diy never have a glue lid get stuck again, so easy, so cheap

I hate it when I go to use my E6000 glue and I cannot get the top off the tube. I resort to pliers and then the top comes off in pieces and the glue is ruined.  Does this sound familiar to you crafters?  I also make my own modpodge and that lid gets stuck too.

I found a really easy way to never have a lid glued to its own glue jar –petroleum jelly == this baby jelly is from the dollar store and smells nice.  Just take a bit of it and line the rings where the lid screws into the jar and no more getting stuck.  No more bad words, just smiles when I go to use my glue containers.  You do have to renew the jelly once in a while to keep it working.

Hope the helps.  Lindapet jelly

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blue collage ( now gifts from the Sea) free mixed media collage tutorial, part 3

I have added micro beads in clear, blue and gold and diamond dust with clear glue to the clay sections Image  An have started to glue down shells ( E6000 glue works)  and embellishments to the clay sections; making sure that I use enough glue to hold them in place and that they are not too heavy for the clay substrate.Image If you look at the tutorial part 2, the shells and the ideas for composition have changed some.  I decided to paint some of the shells that form the outline from the sea to the sand.  I am also playing around with fish and turtle charms to see if I want to use these to connect the two largest sections of the clay substrate.  Stay tuned for the final part of this tutorial.

blue collage ( now gifts from the Sea) free mixed media collage tutorial, part 2

I rolled out air dried clay and cut it into 4 pieces.  I added rolls of clay to make a sea shore and sand area on two of the largest pieces.  I took different stamps to make textures in the sand areas and let the clay dry overnight.Image  Then I places sea shells from Hawaii on the dried clay to get an idea of how I might want to make the composition.  This is just an idea and may not be how the collage actually turns out. Image The next step is to paint the sand and the ocean sections of the dried clay.  I used a variety of metallic paints ( lumiere metallic paint, Inka metallic rub, Mary Stewart paint) ; you can see them on the side of this photo.ImageWhen the paint dried, I sprayed the clay pieces and the canvas substrate with a glossy sealing varnish.  Now I am ready to start to embellish the collage.  This is the fun creative part since I let the collage talk to me about how it should be finished. lol

blue collage; Gifts from the Sea; free mixed media collage tutorial, part 1

Decided today to blog my process of creating a new collage piece; called Gifts from the Sea.  This is a free mixed media collage tutorial.

I get so hung up on being perfect the first time that this experiment will be helpful to learn how to play with color and materials and to make mistakes.  Mistakes lead to discovery.  I am interested in discovery at this time in my life.  This will be a series of posts as the collage comes together.  So here goes:

 

I started with a plan 11 x14 canvas and embossed wallpaper scraps; Image I cut out different pieces to make different textures and glued them on to the canvas.  Then I got out my metallic paints ( lumiere metallic paint , Inka metallic rub) and started to paint.  I ended up with this; Image This morning when it was dried I decided that the colors were too dark.  I have had some darkness  in my life recently but I feel like I am moving toward the light and discovery so…I squeezed on colors ( Martha Stewart acrylic paints) that make me happy..Imagethis is not the way I normally work but what the heck…lets see what happens..ImageI like these colors better, some of the darkness is underneath but the blues and greens of the sea and of hope are on top.  I will let this dry and see what happens next.  This is what I do with the extra paint on my brush…for my next collage project…lolImage  I will continue to record the progress of this mixed media  collage.  Have to do some real work now…oh nooooo