Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Showcase your Adult Coloring Book Art with EnviroTex Lite®

Adult Coloring books are all the rage right now and today designer Marty Sanchez shows how to showcase your coloring book art into Coasters, a Canvas and Keepsake Box with EnviroTex Lite®.

  • EnviroTex Lite (8 ounce kit)
  • (4)  4.5” x 4.5” white ceramic tiles (coasters), Paper Mache box with lid, or stretched canvas
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Wax paper
  • One page of your own art
  • Ultra-Seal™ Multi-Purpose Sealer & Glue 
  • Choice of  acrylic paint color for box and canvas
  • (2) disposable foam brushes
  • (2) mixing cups and one stir stick
  • (4) medicine cups
  • Embossing gun, propane torch or straw (to remove bubbles)
  • 2 pairs form fitting latex gloves
  • 220 grit sandpaper or nail file (to sand drips off under side)
  • Protective eye wear
  • Dust mask to wear while sanding
  • Felt (for underside of coasters)
Project Instructions: 

 Cut your art to fit each of your ceramic tiles, painted box or painted canvas.

 Brush a thin layer of Ultra-Seal on the top of each surface and place cut art.  Use your fingers to smooth the art and make certain no air bubbles are between the paper and tile, box or canvas.

 Using a disposable foam brush put a thin layer of white craft glue over the entire surface of your colored art.  Let dry and repeat twice more.  Let the last coat dry overnight.

 Set medicine cups on wax paper surface and place tiles, canvas or box top & bottom on cups, so they are slightly raised from the table surface.

 Mix EnviroTex Lite® according to package instructions and pour 1.5 to 2 ounces on each tile.  8 ounces for a 9" X 12" canvas and 6 ounces for the box (3 for the top and 3 for the bottom).

 Pour EnviroTex Lite®over the surface of each piece.

 Spread the product with a clean disposable foam brush.

 Wait 10 minutes and then remove any bubbles that may appear.  Let piece completely cure (72 hours) and then sand the underside smooth.  Wear protective eye wear and dust mask while sanding.

Cut felt pieces to fit the underside of the coaster.  Brush on a thin layer of Ultra-Seal™ to the underside of the coaster and place the felt.  Let dry.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Resin Cover Address Sign

I found several of these wood frames with a lip and knew they would be perfect for some Resin projects.  For this first project I decide to crate an address sign for my mom's house in Florida.  It will be able to hang outside under the awning of her porch out of the way of the elements.  

Materials Required:
  • EnviroTex Lite®
  • Ultra-Seal™
  • Wood frame, 6" x 18"
  • Decoative paper
  • Die cutting machine
  • Paint, yellow iridecents
  • Cups
  • Stir sticks
  • Craft brush
  • Paint brush
  • Lighter

Project Instructions: 

Paint the wood frame and let dry.  Die cut the numbers needed for the sign, if you do not have a die cutting machine, simple draw the numbers on the paper and cut them out.  Apply Ultra-Seal™ to the frame (where you will be placing the numbers) and back side of the numbers, adhere to the frame.

Apply 2 coats of Ultra-Seal™ over the numbers, drying in between each coat. 

Measure out equal amounts of EnviroTex Lite® resin and hardener.

Stir for 2 minutes, then, pour into a second cup and stir for another minute.

Pour resin onto the frame.

Use the lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top.  Let dry 12 - 24 hours,

Now the frame is ready to hang...once I get to Florida that is:0)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Resin up your Crystal Cell Phone Cover

There are so many beautiful cell phone covers available on the market today.  When you decide to purchase a cover you want it to last, at least for a while, because they can be pricey!   

 I purchased the cover shown above, and loved it, but it did not take long for the small crystals to start falling off as you can see on the right of the cover.  This got me to thinking of how to make the next cover I buy last longer and still be able to enjoy the sparkle of a crystal cover.  The answer was simple...Give it a coat of EnviroTex Lite®, as it would both protect the crystals and let them shine!

Materials Required:
  • EnviroTex Lite®
  • Cell phone cover
  • Cups
  • Stir sticks
  • Lighter
  • Painters tape
  • Marker

Project Instructions: 

Tape around the cover and place up off your work surface, using a couple small cups.

 I used a marker to highlight the lines on my mixing cup, as I knew I would only need a small amount of EnviroTex Lite® for the top of the cover.  I measured out the resin to the first line and the hardener to the second line, giving me equal amounts of each.

Stir for 2 minutes, then pour into a second cup and stir for another minute.

 Pour resin onto the cover.

 Use a stir stick to move the resin to the edges.

 Be sure to move the resin around any openings of the cover.

 Use a light to remove any air bubbles.  Let set for 12 hours.

 Pull the tape away and now...

Your cover is protected and ready to use.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Red, White and Blue Layered Glittered Paper Weight

Memorial Day is right around the corner so I thought a Red, White and Blue Paper Weight would be perfect to hold the napkins down for our family picnic. 

I love how this turned out!! 
Materials Required:

Project Instructions: 

Please note:  The mold holds slightly less than 3 ounces total so each layer will take just under 1 ounce each.  

Measure out equal amounts of  the EasyCast® Resin and Hardener and mix together for 2 minutes, then poured them into a new cup and mix for another minute.

Spray the inside of the mold with Mold Release.

 Pour the mixed resin into the mold, about 1/3 full.

Mix in red glitter...until thoroughly blended.

Use a lighter to remove and air bubbles that rise to the top.  Let cure for 12 hours.

Mix another batch of EasyCast® as directed above,.  Mix in a bit of iridescent glitter,  Pour into the mold on top of the first layer.  Use a lighter to remove and air bubbles that rise to the top.  Let cure for 12 hours.  Repeat with the blue glitter for the last layer.  Use a lighter to remove and air bubbles that rise to the top.  Let cure for 12 hours.  Pop out of the mold.

Here is the finished paper weight...ready to use Memorial Day!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

EasySculpt® Driftwood Sunburst Mirror

Today we have an EasySculpt® home dec project by designer Marty Sanchez.  She created a modern mirror using EasySculpt as a putty adhesive with pieces of driftwood...very cool!

Materials Required:
  • EasySculpt® 1 lb. Kit
  • ArtMinds™ 10” wood clock surface
  • ArtMinds™ 5” round mirror
  • DecoArt® Americana® acrylic paint, Neutral Gray
  • Variety of dried driftwood pieces from river, lake or beach area. Approximately ½”-1” in diameter
  • Sawtooth picture hanger with nails
  • Paint brush
  • Toothpicks
  • Newspaper or butcher paper
  • Disposable latex gloves
  • Tablespoons, dedicated for craft use
Project Instructions: 

Step 1:  Protect work area with newspaper or butcher paper.
Place wood clock blank or “base” as referred to from this point forward, on newspaper or butcher paper, then trace around the outer edge of the wood base.  Next position round mirror in the center of the same circle, and trace around the outer edge.  This template will be used to position the driftwood pieces prior to placement on the wood surface.
Step 2:  Paint the wood base Neutral Gray, allow to dry.
Step 3:  Trim driftwood pieces to the appropriate size.  Approximately 40 pieces measuring 4-6” are needed for the bottom layer and approximately 40 pieces measuring 2-4” for the top layer.  Quantities will vary based on driftwood that is available.
Step 4:  Starting with long driftwood pieces, place the first layer of driftwood pieces on the paper template in the desired pattern.  Position trimmed end towards the mirror circle, per the above photo.

Step 5:  Using EasySculpt® as a putty type adhesive, mix approximately ½ tablespoon of both components A & B together per the package instructions.  Divide this mixed material into three equal pieces.  Form each piece into a small marble-like shape.
Step 6:  Place the three mixed EasySculpt® pieces on the back of the mirror creating a large three point triangle like pattern then, position the mirror in the center of the wood base. Press the mirror down gently to affix to the wood base, allow the EasySculpt® to set approximately five hours.
Step 7:  Again using EasySculpt® mix approximately six tablespoons (three tablespoons of both components A & B) per the package instructions.
Step 8:  Adhering the driftwood pieces to your wood base - begin picking up driftwood pieces from your proposed layout, add a small amount of mixed EasySculpt to the underside of each piece where it will come into contact with the wood base, position, and press.  Repeat this process as required.  Allow the EasySculpt to set approximately five hours.
Step 9:  If a second, level of driftwood pieces are desired; arrange a second layer of shorter driftwood pieces with the same paper template.  To place and adhere these pieces, repeat Steps 7 & 8.
Step 10:  Use a toothpick to gently remove any excess EasySculpt® exposed between the driftwood pieces.  Allow to cure overnight.
Step 11:  Fasten sawtooth picture hanger to the back of the wood base.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Resin Shell Memory Tray

 EnviroTex Lite is the perfect product to use when making beautiful serving trays...

they are so easy to make and the results are wonderful!  I got out some shells and created a memory tray of one of our trips to Florida.

Materials Required:

·      EnviroTex Lite®
·      Wooden Serving Tray
·      Chalk it Up!, Licorice
·      Iridescents, Onyx 
·      Shells, assorted 
·      Paint brushes
·      Cups
·      Stir Stick
·      Lighter

Project Instructions: 

I painted the inside and out of the tray with Licorice and let it dry.

Then, I painted a coat of Onxy over the Licorice and let it dry.

I measured out equal amounts of the EnviroTex Lite® resin and hardener.

Mix together and stir for 2 minutes.

Pour into a second cup and stir for 1 minute.

 I poured this into the bottom of the prepared tray.  I let this set up for about 10 minutes then.

 I added the shells where I wanted them to go.  I used a lighter to remove the air bubbles that rose to the top and let this set for 12 hours. 

 Then I mixed up more resin as above and applied it over the top and let it set for another 12 hours and repeated with a third coat so that all of the shells were covered.

The tray turned out great!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

DIY EasySculpt® Clay Herb Signs

Spring is in full swing & it is time to play in the herb garden.  Karen Bearse here, with a fun EasySculpt® Clay tutorial.  I was going to use the plastic herb signs as usual but the words always end up coming off & they aren't very attractive.  I have seen a number of DIY ideas including painting rocks.  In fact for years I have been meaning to do that.  As I looked at my mojito crop growing away, I thought what about making my own garden signs?

Materials Required:

·      Rubber stamps, alphabet and assorted
·      Assorted beads, charms and glass glitter
·      Glimmer Glam, assorted colors
·      Glimmer Glaze, assorted colors
·      Gesso
·      Paint markers, assorted colors
·      Paint brushes
·      Cooking spray
·      Latex gloves

Project Instructions: 

There are 2 ways to do this.  First-make multiple molds using store bought garden signs & EasyMold Silicone Putty.  I decided the second way which is more organic to just hand make them.  I was not concerned with my signs looking the same.  Using EasySculpt, simply start by mixing equal portions of hardener & resin kneading the clay together until it is a uniform color.

If you are using a mold push the clay into it right away. Let dry for 3-5 hours checking to see when the clay is hardened but not completely set.  Push the clay out of the mold & trim. If it is too hard to trim simply sand the edges. Clay is completely set at 24 hours.

For my technique I let the clay set for about 30 minutes. it was still a bit sticky but pliable.  I shaped it to the shape I wanted & left it to harden for about 3 hours.  Now the clay was firm but still soft enough to push stamps into without the clay lifting up.  Spritzing cooking spray into a lid, and brushing some on the stamps helped to release them from the clay.  

After adding some leaf & flower stamps it was time to add wire to create stakes.  Simply cut & push the wire into the bottom of the signs.  When the clay completely hardens the wire will be held in place.

Lastly add some charms, beads, glass glitter as desired to add some fun to the pieces.  Let cure completely over night. Once my clay was dry it was time to add color!

Glimmer Glam dries permanent, & worked great on the clay surface.  I did multiple layers using different colors for each piece.  For Thyme & Mojito a gesso wash was put on first so my pieces would have truer colors.  Basil was just the Glimmer Glam.  The colors turned out darker but still looked great.  All my pieces are glossy with lots of good shimmer.

To finish the letters were carefully painted with either Glimmer Glaze or with a paint marker.  Love how these turned out!  Now I am thinking of making more with stamped quotes on the to stick in the flower beds randomly to give me bits of inspiration around the yard.

Not bad for a first time clay play.  I hope you are having a lovely spring and getting lots of fun crafting in!