Wednesday 3 May 2017

Vintage Coasters by Jennie

Hello Everyone! Jennie here with you today sharing a couple of simple coasters which were a delight to create and I am sure would make a lovely present too.

I have used the greyboard coasters (well beer mats!) which at only 15p each are great for trying out new ideas and techniques.

I did add a good coat of gesso before adding some texture paste through a stencil and then spritzing with some pink ink sprays.

I wanted to add some more texture so added some torn text paper and more texture paste through a stencil.

I wasn't too happy with the colour at this stage so everything got another coat of gesso!

Lastly I added some brown ink around the edges and sponged some of the gesso away from the sprayed areas with a baby wipe until I was happy with the colour.

My focal point for each coaster was a little Victorian tag which seemed a bit bland so I decided to add a coat of DecoArt Crackle Glaze and then White Antiqueing Cream to age it a little. I really loved this effect, although I was a bit heavy handed around her face!

I only wanted a small element for the cluster on each coaster so I cut this floral vine corner piece into three. I love how versatile these corners are! I really love it in its brown state but did give it a dab with some white acrylic paint.

As  you can see the final decoration was quite simple - a little lace flower, the vine embellishment and a little cluster of paper flowers.

The stamens on the paper flowers have been coated with gesso and then when dry a little gold acrylic paint.

As I say these coasters (sorry beer mats !!) are a great way to experiment with products and techniques and would actually even make a nice front for a birthday card.  So many possibilities!

Thank you for joining me today and happy crafting and creating!

Jennie x

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  1. These are delightful, Jennie! I loved how you aged them! They would be the perfect touch to a tea-party for friends with delicate china. I wouldn't want to spoil them by putting a drink on them, though! What a great idea the beer-mats are! You've inspired me to get some to play with now! xx

  2. These are charming, Jennie - gentle, sweet and beautifully antiqued. And yes, what a great idea to use the beer mats for experimentation - they really are a bargain!
    Alison x

  3. They are beautiful Jennie and like you say, great for trying out new techniques. I quite like that you were heavy handed on the face, it gives them a real 'aged' appearance and I love your wonderful embellishments too! Hugs, Anne xx

  4. These are so charming, Jennie!
    Love that stencilled background so much! Beautiful altered beer mats! I just love your style!

    Claudia x