Wednesday, April 30, 2014

DIY: Color Blocked Rope Coasters

So now that Old Lady Winter has finally accepted defeat- although she did not give up her reign without a fight. It is now time for spring to pull out her most fashionable clothing and show us what she’s working with, and you best believe she is struttin’ her stuff and giving us full bloom. It’s that kind of weather that makes you wanna call up your girls, make a couple cocktails- or maybe some freshly squeezed lemonade (wink)- and chill out on the porch. If you do decide to “live life on the edge” (lol) I’ve got a quick and easy DIY that will make even your lemonade glass feel delighted.
These color blocked rope coasters scream “spring fashion & the great outdoors”, and are a must try.
Here are the supplies you’ll need:
Now Let's begin.
2014-04-28 00-09-56.887
So to start you will need your rope, your round template, and some Aileene's Tacky Glue. The round template will be used as a guide for sizing and as a flat surface to coil the rope on. If you hold it in your hands to coil it, it will not lay flat once you're finished. Be sure to keep this in mind.
2014-04-28 00-11-14.843
Next you will need to apply some Tacky Glue about a half inch away from the top of the rope.
2014-04-28 00-11-55.006
Now coil the top part of the rope tightly and press it firmly against the glue. (You will need to hold it for a few seconds to make sure that it does not come undone... To speed up the process I ran my heat tool (blow dryer will work too) on it to make it dry a little faster).
2014-04-28 00-21-09.626
Continue tightly and firmly coiling the rope. Add Tacky Glue every half inch. Do not worry if the glue presses to the top, it will dry clear and plus you will be painting over it so it will not be visible.
2014-04-28 00-29-19.196
Once you get to the end of your rope (pun be sure to apply some Tacky Glue to the end of it so that it will not unravel.
2014-04-28 00-30-31.813
Wait for it to completely dry and then snip off a small piece of the end so that its straight
2014-04-28 00-21-37.955
Now glue the end piece down and wait for it to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
2014-04-28 00-26-55.090
This is what it should look like (as you can see the glue is still a little wet in this photo)
2014-04-28 00-35-27.914
Now that your coaster is dry it's time to apply some color. I want my base to be white so I am applying some Tulip Fabric Spray.
2014-04-28 00-35-38.737
Be sure to get into the groove ( I found that using a sponge brush was easiest to get the paint in to the grooves of the rope.
2014-04-28 00-55-14.142
Once its completely dry, this is what it should look like.
2014-04-28 01-20-08.339
Now its color blocking time! Add some masking tape in your desired pattern. This will help you get clean crisp lines. You can get creative with the patterns. I chose to keep it simple. I am using Americana Mulit-Surface Paints in Neon Yellow and Neon Pink
2014-04-28 01-25-35.489
Once you have applied your color wait for it to dry completely before removing the masking tape.
2014-04-28 01-41-39.765
This is how it should look once you've removed the tape.
Now you have a fun and colorful coaster set that will coincide greatly with all of your outdoor gatherings. I do hope you give these a try. If you do be sure to share your projects with me on my Facebook page, and hashtag #MadameRoTV.
For all you DIYers who are more visual learners I have a video tutorial for you all to watch. Happy viewing!
If you enjoyed this video tutorial and are interested in seeing future tutorials be sure to hit that subscribe button. Also check out past tutorials via my "Tutorials" tab.

Thank you for joining me today.


DIY Colorful Applique Earrings: Earrings That Make A Statement

Hello DIY Divas
Today I have a super fun tutorial to share with you all. Many of my followers know that Madame Ro is very over the top. I love to make a statement! Whether it be my hair, clothing, or jewelry, I can never leave the house without some form of "WOW-factor". So I created these snazzy over the top earrings using some appliques.
I couldn't just stop there I wanted to take all the boringness out of them so I grabbed my Americana Multi-surface paints in the neon collection, got a hard bristle paint brush, and splattered away. I absolutely love the way that these turned out and every time I wear them out they get more attention then I do ( I'm so jealous...wink) lol.
So without further adieu here is the tutorial. Happy viewing!

I certainly hope that you were inspired to go out and create a stunning pair of applique earrings. For more information about the Americana Multi-Surface paints check out the DecoArt website.

As always thank you for spending a moment of your day with me.


blog signature

Sometimes Change is a Good Thing!

Hello my crafty friends.

I know its been a while since I've last greeted you all.  I have been on hiatus trying to get some things in my life in order. During my break I was able to get focused and map out a clear plan for my life.  With that being said as you can see things are looking mighty different around If you are wondering where a lot of my blog posts went, I have nixed them and kept only the tutorials. I am also making changes to my Facebook page and YouTube channel as well. While I was clearing the clutter on this blog I somehow deleted the photo files and I am working diligently to get the photos back up, so bare with me as this is a long

I decided that I am going to get serious about my brand and start blogging/vlogging on a more professional level. So I am gearing my brand towards the DIY connoisseurs . As much as I love all of my crafty friends and my mixed media mavens I must follow my heart and go with what makes me happy which is to inspire people to create.  So the next chapter of Madame Ro will be focused more on doing tutorials to inspire people to customize their lives through DIY.  I am still addicted to mixed media so I will throw in some mixed media flair on occasion.

I would like to introduce to you my new brand that will coincide with the Madame Ro the Artist brand: EPIC by design.

EPIC stands for Embracing Passion. Inspiring Creativity

In today’s economy people are looking for ways to cut costs.  But cutting costs does not mean we have to miss out on the hottest new trends, it simply means we have to get creative and find a way to recreate the trends on a budget that our wallets would be proud of. The DIY movement has taken off with explosive force, thanks to sites like Pinterest & YouTube people are becoming more and more inspired to create on their own terms. Anyone can become an artist!
EPIC by design’s mantra is Embracing Passion. Inspiring Creativity so the goal of this brand is to inspire you to embrace your inner DIY Diva. Weather you are a seasoned DIY-er or a DIY wanna be, I will get your creative DIY juices flowing so you can get out there and start creating YOUR way! #BeEPIC

I hope that you all continue on this new journey with me.  Here is the link to my new Facebook Fan page be sure to follow me there. I have also added a new tab so you can easily browse through my tutorials via the "Tutorials" tab. Feel free to check them out.

Thanks for sharing your time with me today.