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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Decorating a cake tray

Someone at the office brought a cake to work to share with everyone. In the cake box was a plastic square tray on which the cake rested. Once we finished the cake, the square tray was headed for the dustbin until my eye fell upon it and an idea to turn it into a tray/placemat popped into my mind.

First I washed the tray and dried it. The next step was to cover the surface with beige acrylic paint, applied with a piece of cotton wool to obtain a "dabbed" effect.

I then used brown and red acrylic paint to create random patterns.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Hari Raya Projects

After the recent Hari Raya celebrations at the office, all kinds of recyclable items lay next to the dustbin, ready to be discarded. I was just in time to salvage some of them for my projects!

First, I used the cardboard bottom of a cake tin, to make a mousepad. First, I used art glue to stick scraps of material on the surface and then covered it with strips of cellophane tape. Voila! A perfectly usable mouse pad! (just be careful to ensure there are no ridges on the surface caused by air bubbles trapped under the cellophane tape.)

Next I managed to rescue 3 plastic cookie and chocolate containers, 1 square and 2 heart-shaped (large and small). I covered the lids with tile grout (light brown), added old costume jewellery such as faux gold earrings and a chain, as well as some extra ribbon. I could use these either as containers for gifts or to store odds and ends in.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

A Spicy Photoframe

I have always been fascinated by spices. I love to cook with them, I love to use them as aromatherapy ingredients (cinnamon and cloves being my favourites for this purpose) AND I love to use them in my art.

For this project, I used a plain plastic photoframe. First, I created a border by applying tile grout (you could use clay or plaster of paris) and before it could dry, I selected a handful of my favourite spices and pressed them into the border.

For a fuller border, you could use larger amounts of smaller ingredients such as mustard seeds and pepper seeds.

Making a lamp cover

I decided to cover my plain white desk lamp so that it matches the colour scheme of my room better.

First, I cut a piece of black cloth to size. Next, I cut up squares of scrap material and sewed the individual pieces onto the black cloth. Then, I sewed the ends of the cloth to create a sort of sleeve which could be pulled over lamp.

You don't need a sewing machine for this project. I did all the stitching by hand.