Hi, it’s Tessa from How To Make Art, and today I’m going to show you a quick and easy project: Mini Wall Plaques. These little wooden plaques look great on a wall or resting on a shelf.
Here is what you will need:
small piece of wood
color printer with photo paper
Yasutomo and Company’s Nori Paste
STEP ONE: Cut your wood to the size you prefer. I cut my piece to measure 3″ x 3″ and sanded the edges with sandpaper.
STEP TWO: Add a hole for hanging on the back of the piece, right in the top center:
(Please ignore the hole at the bottom – that was my first attempt, and it didn’t work!)
STEP THREE: Print your artwork out, making sure to make it the same size that you cut your wood – in my case, 3″ x 3″. Cut it out carefully with a pair of scissors.
STEP FOUR: Apply a light coating of Nori paste to the top side of the wood. Don’t make your layer of glue too thick, or it will seep out over the sides.
STEP FIVE: Carefully lay the printed artwork on top of the glue layer, making sure that the hole on the back corresponds with the top of your artwork. Place a small sheet of wax paper over the entire piece, then place heavy books on top of the artwork so that the piece will dry totally flat. (The wax paper is used so that excess glue will not stick to your books.)
Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy making these little art reproductions with Nori Paste, which has quickly become my new favorite adhesive! Nori Paste really adheres so well and with no air bubbles, so it’s a paper crafter’s dream come true.
Have a great day!
I just love all the colors of fall. The reds, yellows, oranges, just make me happy. But sad to say these colors are only here for a few days. How can I keep them always? Art is always the right answer so off to my studio!
Sorry about the photo, I did not think when I made it how hard it would be to photograph it, but I think you get the idea.
1. Start off with a white card stock and color with my NiJi Oil Pastels using red, yellows and oranges to make a wonderful background. Blend each color into the other.
2. I found this mirror at the local art store (on sale) and painted it with Orange paint. Can you see that this mirror was a flower shape?
3. I stamped onto the color card stock that I created with my personal line of stamps from SinCity Stamps. I love this leaf plate of stamps and I have lots of great things planned for them.
Terri Sproul here and I love to work with different mediums. Yasutomo is the perfect company for me to be a part of the design team, look at all the fun stuff I get to play with! I do love to make transfers and in this post I did just that.
We are still running our air-conditioners, but summer is on its last leg here in Georgia. Yellow finches are cleaning out the purple cone flower seeds. The grass is starting to dry up. Purple blossoms are dropping from that mysterious bush out back. Summer is fading out.
Like many of you, my back yard is a constant source of inspiration. This week, I’ve been inspired by the soft, washed-out colors and warm breezes of September. Using inks, rice paper, and my sewing machine, I created a soft paper lantern embellishment that conveys the nostalgic feeling of the last fruit of summer. This easy project is such a fun way to add an element of softness, light, and color to any room or outdoor space.
- Yasutomo 6E Hanshi Paper, 9 ½” x 13”
- Niji Splash Inks: blue, yellow, magenta
- Yasutomo Traditional Chinese Ink, black
- Paint brush
- Spray bottle filled with water
- Drying rack covered with plastic wrap
- Sewing machine with black thread
- Paper lantern
- Yasutomo Nori Paste
Step 1: Stack 4-6 sheets of rice paper on your work surface.
Step 2: Spray the paper thoroughly with water.
Step 3: Drip inks directly from their bottles onto the paper. If you want to create new colors, mix them in a small cup and use a wet paint brush to drip the ink colors onto the wet paper. Use the spray bottle to further dilute and mix the colors on the paper.
As you can see from my photo, I really had no plan and kind of played around with dripping, using a paint brush, and spraying with my spray bottle. The pattern is not very important, as each piece is cut into small pieces once dry.
Step 4: Hang the wet rice paper on a drying rack that has been covered with plastic wrap. The wet rice paper is very delicate, so be careful as you place it on the drying rack. Once dry, it is quite sturdy.
Step 5: Once dry, cut the pieces into small rectangles.
Step 6: Using a sewing machine, stitch the pieces together side by side about ½” from the top of each rectangle. Do not worry if the pieces don’t line up perfectly. When you’ve stitched all the rectangles together, you will have a garland of lovely imperfect flags.
Step 7: Wrap the garland around the paper lantern, using a small blob of Yasutomo Nori paste every 3-4 inches. The paste works so well with the rice paper. Just a tiny bit of paste and a little bit of pressure secures the garland into place.
Step 8: If you have gaps of unpainted or unadorned lantern, add some ink drops and squirt with water. Hang the lantern to dry.
- Instead of a white paper lantern, use a colored lantern.
- Mix Niji Splash Inks to create colors that perfectly match your décor or party theme.
- Add some shimmer with metallic gel pen accents.
- Create a variety of lamps in different sizes. Hang them in a cluster for a dramatic effect.
How do the changing seasons inspire you?