Well hello thar. Now, I often start these blog posts asking if you’ve got your cuppa ready.
Well, thought I, where is mine?!
I decided therefore that if I was going to make my own, I’d jolly we’ll make something lovely to carry it from kitchen to ‘lounge’ on.
So, if you’ve got your cuppa ready, let me tell you more …
A wee while back I did an All Counties Challenge Workshop at The Mulberry Bush in Thatcham.
The trouble with doing workshops in shops however is that one oft makes a few ‘accidental’ purchases.
This visit was no exception.
Whilst in the store I was introduced to a range of paints and mediums from a person called Jo Sonja.
After being allowed to play with them during the Gelli Plate workshop that I led, I was convinced that they would find a place in my paint stash so I got myself a couple of colours and some gesso and varnish.
Now, as any self respecting Crafter would do, I lobbed the shopping bag ‘somewhere safe’ and sort of forgot about it.
More recently I was hosting an MDF decorating day in Saltdean and realised that I had one too many kits. One of those kits was a mini tea tray.
As if struck by a cattle prod I inhaled excitedly having remembered my Jo Sonja bits. Perfect project to try these out on!
I immediately forgot the idea until I was unpacking the workshop stuff a couple of days later.
Giving up on unpacking I got to work.
The tray, from Fernli Designs was super simple and quick to put together and I was reaching for my little Tim Holtz brush and the Jo Sonja gesso in order to coat and prime the tray.
*yawns* Hurry up and dry!
Oh, maybe I could rummage through the stencil stash instead of harassing the tray.
*potters off to look for stencils*
*comes back a couple of hours later having been distracted by various things*
Ooh, that dried quick :)
Oddly, as you can see, I can remember dithering, I just don’t know I’m doing it when it’s happening. Lol!
Anyway, back to the tray.
I selected a bubble stencil and was quite pleased that it fitted perfectly inside the tray. Handy!
Please don’t ask me who it’s by as I haven’t a clue.
Popping the stencil down I proceeded to dab the Jo Sonja aqua coloured paint through the bubbles.
After letting that dry; I watched it dry this time, I dabbed on some pink Americana satin paint.
Time to lift the stencil.
Eek! Love it :)
Hmmm, now, does it need ‘more’?
I quickly slapped over a thin coat of varnish before the goddess of glitter showed her face and made me cover it in sparkle.
Now to wait for that to dry. Perhaps I could have a cuppa whilst I am waiting …
Next morning I checked on the work and decided that I didn’t like the pink and so reached for some gold paint, realigned the stencil and started dabbing.
Glad it worked over the varnish!
As I hope you can make out, the gold didn’t cover the pink. Instead, it changed it to a rose gold and also recoloured the overlaps which gave an interesting result.
Going to be honest though, I didn’t like how this was going so, two coats of gesso later and I redid the stencilling just with the aqua coloured paint
Just a wee touch more aqua paint along the thin edges to set off the blue in the bubbles and I think it’s done.
Right, time to varnish and leave it alone.
I left it to dry and set completely.
Time to pop the kettle on and give the tray a test run … Earl Grey I reckon.
*dunks, slurps and nibbles*
Beauty! The tray was quite good too – lol.
A job well done I think.
What do you reckon? I believe there is room in all of our lives for mini tea trays.
How about the finished look? What would you have done differently?
Ok, must pop off now.
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you again fairly soon-ish.