Oct
22/14

DIY Geometric Painted Cork

I recently picked up a couple of cork coasters at the car boot sales and decided to add a little bit of colours. Inspired by geometric sixties trend, I drew some lines to form some geometrics and finished it with paints and gold foil. Find out more about this simple tutorial.

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Prepare the materials and tools:

-coaster cork

-gold foil

-acrylic paints  & brushes

– matte mod podge

– scotch tape

– silver marker (optional)

– drawing pen, ruler, scissors

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Step one: Draw asymmetrical lines with drawing pen

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Step two: Measure the gold foil and cut to the shape of triangle

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Step three: Place the triangle foil and stick it with the glue

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Step four: Paint the coaster

I choose 3 colours; black, red and turquoise. To get the sharp line while applying the paint, I secure the lines with scotch tape.

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Step five: Dab the black paint on, let the first paint dries before applying other coats. For quicker dry time, use the hair dryer.

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Step Six: I draw silver polkadots and stripes with silver marker to add some extra bits.

You can do it in your own way, the design possibilities are endless!

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My new coaster sits nicely there.

Sep
14/14

Raclette & Our Hot Stuff Cork Mat

 

I bought a raclette grill for our anniversary gift and we can’t wait to use it. So, tonight will be a raclette night. It’s perfect time to eat something warm as now the weather is getting cooler in September. The first time I’ve tasted raclette was on last christmas dinner with my boyfriend’s family in Paris. You might remember this blog post. If you are not in mood for a homemade cook, you can find raclette menu in Androet, East London or even just to buy good cheeses. As we are in England, we are trying to find something similar for the nibbles.

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 Fill your board with a collection of cheeses, ham, salami, bacon, vegetables (pickles and pepper: optional).

Then boil potatoes and warm your raclette grill. You can add on butter for your potatoes as you prefer. Once the grill is warm enough, melt your cheese and grill the bacon as well. Take your cheese raclette off and pour onto your selection of meats and potatoes.

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When enjoying your meals, you might want to take a break from heating your cheese. Lay on your raclette on this witty cork mat. Make your own personal words and stencil onto the cork mat. The steps are very easy!

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 a nice compliment for your kitchen appliances.

 

To make this DIY, you will need:

• round cork mat (can buy it from IKEA)

• letter stencil tool

• black marker/ acrylic paint

Now, let’s begin!

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1. Press firmly the stencil tool and trace the word start from the outline and fill it after.

Tips: Before you start to mark your paint, measure the layout of the entire words to be on centre. You can mark the line with scotch tape.

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2. Do each letter with the same kerning (the space between the character).

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3. Repeat until all words is filled. Now you can use it for all your hot stuffs!

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