Printable feathers. A great way spice up gift wrap.
Fancy Feathers Printable – Feathers, feathers – everywhere! I’ve really enjoyed the feather trend that we’ve been seeing over the past little while. The graphics and watercolours out there are just gorgeous. But feathers aren’t anything new or even a fast fading fad. They have captivated people’s creativity and imaginations for centuries – just look at how they were worn over the years; by shaman, by those of higher social standing, in Native American headdresses, by Kings and Queens, by Parisian cabaret dancers, and now in the weird and wonderful hats of the royal monarchy.
Inspired by these designs I thought I’d come up with my own version of feather design but something practical. Print these out and use however you want; to spruce up newspaper gift wrapping, to make a banner, a wreath, as place setting name tags, to add to homemade cards or in scrapbooking. I’m sure the kids will think of lots of fun things to use these for too. So many uses.
Just print out the feather design on some fun and colourful paper and then trim into the feather shape by following the cut lines. Score down the middle of the feather for some added detailing. I’d love to hear what you’re using your feathers for – don’t forget to send me your comments and ideas.
Download file here.
Do you have a cutting machine like Sizzix eclips™, Craftwell eCraft™, Black Cat Cougar/Lynx™, Boss Kut Gazelle™, GCC™, Pazzles Inspiration™, Silhouette SD/CAMEO/Portrait™, Silver Bullet™, USCutter™, VinylExpress™? Download the cut files for your machine here. This pattern is designed for personal and educational use only, not for business use or resale. Credit & Copyright remains with Jamey Ekins as the original artist and designer. If you’d like to use for commercial reasons, please contact Jamey Ekins for a quote.
We all need to “Be So Happy”
Lately I’ve been very inspired by some of the incredible watercolour and mixed media artists out there. I especially love the style of Geninne Zlatkis, Eva Juliet and Alisa Burke. I’ve never had any experience with watercolour before but it’s something that’s on my bucket list of things to learn… maybe this year will be the year (fingers crossed).
This week, in a fit of desperation to try watercolour, I grabbed Noelle’s art kit from her room and just started playing with the colours – turns out it’s not as easy as I envisioned. Oh well, watercolour classes it is. However, I did have a bit of fun mixing the colours and thought that a couple of the pieces made fun backgrounds for printable art.
I chose this “be so happy “quote for my daughter and put it in her room. My absolute favourite thing that I love about Noelle is that she’s happy ALL the time – seriously! She wakes up every day full of life, energy and happiness and always with a huge smile on her face that continues all day long. I have no idea how she does it but if only I could find a way to bottle it and sell it – I’d make a fortune.
Click to download.
Be So Happy
Pickle Jar Remix – Frosted Glass Jar
Pickle Jar Remix – DIY Frosted Glass Vase – Pretty much every time I throw at jar into the recycling bin I feel a little bit guilty because I keep thinking I should do something with that jar. I wish I could say I’m uber excited to save the environment or something altruistic like that but it’s a little more simplistic than that… I just like to create things. A couple of weeks ago I found some frosted glass paint. I didn’t have anything in mind when I picked it up but thought it may come in handy some day. Well, that someday was yesterday when I went to toss a pickle jar into the recycling bin. I was holding the jar in my hand thinking about what a beautiful size and shape it was when I realized it would make a sweet little vase if done up nicely. So I tracked down some white paint, the frosted glass paint, some thin tape (washi tape in this instance) and a smallish pouncer. This was a really quick project about 20 minutes all in, not including the drying time.
One last thing before I get to this DIY tutorial. I LOVE PEONIES! We used to have huge bushes of them where I grew up in Ontario and I loved picking them for my mom when I was a little girl. I had grown a bunch at our old house that we moved from last year. Just this Spring I planted a number of peony tubers but then about a month or so after I planted them, my husband had a guy come over to weed all our gardens and didn’t tell me. The guy he hired “weeded” all of my peonies. What kind of gardener doesn’t know the weeds from the plants… deep breath.
Anyway, after that incident I’ve been in peony withdrawal so I went back to our old house and with the tenants permission (friends of ours actually) I picked a few peonies for the lovely bouquet in this photo… ah, all better now. Look at how gorgeous those flowers are!
- Glass paint – Americana Frosted Gloss Enamels – Frosted glass paint in white (from Michaels)
- Craft paint – Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint in Wedding Cake (from Michaels)
- Small to medium size pouncer
- Tape (I used thin washi tape)
- Soak jar in warm water to get the label off the jar and then wash it to make sure there is no paper or sticker residue left on the glass. Dry glass thoroughly.
- Place your tape into the position being careful to make straight, consistently spaced lines.
- Using your pouncer, gently sponge on your solid colour paint (white in my case) in between the tape. Carefully go around the outside until all the space is filled in. Allow to dry for an hour or two, then remove the tape.
- Now, using your frosted glass paint, dab on using your pouncer starting at the bottom and move to the top until the entire jar is covered. I found that if I went over it again (about 5 minutes later) with a sparse second coat it had a better “frosted” appearance. Allow to dry completely.
- Fill jar/vase with water and beautiful flowers.
Love Stencilled Pillow – a quick and easy way to breathe new life into a plain pillow.
Love Stencilled Pillow – Free “Love & Life” Template – I’ve been on the search for the perfect pillows for our living room for over a year now. As you can see, it’s a very monochromatic room (which I like in this instance) but it really needed a pop of colour. I picked the blue colour from a painting that’s on the wall over the piano on the opposite side of the room. I love the blue vase on the coffee table but I’ve have had so much trouble finding pillows with a similar blue. I was open to anything really but I had no luck. Finally, over the weekend, I found these simple pillows for only $9 each. I brought them home and threw them on the couch – perfect. Well, perfect except that they were kind of boring. I was thinking about adding lace or ribbon but that’s not really our style. Finally, I came to the conclusion that a simple word stencilled in white would work beautifully (and if Michael didn’t like them I would just flip them over).
I picked up some fabric paint, created a template for the words ‘LOVE” and ‘LIFE” in Adobe Illustrator and got down to business. I’m pretty happy with the final result… and it seems I don’t need to turn over the pillows. 😉
- Acrylic craft or fabric paint (I used Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Craft Paint in Wedding Cake White)
- Vinyl (approx 12″ x 12″ for both words) with a sticky/adhesive backing (use whatever extra scraps you have – I used chalkboard vinyl because I have extra)
- Cutting machine or xacto knife (and some patience)
- ‘LOVE’ and ‘LIFE’ template – download svg file, ai8 file or pdf here
- Pouncer (small-medium size)
- Download the printable template (above).
- Cut out your letters using a cutting machine or by hand with an xacto knife so that you have just the negative of the word (see photos in second row down).
- Place the vinyl template carefully over the pillow so that it’s centred and exactly where you want it – smooth the vinyl down so that there are no places where the paint can get under the edges.
- Pour out a bit of your paint and dab some paint on the pounce, whiping off any excess. Gently dab the pouncer on the pillow in the letter space. You want it covered well, but also not too caked on. Complete all the letters this way. Set aside and allow paint to dry completely.
- Gently peel off the vinyl. Once the paint has air dried for 24 hours, go over the letters with an iron to set the paint permanently (put a thin towel over the pillow to cover the painted letters while you iron).
- Place the pillow into position, stand back and admire.