A week of little projects

rock painting

rock painting

I felt like painting today, but not something intricate.  I had recently seen some painting on rocks and thought, like the gift tags, that might provide just a fun afternoon off.  We have a lot of colorful river rock left over from building the house that are a nice variegated pink or a dark blue-green, so it didn’t take long to find an attractive substrate.  I had some acrylic craft paint left over from a lamp painting project I finished years ago so I used those.  The palette was limited but it seemed to go well.  The major problem was my brushes.  They were on the old side and I didn’t have as much control as I wanted.  I’ll have to buy new ones before I do it again.  Gloss sealer brought out the stones’ colors, just as if they were wet.  The sheen made it a little bit difficult to photograph but here they are.  They are only about 1″ x 2 1/2″ but they were fun and fast to make.  They can be used as paperweights or just a little decoration.  I think I like the one on the left the best.

Coasters

Coasters

I made up the rest of the tile coasters last week – and I still think I need help. Although I believe that one of the problems I had was that the transfers were a bit too large, I am still having a bit of trouble with the adhesion.  The two animals and the vase and daisies look the best but the edges of the other two are still loose.  Maybe when I pour on the sealer they will improve, but so far I am not happy enough with the process to sell them.  Over the next few days I am going to try and put that on so we can try them out.

I also spent a few afternoons making more tags for the Indianapolis store.  Some may be suitable for the cards, but I will probably wait to make them until I sell some in my etsy store.  I’ll wait to see what I need.  So you can see, it has been a week of a lot of little projects.