Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Crafting with ScotchBlue ™

Disclaimer: the following is a sponsored post for ScotchBlue ™ Painter’s Tape.  I received free product in return for this post, but the opinions and creation are all my own. 

When Ali contacted me and asked me if I was interested in doing something with ScotchBlue ™ Painter’s Tape, I said “Heck, yeah!” because I LOVE that stuff.
DL and I have been using ScotchBlue ™ Painter’s Tape for EVAH!  Probably since the week after it was invented.  If you’ve been following this blog, you know this is our seventh house, and every house has meant painting.  Before 3M’s amazing product, I had to use a level and an artist’s brush and my life was hard.  When Ali contacted me, it would have been easy to paint one of the bazillion things around Brandywine that needs painting, but I wanted to do something fun.  Mainly because I’m old and I’ll take my fun where I can get it.


I received two rolls of ScotchBlue ™ to use in my project, one just less than an inch, and one almost an inch and a half.  I wanted to use both sizes, so I poured myself a glass of wine and put on my thinking cap. (Wine is good for thinking.)


I gathered my fun-making materials (you can see I have no allegiance to any craft paint company—although if one wants to “adopt” me, that would be fine) and carved out a spot at the kitchen table. (Two things not shown: assorted paintbrushes and scissors.)


Then I ripped off about a foot of each of the sizes of tape.  I had to do this multiple times, as you can imagine after you see what I’ve done.


I lightly painted the burlap canvas with gesso.  I didn’t worry about getting it completely covered, as it was going to be painted over.


And the fun began! (After I poured a second glass of wine.)


Inspired by my friend Bliss’ current projects, I decided that a mosaic would be fun.


After I got done with the design using cut up pieces of tape, I took the two widths of ScotchBlue ™ Painter’s Tape and did a rectangle background:


(I made sure that the tape was adhered well, and I had NO problem with leakage. Which is more than I can say for times when I unexpectedly sneeze.)


Then it was time to paint!  (After I poured another half-glass.)

First, I used an artist’s brush to put gray (only one shade, not fifty) in the channels between the pieces of tape, to represent the ‘grout.’
I let that dry overnight, then I pulled off the center pieces of tape and used black and brown for the center of the flower.


Then it was on to the petals in yellow and gold.   At the end, I used greens for the background ‘tiles.’


I think it turned out pretty cool!  Now I feel like I could do a table top in a similar style with ScotchBlue ™ Painter’s Tape.  It pays to put on your thinking cap!


Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Such a cool project! Gotta love that Scotch painters tape!
xo Heidi

Laura @ Top This Top That said...

Kirby . that is so creative. lot of work but so worth the effort.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

this is such a unique idea!!! LOVE it kirby! genius.

Bliss said...

I need a thinking cap like yours, that turned out excellent. Bet you didn't cut any fingers either, unless you broke that wine glass.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Clever! Kirby gets her craft on is a hit. :)

Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel said...

I think that's amazing Kirby! It turned out great!!

Lis Wilson said...

LOVE it!!

Sara said...

Neat-o keen-o!

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Love it Kirby!!

Art and Sand said...

Love it!

I use painter's tape for all of my painting projects that involve stripes. Now you have shown me that I can branch out.

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

How clever, faux mosaic, that's a fab idea Kirby.

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Okay, you know I love it when you craft!! (I wish you did more of it.) This is such a fun project (especially since wine is involved) and you've reminded me that I actually have a bottle of gesso. Craft on, girl!

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Great project Kirby! Googling gesso... I have no idea?

Feral Turtle said...

Way to go Kirby. Turned out fantastic!

Suzan Sweatman said...

Well that turned out so cool Kirby !
What a great idea !

laura@imnotatrophywife.com said...

Very cool ! laura

karen@somewhatquirky said...

This is really cute! It would be perfect on a table top - and much quicker!

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