My latest craft project came from its usual source: I see something nice in a store and think I could make that. Really, that kind of magical thinking has proved disastrous at times, rewarding at others. Okay you crafty souls out there, admit it, you have those thoughts too?
they reminded me of the Pimpernel mats
we all received as gifts at one time or another. The mats above were Alison’s, rescued from her Great Purge. After all, one gal’s trash is another gal’s treasure. She gleefully contributed them to my crafty cause.
Trial and Error
My idea was to use Mod Podge,
acrylic paint and pretty paper scraps I had on hand to test my theory. My first source of paper was a paper Caspari placemat that I trimmed to size. I loved the pink color and thought the Mod Podge would be thick enough to make the crinkly paper lie flat.
Clearly, that was not meant to be.
Then I selected a grasscloth remnant and trimmed it to size. Next came sanding and a coat of primer (the mats are very slick)
and I set out painting the black acrylic paint around the border. It took several coats of paint and I wondered if a thicker coat of primer would help. So I used another donated mat and a paper placemat from a tablet of assorted mats ~ thank you kMg ~
and primed the mat with a very thick coat. I knew the gold metallic paint I wanted to use would require more coats, so the extra primer helped.
Once the painted borders were ready, it was time to apply the paper and Mod Podge. If you try this
do not worry about the way Mod Podge goes on white;
it will dry clear. I applied two coats and finished with a clear acrylic sealer.
Pimpernel’s large size mat can be used as designed as a placemat or, as I intend to use this one,
as a trivet on my buffet or dining table. Now I’m on the hunt (consignment or yard-sale) for the smaller luncheon size mats to update. This was a simple and inexpensive project, a perfect one to tackle on a snowy day.
February 20, 2015