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Exotic Blossoms Chest of Drawers and Pillows

By: Chris Myer Williams
Chris Myer Williams
Chris Myer Williams
I have always found comfort and happiness when I was busy designing and creating. I have many interests and talents and often I am torn when deciding which art medium to work creatively in. Decorative painting is my first love; however, I also enjoy stenciling, jewelry making, sewing, crochet, needlework of all kinds, cooking, card making, faux finishes, decorating and gardening. Working in the craft and hobby industry for many years, I have enjoyed the pleasures of traveling, teaching, and sharing with others basic crafting how-tos! Currently, I am employed as the Marketing Education Director at Plaid. My career journey to this day, is still allowing me the gift of sharing with others the joys of crafting and finding their creative spirits! I hope that our creative paths may cross one day. Until then... happy creating!
Capture the elegance of hand painted furniture and pillows quickly and easily accomplished using Martha Stewart Crafts Adhesive Silkscreens.
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Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint - Ballet Slipper
Item #32035
High-performance, patented, premium acrylic paint is specially formulated for use on all surfaces. Its highly pigmented color provides superior coverage-perfect for all craft and hobby painting techniques, including brush painting and detailing, sponging, stenciling, stamping, and printing. UV- and weather-resistant for indoor and outdoor use. Self-priming for use on porous and non-porous surfaces. Dishwasher-safe on glass. Non-toxic; waterbased; USA-made. 60 Satin paints provide a soft, subtle, sheen.

$2.29

Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint - Tartan Red
Item #32049
High-performance, patented, premium acrylic paint is specially formulated for use on all surfaces. Its highly pigmented color provides superior coverage-perfect for all craft and hobby painting techniques, including brush painting and detailing, sponging, stenciling, stamping, and printing. UV- and weather-resistant for indoor and outdoor use. Self-priming for use on porous and non-porous surfaces. Dishwasher-safe on glass. Non-toxic; waterbased; USA-made. 60 Satin paints provide a soft, subtle, sheen.

$2.29

Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint - Love Bird
Item #32051
High-performance, patented, premium acrylic paint is specially formulated for use on all surfaces. Its highly pigmented color provides superior coverage-perfect for all craft and hobby painting techniques, including brush painting and detailing, sponging, stenciling, stamping, and printing. UV- and weather-resistant for indoor and outdoor use. Self-priming for use on porous and non-porous surfaces. Dishwasher-safe on glass. Non-toxic; waterbased; USA-made. 60 Satin paints provide a soft, subtle, sheen.

$2.29

Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Multi-Surface High Gloss Acrylic Craft Paint - Amaranth
Item #32095
High-performance, patented, premium acrylic paint is specially formulated for use on all surfaces. Its highly pigmented color provides superior coverage-perfect for all craft and hobby painting techniques, including brush painting and detailing, sponging, stenciling, stamping, and printing. UV- and weather-resistant for indoor and outdoor use. Self-priming for use on porous and non-porous surfaces. Dishwasher-safe on glass. Non-toxic; waterbased; USA-made. 20 High Gloss paints give vibrant, high shine color.

$2.29

Martha Stewart Crafts ® 6oz Tintable Fabric Medium
Item #32194
Mix with Martha Stewart Crafts Acrylic Paints for a softer, more flexible finish when painting on fabric. Mix 1 part medium to 2 parts paint. Heat set projects for permanence and washability. Waterbased.

$6.89

Martha Stewart Crafts ® Spray Paint Kit-Satin Finish
Item #32242
Revolutionary kit converts any Satin brush-on Martha Stewart Crafts Acrylic Paint into a spray paint. Mix desired color with medium, attach sprayer, then apply paint. Includes 1.9oz sprayer, 6oz spray medium, 2 mixing bottles with caps.

$27.99

Martha Stewart Crafts ® Foam Pouncers Set - 6pc
Item #32243
Especially ideal for smooth surfaces like glass, foam pouncers are used to apply paint in an up-and-down dabbing motion. Ergonomically designed, easy-grip handles. Contains 6 pouncers: 1 each 1/2in, 3/4in, 1in, 1-1/4in, 1-1/2in and 1-3/4in. Durable, reusable.

$5.79

Martha Stewart Crafts ® Stencil Tape
Item #32292
Low-tack tape is safe for fabrics and other surfaces. Use to hold stencils securely in place or to mask off areas while stenciling. Contains one roll, 3/4in x 25yds.

$7.99

Martha Stewart Crafts ® Exotic Blossoms Adhesive Silkscreens
Item #32931
Use adhesive silkscreens to create beautiful highly detailed painted designs on fabric, wood, glass and other surfaces. Contains 1 adhesive sheet 8 1/2in x 11in, 6 designs and instructions. Patented.

$11.99

Other Supplies
Chest of drawers pillows or surfaces of your choice
Brush basin or container for water
Paper towels
Foam plate
Scissors
Fine grit sandpaper

Instructions

Exotic Blossoms Chest of Drawers and Pillows Instructions:
1.    The silkscreened chest of drawers was decorated using a combination of Tartan Red, Love Bird and Amaranth.  Allow each color ample drying time prior to overlapping silkscreen designs.  

2.    When creating silkscreened fabrics for pillows, no worries if the desired shade of fabric is not available.  Simply start with a white or off while fabric and paint it a color using the Martha Stewart Spray Paint System.  Substitute the spray medium with Martha Stewart Crafts Fabric Medium when mixing the paint to be used in the sprayer.   If the fabric nap is raised when dry, lightly sand to remove any fabric fuzzies.  Our package samples were colored Ballet Slipper prior to silkscreening.

3.    Tartan Red, Love Bird and Amaranth were also used to silkscreen the pillows.  NOTE:  mix two parts paint with one part Martha Stewart Crafts Fabric Medium before silkscreening.  Using fabric medium will help keep the decorated fabric soft when dry.


Preparation Instructions:
1.     If preparing wood:  basecoat, allow to dry, sand smooth and reapply base color.  If preparing fabric, prewash and dry being careful not to use fabric softeners or dryer sheets.

2.    Using scissors, cut silkscreen designs apart following printed division lines.

3.    Peel silkscreen from backing sheet; set backing aside and save for silkscreen storage.

4.    Position silk screen on project surface where desired; press in place.  If desired, add a section of stencil tape to help hold silkscreen in place.

Silkscreen Painting Instructions:
1.     Apply paint through silkscreen using either the Squeegee Tool Technique or the Foam Pouncer Tool Technique.

Squeegee Tool Technique – Squeeze a small amount of paint onto solid edge of silkscreen.  Holding squeegee tool at a 45° angle with light pressure, pull the paint across the opening of the silkscreen.  Continue painting until the entire design area has been silkscreened.  Set squeegee aside in container of water for cleaning.  Immediately, while paint is still wet, neatly and carefully lift silkscreen by peeling away from the project surface.  NOTE:  Be careful not to drag silkscreen while removing it as your painted design may be blurred.

Foam Pouncer Tool Technique – Squeeze a small amount of paint onto foam plate.  Load the flat bottom edge of the foam pouncer with paint by dabbing into the puddle of paint.  Dab a few times more on a clean spot on the foam plate to ensure you have the entire foam pouncer loaded properly.  Holding the foam pouncer as you would a pencil, begin dabbing straight up and down over the opening of the silkscreen.  Continue painting until the entire design area has been painted.  Set foam pouncer aside in container of water for cleaning.  Immediately while paint is still wet, neatly and carefully lift silkscreen by peeling away from the project  surface.  NOTE:  Be careful not to drag silkscreen while removing it as your painted design may be blurred.

2.     Continue adding silkscreen designs over surface until desired effect is achieved.  NOTE:  When repeating a design, it is best to clean the silkscreen between uses by rinsing in water and allowing the silkscreen to dry thoroughly.

3.    Set completed project aside for 1 hour to thoroughly dry.

Curing Instructions:
All project surfaces painted with Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Paints should be cured to increase the paint’s durability.  Follow either the Bake to Cure Technique when decorating a glass or ceramic surface, the Air Cure Technique when decorating wood, terra cotta, paper mache or tin and use the Heat Setting to Cure Technique when decorating fabrics. 

Bake to Cure Technique – Set dry silkscreened glassware into cool oven.  Set oven to 350°F and bake for 30 minutes.  Glass must heat gradually with the oven to avoid breakage.  Do NOT place glass in a hot oven.  After 30 minutes, turn the oven off.  Allow glass to cool completely in oven.  Wait 72 hours before using.  NOTE:  Glitter Glass Paints should not be baked to cure; only use air cure technique when painting with glitter paints.
 
Air Cure Technique – Air dry completed project for 21 days before using.  NOTE:  Glitter Glass Paints should not be baked to cure; only use air cure technique when painting with glitter paints.

Heat Setting to Cure Technique – Allow your decorated fabric to air dry 24 hours then heat set using either one of two recommended methods.

Dryer Method – Turn garment inside out; place item in dryer for 30 minutes on highest setting allowed for the type of fabric used.

Iron Method – Place decorated item right side up on ironing board; cover with dry pressing cloth.  Set iron to highest setting allowed for fabric used.  Place dry iron (no steam) on area pressing for 30 seconds, lift iron moving to another area until all sections are heat set.

Disclaimer: The information found in each project is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed, nor is freedom from any patent to be inferred. Since we have no control over physical conditions surrounding the application of information herein contained, Plaid Enterprises, Inc. disclaims any liability for untoward results.

Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

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