Thursday, July 26, 2012

Vintage Sign

This week I decided to try a technique I saw on Pinterest.  I repinned it to my DIY board knowing I'd want to give it a try sometime.

I bought some sticker letters and placed them on a piece of wooden slat that I had already painted with white crackle paint.  I brushed on some umber glaze and thought I'd leave it at that.  When I pulled off one of the letters to check, I didn't get the result I was looking for. So, I took out my blue acrylic paint and brushed that on with a sponge brush.  I wiped a paper towel across it to remove some of the paint.  Let it dry and it was just what I had hoped for!  Here are some photos of my process.  This was fun and easy, I'll be doing more of these.

Wood with crackle paint
Stickers on wood with glaze
Wood painted blue with stickers removed.
Final sign.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Disappearing Hollyhocks

JULY: It's been hot around here but worse in some parts of the country.  I feel badly for those without electricity and they have scortching heat!  I'd be sitting in water somewhere if that happened here.

Years ago I was on my way to a quilt documentation in Washington, NH.  I drove by a farm and there it was, an outstanding garden full of hollyhocks!  Amazing, so I had to stop and take some photos.  I guess I wasn't paying much attention and I didn't have my camera set to Large so photos weren't very good to use as enlargements.  I was always planning to return.  We drove over this past week, beautiful country roads and a nice ride.  But when we reached our destination, the flowers were gone!  What a disappointment : (   So we came home and I took some shots of my own hollyhocks. But I'll always remember coming upon that wonderous garden in my travels.  I hope you all find what you are looking for.  Have a good month, enjoy!