I volunteer for a local fundraising organization that supports only our local community hospital: Cape Cod Hospital Auxilary.
This year one of our fundraisers will be an Auction of chairs refinished and redesigned by local artists. You can look at all the chairs at www.ccha-orleans.org
This is my “BEFORE” chair, although I did sand it before I took the picture, oops.
Here are multiple views of the final results of the chair I designed.
Chair was coated in resin after these pictures were taken.
My chair was chosen to be part of a pre-auction display at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, MA.
In addition to this chair, I did another chair that was only for advertising purposes. Multiple views are shown here. This chair looks better in person. I have had many requests for this chair as it will not be auctioned. Chair already has already been promised to someone 😦
Check out the web site listed above to see these chairs and many others.
Information about reserving a place at the auction is available on the website.
Ordinary painter’s tape and spray paint are great tools for creating affordable art fast. Customize colors and images to suit your personal style.
What you need:
Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint – Gloss White (#51501)
Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint – Semi-Gloss Black (#51603)
Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint – Ivy Leaf (#51515)
Krylon Brushed Metallic – Satin Nickel (#51255)
Krylon Webbing Spray – Gold Chiffon (#603)
(2) Canvases 22″ by 28″ with wrapped edges
(3) Leaf images
Blue painters masking tape
Temperatures influence the length of project dry time. Spray paints are generally very quick drying. Getting very good tape adhesion by rubbing the painters tape edges will go a long way to insure your project comes out nicely. This technique can be easily adapted to different colors and images. Instead of adhering leaf cutouts, stencils could also be used to get a similar look.
How and How Long:
In a well-ventilated area, lay both canvases onto work surface without touching. Spray with Gloss White and let dry. Cut out and spray leaf images with Semi-Gloss Black in 1-2 thin coats letting dry between each.
For Ivy Leaf and Nickel “stripes”: Start masking by running a tape stripe down the length of one canvas on one edge. Add runs of tape to widen the taped portions but place some of those at angles on the existing tape. Make some taped areas wider than others. Leave random spaces as you tape continuing across the canvas. For additional effect, add tape at little angles away from the original runs.
When satisfied with tape placement, rub very, very well over all the edges of the tape to secure a very tight edge. This will prevent paint from seeping under the tape’s edge and ensure crisp lines.
To avoid overspray of Ivy Leaf green into the Nickel areas (at about 2/3 of the way across canvas) Cover the remaining masked areas by taping newspaper onto an existing strip (make sure you aren’t sneaking out of the masked line at all).
Spray your first portion of the canvas with Ivy Leaf, let dry.
Remove the newspaper. With a clean piece of newspaper protect your green painted area in the same manner as step 4. Spray Nickel, let dry. When completely dry, remove newspaper and all tape.
Practice spraying the webbing on a sample surface. Standing directly above and at about 2 feet away spray webbing quickly across canvases in one direction and then another direction running off the canvases. Go very easy at first, you can always add more.
When all is dry, apply adhesive to back of leaves and place onto painted “grasses” randomly.
1.) [SEE (#1) on diagram]Shelves on this bookcase have photo boxes and shoe boxes used for storage of old CDs and CD cases. I use the CD cases to store my unmounted stamps. On top of these shelves are a dorm sized refrigerator . I keep non-perishable snacks in a vintage snack can on top and a tiny set of three drwers. In the first drawer is used stamps to send to disabled Veterans. The second drawer has misc. car and window type stickers and the bottom drawer has old business cards. I keep current business cards in a slot in the printers desk [SEE(# 10) on diagram)
2.)[SEE (#2)on diagram] Shelves on this bookcase store old video games belonging to my deceased son. I am not sure what I want to do with them yet so they are staying put for now. There is also a bucket of cloth loops for potholder loom, a potholder loom, 2-rectangle storage boxes I use to transport ornaments and edible crafts. Storage boxes for the lightbulbs for my table top photo studio are located here also.
3.)[SEE #3) on diagram] Two shelf bookcase opposite my sewing desk actually contains books. There are art books, antiquing books, books on collecting, Jewelry books, beading and stringing books, clay books, and more.Underneath the bookcase are two file boxes. One with files and the other with empty bags and some other misc. items I do not use often. On top of this bookcase is a CD/DVD storage tower [SEE(#9) on diagram]. Shelved here is a large tag punch, a set of alcohol inks, serging thread, boxes of embellishments, black and white film, cups, and a pile of current catalogs.Hanging above the CD/DVD tower is a heat lamp projecting on top of the tower where there is a tray wrapped in aluminum foil where I dry my resin dsigns and other items that require drying. Next to the tower is a stack of file trays with a box of ephemera on top and an American Girl Doll. On the other side of the tower are some sketch books, light box, magazine storage boxes (folded), and some photo albums. 4.) Roll Top Desk – Mess! [SEE (#4)(#12) (#22) on diagram]On top of the roll top deskis my stereo and flat screen LCD TV on top of that. A speaker and misc. jars with beads, repairs, misc. loose single findings, a jar of beads I use specifically to make jewelry for mom, findings that need to be put back where they belong, and a jar of single beads. In the cubbies is a stapler, rolls of tape stacks of mixing cups, remotes for stereo and the TV. One mini drawer has crayons, another has misc. pens. The third drawer is empty.I took apart an old VCR [SEE (#13) on diagram], removed all the inards and am using the outer case as a shelf. Under the shelf are beading trays with projects in progress.The top large drawer has paints (oil, acrylic, and watercolors), markers of many types, crayons (I use them to melt not necessarily for drawing or coloring), colored pencils, fabric markers, and sparkle glue paint pens.Middle Top large drawer contains stencils, glue stix, large rolls of different types of tape (ie: packing, duct/duck, removable, double-sided, poster, etc.), glue guns, glue sticks, tracing tool to enlarge drawings, drawing pads and more.Bottom middle large drawer cantains round stacked findings and bead containers of various sizes, pill containers with findings, trays of crystal beads I have yet to put away, pop-out ice cube trays I use these trays for alphabet letter words. Each tray is a name of an American Girl Doll. I make doll bracelets for a store that sells clothing and accesssories for American Girl Dolls.) There are also containers (trays with projects I have started but have not completed).Bottom drawer contains bags of beads divided by basic color that need to get priced and put away. Boxes of empty file folders an extra stapler and a three-whole punch.
6.) [SEE (#6) on diagram] On top of the Bureau are milk crates with 3-ring binders with jewelry ideas for inspiration, jewelry business info., jewelry making tips and techniques, and business receipts. There are also mgazines in magazines holders. There are also filefolders with craft ideas, holiday ideas, stencils, and more.On top of the crates is a childrens Toy organizer with red, yellow, and blue bins. The bins are labeled and contain: ribbon, sprays, angel crafts, wire, misc. boxes, mold maker, plaster gauze, feathers, pipe cleaners, sequins, and chain divided into smaller boxes by color or type. 7.) [SEE (#7) on diagram] Closet – on the back of the closet door is an over-the-door shoe holder made of cloth and see thru plastic. These pockets hold many misc. items such as small zip lock bags (some new and some prev. used to be re-used, empty bottles (all prev. used to be re-used), washable magic markers, game pieces, etc. In the closet are rolls of bubble wrap (some new and some prev. used to be re-used), boxes of jewelry boxes with cotton, boxes of display items for neclaces, bracelets,and earrings, mirrors for craft shows, boxes of packing and stuffing for shipping (all prev. used, to be re-used), sm. kiln, microwave kiln, pasta machine for polymer clay, a binding machine, a reg. size and small Bowdabra, boxes of photos, some family records, a beach carriage (good for stacking items to bring to and from car at craft shows), bags of air pillows (prev. used, to be re-used) for shipping, a few shadow boxes, lg rolls of laminating film, full sheet laminator, and more.
It was a gloomy, rainy Sunday here in Billsville, so while not ideal for an afternoon hike, absolutely perfect for a day spent inside crafting up a storm. A friend of ours had passed along a link to a DIY Newspaper Basket a few weeks ago, and I was obviously intrigued. This weekend was a great time to give it a go. I saddled up with the discarded Sunday Times, adjusted the directions slightly, and suddenly had a funky place to stash a pile of plastic bags I’ve been accumulating.
Materials: Newspaper Scissors Staples or glue
Directions: 1. Use scissors to cut the seam of the newspaper to create individual 12″x 22″ pages.
2. Fold each individual page lengthwise. First in half, and then in quarters, and then in eighths. The resulting strip should be about 1.5″ thick and 22″ long. I needed around 20 for my basket.
3. Begin weaving the strips together, using a staple or glue to secure as needed.
4. Continue weaving the strips to the size of your liking. I made by basket 5 strips x 5 strips.
6. For the sides of your basket, just fold the strips to a 90 degree angle and continue weaving. Go nice and slow, keep the weave tight, and again, use staples or glue as needed. You’ll need to probably attached strips to one another as you weave the diameter.
7. When you reach the ends of the newspaper strips, fold the ends down inside the basket and secure with staple or glue. I then used another strip of newspaper to border the top edge of the basket. My glue gun broke as I did this, so I used staples to secure. You could also edge with ribbon, if you really want to get fancy. Now go stash something in it!