Monday, December 29, 2014

DIY photo transfer to wood

I am hosting my first ever craft and wine night and was informed that it is would be wise of me if I did the project PRIOR to having the event.

after searching Pinterest for easy project ideas, I came across a few Valentines themed crafts to share with those who plan to come.  I decided (with the help of others) that we would attempt to make this gem by artist Stephanie Ackerman (pictured below...)

Keep in mind~  we will not be able to produce the same quality work as Stephanie, mainly because we are somewhat crafty gals who decided to gather, drink wine and have conversation while making crafts.  I was advised to do a trial run on decoupage before the gathering so I can actually show my guest how to do the craft, this would cut down on time and be less frustrating for me the guest to complete in one setting (this is one of the perks of being surrounded by artist!!).

After speaking with one of my prospective guest, a question of how to decoupage pictures came up.  I. have. NO idea, so the search continues. 

While searching I DID find this nifty tutorial on how to transfer photos to wood and thought~ this is a great idea (but it has to be done prior to coming over for the event). if I want the party to be half successful, I need to experiment on all ways to decoupage pictures so I can better advise those who want to do them.  

But for my first experiment, I am going to learn the steps for transferring a picture to wood.  

Lets get started.

Let's start with our supply list.  For this project, you will need:

*  1- 2x4 wood board (or your choice of size)
*  Gel Medium / glossy or matte (Liqutex is a great brand to use)
*  scissors

*  a hand towel or small wash cloth

*  roller, bone folder, or edge of a credit card

*  foam brush 

*  A picture printer from a laser-jet printer (b&w or color)... this step is important!  

If you use an ink jet the ink will not transfer to the wood, 
your picture MUST be printed from a laser-jet printer!

NOTE:  in many of the tutorials, it says to open a photo editing tool so that you can reverse your photo.  I don't know if this is necessary unless you are printing words or wearing a shirt with words on it or something...

STEP 1:  Size your picture according to how large you want it on the wood, reverse your picture (if there are words) and then cut out your photo according to how you plan to place it on your wood.

I wanted a small picture placed off to the side so that I can work the decoupage around my photograph.

STEP 2:  using the liquitex and a foam brush

spread your gel medium onto your wood making sure you put on enough to cover the area the photo will go onto.

STEP 3:  Place your photo onto the wood "FACE DOWN"!

as you can see, i have spread my medium about 1/4" out from the sides of my photo.

STEP 4:  Using your roller, bone folder, or the edge of a gift card, smooth your photo onto the wood removing all of the air bubbles from below the surface.  This will help the ink adhere to the wood properly.

make sure all of the edges are smoothed down as well!  this will keep the picture from curling up away from the wood...

STEP 5:  continue your daily routine and let this baby dry over night.... 
at least 8 hours...

and bed time....

STEP 6:  Wet your washcloth/ hand towel but not to much, you don't want it dripping water.  The goal here is to get wet your paper.. you want the whole picture to look nice and gray from wetting.  This can take a little time to complete but will help you with the next step.

STEP 7:  using your fingers, rub, rub, rub...   rubbing all the paper from your board.   

Seriously, just rub!  this will remove the fibers from your printed wood. This process will take some patience and time~ think of it as therapeutic relief for your fingers and mind.  no thinking to be done here... just rubbing...

Continue to rub until you have removed all the fibers from the photo. You may have to let the transfer dry a little so that you can see any leftover fibers, then dampen with your cloth and continue to rub until all of your fibers are gone. 

STEP 8:  lay a coat of decoupage or liquitex over your photo to protect your finish project and 


your photo transferred to wood!  how cool is this?

The second step to this project is decoupage.  I will attempt to add photographs using both a laser jet printer AND a printed photo to gauge which medium works best.  New post coming soon!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

What I learned about prepping goat...

Today was a serious challenge in my kitchen~ 

We usually enjoy a leg of lamb for Christmas dinner but when hubs went to the butcher to make the holiday meat purchase he returned with was 2 GOAT legs instead of lamb- when I asked why (with confusion) he simply stated... 

"It was in the board and I thought... mmmm... Why not?'"

Well for starters... I do NOT know how to prepare goat... Of any kind!! So- to the internet we search!

 I found out a few things once we decided on how we would prepare the meat;

1. There are a ton of ways to prepare goat
2. Research everything written in a recipe which brings me to my third find...
3.  Butterfling a leg of goat is NOTHING like butterfling boneless chicken breast...

You need to work hard to remove the bone! And to do that... You need the right tools...😒 

I. Do not. Have the right tools....

After watching SEVERAL videos on how to butterfly a lamb (because no one... I repeat NO ONE makes videos on how to butterfly a goat...) I laid my rinsed goat on my cutting board and went to work butterfling this goat leg armed with a meat cleaver and a paring knife after what seemed like forever~ I did a butterfly-ish layout, added my seasonings, rolled my goat leg, and tied it off with kitchen twine.  

It took forever but in the end it's rolled and ready for smoking!

I know... It doesn't look to yummy right now but I will definitely post pictures after its smoked~

Along with the recipe we used if it taste fine!!  

Sunday, December 21, 2014

#1 Wine Bottle DIY

So~  I did some crafting with out of the many sake bottles that had collected over the last several months.  My first craft with the bottles was a simple white painted bottle that I added twine around.
supplies I used:
Rust-oleum flat white primer ($3.75)
Wine (or in my case sake bottles) free
twine (size/thickness of your choice) I used a thicker twine because I used 60oz bottles (2.99 spool)
glue gun (always on hand)
decoration of choice.  (set of 6 snowflakes from Michaels- $1.00) 
After removing my labels, I sprayed my bottles with the white primer.  (did not photograph that step because no one was here to help me!) The primer gave me the matte look I hoped to acquire, if you prefer a gloss definitely use it!  just keep in mind to use a quality spray paint.  You would be surprised at the difference in how it sprays!

After my bottles were dried, I added the twine, gluing every few turns to ensure the twine was even and wrapped tight at I wrapped it around the bottle.  I original only did the bottles with twine and then decided it needed something else so...
 I added the snowflakes after seeing the bottles on the mantle..

Here is a close up of my painted bottles!

And below~ the final product with my handmade paper wreath~


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wine Bottle Crafts with Epsom Salt


You read that right!
Epsom Salt!!

These are more of the 60 oz saki bottles that have collected on my fireplace over the last several Sundays.

for this easy craft I started by removing the labels using a technique I found online (that works!!)

The supplies needed include:

Rust-oleum flat white primer ($3.75)
Wine (or in my case sake bottles) free
Epsom Salt ($1.00)
Spray Adhesive ($4.00)

For some unknown reason, I did not take photos of my steps but will share them with you.

STEP 1:  Lay down paper to protect your working area!
STEP 2:  Remove Labels.  
STEP 3:  Wash, rinse, & dry.
STEP 4:  Coat your bottle with white paint in a well ventilated area and let the bottle completely dry.
STEP 5:  Pour Epsom Salt into a cup for easy pouring.
STEP 6:  Spray your bottle with spray adhesive DO NOT LET IT DRY!!
STEP 7:  Tilt your bottle on the bottom edge (for easy turning) Using your cup, sprinkle the bottle with Epsom Salt making sure you coat all sides.
STEP 8:  Dry

If you want, you can spray a clear coat of protection onto the bottle, this will protect your design (and keep your 9 y/o from rubbing the salt off of it!)

Pictures of the final product are below:

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Removing Labels from Wine Bottles

yes, you read that right and if you have ever tried (as I have) you have probably found that it is not an easy task.

Over the last few "Sunday Funday" sessions, our friend Matt has brought over these 60oz bottles of sake to share with the other guest, after each session, he placed the empty bottle on the landing of my fireplace.

It is now December and time to recycle the bottles that have collected on the fireplace (with the exception of the one on the day that will never be mentioned again...) but wait... Who do we have here??? Oh....

hello Pinterest!
What did you say?  oh really! you have ideas for me to try with the sake collection of bottles that have accumulated over the last few Sundays!

Oh, do share, wait... what do you mean I have to remove the labels first?
How am I suppose to do that???

And now my search begins.  How do you remove labels from bottles?  In the past I peeled them off and then spent minutes or more trying to remove the sticky goop from the bottles.  I did a quick search and read on several blogs that baking soda and dish soap work well so I'm thinking...

Experiment time!

I filled a plastic tub with hot water, about a cup of baking soda and a small squirt of Dawn.  I also filled my bottle with hot water (only)and placed it in the tub and let it soak for about 30 minutes (or more) while I cleaned and washed dishes.

after my soak time, i pulled out one of the bottles to see how this method would work and....
voila!  the labels just slid right off of the bottle!  no sticky residue, no left behind label.

once I had the label removed, i rinsed my bottle in hot water 

and dried it off in preparation for a Pinterest inspired DIY wine bottle craft so...

stand by!