Remember back in July when I was all about Halloween?
And we laughed about how it was way too early for Halloween?
Welcome to October! Now we can finally talk about surfing.
I am seriously seasonally challenged.
But here’s the deal.
I had the big Abott Kinney Festival (in Venice Beach) a weekend or so ago and I had to change gears radically to get stuff ready for the beach crowd.
So far so good.
I liked one of my Surfing Coaster images a lot and had an idea about how to transfer it to one of the metal trays but wasn’t sure if it would work.
Spoiler: It did!
I used my favorite transfer technique.
I simply lay down a decent coat of Minwax Polycrylic, place the image face down on the Poly, smooth it into place using my hands and a roller and let it dry for several hours in the sun (or overnight if you don’t live in hot, dry southern California).
Tip: I’m always trying to improve a bit. The only downside of this method is that you can end up with a faint outline of the edges of the paper. I found that if you only put the Poly where you image is and only smooth down that area it cuts down on the “edge” problem a bit. You can see in the picture above that the edges of the paper are not stuck down.
My concern was that the process would rub off the paint but it wasn’t a problem at all.
I actually had to go back in with some sandpaper and “distress” the letter a bit more (I kinda overdid it with “A” in California)
I plan to try it with a few fall-like designs as well. Or, what the heck, it’s October, let’s talk Easter decor!!!!
(you may wonder what I’ve been up to since the Festival and now…..well, my faithful computer Blue-Screen-of-Deathed me just afterwards and I’ve been dealing with the hassle of buying a new one and getting up and rolling again. Fortunately, most of my work was backed up but between passwords, fonts, bookmarks etc it’s been a slow slog to get my act back together)