Large scrap paper, cheap tablecloth or place mats.
In this craft I use tissue or scrapbook paper to decorate the light switch because I’m not very artistic. If you’d like to paint a design on the light switch, I suggest using Gesso to prime the plastic so the paint will have something to grab onto.
I use large scrap paper or place mats to protect my working surface so it is easy to clean up.
Use the pencil to trace an outline on the scrapbook paper. Then cut the outline a bit larger so it can curve over the slanted edges of the light plate.
If you have a sharp craft knife you can trim the edges closer to the light switch edges. I only had scissors so I glued the edges to the back. Take care not to make it too bulky.
When using tissue paper you can cut geometric shapes, just tear the paper, or if you’re really artistic you can make it into fun shapes like bears or dolls. I’ve never had much luck doing intricate shapes with tissue paper.
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Large paper, cheap tablecloth, or place mats to protect your work surface and make clean-up very easy.
I use old Page-A-Day Calendar pages for this project. You can also use magazine images or just rubber stamp an image on to the paint. I don’t recommend using an image you print out on an ink jet printer. The wet glue will cause the image colors to run.
Using a paintbrush, sponge or even your hands, paint the tag or cardstock. I like to use a few different colors to give it more visual depth. I prefer using a sponge to give the paint a bit of texture.
You can either cut the image out in a block, or you can get fiddly and cut out just the image of the character.
Use the Mod Podge or white glue to glue the picture to the bookmark. Then go over the entire bookmark with Mod Podge or white glue.
Allow the bookmark to air dry a bit and then place it in wax paper and place it under a heavy weight. I like to use an old box and dumbbells. I use the box so the weight is distributed evenly.
The paper I’m using here was packing material for something I ordered. I also used cheap plastic place mats, Dollar Tree tablecloths, or used paper like junk mail or old school papers.
The glue and paint was out very easily and it’s best to do it as soon as the project is complete.
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I’ve finally finished painting, cleaning and organizing my craft room! Go me! I never thought I’d get it done. I was very overwhelmed. I wrote a “To Do” list every evening in my journal and that gave me the enthusiasm to get it done. One baby step at a time.
The first picture is just entering the room. I still have the shelf at the beginning. Now it has the things I use on a very infrequent basis.
Picture 2: Is my craft table folded in half. I don’t use the whole space anyway. Across from that at the window was a cabinet my father picked up at a flea market a while ago. I have my paint rack on it.
Picture 3: Is the far side of the room. I have my little 9 cube shelf. I put 2 of my plastic drawers in the closet to save space. It mainly has my rubber stamps and most of my crayons, colored pencils, gel pens and markers.
Picture 4 is my closet with my fabric shelf, minus most (2 full to popping shelves) of fabric. I have that up for auction on Ebay. I hope it sells. I put up 8 pound so fake fur and about 4 pounds of regular fabric.
I am glad to have the room cleared out. Now I have to get started on making sets of my Glass Marble Magnets that I sell on Etsy.
The room is painted, the tape is off and the furniture moved in. And now the organization process begins in earnest . . . um tomorrow.
Here is the room so far
Picture 1: back of the room by the closet. As you can see the things in the laundry basket still needs to find a place.
Picture 2: is at the door. Directly in front of the door is a small 3 shelf bookcase. I didn’t take a picture of it.
Picture 3: is also by the door but it shows the 9 square book case by my desk.
Picture 4: is by the window where the paint rack is.
I like the cheery yellow and that I have more room. I just need to get rid of the things I’m not using. I should also find another spot for the paint since I don’t like it by the window. But then, it’s been there for 10 yrs. I have to see how much of that paint I may need to throw away. I’ve went through it quickly earlier this week. I need to try them all out to see.
I have Pirate game cards to get rid of, some games in the closet. At one time I thought Original Star Trek Barbie was a good find at $10. It’s still worth only $10, and I don’t want them around anymore. So much to do. Either Ebay or Goodwill. I’m getting tough on it tomorrow.
Then I need to see how to get this room efficient. Any suggestions?
This is my first painting project ever. It has been my personal 2-day nightmare. Okay, the first day was the nightmare.
It is important to read everything you are about to buy. I knew I needed an edger. There was a handy little item that looked like a more substantial one than I was looking for. It even had on the tag it was made by women for women. I figured this meant very cool edger. It was not. I don’t know what it was meant for. It had sides on it, which made me thing it was an edger giving clean edges. In fact it was just a sponge roller paint . . . thing. After using it the sponge would shrink just a bit (with all that paint and the pressure of moving it) that the sides would scrape down the wall. UGH.
I had to go out and get a real edger. But not until 4 hrs later. For some reason I thought I’ll just make do. My parents didn’t get that fancy edger thing until the late 80’s, I can paint through this. It was a more work than I should have done. Once I got the fancy edger product, it went quicker. Of course, I was not done.
Today I started again (10 am) and was done by 3 pm. It was a much easier day. And while it doesn’t look at all good, I was told for a first time it wasn’t bad. That made me feel a bit better.
Here are the almost finished pictures of the craft room. I will wait 48 hrs before I take the blue tape off and start moving in the furniture.
It’s funny how the picture by the door looks so much lighter than the other pictures. The shade is called Pale Daffodil by Behr. The shade I expected is the one by the door. In this picture it looks light. The color you see by the windows, the bright “in your face” lemon is what it looks like in real life. Luckily, I wanted a more “In Your Face” yellow, but knew better (from past experience) to go one shade lighter.
I may put wallies up for a border, I’m not sure yet. I’m really not sure how much more money I want to sink into this. I have about $120 in it so far. Much more than I expected.
My next task is arranging the craft room. This is where the organization will really come in.