I guess I was a little surprised that Martha didn’t make the last handmade craft post … but she does have some really cool Thanksgiving Clip Art and Templates. Some of these printable Thanksgiving decorations will keep the kids busy, for a least a few minutes.
Still a small fish, in a very large pond, but hey, we’re doing the work!
We are so grateful for all of the well wishers, supportive comments and even those annoying people that think we need Viagra:)
A celebration is truly in order… so we are posting a fun little giveaway to mark the occasion!
With that being said…our 20,000th visitor will win a FREE Mosaic Tile Class (3hrs) your project or mine…or if you can’t make it to a mosaic tile class in Jordan, Minnesota…you’ll win our “NEW” Mosaic Tile book, once it’s available. Hopefully, late fall!
To qualify the winning visitor must comment to qualify…if the winner doesn’t comment…someone you has commented, along the way, will be chosen at random to win!
Going in a million different directions makes it difficult to get back to creating. A few days ago, I was rummaging through my stuff and found two bowls that needed a new look.
It’s been awhile since I have had the opportunity to sit down and mosaic tile in private. Maybe it’s a good idea to take some time off, for creative inspiration to fuel up. This one turned out quite beautiful…if I do say so myself.
Mosaic Tile Bowl After
“If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good”
If you’re trying to figure out unique and inexpensive ways to create great gifts…you might not have to look very far! Take a few minutes to walk through your house and check out the treasures hidden in your cupboards, basement and garage. I’m almost positive that most of you have bits and pieces, chipped dishes and a slew of can’t throw away cast-offs just waiting to be glued onto something! Shard art is a traditional mosaic tile technique that became popular during the Victorian Era.
People of that time began turning their broken heirloom china into treasured decorative pieces for their homes. These pieces were often called “Putty Pots” because the bits and pieces were embedded into putty on various shapes and vessels. Shard Art also took on the name “Memory Ware” because the shards often carried sentimental value or family history.
The contemporary name of “Pique Assiette” came into view in 1938 when Raymond Eduard Isidore began gluing found objects of glass shards and bits of pottery to his home and gardens near Paris, France. The townspeople referred to him as picassiette, translated meaning is “stealer of plates.” Isidore devoted the rest of his life to gluing shards, eventually covering every square inch of his home, furniture and gardens. Visit http://www.art-insolite.com/pageinsolites/insopicassiette.htm Which brings us to Holiday Gift Giving…Everyone will absolutely love a personalized mosaic tile piece created especially for them. It doesn’t have to be very big and the whimsical nature of the piece will prove to be a perfect gift that will be cherished forever. If you’re hesitant to try it yourself, we offer Basic Mosaic Tile Classes to help you learn all you’ll need to know to get started in this amazing artform.
Tips, Tricks & Techniques
1. How do you know whether your shards are small enough? Make sure they’ll lie flat on the surface or match the curve of a rounded one. Practice makes perfect! Experiment.
2. Choose the object you want to decorate carefully. Most surfaces have to be roughed up or sealed before pieces will stick.
3. If the object you choose to create will be used to serve drinks or will otherwise encounter liquids, protect the grout with an application of grout sealer (available at 225 Water Street Creative Arts).
WARNING: Be careful when handling the broken pieces, they have sharp edges and most importantly ALWAYS wear safety glasses when breaking up shards. Children should always be supervised when working with sharp and toxic materials.
Decoupage photo frames are an old stand by in the craft world and are the perfect photo gift for your favorite faces! Best of all, you can purchase inexpensive frames at the thrift store and make these wonderful unique photo gifts in an evening.
Important tip: Don’t use inkjet images to glue onto your picture frame as they will smear when you brush the decoupage medium on top of them!
Simple frames with flat, wide surfaces.
Acrylic Paint of your favorite colors
Ephemera, gift wrap, stickers,cut outs from magazines etc.
Mod Podge or decoupage medium
Spray Varnish or Poly
Small/Medium flat paint brushes
Small sharp scissors
Assorted embellishments: rhinestones,studs,buttons etc.
Mask off areas of the frame which are not to be painted.
Paint two light coats with medium brush. Let dry between coats.
Cut out motifs from materials you’ve collected. Tip: Place similar shapes in each corner and the top and bottom of the frame, to balance the piece. You can overlap motifs or leave spaces. It’s a personal choice.
With the smaller brush, apply decoupage medium to the back of each image. Reposition it on the frame, gently pressing and smoothing with your finger. Don’t fuss to much! Let dry according to directions.
Once images have dried, spray frame in well ventilated area with 2 coats of spray varnish, let dry after each coat.
Once the frame is completely dry you can use Tacky Glue or Weldbond to add additional embellishments.