Thursday, February 26, 2009

You Asked, I Delivered

***Edited to Add***
I feel so humbled that Kari and Kjisa
are featuring this post on their
"Psst...Your Creativity is Showing" segment.

Thank you so much Ladies!!!

Several of you wonderful ladies requested a how-to of the grain sack reproduction. You asked, I delivered.
First, decide how big you want your project. Next, use any computer program to make a pattern (I use Print Shop), or draw one by hand using a permanent marker.
Then cut the burlap just a bit larger than the finished project. This makes it easier to manage, as well as giving you an idea of where to place your pattern. Place the burlap on top of the pattern, and then lay both onto a light box (one of my favorite tools EVER). If you don't own a light box, then secure the burlap onto the pattern using straight pins and tape the two pieces onto a sunny window.
Using acrylic craft paint, simply paint on top of the pattern.
You can also use a store bought stencil, as I did to achieve this design.Be sure to remove your pattern while the paint is still wet so the paper doesn't stick to the dried paint. Once the paint is thoroughly dry, if you want a more aged look, you can lightly sand over the painted surface. It's just that easy to make your own personalized grain sack.
If these directions seem familiar to you, it's because I used a similar technique here and here
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24 comments:

Sherri S said...

THANK YOU! What a great tutorial. Wonderful idea and inspiration. I so want to try this. I have foam stamps from scrapbooking I could use with swirly designs and such. Now I just need a unique round frame. I already have an idea of where to hang it!

Small House said...

Thank you for the tutorial. So pretty. I still wonder how you come up with all you do!
Sandra

Michelle said...

Thanks..thats a neat project I think I'll try when I get a minute!

A Touch of Country said...

thanks for sharing. I am going to use this idea to make me some new pillows for my brown leather sofa.

Darlene said...

Great tutorial and it doesn't sound too hard. LOVE it!

Joanna said...

Awesome tutorial! Thank you for sharing.

Sandy Toes said...

Wow..that looks so easy...but I am not sure yet...I think I may admire yours from a far!
~sandy toe

Lazy Mom Leslie said...

Oh my! This is on my list of things I must do! Love this and can't wait to try it!

Inspired Kara said...

I'm REALLY Thinking about making one of these. The options are ENDLESS!!!!

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

Brilliant! BRILLIANT! Thank you so much for the tutorial.

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Oh thank you so much for the tutorial! You are always coming up with such wonderful ideas and are so sweet to share them. Thanks Joy!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Oh it's GORGEOUS! I'm so glad you wrote up the directions. They're fantastic and so helpful! I'll be linking.

Erin said...

Wow this is beautiful! This gave me a good idea how to make them. Thank you for sharing!

Chari said...

Hello...

Oooh...I love this post! Thank you so much for this tutorial! I would love to try this...you make it look much easier than I'm sure it is!

I love this pretty initial in the frame...fabulous!!!

Warmest wishes...
Chari

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

this is incredible! I like it just as much as the 4th of July Flag project I copied from you last year! Is there a certain "weight" of burlap to buy? I can't wait to try this! Thank you so much!

Joy said...

Miss Priss,
I bought my burlap at JoAnn's Fabric. I suppose it's just a normal "weight" of burlap.

Aubrey said...

Awesome Joy! I want to try this, thanks for sharing! I have to tell you, yours is one of my favorite blogs, I always check it first. :)

linda said...

I just love this...thank you for the great tutorial. I'll definately give this a try!

Trudi said...

U r so talented and generous with your ideas. Thank u so much. Oh I so want your fireplace, please....

LuLu said...

Must try! stick it in my pocket, I have to try this.
LuLu

Mary Beth said...

Wonderful! Thank you so much for the tutorial and inspiration.

AndreaLeigh said...

where did you find the light box you use?

Draffin Bears said...

Beautiful blog Joy and thank you for sharing this great tutorial.

Hugs
Carolyn

Julia C. said...

Hy Joy, yesterday I read for the first time your Blog, and I think that you make a wonderful work.
You gave me such a good idea about do the pillows. I didn´t realize how to do it. Thank you, Julia C. from Argentina.

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