I’ve come (back) from the Land Down Under!
It was a great trip. I saw amazing sites, drank a lot of beer, watched a lot of tennis and truly enjoyed my first full-fledged vacation in years.
Australia maintained its reputation for vicious insect attacks (I stepped on a bee at the beach). Fortunately the area is named “Manly Beach” and my response to was, I assure you, very Manly.
Sometimes men emit high pitched screams. We can do that. Don’t judge.
I also discovered that I no longer tan.
I used to. I used to turn a nice olive color but now I just become bright red and then, overnight, it fades back to my natural color, Pasty Accountant White (part of Sherwin Williams new spring color collection).
I flew back on Friday and discovered Michaels Craft Store was celebrating my return with one of their super-rare 60% off coupons (thoughtful!) so I dragged my severely jet-lagged self to the store.
I’d intended to just stock up on a supply item but stumbled across this metal tray
And for 60% the cost came down to $10 and my, admittedly somewhat addled, mind saw possibilities!
It’s a cool tray but, being me , I thought it could use some graphic enhancement and had been curious to see if the polycrylic technique I’d tried with my yardstick tray and Halloween candle holder would work on metal.
Back home I got right to work (…after accidentally falling asleep for approximately two days…..)!
I pulled some bicycle graphics from the ever-reliable Graphics Fairy (her blog is also the source for the polycrylic transfer method)
Of course, as always, the tray was larger than my printing capabilities so, after reversing the graphic, I printed it out in three sections on my laser printer (I just use plain old Staples brand legal sized paper for this).
The transfer method is the same as for the signs.
I laid the pieces in place, smoothed them down with a brayer, wiped away any excess polycrilic and…..went back to bed.
I think this opens up a lot of fun possibilities. My image is black and white but I’m quite sure colors would work just as well.
And now I must go back to factory mode for a short while. 200 coasters due at a store and my sister Sally arrives on Thursday for a visit!