Sunday, April 23, 2017

And I Didn't Even Learn It on Pinterest

When I was young, my sisters and I spent a lot of time at my grandmother's house, where we were treated to such delicacies as homemade potato donuts, sopapillas, popcorn popped on the stovetop, and, the best macaroni and cheese in the free world.

When we weren't eating her out of house and home, raiding the pea patch in her garden, or playing Chinese Checkers with her, we were learning fine arts at her knee, including: embroidery, sewing, and, the age-old art of decoupage.

That decoupage tutelage came in super handy when I decided to make something for the seniors on the Cub's baseball team, recently.

I created artwork for giant baseball cards in Publisher and printed them on 13 x 19 photo paper on my Canon printer.

Meanwhile, I took large canvases that I found in the art aisle at the Hellmouth (three to a pack, and less than $8 per pack) and painted them with black acrylic paint.

After they dried, I spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on the canvas and adhered each photo to the center of the canvas, making sure to smooth out any bubbles, and making sure that the edges of the photo were securely glued.

Next, I spread a thicker layer of Mod Podge across the top of the photo and completely to the edges of the canvas, making sure to smooth out any bubbles that rose to the top of the glue.

Then, it was a waiting game until the Mod Podge was dry enough to add a second layer, which I did, following the same process as before.

Once that layer was dry, I used a stiff brush to distress small areas of each canvas, creating the look of a vintage baseball card.

I think they turned out pretty well, and, the boys seemed to enjoy them, so I consider this a crafting success.

 And, like I said, I didn't even need Pinterest; this craft was totally Grandma Molly Approved.

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