This project shows you how to make a piece of artwork for your wall using modge podge and fabric.
What you need
Artist Canvas, 12″ x 16″ –
Scrap of fabric to cover canvas
Wood piece to put on the front
Acrylic Paint – You’ll obviously want to match your fabric. I used the following:
FolkArt Acrylic Paint – Coastal Blue
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint – Wedgewood Green
Gloss Mod Podge (because this is not a heavy wear item and will hang on the wall, you can use this to prepare your fabric too)
Beacon Tacky Glue
Staple Gun or small nails and hammer
1. You will first want to prepare the fabric before painting. To do this, wash and dry the fabric (do not use fabric softener). Iron and then lay out on a covered work surface. Wax paper is preferable for covering your table. Using a brush, paint a light coat of Mod Podge onto your fabric. Allow to dry. This will allow you to cut the fabric like paper without frayed edges.
2. While the Mod Podge on your fabric is drying, paint your wood piece. You will more than likely have to paint several coats – and don’t forget the edges. Don’t worry about the back.
3. Once the leaves were done, I painted the bird blue. He can be purple if you want. Or a horse of a different color bird, yellow, orange . . . whatever suits you. Set him aside to dry.
4. Time to attach the fabric to the canvas. I used a staple gun, starting on one edge and stretching the fabric across. My method was bottom, top, then sides. Corners are next. If you don’t have a staple gun, use small finishing nails and a hammer. Just be careful not to tear the fabric.
5. The corners are special. I made “flower” like corner – tucking the two parts under on each side and then folding down. Once I stretched the fabric over the canvas, I gave it another coat of Mod Podge for good measure.
6. After stretching the canvas, Mr. Bird was sealed with Mod Podge. Again, do the sides but don’t worry about the back.
7. Use your Beacon glue to glue Mr. Bird down onto the center of the canvas. Wait for 24 hours to hang on the wall.
One more tip – if you don’t find a wood piece that you like, consider painting something on the front of the fabric using the freezer stencil technique.
What you need
Glass tile or Glass slide (Available from jewelry making stockists)
Clear drying Craft Glue/Diamond Glaze/modge podge/Aleenes clear tacky glue
Scissors or Blade
This free jewelry making project shows you how to make a glass tile or glass slide pendant using a printed image and some basic jewelry making supplies.
Take your chosen image and cut it to size to match your glass tile that will become your pendant, it should be 1-2 mm smaller than the glass tile. This allows the glue to seal around the edges.
Start by taking your imaging and sealing it with a thin coat of clear drying craft glue, such as modge podge or PVA glue. You can also use a spray sealer if you have it on hand. This seals the image ink and prevents any color bleeds later on.
Once your image has been sealed, you can glue it onto the glass tile/slide.
Cover the glass tile in a coat of glue and gently place the image down onto the tile.
Press the paper image down in the centre and work your way out to the edges. This allows any air bubbles to escape to the edges.
Once the image is flat against the tile apply firm pressure and make sure all the edges are well stuck down.
Finish it off by placing a little more glue on top of the paper (the back of the image) to seal the back of the pendant. Make sure the glue seals all the edges. If you are using modge podge or glue then give it 3-4 coats at least allowing it to dry between coats as this will SEAL it better. If you are using Diamond glaze or other glass like resin products then 1 thick coat is enough.
You can wipe off any excess glue from the tile using a damp cloth. You can gently sand any rough edges or any blobs of glue off once it is dry.
Finish off the pendant by gluing on your aanraku bail with strong craft glue or E6000 Glue.
Glass tiles can be bought from most jewelry making supply stores online. You can also use glass slides used for science.