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Water Colour Letter Art – Tutorial

Hi everyone 🙂 How are you all going? It’s the middle of Winter here in Australia so it is perfect weather for snuggling up in front of the fire with a project. So on that note, I thought I would share a quick tutorial on my version of those cute water-colour and word art works that are all over Pinterest at the moment. Here goes 🙂

You will need…

  • Water colour paper (pre-stretched to minimize buckling)
  • HB pencil
  • Black Fine line marker (make sure it’s one that doesn’t bleed)
  • Water Colour paint (I used pans, but tube paint is fine too)
  • Medium paint brush
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Water

First, using the pencil, lightly rule some guide lines across your page. With your pencil again, lightly draw in your desired text/quote, take care to center it both vertically and horizontally. When you are happy with your text draw over it again with the pencil to darken the letters. Erase the guide lines but LEAVE THE PENCIL LETTERS ON THE PAGE.

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Now take your brush and dip it in clean water. Paint with water, roughly making a circular area wet. Now paint over the wet area with water-colour. Be creative! Drops of clean water on the wet water-colour paint gives interesting effects!

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When you are happy with how it looks, leave it to dry on a flat, level surface. Now that your watercolour is dry, carefully draw over the penciled letters with a black permanent marker. It is a good idea to test your marker out on another piece of water-colour paper.

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When you are finished allow the marker to dry completely…. And you are finished!

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I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and that it make you want to give water-colour a go 🙂 If you do use this tutorial I’d love to see how yours went, post a photo below or tag me on instagram @friedas_frills

Have fun,

Gill

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Tutorial-Toadstool Pincushion

Hello everyone 🙂 Today I thought that I would show you how you can make your own toadstool. You can use this as a cute little pincushion or just as an adorable decoration!

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So here is what you will need:

  • Red Felt
  • White Felt
  • Cardboard
  • Toy Fill/ Stuffing
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Red Thread
  • Craft Glue suitable for Fabric (Hot Glue is fine too)
  • Toadstool Template

So first up you need to print the template and the cut out all the pieces. Now cut the top out in red felt and cut three large spots, two little spots and the stalk all in white felt. You will also need to cut the base out in cardboard.

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Now lets put it together…

IMG_20160530_155452812Thread the needle, and knot the end. With long stitches sew all the way around the top

until you are back where you started.  (As shown in the picture above). Pull the thread tight so the top starts to gather and put a small amount of toy-fill or stuffing in.
IMG_20160530_155551536Place the cardboard circle inside on top of the stuffing, pull tight and tie off the thread. Glue all around the edge. IMG_20160530_160404094

Now take the stalk and put glue on one side, going from one end to the
other in a zig-zag pattern. Starting at one end carefully roll the stalk up all the way until you are almost at the end. Put some more glue on the end an roll it closed.

IMG_20160530_160619345Okay, so now glue the stalk to the middle of the cardboard which is still showing on the bottom of your toadstool and let ALL the glue dry COMPLETELY.

You’re almost finished! Grab your spots and glue them on however you would like. Wait until its all dry, and you’re done! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and don’t forget to check out our Etsy Shop. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂IMG_20160530_161432999

 

 

 

 

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Tutorial- Chevron Friendship Bracelet with Adjustable Closure

Hello! Recently I was trying to find a tutorial for these pretty friendship bracelets, but I couldn’t find many simple instructions to take you from the start to the finish. Once you get the hang of the two knots these bracelets are actually really quick and easy, and then you can move onto more complicated patterns. So here’s my tutorial:

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  • Cotton Thread  in two colours ( Embroidery Thread, Yarn and String work too.)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Clear Nail Polish
  • Needle (optional)
IMG_20150916_130551697First we need to cut four 41cm lengths of each colour thread. So I have 4 brown and 4 purple. Tie a knot with all 8 threads about 12cm (5″) from one end of the thread, pull tight. Now tape the thread to a flat IMG_20150916_130918794surface just above the knot, this anchors your work.
Separate your threads into two groups of four (two of each colour) and arrange them like in the picture (brown, purple, brown, purple, purple, brown, purple, brown).
IMG_20150916_131344873Taking the thread on the far left (brown) lay it over the threadIMG_20150916_131516587 immediately next to it (purple), making a 4 shape, now take the brown thread under the purple one just above where it lays over the purple thread. Holding the purple thread taunt pull the brown one to the right and slide it up to the knot, that’s your first Forward Knot. Now we need to tie another forward knot with the same two threads, so take the brown thread placing it over the purple thread and then under the purple thread, pull tightly.
IMG_20150916_131954965Now we need to move onto the next brown thread. Take the first brown thread and tie two forward knots around the next brown thread and then tie two forward knots around the next purple thread. It should look something like this.
Now take the brown thread on the far right, and lay it over the purple thread in a backwards 4 shape. Take the brown thread under and over the purple thread just above where they first crossed. Pull tight, that’s IMG_20150916_132403953one Backward Knot. Tie another backward knot on same thread. Tie two more backward knots on each of the next 3 threads.  It should look like this photo ——->
Now taking the purple thread on the far left tie two forward knots on each of the next three threads. Take the purple IMG_20150916_134446277thread on the far right and tie two backward knots on each of the next four threads. Keep repeating these steps with the far left and far right threads until your bracelet is long enough to almost fit all the way around your arm. Knot all of the threads together.DSCF6049
Adjustable Closure
Trim the excess threads to the same length (about 12cm) and plait/braid the length. Knot the ends of the plait/braid and paint the knots with nail polish or craft glue so that they don’t come undone.
With two strand of matching thread DSCF6057carefully make several square knots around both plaited lengths as shown in <——–this photo.  (sorry about the blurry photo).  Flip the bracelet so the wrong side is facing you and tie the ends. Paint the knot with nail polish and trim the ends. Allow your bracelet to dry and DSCF6063you’re finished!
To adjust the size of your bracelet, simply pull on the plaited lengths.DSCF6065
I hoped you enjoyed this tutorial! Please feel free to ask any question below and don’t forget to check out our ETSY SHOP!DSCF6066