Sunday, March 25, 2012

The "H" Project - More Pinterest Inspiration

Project EH.

Define Project Eh?  Project Eh is one that you think may be a fail, then you think may be not too bad.   But it certainly isn't great.  But I don't want to put any more work in it - for now.  Would I buy it if I saw it in a store?  Certainly not.  But I can't really say it is a failure yet.  I'm just going to put it somewhere where I can see it occasionally and think about it.   

I just DO NOT LIKE IT when something that seems like it should be easy turns into something not so easy. And usually, this happens because I can't leave well enough alone, or don't completely read the tutorial, or don't read the tutorial at all, or think I can skip a step, or combine two different ideas.......you know.  At least I think you know.  Maybe I'm the only one who does this stuff.



I have these cardboard letters.  The kind you buy at any craft store.  The kind you can turn into anything you want.  I have 3 of them and have had them for several years.  I've never decided what exactly I want to do with these letters, so they sit in a bag in my basement.  Every time I see them I have to wonder why I haven't bothered to commit to a treatment for the letters.  Probably because I didn't know what I would do with them if they were "fixed."  

Because this is my self-proclaimed "poop or get off the pot" week regarding my Pinterest inspirations I thought maybe I would do the same with at least one of my letters.

Inspiration #1
virginiaandcharlie.blogspot.com for tutorial
I think that the pin I had on this said something like "make design from glue and paint everything one color.  Lesson #1 - go to the actual tutorial and find out how it is actually done.  This is not glue.  This is puffy paint.   Trust me you cannot get this look with glue - I tried.  The real way you do it is puffy paint.  Genius.  I WILL do this project as directed soon.  I just need to get puffy paint.

Inspiration #2
artclubblog.com for tutorial
This IS done with glue - covered with foil - antiqued with shoe polish.  Looks pretty cool.  
UPDATE NOTE:  This is NOT done with Elmers glue.  It is Aleene's Tacky Glue.  It leaves a thicker more solid design.  I have heard from people who tried this with Elmers.  Once again....it will NOT work with Elmers glue.

Inspiration for Inspiration #2
Make It A Wonderful Life for tutorial
This is the original tutorial for The Art Club's project.  I encourage you to check out this post.  There are some steps in this tutorial that I did not do.  They add the real interest to this picture.  There are several more examples here.  They were all done by children.  They are fab.  I would encourage you to make some with your kids or grandkids.   Keep in mind though that glue has to dry.  That takes longer than you might imagine.

Now to what I did.

I used the first picture as inspiration for my design and drew the glue onto my letter in the shape that I wanted.  You have to be careful and only do the horizontal surfaces - the glue will drip if you are trying to do the sides of the letter at the same time as the front.  Believe me - I know.  It took like three days to get this letter "painted" and dried.

Here is where the battery on my camera went out.  Put on your imagination hat......

Cut strips of foil about 1/2 inch wider than the sides of the letter and glue them to the sides of the letter with ModgePodge.  

Rub gently with a paper towel or soft cloth to work the foil over and around the pattern of the dried glue.

Cut out the exact shape of the letter.  I used a Q-tip to score around the letter and then cut on the inside edge of the scored line.

Paint the back of the cut-out with Mod Podge and lay it over the front of the letter.  Just as you rubbed sides, rub the top foil until the glue pattern shows through as desired.  Be gentle, the foil can tear.

Wipe down any places where the Mod Podge is showing on the foil with a slightly damp cloth.  Even though it dries clear, it could possibly alter the way the antique medium - whatever that might be - adheres to the surface.  You want that to be the same over the whole piece.

Let it dry for a while.

Cover entire surface with black shoe polish.  Let sit for a minute and wipe away excess with a soft cloth.  Read the other tutorials carefully here - I really didn't like how mine turned out and it was not drying very well.  I ended up wiping off almost all traces of the black shoe polish.

When you have the look you like, cover entire piece with Mod Podge.  That final coat actually takes away the whole "this is a foil letter" look.

What do you think?  Should I scrap it.  Cut bait?  I was thinking I might try some sort of zinc finish.  

Any ideas out there?

It is on the shelf for now.  Waiting for a better idea.

Make something wonderful today!

43 comments:

debra valiante said...

I like it! and I would love to see a zinc finish. I wouldn't change this one though

stephanie said...

I think it looks neat.

miss flibbertigibbet said...

I like it! Get some Rub n Buff from the craft store and try that with it. It comes in various antique finishes and rubs on with a cloth so you can really age it nicely. But, it doesn't look bad shiny either! just a taste thing!
Lorraine

Beth said...

I think it turned out just fine! I like that you did the design on a 3D LETTER! I think your shapes turned out much better than what I would have done.

plaits and paisley said...

Looks good from here!

DTTD imagine.design.create said...

Definitely NOT a fail - I love it! It looks aged and antiqued and weather and worn - exactly how an old metal letter should look :-)

I did an letter art project for the It's a Cinch party too - hope you'll stop by and check it out :-)

Kelly

Artsy VaVa said...

That looks great! I will definitely try it!

How to Nest for Less said...

WHOA, this is so smart!!! NOT a fail at all. I'm PINNING this!! Thanks for linking up :)

Katie Goldsworthy said...

That is totally awesome!!! What a great idea! I'm pretty sure you'll be starting a trend with this one!

Thanks for linking it up @ Creatively Living!
--Kaite

sallgood said...

Hi! Thanks for linking to our owls!

I love your letter!! Did you use the dull side or the shiny side of the foil? I let the kids choose- the look it different depending on which side of the foil you use.
(And adding more patterns on the surface the way we did meant more places for the shoe polish to stick.)

You can also add another layer of shoe polish, and then only buff lightly to leave more of the patina.

Your 3d letter is a great use of this technique. :D

sallgood said...

Okay, I was looking at your letter again. Have you thought about just doing some simple lines on the inside of your petals? You don't have to go crazy with all sorts of patterns like we did on our owls- maybe the same lines/pattern in all the petals to create texture, but unity too. Just a thought! :D

Brittany said...

LOVE the way this looks! So much so, that I featured it on my blog today. :) little-inspirations.blogspot.com
Thanks for the inspiration!

missamanda said...

I love it just the way it is!!!

Shabby Passions said...

WOW! Love it just the way it is! I need one.

Robin said...

A…Karen. Are you nuts??? That is GORgeous! In the quilting world your design is called feathers. I LOVE it!

Next time, can you make an "R"? I'll send you my address. :-)

robin :-)

Megan Reed said...

This is AWESOME! Don't change it! I think I want to try this but with a normal canvas as a base...

Candise said...

This looks great! I'm def going to try it! What kind of glue did you use? hot glue, elmers, tacky....?

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Candise, you are a no reply blogger so here is the answer to your question. I used Tacky Glue for the pattern - apparently it sets up better than the others like Elmers. I used ModPodge to attach the foil to the letter.

Candise said...

I dont really know what a no reply blogger is but thank you so much for your response! I am trying this this week! I have used tagboard to cut out the shape of my designs and have drawn all the details. Next I will use tacky glue and foil and hope for the best! What do you think about using caulk in a caulking gun for the design. Just a thought...it may give more height to the design....?

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Hi Candise. A no-reply blogger is one who has no-reply as their email address in the email I receive with your comment in it. I tried to look up how you change this but I didn't come up with an answer. Do you have your settings so that you receive your comments in email? If not that might be your answer to change that. Anyway, if I get your email instead of no-reply, I can email you back with as much information as you need.
I hope your project turns out well! Using caulk is something to think about - but I think it might be a little difficult to manipulate. You could try putting some on a test piece of cardboard and seeing how hard it gets. You want the glue (or caulk) to get really solid so it doesn't move around under the foil. Would love for you to send me a picture when you get finished.

Kristy said...

Can you make me one of these and I'll pay you for it!!?! I want it for my front door! I need an H too!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I would be glad to, if you are really interested send me some contact information.

Juju said...

I tried it with regular Elmer's white glue and it was terrible. I think I will give it another go with puffy paint.
Yours looks great!

carlee ellen said...

has anyone tried this with hot glue? i feel like it would set up so fast and cut back on drying time! but i figured i better ask if it has been done before i try and fail..

Elisia said...

I was just wondering what kind of foil this is? Like tin foil?

Janilynne said...

I would not change a thing! It turned out lovely! I have several friends (including my daughter) getting married in the next few months and I will be making these as gifts! Thanks for the idea :)

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

Well I have just spent an hour looking through your blog (and I love it) for this little letter H! Of course I found it on Pinterest and had to come see how you made it. My kids actually did a project just like this when they were kids in art in elementary school, but I had forgotten all about it. I have a tip for you. If you go to the HVAC dept at your local home improvement store they have foil tape. I have been using it for really cool projects and as I read this I thought hey, that could work for it too (and you can paint on it)! Love it, now I need to make one for me, and no I would change a thing.

Vickie said...

I want to do this. It would be great for any project or gift.
Keep it is great.

DZgrace said...

I think what you've done is awesome!!! Don't change it, but I'm a novice so what do I know LOL
By the way, what is the font you are using for your comments??? I LOVE the font & where would I find it??? Keep the pretty stuff coming :)

Cailey said...

Does foil have to be used or could you use some sort of metallic spray paint? Has anyone tried this?

polychic said...

I haven't read other comments so this may have been suggested already, but it would look gorgeous spray painted white and antiqued! I'm on my phone and it actually looked white at first. Wasn't until the second photo that I realized t was silver. I've been wanting to try both of these! And this is not to say yours look less than fabulous either ;)

Linda said...

can this be painted ........i would rather paint than use foil

SPclothing1 said...

I want to do this, but in gold. How could I make it gold, though?

karen@somewhatquirky said...

SPclothing1 - you are a non reply blogger so I can't answer your question!!!! Can't locate you through your profile either so I'm checking in here with the answer hoping you might check back.
You could try painting. If you use paint, you should probably use puffy paint for the shapes. I'm not sure how the glue would paint up.
If I were doing it I would use gold leaf - which I think would be gorgeous. The traditional under layer for gold leaf is red paint. The under layer is important with leafing because you may not get 100% coverage and you want something to show through that enhances the piece rather than makes you ask "why didn't they cover that space?"

Mel said...

It looks great! I wonder if you couldn't just use a hot glue gun? I'm going to try it. I have not seen these cardboard letters in the craft store yet. hmmm

Lisa Granholm said...

Karen...thanks for all the details...I saw this on another blog with minimal details and it failed miserably! I love it...definitely don't scrap it!

Lori said...

Just stumbled on your blog and LOVE everything. I'm a 5th grade teacher and have done this type of project with kids. We used regular elmers glue, but glued string along the lines (they wrote their names). Then layed the foil on top, pressing around the letters. Black shoe polish and then used fine steel wool to rub it off and get the antique look.

Charity said...

Found you through Pinterest... fun idea! I set aside my hatred of hot glue for the cause of scientific discovery, and tried it instead of the tacky glue on a scrap of cardboard. It works! The hot glue makes much thicker lines, so I did get a lot of wrinkling with the foil around the shapes, but it definitely works.

I love how your letter came out, but since it isn't your favorite, might I suggest painting all over it with gold acrylic paint, then wiping most of it off before it dries? And repeating until you like how it looks. Or maybe some other color of acrylic paint... it will dry a lot faster than the shoe polish, and you will get added texture from the brushing and wiping.

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

I love it! Can you get the glue anywhere?

Heel in Mint said...

Very nice..I like your project. Zinc finish sounds good too.

xx
Heel in Mint
www.heelinmint.com

debie said...

Karen - Love this!!
Also, wanted to say that I'm glad you responded to the "non reply bloggers" on this post, so we could see the answers to the questions. I recommend posting the answers on here so everyone can benefit, because i had most of the same questions that others asked. If you email them, then we don't get to see the answers.

GMa Kiki said...

Just tried this with a cardboard letter I got from a craft store. Turned out very cool. I used puffy paint, cheap aluminum foil & Annie Sloan Dark Wax because I didn't have shoe polish like I thought I did! I used a really soft cloth to blot the whole thing and it turned out amazing! Thanks for this awesome idea!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

HAD to come by and check out your H project! Was so nice meeting you today and look forward to following your blog and posts in the future.

It is a really creative project, Karen! I think you did a fantastic job here.
;)

Alison

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