I could have gone out and just bought a wood frame.
It would have been quick, easy and probably cheap but really
- I have blank frames...in turquoise
- I have more art/paint/ink supplies than the average bear
- I do not like shopping
- If I went to Target to get a little frame, chances are I would have spent over $200.00. (Well, I could have bought socks, too..hmmm...Maybe I will hit Target later this morning...)
Anyways, one of my most favorite things to do is to create something out of nothing..Well, "not out of nothing" but from the stuff I already have lying around, you know, like a casserole.
This is what I call "Trailer Park Martha" because it means that you & I can create something just as wonderful as her (Martha) without going to buy 5-7 new supplies.
So, back to the wooden frame...
A few weeks ago I picked up a 4-pack of sea-glass colored frames for...well, not really for anything, but I liked the colors, I liked the price and well, I was a Target. Isn't that what you are supposed to do when you are in Target? Pick up random-un-planned un-listed things and pile them in your cart?
anyways...yesterday I grabbed the frame, some supplies and started to layer....(take out the backing and the glass first)
Start by lightly swiping a paintbrush with Glue-N-Seal on it around all the top and side edges of the frame. Don't cover all of the areas..just "dry-brush" it on. You want to have some thicker and thinner areas (Take a closer look at the photo below)
Then dry it a little..not completely, just almost dry...
then spray a little color wash on it here and there..
and dry it....almost all the way...
Then with more Dry-n-Seal on your brush, lightly swipe/drag it over all of the areas that you just dried
and then dry a bit again..
Then, again LIGHTLY swipping/dragging your brush, apply some crackle paint here and there. The reason I say "lightly swipe" is because if you notice in the photo below, the brush will skip and swipe leaving what looks similar to woodgrain...
Lightly dry the crackle and then grab a paper towel and do this:
- Spray on more color wash
- Gently but quickly wipe it off in a downward motion
check it out...whhhooooooo!!! Wood grain....
Now after you stop smiling and saying "Oh my gosh", continue the steps and layers until you have gotten the look you want. I actually like a bit of the turquoise popping out. It looks like old barn wood...love.
Once the front and sides are done and dried, do the same thing on the back of the frame, dry completely, give it one more light coat of Glue-N-Seal to seal it all up and whala...a woodgrain frame to frame something.
oh, and I adhered a little metal plate that reads "Possibility Begins With Imagination"....
Here are the products I used: