(Video Tutorial at the end of the post~)
I suppose you realize that I’m like a toddler with a box of markers when it comes to decorating my craft room 🙂 I’m really enjoying myself. I mean, this is the only room in the house where I can just let my creative side take the lead! With that in mind, I want to show you my doily wall! These dyed doilies are the color of sea glass, and you know how much I’m inspired by the dreamy,beachy colors of sea glass.
I’m having so much fun with this room. A couple of weeks ago I showed you the Project Table HERE
And last week I showed my pretty solution for storing my Twine & Washi Tape HERE.
Unlike the other projects, this one has no function whatsoever…it’s just pretty 🙂
I used paper doilies and crocheted doilies, all dyed with beautiful ocean colors using my Decoart (watered down) Acrylic Paints!
This little painting/dyeing technique can be used on doilies for other projects…making cards, making a banner/bunting, decorating a table…or of course you could, if you were nuts…hang them on the wall! If you have a few seconds, I’ll show you how I dyed the doilies in these gorgeous watercolors…
Here’s What You Need:
*Decoart Acrylic Paints in whatever colors make you happy!
*Doilies-paper or crocheted (I used different sizes)
*Plastic to put on your table so you can dry the doilies!
First experiment with your colors…I mixed several drops of different colors on a plate with water until the dreamy swirls of blue/green looked like I wanted…(I did this 5 or 6 times using slightly different combinations to create a cohesive but not matching set of doilies)
Dip a portion of your doily quickly-repeat until the doily is awash in color…to get the darker spots of color, I just dipped a portion of the doily into a more saturated puddle of color…
***work quickly with the laser cut paper will tear if you handle it for too long*** ***the crocheted doilies need to be completely covered with the watered down paint & they’ll need to soak in the paint for 1 – 3 minutes or until they look like you want! Squeeze excess paint out of the crocheted doily and lay out to dry***
(I lost 3 or 4 paper doilies to tears…but since I started with lots of doilies, I came out with plenty!)
Lay the wet messy doilies on plastic to dry (I use a clear plastic piece of outdoor table cloth ‘fabric’ from the fabric store) As the paper doilies start to dry, carefully lift them from the plastic and place them in a dry spot. This will keep them from sticking as they completely dry. I left some of mine on the plastic until they were completely dry and they tore as I lifted them…
*When the doilies are dry…iron them on low to flatten them out. If using crocheted doilies iron them on high and stretch them as you iron to get them to their original shape!*
To get the doilies in the pattern I wanted I put them here-there-and everywhere using straight pins so I could easily reposition them. When I got the pattern I wanted on the wall, I used scrapbook mounting tape to stick them! (I experimented with the mounting tape and it comes off the walls with no problem!)
I’m thrilled with that wall. I totally realize it’s not everyone’s ‘cup-of-tea’ but even so, don’t you think the colors are just beautiful!
I’m just about done with my Craft Room/ Office Makeover…whew.
Have a swimmingly colorful day my friends~ xo
In case you like your creativity in video form…
*my friends at Decoart sent me the paint and let me pick out my project…the opinions dear ones, are all mine~