Just so you can see it's not all kittens and sunshine around here. I've had two crafty failures in a row.
I find Pinterest a wonderful source of inspiration. I mean really - have you ever seen so many different craft projects featured in one place before? See a pretty picture - click on it to see the source. It's brilliant.
My goal this year is to try as many of them as I can. I'll look at a picture and think "Hmmmm. Wonder if I could do that - if it would actually turn out."
Not always is the answer. And I fault myself - not the original sources.
The first was to try to paint something to look like zinc. Like the ever popular Anthropologie letters. Here is the inspiration: Zinc Inspired Letters
I took my Ikea Fira chest and decided it might be kind of cool if it looked like it was made out of zinc. Since I have an original Anthropologie zinc letter I used it for comparison. I could not get it to look like zinc to save my life. I painted it black. Then I applied a coat of the pearl paint in long, uninterrupted strokes. The black showed through very streaky like. So I put on another coat of the pearl paint. Too light now. I dabbed on some watered down raw umber (my solution to age anything). Still not right.
I believe the issue is the wood grain. I think this project would work much better on smooth cardboard like the tutorial depicts. I finally gave up. I painted all five drawers and then abandoned ship. I think I'll try this next: DIY Lacquer Lookalikes
I think it is safe to say I won't be going into the felt flower business. However I am not completely giving up on this project.
Here is the inspiration - go ahead click on it and then come back and laugh at my attempt. I sure did: Mother's Day Corsage
Okay - I've pinpointed my issues. First of all I should have just stuck with one color. However I didn't have enough of one color in my felt stash so I tried (and failed) an ombre effect. Secondly my gluing skills suck. I needed to glue my petals closer together and more evenly.
I'm not giving up on this - I'll try again with new felt.
You can't alway be perfect right out of the gate. Sometimes it takes a little practice.
Speaking of practice tomorrow I am starting an online photography class. It goes along with my picture a day project. Instead of just random pictures I'll be sticking with a theme for the month of February. And I'll get some expert critiquing on my photos. You'll see my work each Sunday.