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Y’all ❤️ I had my first craft fair on September 21st and am super proud of how it all came together! If I have extra time (🤦) I’ll eventually write up a blog about all of the display pieces we DIY-ed but, I’m pumped that I finally ripped off the band-aid. The next fair I have set up is at the end of November.
Rob was so amazing and helped me build (or revamp) all of the display pieces. Using pegboard was 100% amazing and I love that all of these pieces work together well yet allow me so much flexibility! 🥰 Plus the neutral colors are amazing for my artwork and lets the colors really pop. ✨
The shelves held a bunch of coasters and I liked putting the social media sign and magnet stand on top of it to give it some more height.
For the posts we made, (see above photo) I do wish they spun. I might rework these prior to the November fair (if I have the time). They worked for what I wanted this time but lack of spin-ability was a miss. I’m not sure how to easily add “spin” in yet.
The tabletop pegboard trifold held so many pieces of jewelry and took up minimal space. Plus it folds up flat to store it. My set up at this fair wasn’t super big so I only used one of the trifolds this time but, depending on what setups I use going forward, made two just in case!
Now, the biggest one I saved for last ➡️ This standing display came out AMAZING. 😍 Prior to the registering for the fair I had this room divider just hanging out in my garage. The panels used to be fabric and it was originally designed and built by my grandpa. With his approval we modified it and I’m so pleased with the result. A few metal screws, brackets, pegboard, and spray paint can get you pretty far. It’s perfect for displaying art since I can move the pegs wherever I want. It even held the sign I painted!
Overall I couldn’t have asked for a better first fair:
- The set up was easy and we had plenty of time to get things put together.
- The crowd was lighter but fairly steady (which helped me not feel overwhelmed).
- It was inside and the weather was good.
- I handed out lots of business cards for potential custom orders.
- and I made a profit! 💰
I’m very encouraged to do my next one! ❤️ I have several new items I’m hoping to have ready for it! If you’re local to Cincinnati I hope to see you there – West Clermont Highschool on Nov 30th!
Things have been so crazy over the last month! I’ve been super crafting these past few weeks and I’m loving it! It’s literally like all I want to do in my free time 😂. I’ve been really making crafting a priority and pretty much work on it like 5 days a week. 🙈
I found some amazing artists to follow for inspiration (check them out on YouTube – Waterfall Acrylics and Pouring Your Heart Out) and they’ve taught me so much already! I’m trying new techniques and branching out to trying new color palettes. Julie makes her own pouring medium and I totally tried it (instead of 100% liquitex pouring medium or 100% floetrol) and I love it! ♥️ It’s a blend of floetrol, glue-all, pouring medium (I use my liquitex), and water.
While I’ve been gone I’ve finished several pieces of wall art, necklaces, earrings, coaster sets, and dishes.
And I made a Facebook group to share new items I post for sale > join to get in on the deets!
I still have more to try and explore but acrylic pouring has been too much fun! I’ll post some of the items for sale on the shop page but they’re also in my Etsy shop > check it out!
More to come 😘
So what are your thoughts on the colors for this bad boy? 🤔 I used the metallic again (still love it ✨) but added in a yellow and coral (+ white of course).
White, Coral Cove, Hay, & Aquamarine
For this pour, I used a 10×20″ canvas and did two flip cups. I also used some of my leftover paint to circle the edges of the cups/canvas prior to lifting as well.
Here is the process video…
andddd.. here are some pictures of the painting now that it’s dried! 🤩
I’ll share more once the top coat goes on!
And, since I had leftover colors from the 1st pour, I made a smidge more white and used them to make coasters. See the first painting here.
I’m loving on the metallic blue in these pours.
But as far as the coasters go: I love how they came out! They’re still drying but are looking super good! ♥️
Check out the process video clip below👇👇
But – it’s time for bed and watching Ozark with Rob. More to come as they dry and need a top coat!! ✌️
Enjoy the week!!
Now that I’ve started recording some of my pours I wanted to share them here on the blog! Last night I did 4 pours (#3-#6) and I think #3 is my favorite so it’s the first I’ll share. Anything with blues automatically gets a leg up in my book but that’s besides the point 😂 💙 This one is on a 10×20″ canvas.
For this painting I used 4 colors, one of which was a metallic. Since I did a white flood coat I used the most white in this one. I also made my own pouring medium (glue all + floetrol + water). In this painting I used the smallest amount of silicone as well.
The paints were Anita’s and DecoArt and I snagged them from Hobby Lobby.
I started the pour with a white flood coat. By doing all of the white first I was able to tilt it and spread it out level before adding my flip cup. In trimming this video you don’t see this but it’s worth calling out: once I added my flip cup I let the colors settle and drip down for a minute before poking a hole in the cup to float it.
Once the white was on and leveled/spread out I was ready to add my flip cup. My cup was made from all four colors.
Then, after the majority of the work was done I needed to check the edges for coverage and flow over. This video looks less exciting but I promise it’s super important.
Next step: the long wait for it to dry!! I’ll share more as this one progresses! ♥️✨
Here’s what it looks like right now: