Frida Chair and a Little Napkin Art Tutorial

When I woke up Sunday morning, I looked over at a chair in the corner of the room that I had collaged with vintage papers and pattern tissues - almost 2 years ago now. I bought the chair at the Goodwill for $5.00 and reupholstered the seat in a pink chenille fabric for my bedroom.

Got the urge to change the seat cover and move the chair to the living room for some extra seating and a pop of color and whimsy.

I think I was inspired to use my Frida fabric after seeing Linda Bucci's Frida charms and earrings Saturday! Here is my "new" Frida chair . . .


Did you see the bird atc backgrounds on a couple of the cards I worked on Saturday? . . .

Well, here's a little canvas piece I created using the same paper . . .
It's a napkin!
I just love it when I find napkins that have a full scene on them like this. And in case you've never tried this before, here's a simple tutorial:

1. Carefully remove all of the napkin layers. Most napkins are either 2 or 3-ply.

2. Apply glue - I like to use Paperpatch - The varnish-glue by Decopatch, to your substrate. I've used recycled matboard for the atc's and a wrapped canvas for the other piece.

3. Carefully lay the napkin on the prepared surface and tap LIGHTLY with your finger so you don't tear the very thin paper.

4. Once semi-dry, apply another coat of glue or sealer and set aside to dry. I ran a small wooden roller over the piece to smooth out the top a little. It won't be completely smooth, but the texture that remains is nice.

5. Optional: Paint around the edges of your piece with a coordinating color, add some embellishments, rubberstamp, apply Stickles glitter glue, add some rhinestones . . . you know the drill *smiles*

Stay Creative!

8 comments:

Regina said...

Really sweet ATC's. Thanks for sharing the process.

Heartinmyhand said...

Love,love,love the chair.I really like that you used the pattern pieces to cover the chair. Okay add this to my list of things to do lol

Sam Marshall said...

Love the chair!!! The ATCs are beautiful.

Robin said...

Cool chair Sherry and your ATC's are adorable. I love the beautiful birds and thanks for sharing how you did them:)

Leah said...

Oh my goodness! I love the Frida chair so much!!

Judy said...

I love that napkin technique! I look and look for napkins and never seem to find anything that would do! Your birdies are just the tops! Love it!

Stampmaiden said...

Oh Sherry, I have been doing so many all nighters that I missed this one! OH how I love your birds! And the FRIDA chair! Did you hear a woman yell? IT WAS ME! All the way down here in Los Angeles! You are so cool! Love your art!
Linda

Creative Carmelina said...

this is brilliant! love the chair and the napkin art!

thanks for sharing!

ciao bella
creative carmelina