Thursday, September 8, 2016

Transferring Images and Graphics With Acetone

While I'm getting ready for the 3 French Hens Market in Morris, IL this Saturday, 9-10-16, here's another popular post I'm re-sharing with you.

Originally published in June of 2015, it's a transfer process I use quite often.

I've know for years that you can transfer images with acetone.  However, some techniques can get messy (Pouring the acetone on the back of an image, etc). The following method is quite simple.



As most of you know, I often use the blender pen for transferring images.  You can review that technique by clicking HERE.

One day, I was in the midst of transferring, and, realized that every single one of my blender pens were out of juice.  So, I grabbed a glass bottle, and, my container of acetone.



I dipped the pen in the acetone.




The acetone absorbed, and, I finished my project, using the pen as if it were brand new.

Okay, bare in mind, you're going to have to keep dipping the pen, if you have a large image to transfer.  Don't pour a large amount of acetone into an open container, and, leave it sitting.  It will evaporate.  As you can see in the photo above, I used just enough to keep the tip of the pen wet.

Just like the blender pen method of transferring, you need to have a toner based (laser, xerox, etc.) copy.  Ink jet prints "will not work".

I'm using "PURE" acetone here, NOT fingernail polish remover.  You can get it at your local hardware, or, home improvement store.

PLEASE, adhere to warnings on the label, wear protective gloves, and,  USE IT IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA.

I've used this method on metal, as you can see on the galvanized pail above.

I've also used it on wood,




my painted designs,







and, vintage salvaged wood.




If you don't have a blender pen, you can use a cotton swab.  Or, should I say, multiple cotton swabs, depending on the size of your transfer.  Make sure to apply pressure when rubbing.


It works on fabric as well.  I used it to transfer the graphics onto the pillow, and, the fabric covered books below.





So, give acetone a try, if you haven't already.



The graphics you see in this post are courtesy of "The Graphics Fairy".



Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Shabby Magnetic Board

Yes, I've been away for a bit.  It's been an insanely busy show season, along with everyday life.  So, I'm doing what I said I was going to do in my last post.  I'm going over a multitude of my previous posts, and, sharing some of the most popular.

First posted August 9, 2012, here's "Shabby Magnetic Board".


I've been trying to rest up after my show this past weekend, but I had an idea for a beat up frame I've had lying around for a while.




Here is where we started.





As you can see, the frame was missing some of the trim.  Last year I bought a huge bag of fabric roses for $1.00.  Because, well, they were $1.00, and they were roses.






They came in handy for this little project.






I hot glued them to the area that was missing trim, and sprayed them with sealer to stiffen them.  After multiple coats of white spray paint, and a couple coats of white gesso,  this is what I had.







I left a bit of the pink, and I embraced the touches of fraying.






The magnetic board is a piece of tin I cut,







and sprayed black.  Add a couple frenchy magnets, and I'm done.