Name Board with Crackle Effect and Welcome Board with Distressed Finish by Vidhu Thareja
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Hi Everyone.

I hope all of you are doing great. This is Vidhu Thareja once again back on the blog of Connect4Sale with a new project inspiration. I would like to thank team of Connect4Sale for giving me another opportunity. This time I am sharing ideas of creating décor for the exterior wall of your home. I have step wise picture tutorial for all of you. So without wasting further time, let’s start the projects…..

My first project is a Name Board. I have received plain MDF board, measuring 14 x 4 inches. Connect4Sale has recently introduced mdf boards in different sizes.


Next step is to choose a tissue for the project. Composition plays a very important role in Decoupage so always select a tissue, which will go very well with the base. First I have primed the base with two coats of gesso. After that I have done color blending with two colors of chalk paint using sponge. You can use single color also. Here I forget to click picture. Always choose colors, which will perfectly match the colors in tissue.

Here I have used pink and green shades of chalk paint. I leave it to dry. I do not want to do decoupage on the whole board so decided to use one step crackle medium. Apply dark color first and on top of that apply one step crackle medium with synthetic Bristol brush. Use dab method while applying crackle medium. Let it dry naturally on its own. Do not speed dry. It dries clear. Then apply any contrasting shade of chalk paint with brush. As soon as the colour starts drying, you will get to see beautiful cracks forming up. Here you can see beautiful cracks and dark shades of chalk paint can be seen through the cracks.

Decoupage has been done on top of the crackle effect. So here we need to use lighter print tissue so that cracks can be seen through the print. Remove the image and edges using wet brush technique and separate the plain layers and printed layers and adhere the tissue using Mod Podge. Do not apply too much of Mod Podge. Excessive Mod Podge could tear the tissue. Let it dry for atleast one hour or so and then seal the decoupaged area with Mod Podge. After one day seal the project with two coats of water based varnish. Two coats of varnish is more than sufficient. Give enough drying time in between the each coat of varnish. Top coat would be of resin. Stick the names with any strong glue and pour resin. Resin will make your name board water resistant. Resin is also available at Connect4Sale. A beautiful Name Board is ready to adorn the exterior wall of your home.

My next project is Welcome Board with Distressing. I have received another board measuring 14 x 6 inches in my Guest DT kit. Prime the base with two coats of white chalk paint and select tissue. Whenever we want to give old weathered or vintage look to any project, we use distressing technique. For that we need to use chalk paint only because acrylic color starts chipping off with sanding. Firstly I have created three palletes in three different colors of chalk paint, dividing the space in three equal portions. Apply two coats of chalk paint and let it dry completely.

Now rub candle wax on that area where you want to have distressed look. On top of that, I have applied two coats of white chalk paint because I was planning to use tissue on my project. You can use three different colors, if you are using paper or want to do some stenciling. Using a sand paper of 100 number rub down the paint where candle wax was rubbed earlier so that paint rips off giving it a beautiful distressed look.

Now you can see the distressed look and shades of colors which has merged so well giving it a vintage and weathered look. Dilute black chalk paint and using a zero number round brush, draw pallete lines and adhere the napkin using Mod Podge. Wide range of chalk paint and Mod Podge is available at Coneect4Sale.

As I have always said, use wet brush technique to remove image and edges from the tissue. Let it dry and then again seal the image with modpodge. Now its time to do some stenciling. Since it is going to be used as welcome board so I thought of using the stencil related to that which I have received in my Guest DT kit. Connect4Sale has a beautiful collection of stencils. I wanted to give a little dimension to stenciling part so instead of doing stenciling with color, I have mixed chalk paint in modelling paste and applied it through stencil with pallete knife.

Let it dry comletely and seal the project with clear varnish. Two coats of varnish is more than enough. If you wish, you can pour resin to make it water resistant. A beautiful Welcome Board is ready to adorn the wall of your home. I hope you will find these tutorial inspirational.

All the craft supplies, used in these projects are available at Connect4Sale. Do check the website. Grab your supplies and create somethig beautiful for your home or gifting to your loved ones. Do not forget to share your awesome creations with all of us.
Happy Crafting
Vidhu Thareja

About The Artist

Vidhu Thareja is a crafter from Noida, born and brought up in Delh. She had completed her studies from Delhi. She began her career as a freelance translator and worked with many reputed publications. She has also worked in the Insurance Sector for many years.

Due to personal reasons she had to give up her job, which actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The turning poing came when she got the golden opportunity to work with Madura Coats Pvt. Ltd. as a Craft Consultant for their Anchor Thread Craft activities in reputed schools of Delhi/ NCR Region. Although it was not a very high paying job it gave her all the confidence and a feeling of fulfillment, which made her realize the crafter hidden in her.

Since her childhood she was very much interested in crafts. Growing up, there was not that much exposure to tv or computer and she used to do embroidery in her free time or during vacations. Her biggest inspiration was her mother who is her motivating force. At the time of conducting Anchor thread craft workshops, she started doing DIY activities and decided to learn more.

From then there was no looking back and today she is doing what she loves to do. Although every new technique and art form attracts her but Decoupage and Sospeso are the two crafts, that she enjoys the most. She never lost a chance to learn anything new because she believes that learning never stops.

She follows her fellow crafters because she feels every person teaches you something. To all upcoming crafters she has this to say “That whatever you do, do it with love and passion, follow others but make your own style statement. Be confident but never be over-confident. Share your knowledge, that is what makes you grow”.

You can follow Vidhu Thareja on her Facebook and Instagram on the below mentioned links…

Vidhu’s Crafts – Making Crafts From Heart

//www.instagram.com/vidhus_craft_noida


//www.facebook.com/Vidhus-Crafts-Making-Crafts-From-Heart-553637291368517/




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Decoupage On Hexagonal MDF Coasters by Semonti Roy
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Hello crafty peeps,

It’s me Semonti again on Connect4Sale blog. Today I am going to share another guest designer post.

I have made decoupage coasters by applying various techniques on it. I have got these beautiful and pre-sanded six pieces of hexagonal MDF coasters set with stand, lovely decoupage napkins and very versatile awesome glue art medium matte. Used rest of the supplies from my stash.

Thank you once again to entire Connect4Sale team for sending me these wonderful stuff and getting me spoiled.

Now jump into my project. I have made step by step tutorial on my YouTube channel.

Hope you all like the project. Thank you for your time and happy crafting.

Please checkout the video in the following link.

About The Artist

Semonti Roy is from Howrah, Kolkata, West-Bengal. She grew up in the small historical town of Serampore. She has completed her graduation and Diploma in Multimedia. Since childhood, she loved to do artwork and made various types of handmade décor pieces to decorate her home. For the past 6 years, she became very interested and passionate about crafting. Her hobby turned into her career.

She loves to do different types of craft projects like mixed media, altered art, decoupage, card making, art journaling, scrapbook layout etc and is always eager to learn new things. Crafting is stress buster for her. Semonti says “I can express my emotions through my crafting. I am inspired from many things in nature and different things surrounding me which affects my mind and heart. I like to combine different craft styles, but my all time favourite is Decoupage and Mixed Media”.

To know more about her work, please visit the following links below

Blog //semontis.blogspot.com
Facebook //www.facebook.com/creative.creation5268
Instagram //instagram.com/semontiroy
Pinterest //in.pinterest.com/semontiroy3
Twitter //twitter.com/semontiroy1
TouTube //www.youtube.com/channel/UCpPSlx_Q5LB5x9Xh3EPA6

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Image Transfer On A Tote Bag by Vidhu Thareja
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Hello my crafty friends. I hope you all are having a great crafty time because festive season has already began and we all very excited. At this time of the year we all think of gifts and there is nothing precious than handmade gifts. So keeping this thought in mind I have designed my second project of Guest DT for this month. Here I want to thank Connect4Sale for giving me this opportunity of Guest DT. Today I am sharing a beautiful project – Image Transfer on Fabric Tote Bag. Sounds interesting ! Isn’t it? So without further delay let’s start the project.

I have step wise picture tutorial to follow…I have this off white plain tote bag, measuring 13 x 12 inches, which I have received in my Guest DT kit. Connect4Sale has introduced tote bags in different size to suits all our needs. So check their website for complete range of products. On this bag I decided to use image transfer technique. Since the colour of the bag is off white so I did not feel any need of applying any base coat. We always achieve best results of image transfer on light background.

For this project I have used a very excellent product Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium. This medium can be used on any surface for image transfer but it works best on fabric. Fabric can be hand washed with mild detergent, if you have used this medium. Curing time for this medium is 72 hrs. which means that you can wash your bag after 3 days or so.

Before starting your work always keep a plastic sheet inside the back so that glue or color should not seep through the front side of the bag. I have used laser printout on this project. You can use Image Transfer Sheets which are available at Connect4Sale. If you are using laser printout then take printout on normal paper. No special paper is required. If your image has some text on it, use mirror image. Do fussy cutting of the image, like I have done.

Now apply a generous coat of medium on printed side, not on the plain side. Make sure that the whole image is properly covered with mod podge.

Now slowly lift your image and adhere it on fabric, face down. Slowly press the image from inward to outward direction. Make sure that there would be no air bubble. Now leave it to dry and wait for at least 24 hrs or so.

Here patience is the key. Now wet your fingers with water and start removing the layers of paper from image, till the time the final image gets visible. Start with one corner and rotate your wet fingers in circular motion. If at any point of time you feel that paper has become wet, then leave it to dry for some time and start again. When you are satisfied with transferred image, clean it with damp cloth. Here no need to seal the image, no varnish is required. After image transfer, my bag looks like this. This the magic of this medium that we get so much clarity in transferred image and it looks like a painting. Isn’t it amazing.

Here I have decided to do some stencilling and stamping. For stenciling I have used chalk paints, CrafTreat stencils and stencil brush. Use dry stencil brush and load very small amount of chalk paint in brush. Just dab the color on stencil. This way you always get crisp impression. First I have created some light background and on top of that used red color chalk paint to enhance the beauty of the bag. After the stenciling is done, I have done some stamping using script stamp and Rangers Black Archival Ink Pad. In the end I decided to use a pretty lace so I dabbed some red and green color chalk paint on white lace and let it dry. Then I have used fabric glue to paste the lace. A beautiful bag is ready to flaunt.

All the craft supplies used in this tutorial, are available on Connect4Sale. So make your own customized gifts for your loved ones and spread happiness with handmade gifts. I hope you will enjoy this tutorial and feel inspired. Do not forget to share your beautiful creations with all of us.
Vidhu Thareja.

About The Artist

Vidhu Thareja is a crafter from Noida, born and brought up in Delh. She had completed her studies from Delhi. She began her career as a freelance translator and worked with many reputed publications. She has also worked in the Insurance Sector for many years.

Due to personal reasons she had to give up her job, which actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The turning poing came when she got the golden opportunity to work with Madura Coats Pvt. Ltd. as a Craft Consultant for their Anchor Thread Craft activities in reputed schools of Delhi/ NCR Region. Although it was not a very high paying job it gave her all the confidence and a feeling of fulfillment, which made her realize the crafter hidden in her.

Since her childhood she was very much interested in crafts. Growing up, there was not that much exposure to tv or computer and she used to do embroidery in her free time or during vacations. Her biggest inspiration was her mother who is her motivating force. At the time of conducting Anchor thread craft workshops, she started doing DIY activities and decided to learn more.

From then there was no looking back and today she is doing what she loves to do. Although every new technique and art form attracts her but Decoupage and Sospeso are the two crafts, that she enjoys the most. She never lost a chance to learn anything new because she believes that learning never stops.

She follows her fellow crafters because she feels every person teaches you something. To all upcoming crafters she has this to say “That whatever you do, do it with love and passion, follow others but make your own style statement. Be confident but never be over-confident. Share your knowledge, that is what makes you grow”.

You can follow Vidhu Thareja on her Facebook and Instagram on the below mentioned links…

Vidhu’s Crafts – Making Crafts From Heart

//www.instagram.com/vidhus_craft_handmade/

//www.facebook.com/Vidhus-Crafts-Making-Crafts-From-Heart-553637291368517/

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Mixed Media On Key Holder by Tulika Saha
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October is here and it is Festival time in India. Am sure you are all busy planning for the festivities for your near and dear ones. Along these lines, we are so happy to be presenting a step by step video tutorial by the talented artist Tulika Dey Saha on creating Mixed Media Home Décor Products. She has shown how to alter a Key Holder into a Home Décor piece. Hope you all enjoy her video and get project ideas for this Festival Season.

Hello friends,

Today I am sharing a mixed media project on a key holder base which I got from ‘Connect4Sale’. I must say the products are in excellent quality and I thank Connect4Sale for pampering me with all these goodies. I used chalk paints and few emblishments from my stash and rest all from the store. So, without wasting much time let’s jump on the project I did for their Blog this month.

Hope you enjoy it and thank you for stopping by
Love,
Tulika .

Here is the my Mixed Media Keyholder YouTube Tutorial

About The Artist

Tulika Saha is a passionate crafter from The City of Joy- Kolkata. She did her Master’s Degree in Geography. Worked almost 15 years as a teacher in different reputed schools in Kolkata and Howrah, before taking up crafting as a full time career and being a stay at home mom with her son. She always had a keen interest for art and craft from childhood. She was constantly trying out new ways to upcycle things. So, she decided to invest her time to start her own venture C4Craft in crafting business after leaving her school job in 2016.

Papers always attracted her in some way or the other and this love for paper crafting became one of the main reasons for her to take up paper crafting and to turn any product into useful home decor through decoupage, scrapbook layout or mixed media! She takes orders for handmade home decors and gift items and spends her free hours by taking up decoupage & mixed media workshops in different places in Kolkata & Howrah.

Her biggest inspirations are from nature and industries and those reflect on her work too. She says “But whatever project I do, I put my soul into it and they are very close to my heart”.

Please check her social media pages and blog to follow her work and tutorials.

BLOG LINK : //c4craftkolkata.blogspot.com/
FACEBOOK : //www.facebook.com/c4craft/
INSTAGRAM : //www.instagram.com/c4craft/
PINTEREST : //in.pinterest.com/tulikadeysaha/
YOUTUBE : //www.youtube.com/channel/UCHLhs7ISHewwJKC8RfYoIBQ/featured?view_as=subscriber



                                  
                                  
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Decoupage on Canvas Tote Bag by Vidhu Thareja
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Hello my creative friends. I hope all of you are having a great crafty time. Vidhu Thareja here today….

I am excited to be on the blog once again with a new project. First of all I would like to thank Connect4Sale for giving me another opportunity to design a Guest DT Project.
Today I am sharing Fabric Decoupage project with all of you. Connect4Sale has recently introduced fabric bags in different sizes to suit all your needs. Although decoupaged projects could not be washed but you can wash decoupaged bags. This is something exciting. Isn’t it? I have a step wise tutorial for you. So without wasting time, let’s start the tutorial….I have this plain tote bag from Connect4Sale, measuring 16 inch*14 inch. Since color of the bag is cream, I did not feel the need of any base coat. All of you must be aware that all the napkins including dark color printed napkins, looks great on light color base. If you are using bag in dark color, do apply base coat of white chalk paint with the help of sponge. Before starting any work on bag, place a plastic inside the bag so that color and glue will not seep through from the front side of the bag to the bag inside.

Next step is to choose the napkin for the project. I have received a few beautiful tissues in my Guest DT kit from Connect4Sale.

I wanted to do some stenciling also so I decided to use only half of the tissue, instead of pasting the whole tissue on the bag. Before starting the project, always see the placement of the tissue and mark the area, where you want to adhere the tissue. While working on surface like fabric, faux leather, glass, always tear the part of tissue, which you want to use. You can use wet brush technique also. Scissor gives crisp edges. Hand torn napkin blend easily with the surface. Here I have used wet brush technique to remove edges. Then I removed the two plain layers from printed tissue, as all of you must be aware that we use only top printed layer.

I have started with the stenciling part. I am having this CrafTreat stencil in my stash, which I had bought from Connect4Sale. I have used stencil brush and chalk paint. Use dry stencil brush and do not add water in paint and load very little paint in brush to avoid smudging. I waited for some time to get it dry. A wide range of stencils are available with them so don’t forget to check.

Then I adhered the tissue. Here the important part of this project comes. A question generally comes into our mind, when we talk about fabric decoupage and that is, how to make it washable. I have used Fabric Modpodge availabe in the website. Adhere the tissue using fabric modpodge and wait for few hours and then seal the tissue with the same. This medium is good enough to make it washable and decoupaged area does not loose it’s softness even after washing. No need to use any type of varnish. Here I would like to mention that before sealing the decoupaged area, place a plastic on the area and press it firmly from inward to outward direction to ensure that there would be no wrinkle or air bubble.

At this stage my bag looks like this. On the remaining part I decided to do some stenciling. Here I have used layered stencil by iCraft, which I had bought from Connect4Sale. Again I have used chalk paint and stencil brush. I have done random stenciling. I am having a pretty cotton lace so decided to use that also. I dabbed some chalk paint on lace with the help of sponge and waited it to dry. I have used fabric glue to paste it so that it will not come out while washing. My handmade beautiful bag is ready to flaunt. I hope you liked my tutorial and would love to try your hand on Fabric Decoupage. All the craft supplies used in this tutorial are available on the website of Connect4Sale. So order now and flaunt your creations among your loved ones. Do not forget to share your creations with us.

About The Artist

Vidhu Thareja is a crafter from Noida, born and brought up in Delh. She had completed her studies from Delhi. She began her career as a freelance translator and worked with many reputed publications. She has also worked in the Insurance Sector for many years.

Due to personal reasons she had to give up her job, which actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The turning poing came when she got the golden opportunity to work with Madura Coats Pvt. Ltd. as a Craft Consultant for their Anchor Thread Craft activities in reputed schools of Delhi/ NCR Region. Although it was not a very high paying job it gave her all the confidence and a feeling of fulfillment, which made her realize the crafter hidden in her.

Since her childhood she was very much interested in crafts. Growing up, there was not that much exposure to tv or computer and she used to do embroidery in her free time or during vacations. Her biggest inspiration was her mother who is her motivating force. At the time of conducting Anchor thread craft workshops, she started doing DIY activities and decided to learn more.

From then there was no looking back and today she is doing what she loves to do. Although every new technique and art form attracts her but Decoupage and Sospeso are the two crafts, that she enjoys the most. She never lost a chance to learn anything new because she believes that learning never stops.

She follows her fellow crafters because she feels every person teaches you something. To all upcoming crafters she has this to say “That whatever you do, do it with love and passion, follow others but make your own style statement. Be confident but never be over-confident. Share your knowledge, that is what makes you grow”.

You can follow Vidhu Thareja on her Facebook and Instagram on the below mentioned links…

Vidhu’s Crafts – Making Crafts From Heart

//www.instagram.com/vidhus_craft_handmade/

//www.facebook.com/Vidhus-Crafts-Making-Crafts-From-Heart-553637291368517/

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Altering Ceramic Tiles Into Home Décor by Tulika Saha
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Are you all gearing up for the upcoming festive season? Keeping this in mind, Connect4Sale will be coming up with many handmade projects for this festive season by talented artists and crafters from across India for ideas, inspiration, DIY, gifting solutions and make your space stand out with your own art and craft work.

We are super excited to kick start with a video tutorial by the very talented Tulika Saha. She has altered ceramic tiles for home décor in a very different way. Please check out the video below where Tulika Saha shows us how to alter the ceramic tiles.

About The Artist

Tulika Saha is a passionate crafter from The City of Joy- Kolkata. She did her Master’s Degree in Geography. Worked almost 15 years as a teacher in different reputed schools in Kolkata and Howrah, before taking up crafting as a full time career and being a stay at home mom with her son. She always had a keen interest for art and craft from childhood. She was constantly trying out new ways to upcycle things. So, she decided to invest her time to start her own venture C4Craft in crafting business after leaving her school job in 2016.

Papers always attracted her in some way or the other and this love for paper crafting became one of the main reasons for her to take up paper crafting and to turn any product into useful home decor through decoupage, scrapbook layout or mixed media! She takes orders for handmade home decors and gift items and spends her free hours by taking up decoupage & mixed media workshops in different places in Kolkata & Howrah.

Her biggest inspirations are from nature and industries and those reflect on her work too. She says “But whatever project I do, I put my soul into it and they are very close to my heart”.

Please check her social media pages and blog to follow her work and tutorials.

BLOG LINK : //c4craftkolkata.blogspot.com/
FACEBOOK : //www.facebook.com/c4craft/
INSTAGRAM : //www.instagram.com/c4craft/
PINTEREST : //in.pinterest.com/tulikadeysaha/
YOUTUBE : //www.youtube.com/channel/UCHLhs7ISHewwJKC8RfYoIBQ/featured?view_as=subscriber




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Altered Box Through Mixed Media by Ana Creationz
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Hello,

We are happy to be presenting a video tutorial by Ana Creationz on how to alter or upcycle a heart shaped box through mixed media into a home décor piece. Hope this video inspires you with ideas and thoughts on how to recycle and upcycle materials found around your home into a unique and one of its kind décor piece to adorn your living space.

Mixed Media On A Box by Ana Creationz

About

This tutorial is a contributed by Ana’s Creationz a small venture founded 4 years back. Today Ana’s Creationz has over 700 followers and their only mantra is work hard and make the world more creative. Ana’s Creationz conducts workshop in Delhi and Chandigarh and loves to bring that satisfactory smile on every artist’s face. It is also taking customized orders from people and strives to make their life more creative. It all started with painting a terrace wall and today Ana’s creationz is trying to bring that joyful smile on every customer’s face. Please do visit their Facebook page Ana’s Creationz to see and learn more of their products and YouTube Channel where they periodically bring out Tutorials In Different Craft Projects.

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Mixed Media On Galvanized Metal Bucket by Ana Creationz
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Hi there everyone,

We have here a pictorial tutorial of creating this beautiful mixed media bucket. This decor piece can be used both indoor or outdoor as a showpiece with either original planter or artificial flowers. Without any further delay let’s start.

  1. I wanted to give the project a vintage look. I started pasting few embellishments which I made using moulds on the Galvanized Metal Bucket with a rustic wooden handle.
  2. Next I coloured the entire base with black gesso.
  3. Once dry I highlighted the embellishments with white gesso.
  4. Next I used metallic paints to highlight my motifs. I have used Bronze Moon and Pearly Peacock from Immix.
  5. Lastly I used some bronze wax to give my project a rustic look.
  6. Voila my rustic vintage tub which I’ll be using as a planter to don my entrance is ready.

About

This tutorial is a contributed by Ana’s Creationz a small venture founded 4 years back. Today Ana’s Creationz has over 700 followers and their only mantra is work hard and make the world more creative. Ana’s Creationz conducts workshop in Delhi and Chandigarh and loves to bring that satisfactory smile on every artist’s face. It is also taking customized orders from people and strives to make their life more creative. It all started with painting a terrace wall and today Ana’s creationz is trying to bring that joyful smile on every customer’s face. Please do visit their Facebook page Ana’s Creationz to see and learn more of their products and YouTube Channel where they periodically bring out Tutorials In Different Craft Projects.




//www.facebook.com/AnamikaCreationz/

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Decoupage On Galvanized Metal Buckets By Vidhu Thareja
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Hi everyone, Vidhu Thareja here once again with another tutorial for this month. I hope all of you are having a great crafting time. Summers and rains means to me, staying indoors most of the time and crafting is the best way for me to kill time and to beat the heat. It keeps me energetic.

I would like to thank once again Connect4Sale for giving me this golden opportunity of Guest DT. Today I am sharing step wise tutorial of altered Galvanized Metal Buckets, recently introduced by Connect4Sale. These buckets can be turned into home décor piece or outdoor décor piece using decoupage, mixed media. These buckets can be used to place indoor plants, as ice buckets, as cutlery holder or can be hanged in balcony, possibilities are endless.

I personally love doing decoupage and when I received two such buckets in my Guest DT kit, I decided to alter them using decoupage technique. Vintage never goes out of fashion so I have decided to give vintage look to one bucket. So lets start our projects.

On my first bucket I have used a beautiful tissue from my stash which I have bought from Connect4Sale. Tissues are my weakness and I love the collection of tissues, available at Connect4Sale. First step is to create a base on bucket. Always clean your base like metal, glass with rubbing alcohol to make the base free from any dust particle. As we need white base for decoupage, I have applied one coat of gesso with sponge dauber to avoid brush stroke and to achieve uniform finish. I let it dry and then I apply one coat of Folk Art White chalk paint. Always create a base with white chalk paint or gesso, before doing decoupage with tissue. White base enhances the beauty of tissue, no matter what is the base color of the tissue.

Then I have sanded the surface with fine sand paper. Now it is turn to decoupage the tissue. I wanted to use only image from the tissue, so I have used wet brush technique to remove image from the entire tissue. I have used the image on two sides of the bucket. First I see the placement of the image on bucket. This is very important step for decoupage. Then I have removed the top printed layer from rest of the plain layers. I have used Mod Podge Matte to adhere the tissue. Use minimum glue, when you are using tissue for decoupage because tissues are very thin and delicate and excessive glue will form wrinkles. I place image and while holding it with another hand I apply very little Mod Podge on a small portion. I paste tissue and smooth the tissue gently with hand. I paste the whole image. Then I place polythene on top of decoupaged image and press it from inward to outword direction to remove air bubbles. I decoupage the image on the other side of the bucket. I leave it to dry and then I seal the image with one coat of Mod Podge.

Now it is time to do some color blending around the image. Color combination plays an important role in decoupage always choose colors very carefully. Select colors in combination with your image. Chalk paints gives better finish in color blending. Always use lighter shade of color around the image because darker shades could suppress the beauty of the image. I have done color blending using sponge dauber. I wanted to give vintage look to my project so I have decided to give it a crackle effect. I have used 2 step crackle medium, which comes in set of two bottles- base coat and top coat. 2 step crackle medium works on any type of surface. Here patience is the key. Let crackle medium dry naturally. Do not use any heat dryer or heat tool to speed up the drying process. I apply base coat of crackle medium with the help of synthetic brush. I always apply less quantity of medium on top of image. I left it to dry naturally on its own. It takes few hours to dry, depending upon room temperature. When it got dried I apply top coat of crackle medium. Always keep the direction of the brush same while applying both the mediums. I have applied thick coat of top coat in the same manner. I let it dry. Top coat also takes few hours to dry. When I am satisfied that top coat has dried properly, then I use oil color to highlight the cracks. Take out a small quantity of oil color on a small piece of dry cloth and rub gently and wipe it with another piece of cloth. Complete the whole surface like this, gradually rubbing the oil color and wiping off the exccess oil color. As you wipe the oil color, you will see the beautiful cracks appearing and creating a vintage look. You can use metallic wax also to enhance the cracks. Our beautiful bucket with vintage look is ready to adorn the house. There is not much need to apply varnish since we have already sealed the tissue and we have used oil color also.

I have received two such buckets and beautiful Calambour decoupage rice paper in my Guest DT kit so I have decided to use that paper on the second bucket. The peacocks looks perfect for the bucket so I have done fussy cutting. I will use rest of paper on my another project. On this bucket also I have created white base using one coat of gesso and second coat of Folk Art chalk paint. Then I see the placement of image and using Mod Podge Matte I pasted images of peacocks facing each other. I leave to dry and then seal the image with a coat of Mod Podge. I have decided to create some background texture and for that I have used egg shells. You can create texture with the help of modelling paste or texture paste using any background stencil. I have pasted egg shells using modpodge. This is creating a brick wall effect and perfectly going with the images also.

I left it to dry. Now its time to do some color blending. On this project also I have used chalk paint. Around the image I have used sponge dauber but while doing color blending I have used flat brush on the textured surface. I wanted to enhance that background texture so I have decided to use Inka Gold for the purpose. Any type of metallic wax can be used. I have used copper and gold colors of Inka Gold. I have rubbed wax with my finger to achieve that desired look. I let it dry for sometime and then finally seal the whole bucket with Aquadur PU of Asain Paints.

A beautiful bucket is ready to adorn your house. It is said that Happiness is Handmade. So create with your own hands, something unique and beautiful and spread happiness. Get these buckets for yourself and decorate your lovely home with your handmade creations. Do not forget to share your lovely creations with all of us.

About The Artist

Vidhu Thareja is a crafter from Noida, born and brought up in Delh. She had completed her studies from Delhi. She began her career as a freelance translator and worked with many reputed publications. She has also worked in the Insurance Sector for many years.

Due to personal reasons she had to give up her job, which actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The turning poing came when she got the golden opportunity to work with Madura Coats Pvt. Ltd. as a Craft Consultant for their Anchor Thread Craft activities in reputed schools of Delhi/ NCR Region. Although it was not a very high paying job it gave her all the confidence and a feeling of fulfillment, which made her realize the crafter hidden in her.

Since her childhood she was very much interested in crafts. Growing up, there was not that much exposure to tv or computer and she used to do embroidery in her free time or during vacations. Her biggest inspiration was her mother who is her motivating force. At the time of conducting Anchor thread craft workshops, she started doing DIY activities and decided to learn more.

From then there was no looking back and today she is doing what she loves to do. Although every new technique and art form attracts her but Decoupage and Sospeso are the two crafts, that she enjoys the most. She never lost a chance to learn anything new because she believes that learning never stops.

She follows her fellow crafters because she feels every person teaches you something. To all upcoming crafters she has this to say “That whatever you do, do it with love and passion, follow others but make your own style statement. Be confident but never be over-confident. Share your knowledge, that is what makes you grow”.

You can follow Vidhu Thareja on her Facebook and Instagram on the below mentioned links…

Vidhu’s Crafts – Making Crafts From Heart

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Decoupage On Metal Bucket by Vidhu Thareja
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Hello everyone, Vidhu Thareja here once again on the blog of Connect4Sale with new projects to share with all the craft lovers. First of all I want to thank Connect4Sale for giving me this wonderful opportunity to be a guest DT.

Today I am sharing step wise picture tutorial of altered white metal buckets, recently introduced by Connect4Sale. These buckest can be turned into beautiful home décor piece using decoupage, doodle art, mixed media. They can be used on tables, as wall hangings, kitchen décor or return favours; possibilities are endless.


I personally love doing decoupage so when I received two buckets in my guest DT kit, I decided to alter them with two different techniques. So lets start…..

My first project is image transfer. These days image transfer techniques is getting very popular. You can personalize anything with this technique. Since I was using black and white image, so I decided to keep my base white. If you want to color the base, use any light shade of chalk paint. First I had applied 2 coats Folk Art white chalk paint with the help of sponge. I let it dry completely. I have Stamperia Image transfer sheets in my stash, which I had received from Connect4Sale in my guest DT kit.

These sheets come in the set of two co-ordinating sheets. I have used one image from the set. I have done fussy cutting of the image, as close to the outline of the image. This is a very exciting technique, all you need is patience. I have used Modpodge Matte in this project, also available at Connect4Sale. I have applied sufficient amount of Mod Podge on the printed side of the paper, which we will paste face down. Apply modpodge evenly to cover the whole image. I have applied Mod Podge on that area of bucket, where I was going to paste the image. So mark the area, where you need to paste the image. If you are doing image transfer directly on the surface, without any base coat, then apply Mod Podge only on image.

I slowly placed the image on the surface and pressed it gently with hand to ensure that there would be no air bubble. Smooth the image from inward to outward direction. Then leave it to dry for atleast 12 hours or so.

Now it is turn to remove layers from the image. Be gentle here. Wet your fingers and start rubbing the paper in circular motions. Remember here we need to remove layer by layer. Start from one end and complete the whole image. Keeps on removing the paper, until you see the final image. When you are satisfied that the image got transferred, seal it with one coat of Mod Podge. I wanted to enhance the look of the bucket so I have applied black chalk paint on the rim and at the bottom of the bucket. It is advisable to use chalk paint on the surface like metal because acrylic color will not adhere properly and will start peeling off. Folk Art And ICraft chalk paints are available at Connect4Sale.

On the area where I have applied black paint, I have done some dry brushing with silver metallic color. The bucket was looking little plain to me so have done some stamping using script stamp with Black Archival Ink. Archival ink are permanent inks, which do not react with water based glue, varnish etc. This script stamp is in perfect combination with my image. Finally I have applied a final coat of water based varnish – Aquadur PU of Asain Paints. A beautiful décor piece is ready.

On the second bucket I decided to do decoupage using Stamperia rice paper, which I have received in my guest DT kit. It is an awesome product to use. You will get a variety of designs in rice paper, available at Connect4Sale. Since the bucket is small in size and rice paper has different images, so I decided to use two coordinating images. I have used wet brush technique for better blending of image with the base.

Take a zero number round brush and wet the bristles and remove the image from a distance using the wet brush. I avoided using scissors for such projects where I need to blend the image. Scissors give crisp edges which we do not require. I have applied two coats of folk art white chalk paint with the help of sponge dauber. It gives even coverage. I let it dry. Then I see the placement of images on the bucket. It is very important to see the placement of images, before pasting it. Rice paper is used in same way, like we use tissue. The only difference is that rice paper is not thin as tissue. Now I place first image on bucket and paste it, using Mod Podge Matte. Then I decoupage the second image also. I leave it to dry for few minutes.

Now it is turn to blend some colors in combination to image. We need to seal the image with glue so it is always better to seal the image before color blending.I decided to use off white, green and blue shades of chalk paint. Here I want to repeat that for metal and glass like non porus surface, always use chalk paints. I always use sponge dauber to blend the colors. Always use lighter shades around the image and use dark shades gradually. I have used the same sponge to blend all the three colors simultaneously. I have done some dry brushing with copper and golden metallic color on the rim and handle of the bucket. On this bucket also, I have done some stamping with green and black archival inks. Different type of clear stamps are available at Connect4Sale to choose from. In the center I have used a sentiment stamp.

These sentiments stamps gives more meaning to our creations. Now it is time to seal the project with clear varnish. I have used Aquadur PU varnish. Always apply multiple coats of varnish to make your projects long lasting. A beautiful home décor piece is ready to adorn your home. It is so much fun to create something for our home. So what are you waiting for…create something unique to decorate your lovely home. Do not forget to share your beautiful creations with all of us.

About The Artist

Vidhu Thareja is a crafter from Noida, born and brought up in Delh. She had completed her studies from Delhi. She began her career as a freelance translator and worked with many reputed publications. She has also worked in the Insurance Sector for many years.

Due to personal reasons she had to give up her job, which actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The turning poing came when she got the golden opportunity to work with Madura Coats Pvt. Ltd. as a Craft Consultant for their Anchor Thread Craft activities in reputed schools of Delhi/ NCR Region. Although it was not a very high paying job it gave her all the confidence and a feeling of fulfillment, which made her realize the crafter hidden in her.

Since her childhood she was very much interested in crafts. Growing up, there was not that much exposure to tv or computer and she used to do embroidery in her free time or during vacations. Her biggest inspiration was her mother who is her motivating force. At the time of conducting Anchor thread craft workshops, she started doing DIY activities and decided to learn more.

From then there was no looking back and today she is doing what she loves to do. Although every new technique and art form attracts her but Decoupage and Sospeso are the two crafts, that she enjoys the most. She never lost a chance to learn anything new because she believes that learning never stops.

She follows her fellow crafters because she feels every person teaches you something. To all upcoming crafters she has this to say “That whatever you do, do it with love and passion, follow others but make your own style statement. Be confident but never be over-confident. Share your knowledge, that is what makes you grow”.

You can follow Vidhu Thareja on her Facebook and Instagram on the below mentioned links…

Vidhu’s Crafts – Making Crafts From Heart

//www.instagram.com/vidhus_craft_handmade/

//www.facebook.com/Vidhus-Crafts-Making-Crafts-From-Heart-553637291368517/
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