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My teaching career began 17 years ago when I decided I would finally become "What I wanted to be when I was grown-up", a teacher.  At that time I had worked for 15 years in the banking and financial industry and was even a stockbroker at one time. I returned to college and graduated with a Masters of Elementary Education from Wilmington University. I became certified to teach art and currently I teach grades PK-8.  Art is my passion and I love what I do! 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Prayer Flag Making

 I was very excited to participate in a Prayer Flag exchange through Book of Days run by
Effy Wild, Sisterhood of the Book, Facebook group.  Although I had never made a prayer flag before it seemed like a lot of fun.

Lucky day at the craft store I found the fabric sprays on clearance
with  an additional 40% off! Also used a coupon for the painting stencil.  
I wanted to see if these would work as well as the Crafter's Workshop ones.

I decided to use just the violet and pink after
testing out the greens.  The stencil...not so good.  Not as
strong as the Crafter's Workshop.  I don't think I 
will buy these again.

Measuring and cutting canvas fabric I had from
the fabric journals I had made last year.

This is my make-shift ironing board.  Forgot
the cutting mat was under it!

Bought this before and never used it because 
I was too impatient to follow the pre-steps to using it.  

This is one of my favorite stencils from Crafter's Workshop.  
The fabric paint went on well with only a few drips.
See the watercolor paper underneath? I will
use this later to make the envelopes.

Second color with another Crafter's Workshop stencil.

Drying time

I read on the back of the bottles that you could do
a watercolor technique by spraying with water first.  
I tried this, turned out nice, but didn't look much like watercolor.

2nd time on the "drying" line

Adding interface for strength to fabric flowers I cut out.


Adding trims and flowers with Helmar's 450 adhesive.

Mini bead time to the flower center adhered with 
Diamond Glaze.  Also, I wrote the word JOY
previous with a black Copic pen and went over
the letters with a Micron black.

Looking to add a bit of dimension to the flowers.
I was wishing I had the Souffle pens here, but didn't
so I went with the Glaze pens.

As this point I am trying to decide if they are done.

I decide they need a large bead or something to 
break up the green on the bottom.  I ransack my
stuff and find nothing. Time for a road trip!

I brought one of my flags with me to the craft
store and tried to find something that would
be right.  Finally I found these hearts!

Here is where I use the watercolor paper to
fold into the inner envelope.  The template for a Square, Yet Cool 
envelope I have
had forever and from the book, Cut Up This Book!
published by River City Rubber Works.  

Clear envelopes stamped with Staz On and ready for the
post office.  The art girl is from Teesha Moore/Zettiology that
I bought many moons ago and is still one of my favorites. Sister came
from a StampinUp set, and the Martha Graham quote is from PSX.

1 comment:

  1. love the prayer flag tutorial , huggs, Pamela Joy :-)