Table Leg Dragonflies with Textured Pattern Wings Using Stencils, DIY How To Tutorial

textured wing dragonfly
My latest dragonflies that I made with textured wings....

I used Flexall to make the texture.
It's basically joint compound but it has extra
polymers in it to make it stronger.
I use this product in a lot of different projects like 

2016 Update. Flexall patch has been discontinued. An alternative is 
regular joint compound, ceramic tile adhesive or texture building 
products found at your craft store

how to use joint compound with stencils
I spread the Flexall with a plastic scraper over stencil of your choice.

creating raised textured design with stencils
When you remove the stencil, you are left with a raised pattern.
Let dry thoroughly.

how to tutorial diy creating texture with stencils
After they are dry, sand lightly, prime then paint in your desired color

using brown paint wash to enhance texture
After priming, add your base coat/paint color and let dry. 
If you used flat, matte,eggshell or satin paint for your base coat, you will need to 
brush on a coat of clear satin or gloss polycrylic and let dry before the "antiquing" step.
If you used gloss paint for your base coat, you will be good to go.

If you don't apply the clear sealer, the brown antiquing wash will soak 
into your finish and leave it very dark.

After the base coat and/or clear top coat is dry, brush on watered down brown
acrylic paint and quickly wipe off excess.

use brown paint tutorial to enhance stenciled design
The brown wash leaves paint in the crevices and brings out all
that beautiful detail you created with the stencil.

dimensional design using stencils and joint compound
This step really makes the stencil pattern pop.

creating textured design with stencils
I made another one the same way using a different stencil

recycled metal eyes dragonfly
I used copper plumbing strap for antenna 
and a funky metal piece for the eyes

copper plumbers strap dragonfly antenna
I used metal pieces from drawer pulls for the eyes on the other one

recycled spindle dragonfly body
The bodies have a distressed finish

recycled dragonfly decor using spindles

how to apply texture design with stencil
Thanks for reading!

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the dragonflies, you can always pop over to my Etsy shop to see 
what's new.

Stained glass mosaic surfboard waves and whitecaps pattern

See the other mosaic boards I've made Here
and also one Here

the first step is cutting all of the beautiful stained glass

Client requested the wave pattern one 
that I've made before

I draw it out on the plywood base, then start filling it in

It's a special birthday gift and she requested
the recipients initials at the bottom

here it is before grouting...

after grouting.
It's hard to tell in the pic, but the "white foam" on the 
waves is iridescent tile and it looks so pretty when
it catches the light

the sides are tiled and grouted as well

It has hooks on the back for hanging.
She also had me paint a special message on the back.
I love being able to work with the clients to 
personalize their piece.

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I usually don't keep these surfboards in stock,
they are made to order so you can choose your pattern

thanks for checking them out!

Dog Bed from an End Table - Green Stripes

My latest dog bed...from an end table.

You can check out the others I've made by 
clicking on "Dog beds" Categories section

I started with this table thinking, oh how cute,..
look at the lines on this!
I'll cut the legs off and use those for the sides, it'll be easy!...
Let's just say I won't buy a table like this again
to make a pet bed ;)

Moving on... here it is after it was
taken apart then put back together...

After painting...

Lots of stripes and dots... 

with visions of dog bones dancing over their head...?

I hand painted my own fabric to make the cushion

See how I paint fabrics HERE

I have a roll of this....?
Not really sure what it is used for, it's kind of 
like a smooth muslin, with pinked edges on a roll.
Anyway, I decided to use this on the cushion too...

I took a length of it, painted black stripes then 
edged the cushion with it

I love the extra little stripe it adds

The back...

The cushion is reversible...
gold metallic dots on this side...

With the doggy bones and cream dots on the other side

Thanks for stopping by
I'll be listing this in my Etsy store.....SOLD

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