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Easter Egg Decorating: Foils Edition

So… I stole this idea from one of my retailers and good friend, Morey at PAINTED studio. It was just too cute (and she ordered WAYYYY to many eggs), so I knew I needed to share it with you guys. I finally found some time in my very overwhelming weeks (family stuff) to get back into my studio and be creative, and I am so excited to share this project with each and every one of you!

I am going to Foil some Easter eggs and show off some of me newest Foil patterns 🙂

To start, I put my eggs on skewers. Some were easy to get in and others I had to really poke it in there LOL. These eggs are papier-mâché, but you can use glass, plastic, and basically any other eggs you find. If you are wanting to do some papier-mâché ones, you can find them on Morey’s website, HERE.

Next, I base coated my eggs. I painted them Persian Blue by General Finishes and black. I know black is a little basic, but I have a ton of foils that look great on a black background.

Now let’s get foilin’. Foil Adhesive is a product I created and it is definitely one of my favorite products. It starts milky white and then will dry clear and shiny. Make sure you give your foil adhesive 15 – 30 minutes minimum to dry. It drys to a firm tack and will never dry past that. You can let it dry for a day or a year and it will still be sticky 🙂

Once your Foil Adhesive is dry, you will pick out your favorite foil colors, patterns, and your glitters, and we are going to get foilin’ and glitterin’.

Set your egg in the foil, and remove from the skewer. Then wrap the foil around the egg and grab your toothbrush or scrub brush to help you get the best transfer possible. Make sure to leave some areas without foil if you want to add some glitter to your eggs.

Once you have foiled all your eggs, you can now get out your glitter. Grab a plate, bowl, or tray to put your glitter in and roll your egg around in the glitter until you get as much glitter as you want on your egg. YES, there will be glitter everywhere 🙂 LOL!

WOW! These turned out fabulous! So stunning and different than anything I have ever seen 🙂 What are you waiting for?? Grab your supplies and get Foilin’! Your Easter decorations will be the talk of the town (or at least your family HAHA) 🙂

More of a visual learner? Check out the complete tutorial below!

You can purchase Foils HERE! You can purchase Foil Adhesive HERE!

All About Chalk Couture

So I know it’s not new to most people, but I recently discovered this super fun product called Chalk Couture. I may be new to Chalk Couture, but I am definitely not new to the decorative painting world!

Chalk Couture provides tons of fabulous designs on Silk Screen Transfers and makes it so easy to create signs, crafts, furniture, fabric, and more.

Want to know what my favorite part about Chalk Couture?? I have been able to combine these fantastic Silk Screen Transfers with my Foil Adhesive!! I didn’t know the foiling game could get better and then voilà!!

Ready to learn how to combine Foils & Chalk Couture?? Let’s get started!

First, you will start with “fuzzing” your transfer. This just means you want to lay your transfer on your shirt a few times to get it a little “fuzzy”. Then you will apply your transfer to the service you are wanting to foil.

Next, you will apply foil adhesive over the openings using the squeegee and remove the transfer. Wash the transfer immediately to remove the foil adhesive (you want to be able to use your transfer again). Now allow your foil adhesive to dry as normal, approximately 15 – 30 mins (the longer the better). You will want it to get to a firm tack!

Then you will transfer your foil of choice, there are so many different colors and patterns to choose from on my website. To transfer your foil you will want to make sure the pretty/shiny side is facing up/ facing you and apply it over the foil adhesive. Smooth out the foil with a rag or paper towel, then use a scrub brush to help you get the best transfer possible.

Now, look at these beautiful foiled transfer!! I am OBSESSED with the product combo (:

How can you get started with Chalk Couture?

Well… You can purchase any designs you’d like on my website HERE. You can even get your own starter kit and start your own little side hustle for only $99. You can grab your starter kit HERE.

The current Starter Kit includes:

1 Designer Start-Up Guide

1 Pack Of Thank You Cards With Envelopes (12)

1 Chalk Couture Apron

1 Small Squeegee

8 Chalk Transfers (Various Sizes)

• Welcome Trio (A)
• When In Doubt (A)
• Business Builder—Ask Me How (B)
• Business Builder—Vision Board (B)
• Hello Spring (B)
• Today I Choose (B)
• Procraftinating (B)
• Club Couture Chalk Transfer Of The Month (B)

5 Chalkology™ Pastes (3 Oz. Jars) 

• Bright White
• Couture Teal
• Peony
• Guava
• Parakeet

1 Couture Gallery™ Framed Board (Aiden Style White Frame, 9″ X 12″)

1 Couture Boutique™ Board (10″, Round)

All for ONLY $99, worth over $230.

Snag your Starter Kit HERE and become a Designer!

If you have any questions about getting started with Chalk Couture, drop your questions in the comments below! I cannot wait to see what projects you create (:

Let’s get FOILED

FOILS…

What the heck are they and why is everyone so excited about them?

First, let me try and describe what foils are and how to use them.  Foils are a metallization on the back of plastic and create a bright and shiny surface.  The most brilliant metallics will always be Leafing, but Foils are not far off and much easier to work with or maybe I should say not as messy.

Foils come in soooo many different colors, patterns, and holograms, that you have a ton of options!

The process is also pretty simple. It is simply applying a Foil Adhesive, allowing it to tack up and then transferring your foil.  Okay, I will give you a little more details and step-by-step, but it really is that easy!!

First, you do need a Foil Adhesive for this process and I have a fabulous Foil Adhesive for you.  You need to apply the Foil Adhesive to your surface and allow it to dry to a firm tack.  You can brush or roll this onto your surface, but all your application marks can show through the foil.  Make sure to roll or brush in one direction to minimize your roller marks or brush marks.  Allow the Foil Adhesive to dry for at least an hour before trying to transfer the foil.  The Foil Adhesive that I sell does not dry beyond a firm tack, meaning it is sticky for life.

Once the Foil Adhesive has dried for at least an hour and is a firm tack, you will apply your foil over the surface.  You want to make sure that the shiny bright side is facing you when you apply it.  Use a terry rag or any soft rag and rub the foil into the adhesive surface. Don’t use your hands because they can leave marks.  Always peak underneath the foil and determine how much you want to transfer before removing the foil completely.  There is no standard or correct application, you can transfer as much or as little as you would like to see.  If rubbing with a terry rag is not transferring enough foil for your liking, then get out a scrub brush.  Make sure to scrub the surface up/down, do not scrub in a circular motion.  Again, the scrubber marks may show in your application, so make sure you are scrubbing up and down.  Once you have transferred as much foil as you desire you can remove the plastic.

Due to the fact that the foil adhesive never dries past a firm tack, you will want to apply a top coat not only to seal in the tack but also to protect the foil finish.  Foils are delicate and can scratch easily, so you want to make sure and protect them.  It’s best to make a sample board with a foil transfer and then section off areas to apply different top coat sheens and determine which one you like the best.  Anything in a top coat below Gloss will alter the sheen of the foils.  Sometimes we want to keep them bright and shiny and other times we want to dull the high sheen using a lower sheen top coat, like satin.

Grab yourself some foils and foils adhesive and just play!!  They are easy and fun to work with!!  Just go get creative and create something bright and shiny!!

 

DIY Foil Pumpkins for Fall Decor

Want to add some bling to your fall decor? How about covering pumpkins in foil? You can use craft pumpkins or real pumpkins, real pumpkins will last approximately two months if you don’t cut them open. I also suggest you paint real pumpkins first, I recommend Debi’s Design Diary DIY Paints.

In this tutorial I’m using craft pumpkins and I did not paint them first.

SUPPLIES
Pumpkins (real or craft pumpkins)
ArtsSyVille Foil Adhesive
APS Foil
Brushes
APS Glitter
ArtsSyVille Glass Bead Gel

Start with ArtsSyVille Foil Adhesive and coat your pumpkin while holding the stem. I prefer using an Art Wash Brush for this step. You want an even coat, not too thick, but not too thin. The foil adhesive will go on with a milky white color, but it will dry completely clear. I set my pumpkin on top of an open bucket to allow it to dry so the least amount of surface was touching the bucket. You want it to dry to a firm tack, this could take anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple hours, depending on the humidity where you live. You can even allow it to dry overnight, there’s no risk of waiting too long. Foil Adhesive is water soluble, very easy clean up.

Artistic Painting Studio FoilsOnce your adhesive has dried long enough, cut a few pieces of foil about 12-15” wide. I used two different colors on one of my pumpkins, copper and bronze. Set your pumpkin on a clean surface far enough away from your foils so they don’t stick before you are ready to use them!

Instead of laying the foil on the surface of the pumpkin, I bunched up the foil, being sure that all the film is on the inside so no film will adhere to the pumpkin, and pounced it on the surface of the pumpkin. This gives the pumpkin a nice textured appearance. As you’re doing this and the foil is being pulled off the film, open the bunched up foil and find a new section to use. You might need to use a couple pieces of foil. Once you’ve pounced the foil around the whole pumpkin, switch to the next color. This method is not going to give complete coverage, but it will give a great dappled texture.

To accomplish more complete coverage, lay the foil over the pumpkin and use a stiff brush to release the foil. Pumpkins with deep ridges will have the foil adhered mostly to the high areas unless you really work it into the crevices. If you have trouble getting tight areas, like under the stem, try balling up a paper towel and using that to rub the foil.

If an area is still really sticky, that means there’s still a lot of adhesive in that area, so go back over it again with some new foil.

Now it’s time to glitter! I covered my tray with Press n Seal wrap so clean up will be easy later and I can save any of the glitter that doesn’t stick to the pumpkin. I used a glitter color called Rich Chocolate, I loved how the dark glitter looks really rich with the copper and bronze foil. With the pumpkin on the tray, I just scooped glitter on the top of the pumpkin and into the low areas. Once I had a good amount of glitter on, I shook it and tapped it a bit and even used a soft brush to thin it out the glitter and move it into the crevices. The glitter will stick everywhere there is uncovered foil adhesive. After letting it sit for a bit, you can gently tap the pumpkin to get more of the unsecured glitter off the pumpkin.

On the second pumpkin I used Seafoam and Rose Gold foils. I cut pieces of the Seafoam foil, approximately 8” lenghts. I needed five of these pieces to cover my medium sized pumpkin.

Before applying the foil, I crunched it first, I feel like this gives a little better transfer, but then I just laid it on the pumpkin and used my scrub brush to get the foil to transfer. Because the pumpkin is not an even surface it’s going to take quite a bit of work to get good coverage. Use a rag or smaller brush to get down into the valleys.

Odd shapes are challenging and you will need to use more foil than you think so that you don’t move the foil to a new area and have an empty area of the film adhere to the surface which can be difficult to remove. Try different transfer methods, a stiff brush, a toothbrush or even your fingers can get the foil to adhere.

If you find that there’s an area that’s not taking the foil at all, if it’s dry to the touch, that area was missed with foil adhesive. You’ll have to go back and touch those spots up with adhesive, let it dry and then reapply the foil.

I didn’t want the seafoam foil to cover completely. Once I worked my way around the whole pumpkin I moved to the second color, Rose Gold. I used this to fill in the empty spots. I had to scrub a bit harder to get this foil to transfer in those spots since the adhesive wasn’t as strong after going over it once.

At the top of this pumpkin I put glass bead gel. ArtsSyVille Glass Bead Gel has tiny glass beads suspended in an acrylic medium. I used a small brush and just painted them on around the stem and out into the crevice areas just at the top of the pumpkin. Don’t let it get too thick, you want just a level row of beads so that it will dry crystal clear. Don’t force dry these, either, allow them time to dry naturally so the gel medium doesn’t haze. It can take a few hours depending on humidity and how thick your application is.

Putting a clear coat over top of your pumpkin is a great idea, especially if you don’t have 100% coverage with foil. The clear coat will make sure there’s no sticky adhesive still on the pumpkin where it could grab on to dirt or other things you don’t want stuck to your pumpkin. Semi-Gloss Final Coat is a great product for this purpose.

I hope you enjoyed this project! If you give it a try yourself, please share your photos on our Facebook page.

Hometalk LIVE DIY – Metallic Foiled Crosses!!!

Large Wooden Crosses

When I discovered these large wooden crosses – I immediately fell in love and knew I had to Foil them!  All my friends and family have a cross wall in their homes and I knew these would be great gifts once I was done making them fabulous!

So I ordered a ton of these crosses, knowing that once everyone saw the transformation – you would want one!

Primed Crosses

I started out with priming them (probably not necessary – but I prime everything)!!!  The priming did raise the grain of the wood – so sanding was necessary.  Just a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper (btw – any paint I had used would have raised the grain of the wood – so sanding would be necessary no matter what) and I was ready for the next step.

Painted with Little Black Dress and ready to foil

I decided I wanted some contrast with the Silver Foil I was planning to use and painted the cross Black using Debi’s Design Diary DIY Paint – Little Black Dress.  I love using this paint – one coat of the Little Black Dress and I was done!

Now it’s time to get Foiling!!!  So, let’s talk about foils and what they are.  The metallic foils I use are a metallization on the backside of cellophane and we need a very tacky surface to transfer them.  You also want to make sure that you are working with easy to release foils – both of these things are necessary for a an easy and fun Foil Finish!!!

Transferring the Foil

First things first – let’s start with my amazing Foil Adhesive and apply one coat to the painted cross.  Allow this to dry to a firm tack (this can take 30 to 60 minutes and it doesn’t matter how long you leave it before transferring – it will never dry beyond a firm tack).  I used a Wooster low nap roller and rolled on one coat, you can easily see where it is – as it is milky white when applying and dries clear.

Now that our Foil Adhesive has dried to a firm tack we are ready to get Foiling 🙂  I have cut a piece of foil large enough for the project (if you have a smaller roll – cut enough pieces for you project). Lay the foil onto the tacky surface with the “shiny/colored” side facing up and smooth out the surface using a terry rag. Start transferring the foil by rubbing back and forth with the terry rag and see how much transfer you are getting – lift up one side of the foil and “peak” under to see the transfer.  If you have not received the transfer you were looking for – place the foil back down and get out your scrubber brush and scrub the surface in a vertical motion, then check again.  Once you are happy with the Foil transfer – remove the foil cellophane and you will have a Bright and Shiny Silver Finish.  No need to wait for anything – we can move onto the next step!!!

Pouncing Foils

(Pouncing Foil Option – crinkle foil up into a ball with the “shiny” side on the inside of the ball and pounce the foil onto the surface.  Keep re-positioning the foil to a new area and pounce as much coverage as you desire).

Stenciling with DIY Paints – Little Black Dress

I choose my Hampton Medallion stencil for this project – I love how it looks with in a all-over-repeat and figured it would be great for this project.  Position stencil at the top of the cross for your first repeat and attach with blue painters tape.  I’m using the DIY Paint Little Black Dress for the stenciling – I know this paint will cover very well.  For detailed stenciling instructions – here is a link to my Stenciling Video. Stencil the Hampton Medallion using the Little Black Dress DIY Paint and a dry brush technique – keep re-positioning the stencil until you have covered the entire cross.

Once everything was dry – I drilled a small hole at the top of the cross so that I could use ribbon to hang the crosses.

Here are a few other samples I created with the same process – just changing up the color options.

For more information on working with foils – check out this video – Installing Foils.

Hope you have enjoyed this fun project and get foiling!!!

Blessings,

Jenn

 

Foiled Pumpkins

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So I’m sure that I’m not the only one that has these ideas that just come to me and then it’s finding the time to make them happen!!! I had been so inspired by all the fabulous pictures I have seen over the last month of everyone’s front porch all decorated with painted, glittered, carved pumpkins!  I actually went to Michael’s and Hobby Lobby to find some plastic or paintable pumpkins – but by the time I was shopping (which was last Friday) there wasn’t much to pick from.  So when I was grocery shopping, I picked up a couple more real pumpkins – I love the character of the real pumpkins – not perfect, leaning to one side – dents and all!!!

Well the clock was ticking to get these pumpkins painted – it is already October 18th and I not only wanted them for Thanksgiving, but also wanted them done before Halloween!  So, I get the call late in the afternoon that my Honey is working overtime and the youngest has a meeting a school until 8pm……WOOHOO!!!  Guess what – I get to paint my pumpkins 🙂

Oh, course I just couldn’t paint these all by myself – it would have been fun, but not as much fun as going Live on Facebook……this way I would have some friends to paint with.  Now, I was also hoping that my idea was going to execute well – I really didn’t try this out first!  LOL  So I gathered my supplies and started to prepare one of the pumpkins to speed up the time on Live video and then had you all you join me.

This was a fun project and Thank Goodness – it really turned out awesome – just like I imagined!!!  Whew – dodged that bullet – this could have been awful…..

So here is what I did – step by step – so if you have been dying to paint or Foil some pumpkins here are the instructions and it was pretty fast project (just needed to wait for things to dry and I actually used a blow dryer to speed up the process).

My Vons Pumpkin
My Vons $4.00 Pumpkin

Start with some great “real” pumpkins from the pumpkin patch or Vons, like I did.  I didn’t even wash them – just brushed off any dirt that I saw and started painting.  I used Debi’s Design Diary DIY Paint – Black Velvet.  Turn the pumpkin on the side and paint the bottom first – I blow dried the bottom so that I could stand the pumpkin upright and finish the painting.  I used a 2″ paint brush and didn’t try to paint 100% coverage – allow some of the Orange pumpkin color to still show (it looks great)!

Debi
Debi’s Design Diary – DIY Paints – Black Velvet

Once all the painting is done and dry – you will apply a layer of my APS Foil Adhesive.  This stuff creates a prefect “tacking finish” for the foils to transfer to.  When you apply the APS Foil Adhesive it looks milky white but will dry completely clear, shiny and tacky.  Allow the APS Foil Adhesive to dry to a firm tack – this can take anywhere form 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on the humidity.

The shiny are is where the Foil Adhesive has been applied.
APS Foil Adhesive being applied.
Crinkle up Foil first for this project.
Crinkle up Foil first for this project.

I used my Silver HS Foil – cut your foil into manageable pieces and I crinkled the foil first.  Make sure to adhere the foil to the tacky surface with the “shiny” side up facing you.  Foils are a metalization on the back of clear plastic – with a great foil adhesive and an easy release foil, they transfer to the tacky surface.  Using your hand or a soft rag, rub the shiny side of the foil and transfer as much of the Silver foil as you would like.  I left a lot of the Black showing (that was my personal favorite – but transfer as much as you like).

Rubbing the foil to transfer
Shiny side of foil facing me and rubbing the foil to transfer
Transfer as much of the Silver Foil as you like
Transferring as much of the Silver Foil as you like

Once the foil is transferred – you can move to the next step if you have one.  I decided I liked the pumpkins just as they are – I have some of the Orange showing, the Black is a matte finish because I used DIY Paints chalky paint and then the shiny Silver foil – I love all the contrast of the different textures.  My pumpkins are still a little sticky because of the Foil Adhesive – but, these will be thrown out after the holidays – so I’m leaving them as is!!!

Finished Pumpkins

Happy Holidays to all of you – hope you have as much fun as I did painting & foiling my pumpkins!!!

You can see the Video on my YouTube Channel – make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss anything!!!  Jennifer’s Foiling Pumpkin Video 

Blessings,

Jenn