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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Art Inspired Sofa Table

I've been on a kick with the purples, blues and greens lately. 
It started with the Gypsy Soul piece I made as a gift for my sister's birthday. We had an open house down at the studio, for those of you who don't know, I have an art studio in Myrtle Beach, SC . We test and play and push boundaries with our art and we sure do have fun.
 This piece was made at an open house down at the studio. One of my teachers, Jeannie, is a paper artist, among other her other artistic talents and she teaches paper flowers , quilling, stamping, card making and more. I made this while she was teaching the  class that day of the open house. It's made on watercolor paper with spritz's of bold color using Dylusions and the addition of this pretty mandala. Jeannie had the Gypsy Soul stamp as well and gypsy and bohemian are well gypsy/bohemian. I used Diamond Glaze to create that protective glass encased look on the Gypsy Soul.
 Down at the studio we also take requests for future arts and crafts  classes plus we take requests from Pinterest....fun fun fun.

Below is my take on a piece of mixed media art that was sent over via video, as a request  for a future class. Again,I'm on a purple , blue and green kick and loving every minute of it. 
 I love the dragonfly. He makes me happy every time I walk into the studio.


 This sofa table was inspired from the dragonfly period, as it is now known. The colors remind me of a dragonfly , you know that glistening green and purples and blues that come through as he swoops around catching the sun.
And this is how we went from this .......






(During the making of the Gypsy Soul we were blotting our art with paper towels and I wouldn't let these get thrown out. I used them as accents on the table and I stamped my dragonfly onto one of these and cut it out as an accent on the mixed media piece above.)


....to this.


     Not so Coastal but oh so Bohemian .

Thanks for stopping by to see what we are up to around the studio.
Happy Mother's Day to all. 
Michele 

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Free Printable Bird Nest Design It's a gift for the holidays and Spring

This is a free page design done by me, Michele Michael , owner at Coastal Bohemian. 

It's a great piece to download, print and frame . You can used the framed art as a keepsake spring or holiday decor item .Showcased in a small frame,you'll  dress up a buffet table or mixed in among the flowers for Easter or Spring. Makes a fantastic hostess gift.

I used an old book page with the definition of Nest positioned slightly askew with this sweet sweet nest image, (Image was downloaded from Graphicsfairy.com), representing so many of the things we love and enjoy about this time of year , including family. This is a time we hunker down with family reunions and love one another  and we Nest. I hope you get to some "Nesting".


Make note that this image is not to be used for resale. Background may not be considered a public domain image.

To download click on the image above for full size image and then click save image . If you have any problems email me at CoastalBohemian@gmail.com  or click on this link https://www.facebook.com/events/160209951170637/


Happy Holidays friends. 


Michele 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Teapot Bird Nest

Make an old teapot into a elevated showcase for a bird nest home decor piece, just in time for spring.

Forgive me for only having the finished product but my directions are simple enough for you to recreate this your self. Again, if you've read some of my other posts you know I tend to dive into a project like a mad scientist once the idea hits, forgetting to take pictures of the before.
 This is a teapot from World Market similar to the ones used here also from World Market. I re-purposed mine as they had become very damaged inside . They sat around my studio for a long time and then I got to thinking about the teapots one day . I was trying to create a faux bird nest when I looked over at these lonely teapots that where begging to have a new life. And what a new life they have.

 There are a few pics that seem similar but I'm trying to show different angles and capture the nest and eggs so keep scrolling.
I added newspaper inside the nest to give the nest a slight base. I added some hot glue and inserted my nest. After , I took some Dollar Tree eggs and old book pages and covered the eggs with the paper mache . I used my paint brush to get them nice and evened out around all those edges. This was a very messy hand on event. I even tinted the pages on the mini eggs using a watered down Mossy Green from Martha Stewart acrylics from Walmart. 

This picture is an awful picture of the glittery foam eggs I used but I pulled this from Amazon to show you what kind of eggs I used. I wanted a solid egg and not the collapsible fillable kind.

I added newspaper inside the nest to give the nest a slight base. I added some hot glue and inserted my nest. After , I took some Dollar Tree eggs and old book pages and covered the eggs with the paper mache . I used my paint brush to get them nice and evened out around all those edges. This was a very messy hand on event. I even tinted the pages on the mini eggs using a watered down Mossy Green from Martha Stewart acrylics from Walmart. This picture is an awful picture of the glittery foam eggs I used but I pulled this from Amazon to show you what kind of egg I used. I wanted a solid egg and not the collapsible, fillable kind.Make sure to snip the ribbons off before attempting the paper mache.



 I used a old candlestick as a pedestal and using E6000 glue placed the lid from the teapot upside down onto the candlestick . The small knob on the lid gets set into the cubby of the candle holder. This now acts as a more reliable footing to adhere your teapot. Glue your teapot to your new base and allow to dry. Bingo. You are done.
In the end I gave the green one away as a gift but not before adding the word nest right on the front of the teapot . I had ripped around the edges of the word NEST and decoupaged it onto the front. I finished it off with a faux bird from the Dollar Tree. I'll see if I can get a photo of that to add to this post.
Thanks again for reading and I hope you are enjoying the Spring weather.



Michele Michael 
Coastal Bohemian
www.CoastalBohemian.net
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Crystal Shells -Bling it on.

I've been wanting my friends and fellow crafters to be showcased on my blog as guest bloggers . I've learned so much from all of them throughout the years. This is a guest blog from my first craft buddy, Cathy from LI NY. She sent me a few of these little gems and I was in heaven .




 I remembered that we had grown crystals when we were cub scout leaders together. This is way better.
And now from Cathy.




So my dear friend and fellow bohemian asked me to write something for her blog, so here I go:

During the cold dreary days of winter my daughter and I embarked on a few crafting journeys.  One of them was to turn some of the thousands of sea shells i have amassed over the years into something more  well, worth keeping around.  We decided on a process that would literally grow"crystals" onto the shells.

A very simple process really.  all you need is a flat container ( I used glass) water and borax.






We super saturated the water with the borax (kept mixing it in until the water could no longer dissolve the borax). Next we  put our shells into the solution taking care to make sure they dont touch each other.  Make sure the shells are completely covered with the solution.  Let them sit overnight and viola! Beauties are created!  These shells are going to adorn a picture frame with a nice beach picture of my daughter and I.  I was also thinking they would be amazing in a jar, or used in making bridal decorations...even in a bouquet!!
(Insert  enthusiasm from Michele at Coastal Bohemian here)
"Oh hell yeah!!!
We used small flat shells for the most part, but I'm sure any shell would be perfect. So next time you are itching for a simple yet satisfying craft, head to the laundry room for that Borax!

P.S.  I believe Borax can be harmful if care is not taken.

Insert from Michele at Coastal Bohemian

https://wellnessmama.com/26407/borax-safe/ This is a link to safety and use of Borax.Thx to Wellness Mama.



Cathy,  the other bohemian

Thanks Cathy for sharing your fun and excitement for creating. 
This is an inspiring piece.





Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Upcycled Folding Tray

Attendees will build an upcycled foldable tray and paint a beautiful finish and apply a vintage looking designed inset. 

Learn techniques for working with paints to create texture . Learn tips and tricks for faux finish and decoupage application.
Designs and sizes may vary depending upon product availabilty. Remember this is an upcycled project. :)

This is a great home decor piece and can be used as a focal piece in a dining room , on a cocktail table to serve guests or as a lovely and heartfelt gift.


We recommend bringing a smock . Please call or text or message to reserve a seat. We want to accomadate all our students. 631-245-2674 coastalbohemian@gmail.com

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Driftwood Valance

I have a driftwood addiction that I'm pretty sure is unhealthy. I collect it. I  use it to build things, bundle it and dress it up with bows and glue, staple and screw it to everything . 







Ok, now that I have come clean I want to show you how to upcycle an old fabric covered valance. BTW... there are still a lot of these out there folks.
Remove the staples and the fabric  and padding from the valance and you will be left with a clean wooden surface or as I think of it, a fresh canvas. 

Insert your image of a wooden valance here since I got excited and jumped into my project and forgot to photograph the wooden valance after the fabric was removed.

To get an idea of what I am working with at this point you can link to this etsy shop post and they can also make you a custom size  wooden valance .
https://www.etsy.com/listing/483771567/custom-made-window-valance-rustic-wood?ref=related-0


I started with a 30" wooden valance . I began by using my hottest glue gun and gluing large and medium sized pieces to the base. 


Next you'll need to fill all the empty spaces , layering and adding until you no longer see the wooden valance base underneath.You can add small pieces and medium pieces here. You can continue gluing but I hooked up my nail gun and went to town with that. Can you say "Freedom"? What a difference this made.

Afterward, flip over the board and trim the nails that may have gone through to the other side.  My valance already had saw tooth hangers on each side and I was done and ready to hang. 






Hope you enjoy this craft.