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February 17, 2013

I’m working on some ideas for another wall hanging project that I’d like to begin this summer.  One of the ideas involves stenciling, which I haven’t yet tried, and another was the reverse of stenciling, more of a first cousin to stamping.




Even though I added pink and orange paint splatters over the top, the white grid effect is the actual topic of today’s post.  I used a piece of plastic mesh as my stamp, applied paint to the mesh and pressed it to the paper.  Took me several attempts to get the look I wanted, so here’s a quick how-to.


First cut a piece from a plastic mesh produce bag – it has a nice grid pattern.  Cut the bag into the shape and overall dimension that you want to stamp.  Select your craft paint or acrylic paint and thin the mixture with a few drops of water.




Use a paintbrush to apply paint to the mesh.




Place the mesh over the paper or object you wish to stamp.




Cover with another piece of paper and press evenly across the area for a few seconds.  Lift the mesh away without smudging.




The painted grid pattern left behind has the nicely uneven character you’d expect to get with a stamping process.




From my experience, the mesh was good for one paint application only.  Just saying.  But even so it’s a great way to repurpose the mesh produce bags – they have wonderful texture.




These two are on the way to becoming note cards after a little hand stitching.

Let me know if you have other clever ways to integrate recycling into your craft projects.  Thanks so much for dropping in 🙂



4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 17, 2013 10:16 pm

    Diane, I LOVE these note cards!!!!

    For some reason the mesh-effect on the cards instantly reminded me of a metal fence. And the pink and orange splatter overlay reminded me of city graffiti.

    They look so wonderfully urban!

    So creative you are!

    Well done, girl! Well done!

    Hope you had a super weekend!

    X to you and Cristybella!

  2. girlwithaskillet permalink
    February 18, 2013 1:32 am

    lovely! I thought it was a snakeskin motif at first. Very creative!

  3. February 18, 2013 7:58 am

    What a clever person you are! Yup–very cute idea for that ‘stamping’ look. We don’t get a lot of plastic mesh bags around here anymore–but I’m pretty sure I’ll be trying this one if we do! Paint’ll be flying…LOL I’m a messy creator! I’m almost certain you’re not. NOW you have me curious about a whole wall of interior design.
    I’ll patiently wait. LOL Though I think it’s only fair to let you know that patience really isn’t something I’m good at…….

  4. February 20, 2013 7:16 am

    Great idea!! Very clever 🙂

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