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    My Story

    May 6th, 2020

    Sixteen years ago I was introduced to decoupage technique by a friend of mine. I fell in love with it almost instantaneously but rediscovered it in 2015. I was searching for unique and personalized gifts for the auspicious festival of Diwali; all of the sweet boxes and the gift hampers seemed rather repetitive. Henc, I decided to make customized gift boxes for my friends and fill it will homemade cookies. The response I got from this was unprecedented. Everyone loved the idea and my work. Seeing the appreciative smile on all my friend's faces due to my art made me ecstatic. I had always envisioned my art to be a medium to bring joy and happiness into other's lives. There is where Elysian Creatifs came into existence. Before, I could make it into the brand it is today I knew I had to develop my skills. I started decorating everything and anything I could lay my hands on. Along with boxes, I expanded my horizons to candles. As I enhanced my skills my passion grew to what it has become today, ‘Elysian Creatifs'. 


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    Upcycling of  Wooden Chopping Board 

    Hi everyone ! While being stuck in quarantine at home I have been upcycling almost everything and anything. So today I am going to be showing you how to upcycle a wooden chopping board and make DIY home decor. 


    Here are a few of the materials you will need: 


       1. Old wooden chopping board 
       2. Sandpaper 
       3. White and yellow paint (or any other acrylic color of your choice)
       4. Acrylic color flat brush 
       5. Black color sharpie 
       6. Print out of your favorite wording or design 
       7. Modpodge or PVA glue 
       8. Plate/ cups to hold the color 
       9. Double-sided masking tape 
       10. 3 pegs

    I know this is a lot of materials but in the end, it will be worth it. The method is very simple and easy to follow: 

    Step 1: Sand wooden chopping board with sandpaper (grit 80-150). Sand it until it is smooth.


    Step 2: Give it a base coat of white color using a flat brush. Let it dry. 


    Step 3: Line up the PVA tape/ Masking tape in stripes either horizontally or vertically ( your choice). While lining up the tape starts from the center of the chopping board and then move to either side. 


    Step 4: Once the tape is placed take the yellow color (or any other acrylic color of choice) and paint the area that is not covered by the tape. 


    (Tip: To make the paint dry faster use a hairdryer) 


    Step 5: Once the color is dried remove the tape. Now your background is ready. 


    Step 6: Print out with the wordings/ design of your choice. To use this as stencil you will first need to trace over the design or wordings. 


    Step 7: Turn the paper over and shade the letters/design in from the back using a pencil. 


    Step 8: Now your DIY stencil is ready. Turn the paper over to the front side and place it on the center of the chopping board (with the front side facing the ceiling). 


    (Tip: To avoid the letters or design from smudging tape the paper to the chopping board)


    Step 9: Trace over the letters/ design on the board. Now you can remove the paper. 


    Step 10: At this point, you should be able to see the letters/design faintly with pencil marks on the chopping board. 


    Step 11: Using a sharpie now trace over the design. You can fill it in with paint if you like. 


    Step 12: Make 3 small holes at the bottom of the chopping board. For the final touch now add the 3 pegs in ( screw them in). 

      
    Now your DIY keyholder/ home decor piece is ready!


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    10 easy steps to DIY home decor

     

    Any glass/ plastic jars can be upcycled to make beautiful home decor pieces. Today I'm going to give you a brief method on how to make DIY home decor pieces. 

    You will need: 

         1. Empty glass/ plastic jars 

         2. Acrylic black and white colors 

         3. Flat paintbrush 

         4. Stencil of wordings on the design of your choice 

         5. Modpodge/ PVA glue 

         6. Lace/ brown string/ rope 

    To create this piece of home decor you will need to follow the following steps: 

     

    Step 1: Clean a jar (can be sauce bottle or jam jar etc.) well from the inside and the outside. Wash it with warm soapy water to remove the labels on the jar easily. Let it dry.

    Step 2: Using a brush apply a basic coat of acrylic white paint. 

    Step 3: Color the jar based on any color based on your choice. 

    Step 4: Modpodge it or use PVA glue for sealing the color. 

    Step 5: Let the first coat dry. (Tip: To make it dry faster use a hairdryer)

    Step 6: Apply the second coat of mod podge/ PVA glue. 

    Step 7: Place your stencil on the jar. Using white color and the flat paintbrush jar. 

     

    (Tip: Do not take too much color on the brush or sponge. Keep it minimum so the wording is not smudged. )

     

    Step 8: Let it dry. Apply another coat of varnish/mod podge/ PVA glue to seal it. 

    Step 9: While you wait for it to dry color the lid. Give it 2 coats of white inside out. Then pick a contrasting color to the jar and paint the lid. Lastly, seal it with two coats of mod podge. 

    Step 10: Use lace or any strings to give it a rustic look by tying the lace or string around the neck of the jar. 

       


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    Up-cycling a Old Side Table 

    June 2nd, 2020

    Hello everyone ! I hope everybody is well and safe.

    This week I tried to re-vamp an Ikea Side Table which was nearly 10 years old. I think it turned out to be quite a successful attempt. Least to say I was very happy re-vamping this table, creating a new use for it and displaying my work in my living room. The method to re-vamp it is as follows:

    Step 1: Firstly, I sanded the table using sand- paper with a small grit. I always sand any furniture that I am going to upcycle because it allows for better color absorption and gives it a smooth finishing. 


    Step 2: Then I added a coat of white primer as a base coat. 


    Step 3: To give it color I used Annie sloan chalk paint (Duck egg blue) This color was perfect for me as it went perfectly with my furniture and home decor. I applied two coats to avoid it from fading away in the future. 


    Step 4 : After the base color dried, I dabbed it using a sponge with very limited amounts of colour (similar to the dry brush technique).  On the top of side table I used flower stencils to give it a floral design. For stenciling I used contrasting shades of blue, the first one being Ivory Acrylic Colour and the second shade being Persian Blue Acrylic Color. The colors I used were from Decoart Americana Acrylic.

    Step 5: After the paint dried, I gave the stool two coats of modpodge for a glossy effect.

    Step 6: Once the modpodge wasn't sticky anymore I used leaf stencils to complete the look of the table. Instead of using paint with the leaf stencils I used a metallic wax paste and applied it usign a sponge. 

    Steap 7: Then I repeated these steps on the other sides of the table. 

    Step 8: While I was waiting for the outer side of the table to dry, I painted the inside of the table using the same Duck Egg Blue color. 


    Step 9: To enchance it look and make it look a little bit more fancy, I used gold leaf on certain areas of the flowers and stuck it with modpodge. I let this dry overnight so that everything settles in well. 

    Step 10: Once it was dried, I gave it 2 coats of. modpodge. (Tip: If modpodge isn't avaliable you can use fevicol)

    Step 11: Lastly, I varnished it. 

     

    Picture of before and after are shown below. This method can be applie to essentially any furniture item to give it a classy and glossy finishing look and mkaing it look likie it was store bought and brand new. 
                



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