Distressed Art

Okay, I have to admit ,I am a compulsive distresser.I distress furniture.I distress fabric and I distress paper! I bought this print on eBay a year ago. It was just too pristine for my house. I got kinda carried away and forgot to take the before pic.

                           See there, I did take a pic of what I trimmed off in order to make it fit my frame!

I wadded it up (made me cringe) and wadded it again. Smoothed it out and put it in my broiler pan since it fit in there best.I then poured a cup of strong warm tea over it just long enough for it to start soaking in.Then poured off the excess. It did tear some (a lot).Sooooo, I just pieced it back together on top of mat board and let it dry. Actually if you like to live dangerously (like me) preheat the oven to 200 degrees and turn it OFF.Put the print on a cookie sheet or whatever pan fits best and put in oven to dry. You may have to iron it when it comes out. Yes I said "iron".

 Tomorrow, I will  use a spay adhesive to keep the pieces in place on the mat board before framing.  This is the first piece I have wadded up which probably weakened it. But I love the results! Looks old ,huh? I have tea soaked art I have printed off the Graphics Fairy onto cardstock with good results.However if you are using a pic you have printed off your printer, I recommend allowing the tea to cool so the ink doesn't run.

    Check back  tomorrow for the framed result and to see what is to become of these old doorknobs!


Sherry said...

Very interesting!!! I'll definitely be back to see the finished product!

Terry M Scott (AKA Terry Mann) said...

Looks pretty cool

C'est Magnifique said...

That is such a cool distressing technique! It REALLY looks old... like you found it in someone's attic! I'm going to have to try this!