Friday, 10 October 2014

homemade recipes for crafting supplies


Recipes and combinations for making your own craft supplies at home-

1.Acrylic Ink:

1/5 of your container acrylic paint
some warm water
a small bead(for movement)

2.Gesso:(for 1litre container)

1 part talcum powder
2 parts water
1 part white craft glue(substitute for acid free glue for scrap booking use)

3.embossing paste:

1/2 c talcum powder
1T white craft glue(substitute for acid free glue for scrap booking use)
1T acrylic paint
add a few drops of water

4.distressed embossing powder:

a)add salt to regular embossing powder
b)or add fine craft sand to regular embossing powder
use as normal puff paint:

1 part shaving cream
1 part white craft glue(substitute acid free glue for scrap booking use)
acrylic paint to colour

6.homemade alcohol blending solution:

solution bottle(tomato sauce dispenser type)
70% rubbing alcohol
use in a well ventilated area

7.homemade glossy accents/dimension glaze:

1/2 t water
1T white craft glue(substitute with acid free glue for scrap booking use)
1T gel/alcohol free gloss varnish
mix well

8.glaze gel(to give you a stained glass effect):

an empty well cleaned stickles type container
glossy accents
oil pastels
break off a small piece of oil pastel.crush it between paper.add it to glossy accents.mix well.add more or less oil pastel as you need.

9.gel medium/glaze medium:

mod podge(2parts glue,1 part water consistency)
acrylic paint

10.air dry clay:

1 and a 1/2c maizena flour
1T baby oil/cooking oil
1T white vinegar
1c white craft glue
1t body lotion(do not emit this part)
combine ingredients in a mixing bowl
add a little more maizena till your mixture stops sticking to your hands.
knead well
(cover in cling wrap and store in an airtight container)

free to download label

11.mod podge:

1part white craft glue
1 part water

12.texture paste:

1/2 c talcum powder
1T white craft glue(substitute for acid free glue for scrap booking use))
1T water bead medium:
mod podge
glass beads

14.alcohol sprays:
(wear gloves for this)
fill bottle with rubbing alcohol
-remove the inside and nib of marker pens.
cut it into pieces.
let stand till color saturates(overnight is best)

-another idea is to purchase a bottle of cd/dvd cleaner(comes in a spray bottle already and is filled with alcohol).it costs the same for the complete product as that of a stand alone container.
and add your marker- inside and nib into this

mark and name your color on the outside of your bottle

15.alcohol ink:
1 part dye
6 parts alcohol
2 parts distilled water

16.pigment ink: 
watercolor opaques(gouache)
rubbing alcohol

17.chalk box ink refills:
opaque watercolors(gouache)
rubbing alcohol 

18.glimmer spray/mists:
food coloring
glitter eyeshadow or mica 

19.rubber stamp cleaner:
2T glycerine,1T baby shampoo    to equal 1/4
water                           to equal 3/4

20.homemade clear embossing ink:
1T Vaseline
1/8 capful cooking oil
1/8 capful cooking oil
1/8 capful rubbing alcohol
mix and apply to pad.remove excess

to colour add watercolour paint or food colouring

acrylic paint recipe:

1c salt
1c flour
1c water
food coloring

how to make your own stencil/mask:
hot glue gun
silicone craft mat
draw your pattern of choice out of hot glue onto your mat and leave to dry and cool

a few uses for glycerine:
-re ink your embossing pad
-add to dried up water color paints
-add to ink pads along with a few drops of water to freshen up

how to make frost paint:
 mix equal parts epsom salts and boiling water in a glass.stir till salts are dissolved.let cool

dimension liners:
white glue
acrylic paint
use the container(nozzle type)that the glue came in 

how to add melted wax to your canvas:

powder paint(tempura watercolor):
grate ordinary chalk on rough side of your kitchen grater,works like a charm at much less of a cost

Jennibelle's recipe for modelling paste-
1/4 gesso
3/4 bicarbonate of soda

Birgit Kerr's recipe for alcohol ink-
another recipe for alcohol inks..using cool aid


-Craft Snow


Home-made Texture Paste & Glitter Paste Tutorial



Baby powder or talc powder - white,
 non-scented is always good.
 The perfume magnifies under heat,
 so you be the judge of how much time you can
 spend breathing in those fumes.
White Glue - cheap, dollar store glue actually works great.
 The only thing you don't want is glue that dries too fast or glue
 that is really shiny when it dries.
Acrylic Paint - again, just some cheap, 
dollar store paint will do the trick!
 Nothing fancy required!
Portion Cups - I use plastic ounce glasses from
 the party supply store which makes
 about 1/3 cup of paste
You will also need a container to mix in that can be
 sealed air tight and something to stir with.

- 1 portion of paint, 1/2 portion of glue and 2 portions of powder

- put your wet ingredients in first (the glue and paint),
 then just like when your making tea
 biscuits or a pie crust...slowly add the baby powder,
 making sure to stir well. 
This will ensure that you get out all of the lumps
 making it nice and creamy
 and easier to spread...just like your pastry!!!

BEST USE FOR STICKY PASTE: This is the paste you want to use
 if you would like
 to sprinkle on a little glitter or embossing powder.
 It is also great if you want
 a smooth pattern with crisp edges.

PRO'S - It is really smooth, so it spreads easily.
 It is really wet, so the glitter 
and embossing powders stick to it really well. Because of the slower drying time, 
you have leeway for clean up and putting the cap back on. It makes a wonderful,
 clean, crisp pattern once it dries. 

CON'S - It is really wet,
 so it takes a lot longer to dry and warps the paper more. 
You won't get a good texture with it because it isn't stiff 
enough to maintain peaks and grooves.
 You also cannot lay it on very thick or it just falls like a badly baked soufflé!

In this sample, I sprinkled on some gunmetal glitter.

In this sample, I sprinkled on black embossing powder.
 You can get two looks from this. If you leave it the way it is, 
it has a soft velvety appearance and feel to it. 
Or you can use your heat gun 
and melt it like you normally would for a shiny surface
 (that will also act as a resist to preserve the color
 of your paste when you start inking).

If you decide to melt your embossing powder,
 be sure to wait until your paste is
 completely dry before taking the heat gun to it.
 If the paste is still wet, the powder
 will burn long before it melts. You can see below,
 half I left as it was and the other
 half I melted with the heat gun (too soon, I might add) 


The only difference between the recipe for sticky paste and 
dry paste is 
that the dry paste has 1/2 portion extra of baby powder
 added to it 
(depending on the brands of paint and glue, you may have to add
 a bit more powder).
 Here is a shot so you can see the difference in shine and

BEST USE FOR DRY PASTE: This is the paste you want to use if you are going for texture.
 It's the base for my bark technique and it also makes greatclouds,
 wood planks, 
ocean waves and all sorts of other textures.

PRO'S - It has less glue and paint, so the drying time is 
considerably less than the 
sticky paste and it also doesn't warp your paper too badly.
 It's, of course, fantastic
 for texture and depth because you can lay it on thick and mold it!
 It looks great on vintage or grungy projects.

CON'S - Don't leave the lid off because it will dry out crazy
 right in your container!
 It can be a little harder to spread because it's so
 thick and pasty -
 and make sure you wash
 your stencil right away or it will crust right on.

Here is one done with Sticky Paste and one done with Dry Paste, 
so you can see the
 difference in the finished textures. I have spread some yellow and white paint on
 it to make it easier for you to see.


Baby powder or talc powder - same as before.
White Glue - same as before.
Metallic or Pearl Paint - again, 
just cheap acrylic paint is fine.
 If you don't have metallic,
 that's ok, it just adds a little extra shimmer is all.
Fine Glitter - Any brand will do, although the boldest,
 brightest versions work the best.
 This is the glitter that will blend in with the paint
 to give it an overall shimmer.
Coarse Glitter - The coarse glitter is what will
 grab the light and
 really make it sparkle.

For the coarse glitter, I recommend the flat octagon style of glitter. Most cheap glitters
 for kids crafts will be great for this.
 I know we all love our Frantage, 
but those chunks
 do not spread, they drag and leave gaps in the paste. 
Tim Holtz distress glitter,
 I'm sad to say, does not work either.
 It's not quite sparkly enough and gets
 coated with the paint,
 never to be seen again. Here are the glitters that I use
...lots of shimmer to them.

- 1 portion paint, 1/2 portion glue, 2 portions powder,
 1/2 portion fine glitter
 and 1/2 portion coarse glitter

BEST USE FOR DRY PASTE: Christmas, of course, but pretty much 
any other project too!

PRO'S - You absolutely cannot get a beautiful shimmer and texture
 like this, simply
 by sprinkling glitter on top of a product! And as a bonus,
 it's so freaking cheap,
 you can make some in every color!!

CON'S - You may never want to use plain texture paste again!!

In this sample I used pearl paint and iridescent glitters,
 you should really zoom in
 and check it out!


Homemade Flocking Powder:

1. I Started with Craft Seam Binding ribbon
2.Used a pretty leaf heart punched paper
3. Cut small piece of Craft Seam Binding ribbon
4.unravel it
5. Cut it super fine
6. collected fuzzy powder
7. Spread glue on desired area
8.Spread fine fuzz over glued area -shake excess off-


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