Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Lil' Red Roan Picture Frames - HOW TO!

As many of you know, I LOVE VALENTINE'S! Love the having a special holiday just to let people know how much you appreciate them! Love it!

All February I wanted to GIVE a lil' something to all my Lil' Red Roan friends. Today I am going to give a quick lil tutorial on how to make Lil' Red Roan frames. It is super easy & I just wanted to share a few helpful tips I've learned over the years!

Lil' Red Roan

Supplies needed:

  • Unfinished Wood Frame
  • Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint 20432 Nutmeg Brown
  • Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint 2613 Caribbean
  • FOLK ART CRACKLE MEDIUM 694 for Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Small thin brush for your ink pad touch ups
  • Coffee Bean Pigment Ink Pad
  • Rubber Stamps of your choosing
  • Spray Can of a Clear Coat
(Brands aren't important. These are just the specs for this specific frame. Feel free to try any color combination. Be creative)

1. Pick out a Plain Wood Frame.
You can make a frame...or if you are un-handy like me..
Buy an unfinished frame at your local craft store.
Samples of other shapes & sizes of unfinished wood projects

2. Put a base coat of paint on the top layer of your frame.
Any color will work, it just needs to be different than your top coat.
Here I used Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint 20432 Nutmeg Brown

After front coat is completely dry, flip your frame over.
3. Paint the entire backside.
Here I used Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint 2613 Caribbean
This is the color that your frame will be in the end.
Let dry completely!

Now it's time for the magic!
4. Put a put a clear coat of FOLK ART CRACKLE MEDIUM 694 for Acrylic Paint
Let Dry Completely.

Samples of others. I find it more time efficient to do at least a few at a time.

Now for the tricky part.
5. Apply Top Coat.
It is very important to not go over the same spot twice. I've had the best luck when using a brush like the one shown below. Those bristles seem to be the most forgiving.
Let Dry Completely. :)
6. Apply Ink Stamps in a design of your choosing!
I keep a small thin paint brush close by just for the ink in case you need to fill in any blank ink spots.

Let Dry Completely!

7. Spray with a thin layer of a clear top coat to set the ink.
Tada! You have your very own frame!


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Want someone else to do the work for you.
That's just fine too!
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