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

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Mixed Media Key Holder by Anamika Sarkar
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We are happy to be presenting this month a Mixed Media Key Holder project by Ms. Anamika Sarkar where she has used and combined several materials and mediums to get the effect. Please read and follow her step by step process in the following tutorial

Hi there everyone. ….once again I bring another simple mixed media project . I have taken up the theme of love as but in a totally different background….Egypt. Yes I have used an Egyptian theme. So lets get started….

Here I have taken MDF base with love carved on it. The paper I have chosen is Calambour rice paper. Both the Love Key Chain Organizer MDF base and Egyptian Theme Calambour Rice Paper are from Connect4Sale. The paper is of awesome quality acid and lignin free. It’s quite thick so you don’t have to gesso your surface. It comes in A3 size with various Egyptian elements to choose from.

I covered my base in gold colour as I plan to give it a crackle effect. Once dry I coated it with one step crackle medium and left to dry overnight.

Next I cut the desired element from the paper and pasted it on a card stock as I plan to give it an elevated and dimensional look. I pasted it on the card stock and then cut it in a desired shape.

I then applied black gesso on the base . This gives my project a crackled look. In the meantime, I gathered various embellishments that I wanted to put on my project

I pasted my elements on the base. Once I was satisfied with the look after a dry run……my ultimate project looks like this.

About The Artist

Ms. Anamika Sarkar completed her Masters in Museology and Bachelors in Education and has been into teaching profession for almost 20 years, but her passion has always been Arts.

Being married to a Defence officer, she never could indulge in her creative ventures whole heartedly, but would always keep exploring and learning. Two years back, she decided to quit her job from a renowned school and started exploring her creative side.

Today she is a passionate crafter, enjoying her time and exploring her creative side to the fullest.

Besides craft, she enjoys painting, listening to soft music and reading books.

Please do visit her Facebook page Anamika Creationz to see and learn more of her projects and her YouTube Channel where she periodically brings out Tutorials In Different Craft Projects.Today she is a passionate crafter, enjoying her time and exploring her creative side to the fullest.

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Decoupage On Ceramic Tiles by Vidhu Thareja
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We are so very excited to share a new tutorial by a very talented crafter Ms. Vidhu Thareja this month who is showing how to do decoupage on ceramic tiles. She has shared 4 projects using different techniques in each of them. With so many creative options a ceramic tile can be altered into a unique home décor piece.

Hello everyone. Vidhu Thareja here to share very exciting projects with my crafter friends. All of you must have done decoupage on glass, metal but have you ever thought of doing decoupage on ceramic tiles? Yes, decoupage can be done on ceramic tiles also. This product is very popular in western countries but this product is very much new in Indian market and introduced by our favourite store Connect4Sale. I was very excited to see these tiles, when Deepa Anandakrishnan sent me these tiles to work upon. These tiles come in the size of 4 x 4 inches, which is very much suitable for many projects like coasters, fridge magnets, wall décor tiles and so much more. Apart from decoupage mixed media, ceramic work, clay work, glass painting, image transfer can be done on these tiles, so possibilities are endless. I am sharing few of my creations with a step by step tutorial.

Plain White Ceramic Tiles of 4 x 4 inches size

Project 1

I would like to mention here that it is very important to clean tiles with spirit or alcohol to make it dust free or finger impression free, as we all are aware that for decoupage we need a clean surface. As the tiles comes in white color, we don’t need to apply gesso or any primer on base.

On the first tile, I have used a beautiful tissue from Connect4Sale for decoupage. I have used Mod Podge Matte to adhere the tissue. Remove top layer of tissue and place it on tile. You can cut tissue according to the size of tile and if you see any extra tissue on sides, sand it. Since the surface is little slippery, do not paste the whole tissue in one go. First place the tissue, hold it with your hand. Apply Mod Podge on a one portion and adhere the tissue and then cover the whole tile step by step. Place a plastic sheet or cling sheet to remove air bubble from inward to outward direction.

Use cling or plastic sheet to adhere the tissue to the tile and to avoid air bubbles.
Sand the edges
Use Distress Ink

If you want you can distress the sides, using Distress Ink and in that case leave it for few hours. Then seal the tile with Mod Podge and again leave it to dry. Final step is to seal the project with Aquadur Pu varnish from Asian Paints. Apply multiple coats of varnish to make the coaster long lasting. On the back of the tile I have pasted cork sheet with the help of silicon glue. You can use hot glue gun or any strong glue.

Pasted cork sheet in the back
Your Home Décor piece is read as a wall hanger, fridge magnet, coaster or for your coffee table

Project 2

While making first tile, a thought came to my mind that tile can be used to create fridge magnet also. Now I have used a different technique. First I have pasted a decoupage paper, which has writing on it. Then I have done dry brushing of gesso to tone down the writing, since I want to add napkin on top of that. I took out a pattern of flower from the tissue, using wet brush technique. This tissue is from Connect4Sale. I adhered that pattern on printed paper, using Mod Podge Matte.

I left it to dry. Then I sealed the project using Mod Podge. Here I have applied two coats of Mod Podge. After applying second coat of Mod Podge I immediately sprinkled some rainbow glitter on flower and let it dry. I repeated the same step again to seal the project with varnish and pasting the cork sheet. Since this is going to be used as a fridge magnet, I have used four small magnets on the four sides

Adhered magnets to the back of the cork sheet
Add a caption of your choice. This beautiful tile is ready to gift.

Project 3
On the third tile I have used crackle technique and for that I have used DecoArt 1 Step Crackle Medium, which I bought from Connect4Sale. On this tile first I have applied a coat of Gesso with the help of sponge dauber. After that I have applied one coat of chalk paint. I left it to dry.

Then I took synthetic brush to apply one step crackle medium in zig zag direction. On this I did not want big cracks so I have applied a thin coat of crackle medium. I left it to dry naturally.

For this tile also I took out a flower from the tissue, using wet brush technique. When crackle medium got dried, I have used contrasting color of chalk paint. When chalk paint starts drying, you will see cracks getting visible. I adhered the tissue on top of that. Then I repeated the steps of sealing the project with Mod Podge and varnish and then finally pasted the cork sheet on the back of the tile.

Project 4

Image transfer technique is getting popular these days so I wanted to try that on tile also. For image transfer, I have used Stamperia Image transfer sheet, available at Connect4Sale. These sheets comes in set of two sheets and has very beautiful designs. You can choose as per your requirement. I have chosen one pattern from the sheet and done fussy cutting. Then I took Soft gel medium to adhere the image, face down. I pressed the image from all sides, ensuring there will be no air bubble left under the image. I have used plastic sheet to smoothen the image. You can use any old debit or credit card to remove air bubble but be careful while doing it because this paper is not very thick.

I would like to mention here that I have applied soft gel medium on tile and image also. I kept it to dry for 12 hours. It is very important to keep it to dry for sufficient time. Now it is turn to remove the layers from the image. Wet your fingers and gently rub the paper. Slowly rub the paper and remove the layers from the image, until the final image gets visible. When you see that final image is very much clear, clean it with soft cloth and seal the image with soft gel medium itself. On the back side of this tile also, I have pasted cork sheet.. Your project is ready to you.

After image transfer

For the last project, I have used one single tissue on four tiles. These tiles can be used as coaster set or wall décor or center piece on dining table/ centre table.

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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