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:

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

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  2. Another brilliant idea from Rosemarie! Patti@OldThingsNew

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

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

    Thanks for the inspiration.

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  5. 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

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  6. 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.

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

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

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  9. 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...

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

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

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  12. 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

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

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

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  15. awesome idea! You are so creative!!!

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  16. 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.

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

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  18. 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!

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  19. 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.

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

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

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  22. 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.

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  23. This is so very pretty Rosemary.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  24. 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

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

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

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  27. So pretty Rosemary. Hugs, Peggy

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

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

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

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  31. 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!

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  32. 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

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

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