Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Big Baa, Little Baa

Ma Baa, Pa Baa, and two little Baby Baa's have come to visit.

I love sheep.

I know this is like the twentieth time I have featured a sheep project, but I love sheep.

I don't know if I cannot get enough sheep or enough sleep.

BUT I love sheep!

I used the same image as on  Baa, Baa Bench  .

Gosh, the least I could have done was alter the image a little so you would get a different perspective of these wonderful sheep courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.

But no, I used the same image!

It is reversed for printing on transfer paper.

 To make this worse, I used the same method of transferring the sheep image to osnaburg cloth.  

The only difference was in size.

Two 5 X 7 images.

Two 8 X 10 images.

You will be pleased to note no bench was involved,  just four canvases.

 For the 5 X 7 images ironed on the pieces of slightly larger osnaburg cloth, I used 8 X 10 canvases.

I used Folk Art craft paint in Barnwood.  I soaked my chip brush in water to create a striated pattern to resemble - what else - barnwood!

For the 8 X 10 images I used 16 X 20 canvases because I cut the cloth into larger pieces.  Actually you know from previous posts, I never cut.  I always tear - loved that frayed look.

Make sure you plan this out to fit a pre-primed stretched canvas.  

I mixed walnut ink stain crystals in some hot water in a spray bottle.  I loaded another spray bottle with alcohol.  (Keep your bottles labeled - you don't use all of it in one application and it does save.)

It ain't pretty, but it is distressed!

Here are the Ma and Pa canvases. 

The Baby Baa's received the same treatment.

I sprayed the walnut ink stain and then the alcohol.

I wadded up several paper towels and gently blotted off the excess after a few minutes.

See right side of pic on the left? That is the look you want.

 Mod Podge - always go to the Mod Podge.  However, if you decide on a heavier weight cloth, you will need a gel medium found on the art supply aisle.  

Glop it on the canvas, lay the image down and straighten, and glop more on top.  Sit in the sun to dry.

Gee, these canvases look huge next to the Baby Baa's!

 Tags and French seam binding ribbon - always go one step further than you thought you might.

Plus everything looks better with a tag (the sheep image from The Graphics Fairy without alteration printed nine to a page on dark brown cover paper.)
 I tied the ribbon on the right side and attached the tag.

Yes, I would leave the tag on it to hang.

Yes, I think they do look better on a small easel.

Yes, I do love sheep.

We all went outside for a family portrait in the front yard.  Ma Baa, Pa Baa, and the two Baby Baa's sat in the ensuing dusk patiently while I attempted to get a decent photograph of the sheep family.  They looked longingly at the weeds grass that surrounded them.  All dressed up and where to go?  Sheep to the shop, of course.  Did I make one for myself?  Don't be silly, of course.  Will there be more sheep projects?  Baa, Baa, of course!

See y'all!


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  1. Oh you are just teasing me with those cute sheep! I love them and I love the ribbon and tag on the side and yes...I would leave them on too! So what is the overall size of the small ones?

  2. Yep, going a step beyond to the ribbon and the tag did them up right! You are too funny. Love your crafty projects with all your tricks and techniques! It's a great look and a cute graphic.

  3. Oh, come on! You gotta be kidding me, how much more cute do you think I can take??

  4. I love opening your e-mails! These are wonderful, I have 2 canvases I picked up at goodwill and wasn't sure what to do with them, now I know. Thank you for sharing.

  5. So cute. These will sell really fast. Love the tags too - is that your business card? I'm still working on branding for my little business but came up with a vintage rooster image in old red.

  6. These are so lovely and thank you for sharing the process.
    I love seeing all the "step by steps" on a project.
    I love sheep too!
    Thanks again for sharing your marvelous project, Connie :)

  7. Wooahh you are very talented! Thank you for linking up at Whimsy Wednesdays with The NY Melrose Family and Smart! School {House}

    Kelly at Smart! School {House}

  8. These are so cute! They turned out beautifully, I love the antiqued look.
    Saw you sharing at Transformation Thursday
    Debbie :)

  9. So cute! Congrats on your 100th post!

  10. Love them! I too like to rip fabric. I love the tags--of course:) Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations weekend.

  11. They turned out great! Love the Graphics Fairy too!

  12. Those are just so sweet! I could picture them in a farmhouse kitchen or a child's room.


  13. Congratulations on #100! I love these. Will look great in a kitchen or living room. Thanks for visiting Mrs. White Twig & Tea, Angela

  14. These are awesome. Stopping in from your post over at Silo Hill Farm to say hello and snoop around.


  15. Congrats on 100 posts, wow you go! How awesome are these! That's funny I also like to rip my fabric, I believe gives it a much "truer" line. Also thanks for sharing a tutorial! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  16. Aw, I love the little sheep. Congrats on #100. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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