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Union Jack Designs for Interiors
Did you know that Union Jacks are the New Black?
For me, it would be hard to replace black. Having said that, classic Union Jack designs are such fun for interiors.
Here’s our Union Jack Table.
To see the Design*Sponge version click here.
Want to see more Carpe Momo Design tables? Click here http://carpemomodesigns.co.uk/hand-painted-furniture/
My Stripy Table
Finally, here’s my stripy table. I love it, I’m a sucker for stripes. This one was inspired by the Kate Spade store shown in the Feb 2011 blog, Interior Colours that Make you Smile .
Earthborn’s VOC-Free paints inspired me too. Lots and lots of paints give me an allergic headache. Sometimes, my face even goes numb. Might have something to do with all the chemistry classes at university where we washed our hands with acetone. Or…being a Kodak Technical Sales Rep for several years, up to my elbows in photographic chemicals when I’d pitch-in to help customers clean their processors. Bathing in all those chemicals was stupid, stupid, stupid.
Anyway, as Earthborn’s VOC Free Paints turned out to be headache-free too I was psyched.
I painted the stripes using Pink-a-Boo, Riding Hood, Humpty Dumpty (from their proAqua eggshell range) and Cricket and Polka Dot from their clay range. I’ve got to say I was a little hesitant about using a clay paint for stripes. For some reason it sounded like it would be rough and not easy to apply. Not so. It went on great and covered really well.
Once I’d taped the table, I got right to painting. Looked kind of odd with the tape…
…but once it came off…Wow!
I first spotted the Earthborn paints at a local stockist, Colours of Esher. You can use Earthborn’s postcode search to find your nearest U.K. dealer.
Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal…so paint it on your wall!
Thanks to the Maxim of the Month influence from my Mom (see January 24th Maxim of the Month blog), I painted Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal in the family room. That way, we’re all reminded of this great maxim regularly. If you’d like to do the same with ‘Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal’ or another maxim, I’ve explained below how you can do it.
• Choose your wall, furniture, floor etc. • Decide how high and/or wide you want it. (Mine is 6.5 inches high x106 inches long, almost 9 feet). • Type your maxim in the font you want. • Increase it to the desired size. • Want it larger than your computer and printer can accommodate? Print it out on a single sheet and have a copy shop enlarge it.
Once you have a copy of your maxim in the size you want… • Tape the enlarged sheet to a window the wrong way around (with the type facing out the window so you can see through the paper.) • Trace the border of each letter with a no 2 pencil. If you’re ultimately going to paint over the pencil with a light coloured paint, anything darker/heavier than No 2 might show through and give you problems. • Tape the sheets onto your chosen wall or piece of furniture (the right way around, so that you can read them.) • Now you’re going to re-trace or use a shading stroke over each letter’s edges (but this time on the front side), in order to transfer the no2 pencil from the back of the page onto the wall. • Peek behind the paper to make sure the pencil transferred. If not re-trace or shade (rub) until it does. • Once all the letters are visible on the wall, remove the paper. • You might decide you only want the outline of the letters so draw over them now.
Then if you like fill them in to make your own work of maxim art. If you get a chance, send me a photo of your maxim. firstname.lastname@example.org
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