Tuesday, 1 June 2010

A 'What do you think?' and a 'Do you know?'


My witch emporium is going to be grey stone and grey slate. Very much inspired by the houses I have passed taking my son backwards and forwards from Cheltenham. I want to avoid the inside from looking too flat and bland so I have experimented with this....I started with the stairs, which will be more or less completely hidden at the back.

I really like the granular texture and it adhered excellently, but I had primed the stairs first. I wish, maybe, that I had gone for the lighter can but the other materials are very light so I think this will be a good contrast. Then I decided to try and get a brick effect for the walls I am going to encase the stairs in ( I am doing everything to avoid having to put together banisters!! ).
I created the grid with very thin strips of masking tape, and then sprayed. I left it for about 15 minutes and then pulled off the masking tape. I had primed the MDF with grey so it looks like grey grout. Now if I can do the back without ruining the front I will be really happy with it.
The can of spray is from Homebase or Hobbyland, I think you can get it in both stores.
So what do you think?
Moving on I have a question... Does anyone know of a sign writer for 1.12 shops? I need to get the signs done for my shops. I have had a go but have failed miserably and it seems silly to mess up the whole project with a rubbish sign. Any ideas who to go to please.....


20 comments:

  1. Have you tried making the signs on your computer. There are loads of Fonts to choose from. Your can print it in any colour you like then. x

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  2. I've always wanted to try that stone spray but wondered whether it would look good in mini form. I guess so :)

    Very nice work! The bricks look great! Thanks for sharing your technique.

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  3. Hi Debbie, I have used the computer for my bakery and I really don't like the 'look'.It is a little too homemade because it has the appearance of paper.
    I then tried the stick on letters and that was even worse!

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  4. Hi Lorraine, thank you for your encouraging comments. I have just looked at the brickwork again to see how it has dried and I must say I am really pleased with the finish and although using the masking tape is a little fiddly I will certainly use it for this job becuase it is so quick to finish quite a big area and adds texture really well.

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  5. I bought a really big brick texture sheet for cakes, but I haven't used it. I have trouble figuring out how to get the bricks and grout seperate colors with it. Did you have to cut the tape into individual strips? How did you do it? Seems difficult :).

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  6. Excellent stonework Janice!

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  7. What sort of sign do you have in mind? Is it a 'tin' sign, or should it look as though it has been painted directly onto your shop front? If you want a 'tin' sign look you just print onto a good paper then coat with Modge Podge or something similar. It might take several coats to get the thickness and rigidity you are looking for. Also I've got a couple of posts on my blog about printing - maybe something useful there (be sure to read the comments as well as the post):

    http://makeminemini.blogspot.com/2010/03/transferring-ink-jet-printed-words-and.html

    http://makeminemini.blogspot.com/search/label/printing

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  8. I love the stone finish, it looks really nice :)

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  9. The stairs and the wall are looking great!:)

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  10. Hi Janice, great stuff isn´t it? I have done my floor in the hall of my thirties house with this stuff. I think it really works very well and looks great too!

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  11. Really great and easy looking stone effect Janice. I bought some texturising effect from Deco art which I think you add to paint but havnt used it yet. This look even easier though if its already coloured. Kate xx

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  12. I've only ever heard of this, but didn't know anyone who had actually used it! I'm impressed Janice, I love the wall too. It looks easy to do. If you want to tone the colour down I am sure some watered down acrylic paints will do the job.

    Thanks so much for showing us this, I think I may get some myself now! :o))

    I missed your last post! I was working and not blogging! :o(

    Michelle xx

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  13. El acabado en piedra queda genial, de lo mas real.
    besitos ascension

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  14. Hi Lorraine. I used masking tape which I laid flat on a cutting board and cut into thin strips with a craft knife and ruler.
    I had already primed the MDF and marked the piece ready to stick on my strips. I went horizontally first and then vertical. I then cut off the strips not needed to make the brick work effect.
    Fiddly but definitely not hard, and remember the grout lines do not have to be perfect as this adds character to the stone work.
    I primed in grey so once the stone is sprayed on you just wait for it to dry and remove masking tape.

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  15. Hi Norma, I would like my signs to go on wooden boards so I expect I need a proper sign writer. I might contact a couple of local sign writers and see if they will give it a go.

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  16. Hi Kate, Michelle and Lara, it is very easy and so effective. It comes in a range of colours too.
    I keep looking around and thinking what can I spray now?!
    The key is priming first I think cos I have tried it on terracotta pots and it was a complete failure.
    I will definately use this again, they also do a suede effect one, I wonder what that does?

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  17. Thanks Janice, I got to thinking about cutting the tape and imagined tangling myself up in strips!

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  18. That made me laugh Lorraine, believe me I am not very patient with sticky things at all and I only ended up screwing up a few strips in frustration!

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  19. Me again :) Perhaps I should have been more explicit - BOTH of these posts have info on how to TRANSFER the text that you print onto paper from your computer ONTO WOOD. You are not sticking the paper onto the wood but transfering the ink from the paper to the wood so that it looks as if you've put the text directly onto the wood. The first uses craft materials you'll probably already have. The second uses a commercial transfer medium that you print onto.

    You'll need to cut and past the URLs because I don't now how to put hot links in a comment (or even if it's possible) - but I'm am also going to email them to you so you'll be able to just click on them directly. Worth taking a look even if you still decide to go ahead and seek out a professional.

    http://makeminemini.blogspot.com/2010/03/transferring-ink-jet-printed-words-and.html

    http://makeminemini.blogspot.com/search/label/printing

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  20. Oh silly me, thanks Norma I will definitely have a look at these sites. It was kind of you to go to so much trouble.

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