Spring Coasters & Plaid Crafts {#FAEnamels}

Spring Coasters by The Johanson Journey
This month I was chosen to be a member of the Blueprint Social March Street Team for Plaid Enterprises.  I cannot express my excitement enough!  As a member, I was sent a box of goodies containing Folk Art Enamels, sponge brushes and a Plaid Crafts Stencil!

FolkArt Enamelsare amazing to work with!


 I felt stress when I got my stencils mainly because I felt like I needed more, ha!  I ended up going out and buying a few more sheets with words and attempting to make subway art type coasters. 
Subway Art Plaid Stencil FailIMG_3963
For the record, these would have been VERY cute, BUT, the directions tell you that you should place the stencils, use the paint and peel the stencils off while the paint is still wet.  I was trying to use an assortment of colors on each so the areas already painted were drying as I was trying to finalize them.  When I went to peel the stencils off, the paint came off with them, leaving a blank canvas below.  They are NOT kidding around when they say to remove while wet.  I also caution you to use these indoors, as I was trying to get creative outside where apparently it was TOO windy and accelerated the drying process.
So, I felt my balloon deflate a bit with the failure of the first attempts of making subway art-ish coasters.  I went out and bought yet another set of stencils because I could not remove the paint from the stencils above.  I took a much simpler approach.  Let’s start over, shall we?
1} Clean your canvas if you are using glass or another slick surface like coasters with a quick sweep of Alcohol to remove any build up.
2} Place your stencils
3} Using the brushes, generously sponge on your paint.  I felt that using a bit extra paint helped the paint POP!
4} Peel your stencils while the paint is still wet.
5} Place your coasters in a cold oven and heat to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes and let them cool.
6} Add felt pads to the corners and VOILA!  You’ve got a beautiful set of coasters for Spring!
Simplicity at its finest!  I love them!  They might end up being my décor for the season rather than actual coasters! I need to collect more colors too! 
Spring Coasters by The Johanson Journey
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I wrote this post as part of a campaign with Plaid and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

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Stacie said...

Super cute and I love the colors that you used!

Jill said...

Wow, these are so nice!! Such a great idea, Janette, I love them! I'm going to have to try this sometime, I don't even have any coasters! haha!

Sarah Shumate said...

Way to turn a flop into a success! Your finished coasters are beautiful!

becca said...

how cute

Virginia said...

Great idea using coasters! Very cute!

Mrs. Match said...

Those turned out really cute! I love fun coasters!

Rebecca E. Parsons/Cre8Tiva said...

turned out really cute...love the idea

Emmy said...

So crazy that they were so touchy with the paint-- but you definitely found out why the directions say that. They look so good! VEry cute and always fun to do a project.

Connie @ Measured by the Heart said...

love your pics...that chevron back ground is cute!

Amy Anderson said...

I think the decor idea is great - they are almost too pretty to use!