On her recent visit, my mom loaded up on the kids’ artwork planning to frame them. We went looking for inexpensive frames and found these RAM frames at IKEA for $1.99/3 pack. I know, they kinda look blah….
Some paint and stamps later…..voila;
Yup, you are seeing paisleys again! 😉 More about my other paisley project here. In this case the technique was way simpler. All I used is;
Acrylic craft paint, paisley stamp (the regular kind not the one specifically made for acrylic), acrylic paint (I used the beginner’s quality paint because I had it on hand. You can use acrylic craft paint too.), brushes, and satin craft varnish.
First, brush on the base coat (I used white) with a foam brush. My kids helped me with the first and second coat. So I had to go over it a third time to make the brush strokes clean. Once the base coat is dry, mix your paint color with a few drops of water (just a little bit to prolong the drying time, we don’t want it runny). If you are using regular craft paint you wouldn’t need to add the water. Load the brush lightly and paint right onto your stamp.
Once you are done, it should look like the 2nd pic. Now, press the stamp firmly on to your frame. The project was done during my pre-blog days. So I’ve tried to recreate the same on some scrap paper that was lying around. Gently lift the stamp off.
See the center paisley? I dabbed on too much paint on that one. It is always better to test on a piece of paper before you stamp onto your actual surface. You can usually get at least 3 impressions before you have to repaint the stamp. Again, I forgot to add water to my acrylic paint this time so it dried off by the 3rd one (hence the lighter one on the top). After everything is dried coat with the satin varnish to seal your stamp work.
Here is a look at the finished product. Wasn’t that an easy under $5 project?
Source ListRAM frames – $1.99 – IKEA per 3 pack Craft Satin Varnish -$0.69 – Micheals Acrylic craft Paint (white) -$0.69 -Micheals Brushes and other paint – Already had Total – $3.37