crafting denim. Michaels now has a huge section of it including fabrics, paints and home decor. I walked in last week and was in blue jean heaven. I grabbed some supplies, rushed home, and started covering anything I could get my hands on in new denim. Keep reading and I'll show you how I made this "Springtime in Paris" denim sign along with frame and flower pot.
- Denim rolls
- Denim Paint and Wash (or acrylic paint and glazing medium)
- Stiff bristle brush
- Dauber or Pouncer
- Alphabet Stencils (in two complimentary styles*)
- Ribbon or twine
- Poplar Craft board (I used 1/4" x 1.5" x 4')
- opt. White pigment ink and Parisian stamps
To begin cut your craft board into equal pieces depending on what size you choose to make your sign. I went with 14" since it seemed like a good width for all of my lettering to fit evenly. Use the remaining wood pieces on the back to hold the boards together. I used both wood glue and 3/8" nails. Allow to the wood glue to dry overnight.
Paint the wood with a very pale cream color as the base coat. I've seen some people use plain white, but I think the slight tint of yellow gives it a more authentic "denim" look.
After the base coat is completely dry you are going to make an indigo glaze. Glazing medium is a clear acrylic mixative that you add to acrylic paint to slightly dilute, improve flow and extend working time. One thing I love about glazing medium is that it allows the paint to level and smooth out brush strokes.
Using your stiff bristled brush gently pull the paint perpendicularly to create a cross-hatched effect.
Allow the paint to fully dry before stenciling. One great tip I found when using stencils is to first trace your words onto vellum or tracing paper. This makes it easier to space the letters evenly. Lay the tracing paper on the surface and slide the stencil under to align. Use a pouncer or dauber to apply the paint. To avoid air bubbles and to get a smoother look try to lightly "place" the paint on the surface. Also try using a heat tool to dry each letter. You'll find this will really speed up the process.
For the frame and flower pot simply cut out the fabric and apply with all purpose craft tacky glue such as Aleene's. I found a great video tutorial online for making fabric flowers. It's actually not very hard at all but you may want to practice a few times to get the hang of it. Here is the link from Margaret Meyer's You Tube channel Denim or Burlap Tutorial Video.
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*A simple rule for pairing two different typefaces is to think of the phrase "opposites attract." If you're using a round fun playful font, pair it with a more elegant formal font. Pair italics with non italics. If one font has thin lines use a second font with thick lines. When in doubt, do a simple google search.