Friday, January 25, 2013

Milk Paint as Dye

I played around with book page bundles today.



I wanted a touch of blue.




I decided to tint some of my book pages, and fabric.




I didn't have any dye on hand, so I used watered down milk paint.




I used spruce.  It's the same color I used to paint the fabric on my french chair seen HERE.




I just ripped strips of cotton fabric,




and gave them a bath, along with some of the book pages.   I just let the book pages dry.




The fabric was rinsed several times.  The color faded, and it maintained a soft texture.  The book pages will have a little bit of a film after it dries.  I just used a rag to wipe it off.





Here are a couple fabric roses I swished in watered down gesso




While I was in a soft blue and white mood, I painted a crate.  I decided to make it one of my horseshoe handled pieces, and painted them as well.




It's layered with white, and aqua paint.  I gave it a little distressing, and painted the inside bottom a contrasting color.








35 comments:

The Refeathered Roost said...

This is so great~I really want to try this! Thanks for sharing your inspiring creativity.
melinda

patricia-krank said...

Another brilliant idea from Rosemarie! Patti@OldThingsNew

Donna said...

I've never thought to paint book pages, thanks for the inspiration! Love that pretty soft blue!!

Art and Sand said...

I love your idea for old book pages. I might just have to make some.

Thanks for the inspiration.

pink*cherub*moon said...

Great idea! They look wonderful with a tint of blue! I also read your chair post - excellent! That chair is so gorgeous and the color fits it perfectly! Looking forward to seeing more! Hugs, Leena

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

You sure made me laugh with that last sentence:-) I love what you did with the milk paint, it really adds just a touch of color.

A Paris Flea said...

Ahhh Rosemary, you do the coolest things. I like this very much.
Happiness~~Mickie

Rhonda said...

Wacking metal, made me laugh. Your break paid off, beautifully done. I adore the blue tinted ribbon and pages. Tres Chic!

Createology said...

Very soft romantic colors you achieved with the milk paint. It is fun to use what we have on hand. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

Rani @ La Maison Jolie said...

That is so pretty! Love the tray and the roses. X

Gracefully Vintage said...

What a Great Idea- love it-and turned out so pretty-.
Thanks for sharing a Great Idea
Karryann

Jann Olson said...

Really pretty Rosemary. I love the soft blue color. I haven't used milk paint yet. Only chalk paint. I would like to try it.
hugs,
Jann

Maureen said...

Well, that's something I never would have thought of doing! I have to give that one a try.

Gail said...

What's not to love about what you have done here Rosemary...it's beautiful! Enjoy your weekend, Gail

Anne said...

awesome idea! You are so creative!!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a pretty, soft blue that turned out to be, Rosemary! It looks very romantic the way you have it tied around the book pages.

Debbiedoo's said...

NOW that is cool! Love the look, how clever you are.

Cynthia said...

I don't think there is anything you do that I don't love! It's all inspiration and I really appreciate that you post about the different ways you're trying things out. It makes me less fearful of taking a brush to something. Just to see the possibilities that you show us. Thank you, Rosemary!

Kelly said...

What a great idea to dye that fabric used for tying those book bundles. They turned out so pretty! I love the soft blue color.

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

I have to try the milk paint. I love your painted crate.

Anne said...

Beautiful Rosemary! What a beautiful technique! LOVE that soft color! So romantic!
xx
Anne

Blanca said...

MARAVILLOSO
BRAVO
PRECIOSO!

Judy said...

Your "experiments" are gorgeous! I never thought of doing all of that with milk paint. 20 or so years ago. long before the milk paint and chalk paint craze, I came across a recipe for milk paint and did a small desk and chair for my 8 year old little girl. It turned out way beyond my expectations. She has it in her home today and it looks the same as the day I did it.

Pamela said...

Loving the blue Rosemary!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

This is so very pretty Rosemary.

Blessings,
Linda

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

love this idea Rosemary. YOu are so smart! I liked using the milk paint at the bottom of the mix when it gets all crustified and chunky....I add water to it and then use it over my Chalk Paint® finish to make it look older and crusty and aged. xo

Renee said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing. Blue is my favorite color so I'm especially attracted to this.

Miss Kitty said...

Thanks for those (as usual!) great ideas, Rosemary! Everything is just so romantic looking and your photography is just wonderful.

Peggy Hale said...

So pretty Rosemary. Hugs, Peggy

Ivy and Elephants said...

Love the softness and romance of the colors. Great job!
Hugs,
Patti

Little Miss Maggie said...

Your book page bundles are so pretty. I would never have thought to do just the pages. New food for thought.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

There's nothing you can't do! Love the soft colors!

Patricia said...

I must be the world's greatest dummy! I had several similar angels, all quite lovely as a matter of fact, but I hated the gold finish. So I gave them all away to Goodwill! Why didn't I think like you? Silly me!

TheMoonAndMe said...

I chuckled when I opened this post...I have some milk paint just like that! Mine's green, unfortunately, but it even has the same red Walmart clearance stickers. Funny.
Have a great weekend!
Kelly

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday Rosemary. I love your fantastic crafting techniques and I'm featuring you at today's party.