Monday, July 25, 2011

Small Projects

To all of you coming over from Pinterest:
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I can't believe the how popular this little post has become.  If you decide to try this project, please send me a link so I can check it out!  I would love to see your ideas!   Also, there's a misconception going around Pinterest that you can use glue for this project.  Several people have told me that glue does not work.  Just thought I'd let you know ahead of time!  Thanks again!  

Other puffy paint posts:
For Katie
Also, in this post I answer your puffy paint questions.

Now back to your regularly scheduled program....

I found this pattern on Pinterest.  I love the colors together, but I really love the pattern.  I decided to use this as my inspiration for a project.  I've got a lot of blank canvases around so I thought I'd use one up.


I drew my own pattern and then used puffy paint on top of wax paper to draw it out.


Then I used some mod podge to glue it on and I added it to my collection on the wall.  This is the direction I originally planned to hang the canvas, but I had to trace it going to the opposite direction because I am right handed.  I always make sure to trace left to right so I don't get my hand in any paint.



I like!  You can see my other canvas + puffy paint project here.


Another random project:
I made this wreath to hang on my front door.  I'll tell you what, it took forever to wrap that yarn around.  I think it took me about 5 episodes of Scrubs before I finished it.  Oy. It was worth it in the end though.

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  1. Some body posted your project on Pintrest and I found it there. I love this technique and how it adds texture. I'll be looking for some puffy paint this weekend. Thanks for putting it out there!!

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  2. really love this technique and the result is fabulous!!

    greetings from Spain,
    elena

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  3. for those wreaths, I bet if you used plumbing tube (from the hardware store) instead of an already-formed foam wreath and wrap the yarn around it before you tape it closed into a ring, you could do it way faster.

    In other words, wrap the yarn while it's still a straight piece, leaving about 2" on each end to secure it into a ring, then finish the bare spot once you've closed the ring. That way you don't have to pass it through the center of the ring every time you go around.

    Just a thought, i haven't tried it, but do plan on it.

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  4. Hi all! Thank you for stopping by and saying hello! I'm glad you enjoy this technique! I've also had success putting the puffy paint onto glass instead of the wax paper. It doesn't ripple with you put it on glass, but you can still peel it right off! Just letting you know :) Thanks again for saying hello!

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    1. So, I found your project on pintrest as well.... I was so excited I went out and got the suplies right away. I'm in the process of puffy painting my wax paper. Then for the next step do I just wait for it to dry peel the puffy paint off and put it on the canvas? So your picking off each part of the design? Thanks so much for all your great ideas!

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    2. Yes! That's exactly right! Just peel it off one piece at a time and you'll be good to go!

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    3. does the modge podge go under or on top the puffy paint? how long to you let each step dry? i've never used this. thanks.


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    4. Could you just paint directly onto the canvas with the puffy paint?

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  5. that's good to know about the glass...I have some from an old picture frame so i might try it that way instead (and because i don't want to buy wax paper..haha). thanks!

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  6. Curious why you painted on wax/glass first instead of directly on the canvas?

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  7. I painted on wax first because puffy paint is very difficult to get right the first time. Many times the bottle would shoot out an air bubble when I wasn't expecting it and ruin my letter. Using wax paper gave the the opportunity to redo anything I wanted.

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  8. this is so wonderful! i would love for you to link this up to my flashback fridays party! a place for bloggers to link up their oldies! check it out!
    http://lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com/search/label/flashback%20fridays
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

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  9. so pretty. let me see if I got it correct. you wait for the puff paint to try and then peel off the swirls and adhere with Modge Podge.???

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  10. Sparrows Nest, that is exactly correct!

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  11. Came over from pinterest... Thanks for posting this project. It is really creative & I can't wait to try it!

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  12. this is beautiful thanks for the great tutorial!

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  13. This is so pretty, fantatic idea and tutorial, thanks for sharing!

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  14. I also have come over from Pinterest. I love this project! I recently decorated my bathroom in a white theme and have been looking for art to hang. I have found nothing that looks good enough though. But now this is perfect! Cheap and something I can do myself. Yay! Thanks so much.

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  15. Hi! I featured your canvas art project on my blog Scribbles and Swirls. Check it out!
    http://tamiscribblesandswirls.blogspot.com/2011/10/scroll-canvas-art.html
    ~Tami

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  16. I ran with your idea and did a painted version for my guest room. You can see it on my blog: http://thefamilyski.wordpress.com/2011/10/31/33/ I linked it back to this post as well.
    Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  17. Thanks for the tips :-). I have been wanting to do this one but didn't feel comfortable be able perfecting this design. Puffy paint, what are great idea. I did have one question though, can you paint over this paint of would it be better to paint the canvas and keep the paint white? thx again, Jayna

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  18. Hi Jayne, I have never painted over the puffy paint because I never needed to. I can't see why it wouldn't work, but I'm not 100% sure either way. Sorry, I'm no help on this one! -Virginia

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  19. I found this on pinterest as well and sitting here thinking about it, there are so many other things you could try this on! I was thinking a vase or maybe even an old small side table. Or a book... Going a little overboard lol.
    As far as painting over the paint, I would try a a sample piece first before trying the real thing. If it doesn't work, the white paint would look super over a colored canvas. I'd be worried about the modpodge not drying clear enough though...

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  20. Hi, I found this on Pinterest and LOVE it!! I went to get the materials today and cannot find puffy paint anywhere! I've tried Hobby Lobby, Michael's, and Walmart. Can you please tell me where to find puffy paint? Thanks- Jennifer

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    1. Hi try Joanns. They have tons of puffy paint.

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    2. Search pinterest for puffy paint. There's a "make it yourself" tutorial somewhere. Much cheaper if it actually works - haven't tried it yet though.

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  21. Hi Jennifer,
    Wow! Who knew puffy paint could be so hard to find?! I bought mine at Michaels or AC Moore. The only other place I can suggest is Amazon, they have everything. Hope that helps! -Virginia

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  22. Can you use Elmer's glue instead of puffy paint? And can you do it directly on the canvas then you don't need to use the mod-podge?

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  23. I found you through Pinterest and Boy! am i glad i did!!! you have a fantastic blog and i love this piece of art..want to try it out soon..!

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  24. Elmer's glue dries flat on canvas and does NOT achieve this look. The project circling around pinterest that says use Elmer's glue on canvas is wrong, trust me! :)

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  25. Hi Anonymous! I'm so sorry that you tried glue first and it didn't work! I'm not sure how that rumor started, but I wish I could fix it. Especially since so many people are stopping by to let me know it doesn't work! Thanks for stopping by!
    -Virginia

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  26. I just found you via Childmade.com I submitted a request to have her change the title of your project as it is listed as "Elmer's Glue Wall Art". Hopefully it will be updated and we won't have any unhappy crafters!

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  27. Is there a tutorial for the felt (?) flowers on your yarn wreath?

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  28. The flowers were made using this tutorial:

    http://iammommahearmeroar.blogspot.com/2010/09/autumn-bloom-belt.html

    Good luck!

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  29. So after you modge podge the letters onto the canvas, do you then put a layer over top of the letters as well?

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  30. To answer your question...I do not put a layer of mod podge over top because it's too shiny for my taste. The only thing I will caution you about is to make sure you fully cover the back of each letter. Gravity can be a jerk and small parts pull away from the canvas. But I've never had any letters fall off.

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  31. I'm an 8th Grade teacher, and this was a GREAT art project for the students for Christmas! They all picked a simple-ish Christmas picture/pattern, and we're in the process of putting it on the canvas and painting it. They really like it, and it's going to make an awesome Christmas gift for their parents!!!

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  32. I'm going to try this, not sure what medium I will use, but most likely clay.

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  33. Hi Andrea, I'm so glad your class is enjoying this project! Thanks for letting me know they are doing this. It's so great to see how this little project is being used in so many different ways!
    -Virginia

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  34. did these with my kids.
    skipped the wax paper part 'cause they're kids and the mistakes were cute.
    spray painted with metallic silver and gold for Christmas - they turned out great!!!
    http://hollypanter.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-tour.html

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  35. Has anyone tried this with a colored canvas and colored puffy paint? If so, how did it work? Does the modge podge dry clear enough or does it appear to cause issues?

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  36. Hi Katherine,
    The mod podge I used dried shiny, so you can see tiny smears on the canvas. It's really not noticeable unless you are looking for it. Colored canvas and puffy paint will work as well.
    -Virginia

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  37. I came over from pinterest too! Loved the canvas version right away!

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  38. Great Idea I am going to do mine in Purple .
    Or paint over it in Purple.

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  39. I used your idea on a picture frame, then painted the whole thing red. I found it through Pinterest and i WILL be back! :)

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    1. Hi Alli! Thanks for stopping by and thanks in advance for coming back! haha. I'm glad the project worked for you. Let me know if you post it - I'd love to see it! -Virginia

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  40. I was actually wondering if you could use colored puffy paint on this instead of white. i love the simplicity of the white but i am a color girl and i need some color in my stuff lol

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  41. In looking at all this, I'm wondering if using Mod Podge spray sealer wouldn't take care of your streaks. I found the aerosol spray at my local Michaels in a Matte finish, and I've used it on several canvases to seal them without making them super shiny.

    I can't wait to try this, just thinking about what I want/where I want it.

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  42. Great project! I am wondering if hot glue on a canvas then painted over that would work??? Guess I have a project this weekend :)

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  43. Hi Virginia, I used your piece as inspiration for a project and posted about it. I will eventually do it the way you did it. I fell victim to that pinner who said it was glue......(: I'll let you know when I do it the "right" way....http://somewhatquirkydesign.blogspot.com/2012/03/project-eh-define-project-eh-project-eh.html

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  44. I really love this idea!!! Do you know if hot glue would work? I want to make the same designs, paint over in purple and then peel off the hot glue. Any suggestions?

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  45. Hey girl, I found your project on pinterest:) Enjoyed it a lot, hope to do it soon. Cheers!

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  46. I bet you could use a glue gun and the hot glue would work but then it would be clear. They used to make a glue stick with glitter... that would probably work too.

    I love the pattern you used and the inspiration! Thanks for sharing.

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  47. So I did find this via Pinterest. It inspired me to do a coffee version. I just wanted to let you know and say thank you for sharing your creativity. Check out what you inspired....Thanks!
    http://thornsrosesnthistles.blogspot.com/

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  48. I want to do this but turn it into some type of wallpaper border for the top of my dining room walls! I wonder what else I could use to glue the puffy paint design to... To then adhere it to the walls somehow.

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  49. i so love your craft. hope i can find puffy paint here in Manila. hehe. all the best!

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    1. very attractive and apparent crafting, i like this post, it really so easy for making, Whenever feel free or i have more time for do something different that i have never done before, i will try your tutorial.

      Canvas Art

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  50. I absolutely love the idea of doing this. Have bought the canvas and the puffy glue. But, now I'm going to ask a probably 'stupid' question - is there a reason why you can't paint the puffy paint directly onto the canvas ?

    thanks girls

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    1. Hi Sharon, the only reason I didn't paint directly onto the canvas is because puffy paint is constantly getting air bubbles. I'll be right in the middle of a shape and then out pops and air bubble that ruins the whole thing. But it's totally up to you - you can go right onto the canvas if you want! Good luck! -Virginia

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  51. http://jaynerynm.blogspot.ca/2012/08/holy-moly-its-been-more-than-month.html

    That's my project inspired by your post!

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    1. So cute! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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  52. The puffy paint I bought said it requires heat to activate the puffiness. Do I need to do this or did I buy the wrong paint?

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    1. If that's what the directions say then I would definitely do it. The paint that I bought didn't tell me to do that, but I wouldn't say it's the wrong kind. It's different, but I don't see why it wouldn't work. Hope that helps! -Virginia

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  53. This is one of my favorite Pins ever! One question - have you considered tracing your design onto the canvas and painting directly onto the canvas? What are your thoughts on that. Also, what kind of glue do you use and how do you apply it to such thin little pieces? Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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    1. I have used puffy paint a lot and know that it gets air bubbles quite often. they can ruin the design. I used mod podge to glue the puffy paint onto the canvas. If you have any more question - check out this post - http://virginiaandcharlie.blogspot.com/2012/07/puffy-paint-faqs.html
      Hope that helps! -Virginia

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  54. I love this idea, so I ran out to Micheal's on my way home this afternoon and scored big time on "puffy" paint. I found a lot of it quickly by the paints you'd select to paint t-shirts and the like. It's mixed right in with the glossy paint and the sparkly paint and the other paints, so keep your eyes open. It's also referred to as "dimensional" paint by some manufacturers. My big score was 3-pack of 4.6 ounce bottles at a close out price of $3.99!! Black, white and gray, all perfect for my use. So I bought two packages. I'm going to create designs to use in sun printing (heliotropic) with Setacolor paints later this week. I think it will beat trying to cut out plastic or paper forms to give me the spirals, snowflakes, swirls, Zentangles, squiggles and other fanciful shapes I imagine creating. No doubt I'll have fun drawing my own patterns and tracing them out with the puffy paint I'll post photos later.

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  55. can you use partridge paper instead of wax paper?

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  56. I was wondering if you had to do anything special to get the paint off the wax paper. I painted the puffy paint on the wax paper but when it was time to go and peal the paint off it was stuck. :(

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  57. Love this idea, I hope to try it sometime on a journal cover.

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  58. this is OUTSTANDING linda!! beautifully done and composed!!
    Art reproductions

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  59. it's really a great project, i was looking for a diy canvas making idea and found this perfect tutorial which is easy to make.just want to say thanks for sharing this great post. Keep it up.

    canvas art a special delight for walls

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  60. I featured your canvas art project on my blog Scribbles and Swirls. ... 2canvasart.blogspot.com

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