Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Craft Frustration

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Sometimes I think doing a craft project is one of the most frustratingly annoying things I can do to myself.

Case in point. Yesterday I did a project I had pinned off of Pinterest. It involves sending tissue paper through your printer. I cut my paper the right size, loaded it in, printed the picture no problem, and finished my project without one little frustrating moment.

It looked good. So good that ideas starting flooding through my brain of what I could do next. Collages! Poster size! Oh my!

Today, I started on another canvas. After cutting my paper the wrong size several times, four printer jams wrecking said paper, accidental printing of poster size on to regular paper, and a whole lot of ink on my fingers, my frustration hit an all-time high.

Why no, it's not supposed to have a big white streak in the middle of it. Thanks crinkled paper. At least you didn't jam, I guess.

I finally managed to get this picture to print on the tissue paper without jamming or wrinkling by taping it to a normal piece of paper.

Sure, that seems like a logical solution now. I was worried about how I was going to detach it from the paper without it ripping. And also, I managed to get the tissue paper to print first shot yesterday. Why are some projects so easy to do one day and the next day not a damn thing works the way it should?

Deep breath. Moving on.

The basic idea is to print out your picture on to tissue paper and using Mod Podge, glue it to a canvas creating an really cool canvas picture for mere pennies. Let's not discuss how much ink I wasted today with jammed papers and misprints.

I had to use my edging brush as apparently all of my good crafting brushes have been taken over by children who forget to wash them out. Brush a thin layer of glue onto the canvas. Very carefully place your tissue paper onto the canvas making sure to get it in the right place the first time because it will rip if you attempt to fix it. Ask me how I know. Smooth out air bubbles and wrinkles as best as you can. Now leave it to dry and go sort out those kids who are fighting and screaming.

When the bottom layer of glue is dry, top off the picture with another coat of Mod Podge. Carefully! You don't want to wreck it this close to the finish.

Frame it. Hang it. Admire it.

Wait a day for your frustration level to go down and do it all over again.

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