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Friday, 17 January 2014

Some DIY craft supplies

Im always looking for ways to have a wide variety of art and craft supplies without spending a lot of money, and im one of these crafters who go through a lot of supplies every month so prefer to DIY rather than buy brand name products.
I figured that i would collect all my favourite recipes for craft supplies i actually use and compile them in one easy findable place. This is more for my own benefit so i can retrace my favourite recipes and potions when i need more.
I cannot take credit for any of these recipes, and yet i also cannot link to specific crafters as in my hunt for the best ones ive tried many, jotted down many and mixed and matched some so in the end i have no idea the origin to each one as i copy them from scraps of paint splattered crumpled paper in my drawer. Any that i do know the origin i have linked rather than rewrite.

Homemade texture paste

1/2 cup Baking Soda

2 Tablespoons white school glue

1-2 Tablespoons White Acrylic Paint

 basically whisk this all together in a  bowl until smooth, you can add some drops of water to get your preferred consistency then keep in an airtight container.

Homemade chalk paint

1 and a half cup paint ( i like emulsion)
half a cup of hot water
half a cup of plaster of paris

Dissolve the plaster of paris in the hot water and mix well then add the paint and store in a jar and voila this can be any colour depending on the paint you mix with.

Homemade gesso

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Homemade mod podge

this one is a no brainer
2 parts pva glue to 1 part water and thats it, mix well add more or less of either glue or water until you get your desired consistency 

Homemade glue

3/4 cup water
2 Tablespoons corn syrup
1 teaspoon white vinegar
2 tablespoons corn starch
3/4 cups cold water

Heat 3/4 cup of water, 1 teaspoon of vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of corn syrup until boiling…Meanwhile, mix the other 3/4 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of corn starch together in a separate bowl until well-mixed.Slowly add the corn starch mixture to the corn syrup/vinegar mixture.  Stir continuously until boiling.  Once it starts boiling, stir for exactly 1 more minute.Remove from heat and cool.Immediately after removing from the heat the mixture will be watery but will thicken on standing and cooling.

baking soda clay

  • 1 1/4 cups of baking soda
  • 3/4 cup of cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup of water
 place the ingredients in a pot and heat on medium while stirring constantly. Before long the mixture will begin to thicken and come together in a mass-it resembles mashed potatoes.
Once it's finished, remove the clay from the pot and place it in a bowl covered with a damp cloth to cool. 15 minutes or so it should be cool enough to use and store in an airtight container, you can colour with food colouring or wait until a  project is hard and paint.

Homemade water colour paint

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  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1.25 cups cold water
  • Non-stick pot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Med-large bowl (not pictured)
  • Damp cloth, lid or plate (not pictured)
Combine ingredients in pot and stir until smooth.
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  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1.25 cups cold water
  • Non-stick pot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Med-large bowl (not pictured)
  • Damp cloth, lid or plate (not pictured)
Combine ingredients in pot and stir until smooth.
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Cold porcelein 

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Salt dough

1/2 cup of salt
1/2 cup of water
1 cup of flour
half a teaspoon washing up liquid
Add the 1/2 cup of salt and 1 cup of flour to a bowl stir in the water and the washing up liquid adding it slowly – you may not need all of the water so do this a little at a time until you have a soft unsticky dough mixture. You want the dough to be dry – if it gets sticky add more flour. Knead the dough and then roll out and use as you want. To cook place on a dry cloth on a plate and microwave at 15 second intervals , checking to see if the piece is hard enough between zapping. i found most were done after 30 seconds

Homemade alcohol ink 

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Homemade puff paint

 3/4 cup shaving cream
1/4 cup white glue
1/4 cup flour
Food Coloring

Mix all together until combined completely.

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