing any carving or grinding on one.
Here's a look at the inside of the gourd after the inside was cleaned. I then painted the inside of the gourd black.
After the gourd was cleaned and painted on the inside, I then put my leaves and acorns around the gourd and wood burned the designs onto the gourd. With all of the wood burning done, I colored the leaves and top and bottom with the alcohol inks. And then sprayed on the Kamar Varnish so that the inks would be sealed.

  I then used the Proxxon Rotary Tool w/flexshaft to use a scribble technique within the borders for my leaves. This technique helps to make the leaves and acorns on this gourd to stand out. But what makes it stand out even more is painting over the scribbles with the Ivory Acrylic Paint. This makes the leaves and acorns really pop.
So what do you think? I am really pleased with the results of this gourd. Can you see the texture that has been painted over? It gives it a crisp, clean look and really accentuates the leaves and acorns. You need to check out all of the wonderful tools over on the Proxxon Tool site


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Back To School Supply Caddy Featuring The Proxxon Delta Sander And Plaid's Folk Art Milk Paint

 Hi everyone, Tammy here with you today with a fun supply caddy tutorial for all of you going back to school soon.  I started with a school supply holder from the Target Dollar Spot and decided to decorate it with some fun Plaid Milk Paint and felt school themed embellishments.

Plaid Milk Paint Brush
Tool caddy
Felt embellishments
Pom pom fringe
 Sand the outside of the tool caddy with the Proxxon Delta Sander until you have a paint ready surface.

Paint with Plaid's Folk Art Milk Paint in Pirate Black with a Plaid Milk Paint Brush. Let dry completely.

 Add dotted center line with a white galaxy marker.

Add stitch glue squares Glue Dots to the edge of the tool caddy.

Add two layers of different colored pom pom fringe trim on top of glue dots.

Add XL Glue Dot to add felt embellishments.

Add additional felt letters and embellishments as desired to other side of the tool caddy.

That's it! How cute is this tool caddy, and it was to easy to paint with the Proxxon Delta Sander and Plaid Folk Art Milk Paint. I know my daughter will enjoy using her tool caddy to keep her school supplies in order during the school year.

Let's be friends!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Door Hanger Cat

I'm having a blast with my Proxxon Scroll Saw!! This whimsical door hanger is perfect for the cat lovers in your life.

Here's the pattern mounted on a piece of 1/4" plywood. To apply the pattern to the substrate, I cover the substrate material with painter's tape, spray the reverse side of the pattern with adhesive spray, and adhere the pattern on top of the painter's tape. I made a modification to this pattern—I didn't cut out his eyes. I prefer the look of the silhouette.

To begin, I used my Proxxon Professional Rotary Tool to drill pilot holes for the enclosed areas of his tail.

After I cut the exterior of the pattern, I passed the saw blade through the pilot hole to begin cutting out the interior pattern.

When I completed cutting this portion of the pattern, I again passed the saw blade through the second pilot hole to cut the area between his tail and leg.

The next step was a light sanding with the Proxxon Delta Sander. I used Sandits for the tiniest spaces.

I put small finishing nails through the top paws to act as hangers. A coat of paint finished this black cat door hanger.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Relax Beach Sign

Hi everyone Steph Ackerman here today with what I hope will be a sign to help you relax, slow down and enjoy summer.

I started with a sign I picked up after  St. Patrick's Day.  I wasn't a fan of the sign but thought I might be able to repurpose it.

Using the Delta Sander, I sanded down the panels removing the embossing and some of the wording.  Once sanded, I painted on several coats of Jamestown Blue Milk Paint by Plaid, allowing each layer to dry before painting the next layer.  After it dried, I painted on a very light coat of Petticoat Milk Paint by Plaid on top.

I knew I wanted to use RELAX as the main theme, so I drew the letters on squares of Balsa-Foam from American Foam Technologies.
Using the Scroll Saw, I carefully cut the letters apart.  It was easy to cut these Balsa-Foam letters with the newest addition to my tool collection.  I'll admit I was a little nervous using the Scroll Saw, but you have total control of the speed of the cuts.

Once the letters were cut, I painted them with Jamestown Blue Milk Paint by Plaid

 The letters fit perfectly across the top of the sign.  I love how 3 dimensional they are.

Next, I die cut a beach chair, then lightly brushed on a touch of Petticoat Milk Paint by Plaid to create a distressed effect. 

I can totally see myself sitting on that beach chair and relaxing, can't you?

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to visit the blog often as we have so many projects to share with you.



Friday, July 8, 2016

A Pretty Necklace for a hot Summer Day

Whenever I cut the top off a gourd and don't use it on that particular project, I save it and use it for something else. This is a necklace that I made by using a piece of the top of a gourd I had saved.

Materials needed for this project:
Proxxon Rotary Tool
Proxxon Jigsaw
Proxxon Oscillating Sander
Proxxon Belt Sander
Gourd top or other piece of scrap gourd
Acrylic Turquoise paint
Black Gesso
Beads to match
Krylon Kamar Varnish
Necklace String

I took several pictures of the project that I'm showing you today.
The gourd top that I used
This is the disgusting inside of it that hadn't been cleaned.
This is after I did some cleaning and sanding on that side.
After cleaning it, I drew a design that I wanted to cut out and drilled a hole in the top for the necklace string to go thru while it was more stable to do.
I then cut around the design with my trusty Proxxon Jigsaw!
Once it was cut out I used this Proxxon Belt Sander to smooth out the edges.
And this Proxxon Oscillating Sander to sand the bottom to make it smooth.
and a diamond burr to create some neat little spots around the outside edge.
Once I finished with the tools, I painted the indentions and around the edge with the turquoise paint and the back of the piece with the black gesso. I then sprayed the piece both front and back with the Krylon Kamar Varnish. After the Varnish dried I drilled another hole in the gourd piece and inserted the concho,strung the gourd piece with some turquoise bears and some beads onto the string and voila'.
Pretty fancy looking isn't it? I really liked the way that it turned out. 
I'm also pretty pleased with the new Proxxon Rotary Tool and the FlexShaft is awesome. I hope you noticed it in the picture above but it's just like holding a pen. It's very narrow and comfortable to use.

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