Tuesday, September 1, 2015

DIY Mermaid Resin Art - Mixed Media Craft Klatch

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This week I have a special collaboration with the magnificent Mark Montano.  You may know Mark from tv, his YouTube channel, his 10 craft books, or his show on PBS Make Your Mark!  He is a crafting inspiration and you should check him out! 

We decided to do art resin pieces and we each had a different take.  I went with a mermaid theme and Mark went butterflies.   

Here they are:

You will need:
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast
-  Pebeo paints (Fantasy Moon and Prisme paints)
-  Sand
-  Glitter (chunky white, fine blue, fine white)
-  Small sea shells
-  Blue confetti glitter
-  12"x12" canvas

Here is the video tutorial:

Here is Mark's tutorial:

Directions for the mermaid:
1.  Have some stir sticks handy and dip them into the Pebeo paints.  I just dripped them all over the canvas.  I used any blues, purples and white I had on hand.  I went back and forth hoping to get a watery ocean feel.
2.  Take your stir sticks and move the paint around some, so you don't have any blank areas and they blend together.
3.  Allow to dry.
4.  Print your clipart out - I did it on card stock, using a laser printer.  Then I took a black permanent marker went along the edge of the clipart, so it didn't have any white edges.
5.  Using your super gloss Mod Podge, paint it all over the canvas and then on the back of the clipart.  Position the clipart on the canvas, rub gently to make sure it adheres.  Then, brush more Mod Podge all over everything.
6.  Mix sand and Mod Podge.  This will make your sand dark, so I add glitter to brighten it back up.  Then apply it to the bottom the canvas, so it looks like the ocean floor.
7.  Take small shells and add them to the sand.  The Mod Podge is still wet, so they should stick just fine.
8.  Then drip a little Mod Podge over each shell, so they are coated and will stay in place.  Sprinkle a little fine white glitter over each shell and the sand.
9.  Take blue fine glitter and mix with Mod Podge.  With a toothpick apply it to the water, blending with the blue areas.
10.  Take fine white glitter mixed with Mod Podge and with a toothpick, apply it around the mermaid.
11.  Take blue glitter confetti and add some to the top of the sand and in various areas of the water.   Let everything dry.
12.  I added two more coats of Mod Podge to seal it and let everything completely dry.
13.  I mixed 4 ounces of resin, but I think 5 would have been better and poured it over the canvas, making sure to move it to the edges with my stir stick.
14.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours. 

Now you have a beautiful art piece to hang on the wall!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember to stop by and visit Mark!  

Here are all his links so you can follow him everywhere!
YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/makeyourmarkmontano
Website:  http://markmontano.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MarkMontanoNYC
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/markmontano
Instagram:  https://instagram.com/themarkmontano

Happy Crafting and stay safe!


Friday, August 28, 2015

Fairy Glitter Coaster DIY - Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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It's time for another coaster Friday!  I picked Fairy Coaster out of the fishbowl last week.  Things did not go quite as well as planned.  I tried something a little different and my first attempt didn't go as well as hoped.  The second was better, but also, I might have done a thing or two a little better.  Oh well.....you can't win them all!

You will need:
-  Glitter - I used chunky black, fine blue, chunky silver
-  Transparency film  **FYI:  I have now been told by two fellow crafters that the inkjet  transparency film works great with the resin.  
-  Resin
-  Where I got the images for the fairies:  http://amzn.to/1KhjUR6
-  Circle cutter (optional)

Here is the video tutorial:

1.  Prepare two ounces of resin an mixed in chunky black glitter, fine blue glitter and chunky silver glitter.  I think you can get away with one ounce, but just be careful about the amount of glitter you add, if you do.
2.  Pour into mold and pop bubbles with a lighter or a straw.
3.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.
4.  Print out the fairies on transparency film and cut to fit the size of the coaster cavity.
5.  Prepare more resin - I did one ounce - and pour into the mold.  
6.  Take your cut out image and press it into the resin, making sure all the bubbles are pressed out from under the transparency.
7.  Pop bubbles as needed.
8.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Craft Klatch Patreon Campaign

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I’m Mona Schmitt and I have a crafting addiction!  I have been making YouTube videos since 2011 and I love sharing ideas, projects and inspiration with you!  I love all types of crafting, resin, recycling, holiday crafts (the list goes on and on) and I always love a challenge!   If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that lately I have been more than a little obsessed with Craigslist.  So many projects…. so little time!

This brings us to Patreon.

What is Patreon?
Patreon is a funding platform that allows people to become patrons of their favorite artists.  Patrons pledge a dollar amount monthly to help support the artist to help them support themselves and to help them continue to create great shows that you love.  You can also create a budget and put a cap on it, so you never go over that amount.  You can also stop at anytime! It’s all voluntary and optional.  I will continue to provide free videos on YouTube twice a week, no matter if you choose to support Craft Klatch or not.  So why support?  Another great question!

Why Patreon?
Whether you are new to Craft Klatch or have been with me for some time, you know we have built a great community.  Obviously that takes time and money.  If you have ever made a video, you know how long it takes.  Between planning a craft, buying the materials, taping and making the craft, to editing and downloading, it takes on a life of its own.  Then there is the website and keeping on top of social media.  I do it all myself and I have a full time job as well.  With support from Patreon, it would allow me to dedicate more time to Craft Klatch, which will only make it better! Yay!

So that’s what Patreon will do for me, but what will it do for you?
You mean aside from a lifetime of love and appreciation I will be telepathically sending you?  Well, I’m glad you asked!  Patreon allows me to share more directly with you and gives you exclusive access to rewards and giveaways!  That’s right, REWARDS AND GIVEAWAYS!  Whoohoo!  There are different levels of support, but even at the lowest level ($1 per month), you will have access to my Patreon only newsfeed, where I will share announcements and give you sneak previews of upcoming projects.  And it will give you exclusive entry into monthly giveaways!  I will be giving away four projects per month.  You will be entered into that drawing.  Those giveaways are open for patrons only!  At higher levels, there are more rewards and more entries into the giveaways, so be sure to check them all out!  

At this time, I want to make sure I make something very clear.  This is purely voluntary and optional.  If you cannot or do not want to take part in this Patreon campaign, no problem.  I mean it.  Don’t feel bad.  I know things can be tight, I’ve been there and just watching, commenting and giving my videos a thumbs up is hugely supportive!  And I will continue to provide free videos on YouTube.  That is not going to change or go away!   This campaign is if you appreciate what I do and if you would like to give a little more.  I’ve put a lot of thought into the rewards, to show my appreciation, so hopefully you will see that value in that as well.

Thanks for sticking around and checking out the rewards!  You mean the world to me!


Monday, August 24, 2015

Sheep Golf Ball DIY Recycling Craft Series Craft Klatch

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It's time for another golf ball critter!  Today we are doing a fluffy sheep!

You will need:
-  Golf ball
-  Pom poms (small and medium)
-  Black paint - I used spray paint
-  Four golf tees
-  Glue - whatever glue you want to use
-  Black felt
-  Wood tag (from craft store)
-  Two googly eyes
-  Eye screw (optional)

Here is the video tutorial:

1.  Drill holes into the golf ball for the legs.
2.  Put glue in the holes and then put in the golf tees.
3.  Drill a hole in the top and screw in the eye screw.
4.  Glue on the wood tag for the face.
5.  Once the glue dries, paint it all black and allow to drive.
6.  Glue the medium pom poms onto the body.
7.  Glue three small pom poms on the top of the head.
8.  Glue on eyes.
9.  Cut two ear shapes out of the felt.
10. Glue onto the head.  

That's it!  I hope you like it!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!


Friday, August 21, 2015

Paper Flower Coaster DIY - Another Coaster Friday

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I had the pleasure of doing a collab video this week, with my new friend Jenny, from JosTheBomb YouTube channel and OrigamiTree.com!  We decided on flower themed coasters.

Here is mine:

Here is Jenny's video:

 If you don't know Jenny, I think you should!  She has lots videos you should definitely check out!

Here is what you will need for mine:
-  White acrylic paint
-  Two different colors of scrapbook paper

Here is the video tutorial:

1.  Mix your resin according to the package directions.  You only need around once ounce for the base.  
2.  Mix white pigment and yellow and green pigment into the resin.  Adjust until you get the color you want.
3.  Pour into the mold and pop bubbles with either a straw, or lighter.
4.  Allow to cure at least 12 hours.
5.  Use a flower paper punch and punch out six flowers out of the lighter pink paper and six out of the darker pink paper.
6.  Using Super Gloss Mod Podge, apply it to the resin coaster and add the light flowers to the coaster.  Apply another layer of the Mod Podge over them.
7.  Place the darker flowers on top of, but offset on the lighter flowers and add another coat of the Mod Podge.
8.  Allow everything to completely dry!
9.  Using the end of a small paint brush, or a skewer to put a small dot of white acrylic paint in the middle of each flower.  Allow to dry.
10.  Mix more resin, according to the package directions  (another one ounce would be enough).
11.  Pour over coaster and allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.

Remember to stop by Jenny's website Origami.com and watch her coaster video!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!


Monday, August 17, 2015

Garbage to Gorgeous Episode #9: Chair Makeover DIY

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I found this disgusting beauty on the curb a couple of years ago.  Since then, it has been taking up residence in my garage. I liked the shape and the promise it held, but it’s time had come.  Bloom or face your doom!  

It was a 10+ on the gross meter.  It was filthy and the cushion was crumbling and disintegrating before my eyes!

For the project, you will need:
-  A crappy chair
-  Black gloss spray paint
-  Foam to replace current cushion
-  Quilt batting 
-  Staple gun
-  Fabric - I used a duck cloth because it is pretty durable

Here is the video tutorial where I show you how I did it! It's quick:

Step 1:  Take it apart.  Remove the cushion and the musty, grungy, nasty cushion and get rid of it!! 

Step 2:  Clean it.  I first brushed it off.  Then I used some elbow grease, soap and water and left it to dry.

Step 3:  Paint it.  I used a spray paint that has a primer built in and would adhere to all surfaces.  It took about a can and a half for good coverage.  Let it dry.

Step 4:  While drying, you can start working on the cushion.  Find a pretty fabric.  I used a duck cloth fabric because it is pretty durable.  Cut out the foam for the cushion and I like to put a layer of quilt batting over it, which helps smooth the edges.

Step 5:  Face down, on a clean surface, place your fabric.  Your quilt batting, your foam piece and the seat base.  Trim around, but not too close.  You can always cut off the excess later.

Step 6:  Start to staple.  I started at the corners, going opposite to opposite and then the middle to the middle.  Then I followed along all the edges.  

Step 7:  Cut away the excess.

Step 8:  Reattach to the chair.

That’s it!  It doesn’t stink.  It isn’t nasty and I think it makes a beautiful accent chair!

Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below.  Don’t forget to subscribe, so you don’t miss a thing!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!


Friday, August 14, 2015

DIY Clay and Resin Pizza Coaster

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I have been asked to make a pizza coaster for a while now.  I finally did it!

You will need:
-  Polymer clay in tan, red, brown, glow in the dark
-  Red acrylic paint
-  Round cookie cutter 4-5 inches in diameter
-  Small cookie cutter for pepperoni

Here is the video tutorial:

1.  Mix half of the brown package of clay with half of the tan package of clay.  Mix well until you get a uniform color.
2.  Roll out the clay and cut with the large cookie cutter.  This will give you the base of the pizza.
3.  With the excess, roll it into a snake and create the crust around the edge.  Smooth it all together.  You want to make sure you have a lip that will allow the resin to stay in place when you pour it later, so make sure the crust does not have any holes.
4.  Roll out the red an use a small round cookie cutter to make the pepperoni.
5.  Use a craft knife to shave off small pieces of the glow in the dark clay to create the cheese.
6.  Bake all the different clay pieces, according to your clay package directions.  Allow to cool.
7.  Paint red paint on the crust, to make it look like pizza sauce.  Allow to dry.
8.  Paint on the Super Gloss Mod Podge generously and then place all the pieces of the pizza in place.  I started with the pepperoni and then added the cheese.  The Mod Podge works as a glue.
9.  Allow to completely dry.  You must let it completely dry, or you will end up with a cloudy film, forever.
10.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
11.  Pour over the inner part of the pizza and allow to cure.  Pop bubbles with your lighter and if you get some that won't release from between the cheese, use a toothpick to help ease the out.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!


Monday, August 10, 2015

Wedding Canvas Gift Kit DIY - Art Resin

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I like to give unique gifts, but sometimes it can be hard to think of something original.  I was thinking about a wedding gift that would be a simple project that a newly married couple could create together.  What could be better than to meld the two people together in a piece of art, that is simple to make? 

I was sent some Art Resin to try, so I gave it a shot on this project. 

You can personalize the gift kit to match colors in the couples home, or even make them wedding colors.  I suggest getting a nice box to put it all in and wrap it up pretty!

You will need:
-  Canvas - I used a 12" x 12"
-  Acrylic paint - I used a light pink, a hot pink and a red - as I mentioned earlier, you can personalize the color to anything!
-  Letter or number stickers or stencils ~ I put names in the heart, but the couple could put a message or their wedding date in there instead.
-  Resin - You just need a small kit - 4 ounces is plenty (I used Art Resin)
-  Contact paper heart

You might want to toss in some small plastic cups, stir sticks, small sponge brushes as well.

Here is the video tutorial:

1.  Paint the canvas with your background color.  Allow to dry.
2.  Cut a heart out of contact paper and gently tap it down on the canvas - don't rub it down.
3.  Paint your hands with the acrylic paint - you should each use a different color. (TIP:  If you lotion your hands first, it is easier to was the paint off later.)  
4.  Put a hand print onto the canvas.  Print all over the canvas, overlapping each other's prints and over the heart.
5.  Once you have the canvas covered, carefully pull off the contact paper heart.  Allow to dry.
6.   Put stickers in the middle of the heart or stencil something (names, wedding date, special message, etc.).
7.  Protect your work surface with a garbage bag, parchment paper, or layers of newspapers.
8.  I used four water bottle caps - use all the same kind so your project stays level.  Put them under your canvas.
9.  Prepare at least 3 ounces of resin and pour over the canvas.  Use a stir stick to help move it around.  Yes you want it to go over the sides.  Remember to always follow the directions on the resin you are using.
10.  Allow it to cure at least 12 hours before handling.  

Now go hang up your masterpiece!  

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to share any of these projects on my Facebook page!  I'd love to see them!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!


*The Art Resin was provided for review.  The ideas and opinions are all my own.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Emoticon Coasters DIY - Another Coaster Friday

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I was asked by a few people to do Emoticon or Emoji coasters, so I did!

You will need:
-  Resin (I used Envirotex Lite, but Easy Cast would work well too)
-  Laser printer (optional)

Here is the video tutorial:

1.  Prepare two ounces of resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Mix in white pigment.
3.  Pour half into one cavity of the coaster mold and the rest a second cavity.
4.  Take a straw and blow the bubbles to pop them.  You can use a lighter, but it might leave smoke marks on the white resin.
5.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.
6.  Print your images on the transparency film and cut to size.
*  If you want to see how to do it without the transparency film, you can find an example in this video:

7.  Prepare two more ounces of resin and pour over the white resin that has set.
9.  Pop bubbles with a lighter or straw.
10.  Slide your pieces into the resin and press down with your stir stick.  Make sure you press out all the bubbles from under the transparency film.
11.  Pop bubbles as needed.
12.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!