Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Take Five

The magazines at the doctors have had some good stuff in them lately. She often catches me snapping the mag pages on my phone. At least the days of coughing and tearing are over.
There was a rather nice typographic style cushion. It cost $85 which is fair enough if you have more spare dosh than me.
Anyhow, I thought I'd show you a nice cheap alternative. 
If you have a silkscreen and squeegee handy, which not everyone does, I know, then you just have the cost of the blank cushion cover. I got mine from Pillowtalk for $6.95. You really couldn't get the fabric and zip for that. The squeegee and screen are not expensive from any art shop and then you have them ready for the ensuing printing frenzy you will undoubtably begin.

1. Cut out the number of choice. Mine's a five because I have five offspring and a girlfriend is turning five decades so I thought she'd like one too. It's also just a nice, fat, curly graphic. If you google your number and go to images, you'll find a lots of designs, then you print and photocopy to the desired size.


 2. Place the cutout on the case then lay the silkscreen down over the two. The edges of the screen are taped with masking tape so the paint stays inside the border of the paper.


3. Spoon on some fabric paint or just acrylic would do really. You can add some fabric emulsion to it or just never wash it if you have really, really clean children and flying pigs at your place.


4. Spread the paint through the screen with a couple of pulls of the squeegee on a 45 degree angle.

5. Lift it up, et voila, you have a typo cushion of choice for next to nix.


It's all a bit beige but you get the idea.


Some people are also turning five years in a few months which is possibly preferable to five decades.


20 comments:

  1. oh Hi 5!!....lol sorry...but had to be said...I love it! x

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    1. Touche, Ms Allison! You know how I love a good corny header!

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  2. I do like a spot of screen printing.
    Think of the possibilities for these cushion covers. You've got Christmas gifts sorted. x

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    1. Already got that sorted. I have a few more of those cushions in a bag somewhere for friends and family if I can just remember where I left them!

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  3. How awesome. It turned out so well. Hmnmm...now to get me a silkscreen (bet I could raid the school art room).

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    1. You know they would give you one. Who could say no to you? Just offer to do workshops in class after you get the hang of it. They'll give you anything you want!

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  4. Love it! Grade 10 High School was the last time I did any screen printing. I love how blogging has made me more creative or at least creative-aware. The cost of things that I often see in the stores is really baffling sometimes x

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    1. I agree. It's fair enough for them to price things as they like but I just can't justify paying that kind of money for something as trivial as a cushion like, for example, .... a 12 year old boys tooth filling!!!

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    1. What a great idea. If you mess it up just wash it off while it's wet and start again. That will relieve the pressure!

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  6. Mind bogglingly easy for some.
    Difficult for me.
    (Said in Mexican accent.)
    xo

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    1. Of course, Amigo! I only ever read your comments in a Mexican accent!

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  7. It looks fab sat there on your sofa! :) x

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    1. I think I might need to make a big Mum one so they think of me whenever theygo to eat food on the couch!

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  8. Ooh, nifty!

    And how can that little whirlwind be nearly five already!

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    1. Not till March but it is there looming....

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  9. Now I know what I want for Christmas.

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  10. the pillow came out beautiful, love it. along with your fishie story yesterday, something similar happened to one of my betas as a kid. Scary to see the helpless wet thing on the floor.

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  11. Thank you for this lovely inspiration for a new project! I'm in the making of putting our own style on our new farm house so I will try making a nice pillow as a final touch for the living room!

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