Wednesday, January 15, 2014

My 21 cent bowl!

Not much you can buy these days for $0.21. Seriously, can you even get a piece of gum for that?
Well I recently made a trip to our local Walgreens for birthday cards and instead walked out with some clearance items that I was thrilled with thoughts of transforming! 

Sometimes I fear I have "hoarding tendencies" but I made a promise to myself that if I bought it, it would NOT sit on a shelf for future project, but I would make something THIS week with it!  So I did….

One of the items I picked up was this little Christmas dish….on clearance for $0.21.   I figured that was cheap enough for me to play around with if I didn't end up loving my creation.


Originally a whopping $0.99! I immediately painted the bowl white gesso as a base to start from.


I grabbed my small sized deli paper sheets



...and began using one of my favorite StencilGirl stencils Maria McGuire's Stitch a Greek border and lightly dabbing paint through different areas of the design on the less waxy side of the paper. I love using deli paper in my art because you can stamp on it, paint on it and then adhere it and it is practically translucent.





After I made several sheets of deli paper, I began cutting out the designs and played around with them until I found out how I wanted to adhere them to the bowl.


I used the circle medallion as a focal point for the center.  I then cut the borders I had stenciled in half longwise and adhered them with modpodge to the rim of the bowl.


After the modpodge dried, I sprayed with a clear glossy sealer and let it dry overnight.


I love this bowl!  Wouldn't it be a cute and fun gift to give someone? I can't decide how I will use it yet… but here are some ideas.  Journaling spot holder, project life stuff, business cards, tags.



Remember creativity doesn't have to be costly!  
I hope you enjoyed and find inspiration in this tutorial.  For more free tutorials be sure to start following me on Bloglovin or visit my website at Kirsten Reed Designs.

xxoo kirsten


31 comments:

  1. awesome project and great outcome! Did you use Gesso to paint your bowl white?

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    1. Yes, I did use Gesso. Nice and thick! :)

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  2. Brilliant idea! Love the dark blue patterns against the white!
    And the fact that making art does not always have to be expensive! :)

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  3. oh for crying out loud girl!!! You are amazing. That looks like something out of a home decor photoshoot. SO nice.

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    1. Hahaha! Who knew what $0.21 could do?? :) Thanks!

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    1. Good luck! Hopefully they will have some left!

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  5. The bowl looks great. Question, where did you find the deli paper.

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    1. If you click on the word "deli paper" in the post it will take you to the site where I bought them. :)

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    2. bummer I clicked the link and it didn't work. I'll keep trying.

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    3. I found this... It sounds like the same thing : http://www.bagcraft.com/patty-paper-sheet-regular-l55/

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    4. Yeah, I am not sure why it didn't work. I bought mine through Amazon. Good luck!

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  6. You totally transformed this into a beautiful bowl. It looks like ceramic. Way to go!

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  7. wow how cool is this!!! what a great idea.

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    1. Thanks and I hope you find the deli paper. :)

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  8. I agree with Judy, it looks ceramic! Great transformation and great tip for another way to use deli paper, something I just learned about in the past month.

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  9. Love it, did you paint it white to start with? So pretty.

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    1. Yes, I used white gesso as a base and primer. Thanks for checking it out!

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  10. Kirsten, this is stunning! You've created a beautiful piece of Greek delftware!!! I can't believe this incredible piece was a cheap plastic bowl and deli paper! WOW!

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    1. Don't you love a bargain? Thanks for checking it out!

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  11. Great buy and great bowl. Love what you did.

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