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First, I saw this agate plate from Rain Collection and loved it.  It’s hard to tell from just this picture, but this is a serving platter (ex: cheese and crackers).  It’s really stunning and I love the variations in the stone.
rlbrazilianagateplateblue304 When I saw this set of coasters, I loved the idea even more but I was a little shocked by the price.
green coasters I ordered my set of blue agate coasters from Etsy but you can also find them on Amazon.  The set I chose has two slices with sparkly crystals and a hole in the middle.   Because these are intended for use as coasters, they came with the little rubber feet on them already, but you can also purchase regular slices of rock without the feet.

For the spring edition of the Pinterest challenge (here’s my winter art project from earlier this year),  I decided to add some shine to my coasters just like the inspiration pictures above.

Using the same gold leaf kit I already had (and used on the Jonathan Adler tumbler), it was really easy to gild the edges of the coasters in just four steps:

  1. Apply adhesive to coaster edges.
  2. Wait 30 minutes for the adhesive to become sticky/tacky.
  3. Roll the edges of the coaster over a flat sheet of gold leaf and smooth gold leafed edge with a Q-tip (or your finger)
  4. Brush a light coat of sealer over golden edges and allow to dry.

There are so many stone varieties and colors available, these pieces could work with any decor.   I absolutely love how Tanya’s framed coasters turned out, so I’m planning to pick up some shadowboxes to showcase these gilded beauties on the wall very soon. (Updated: see how it turned out here)

Have you completed any easy projects?
-J

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It’s that time again.   It’s time for …

This is the second winter edition of the challenge which has basic rules:  produce something of your own inspired by something you have pinned.   Last year,  I made my own word art for the kitchen based on a phrase I pinned.   By coincidence, this year I also tackled another piece of art.

I pinned this colorful, watercolor print from Etsy months ago.  Isn’t it beautiful?!

For my own version, I decided to use acrylic paint on canvas.  I drew the basic outline of the fish body and tail with a pencil, but  I didn’t pre-plan anything, I just mixed and decided colors for the ‘scales’ as I went.   It took about an hour to paint my own version of a colorful fish body and tail on the 12 x 20 canvas.   I was in a zone and didn’t take any pictures of my layout or process.    Here’s the finished piece.

I am in the midst of creating a gallery wall in the basement entryway and already planned for this piece to hang there! More details coming soon.

Have you created any masterpieces lately?  It’s really fun and personal to create your own works of art.
-J

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