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Thursday, 20 June 2013

Make your own chalkboard paint with grout!

Chalkboards are all the rage now as they are being used for wedding signages, menu boards for restaurants or even as home decorations! If you're a Pinterest fan like us here in Square Art, I'm sure you have been following all the beautiful typography and creative uses of chalkboard paint with glee. Imagine how happy we were to know that we can actually make our own chalkboard paint and in ANY COLOUR that we want?

Chalkboard paint DIY
Photo Credit by A Beautiful Mess (click on picture to redirect to page)

We stumbled upon this DIY project by A Beautiful Mess on Pinterest (where else? :D) and cannot wait to try it out ourselves. Square Art currently sells white grout at RM8.00 for a 100gm pack.  For this project, you will only need a tablespoon-full, so that means you can have more than one chalkboard paint to try on! Yay! Try it out today! :)

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Clearance Bin

Confucius says, "Out with the old, in with the new". And we are listening! We are reducing prices for more than 40 packets of tiles to phase out the old (what were we thinking?!) packaging. Check out our Facebook page for more details!

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Mosaic Photo Frame for a Baby Boy

If you are a new mother like me, you would definitely know how precious time is. Since welcoming the arrival of my baby boy, my time has been largely centered around the feeding/pooping/sleeping schedule of Jared. So a lot of projects and me-time have been put on hold the last few months. But now that he's a little older and can amuse himself with his playthings at longer intervals, I find that I can now squeeze in some crafting time (with breaks every now and then when the baby calls).

So I would like to share a project that I've been meaning to do for awhile now - a mosaic frame for my baby. We took this picture of him sleeping when he was just a few weeks old. It's amazing to see how much changes have taken place in such a short time! Do enjoy this little tutorial!

Step 1

Gather the items and tools you will need:

A photoframe
A photograph to fit in the frame
Choose your mosaic tile colours. Blue seems to be the default colour for baby boys :)
These are the tools you will need: tile nipper (optional), square grid,
double-sided tape and some wooden stickers to add to the design.
I find that using a tweezer makes it easier to grab and stick on the tiles. Especially
when the tiles are as small as 5mm x 5mm!
Step 2:

Paste double-side tape on all sides of the frame.

Step 3:

Decide on your mosaic design. Think of these questions:
a) Do I want a conventional (uniform pattern and colours, even spaces) or fun design (no particular pattern, different tile sizes, etc.)? 
b) Am I going to use grout? If yes, you have to leave ample space in between.
c) Does my design match my photo?

I decided on the unconventional, no particular pattern method. I already chose my colours so the next step is to decide how to put the tiles together. Because it's a picture of a baby sleeping, I didn't want it to be too funky so I kept it to muted blues and a neat, but not uniform, pattern. I also decided not to use grout as I liked how the black frame came out with the tile colours. 

Step 4:

Start sticking the tiles onto the frame.

I started off by putting my tiles on the square grid. Then, turn it over onto your frame.
The square grid was also used for this and this projects.

Note: Remember the colours come out the mirror image of what you
first see on the square grid (because you have to turn it over).

Instead, I decided to take the easier route and used 2 tile sizes (10mm and 5mm ones) to create a design. This is my favourite method to mosaic. And this is how a finished section looks like:

It is okay to not have them perfectly straight - it adds to the personality of the design.
Step 5:

Keep on sticking and sticking! This is how the end result looked like:

Step 6:

Glue on some wooden stickers to add to the frame:

All done! My empty white wall now has a beautiful picture of my baby. Do one for yourself today!

Square Art's Year-End Sale!

We are having a sale from now till 31 Dec 2012. Don't miss out on this once-a-year opportunity. Get started on some new mosaic projects or get a gift for a loved one today!

Monday, 20 August 2012

Supplies Surprise!

It's been such a long time since our last post. We've got so much to update you guys! For starters, in July we participated in our first Supplies Surprise Bazaar organized by The Handmade Movement held in Bandar Sunway. It was a great experience as it was our first time joining an event where there were mainly craft suppliers. There were also a handful of handmade sellers as well so it was a great feast for the eyes to see what was on offer.

Here are some pictures to remember by!

Caryn, at our booth. We had DIY kits, tiles, ready-made frames,
wooden stickers and more on sale that day.

One of our first few customers browsing. 

There was also a husband/children corner for the
wives/mothers who were vendors! Here is a photo of
my husband and my then, 3-month-old son.

Sleeping soundly in his little carrier :)

One for the album. Vendors and organizers group picture!
I am the one holding a little baby :)
Interested to join the next one? Details as follows:

Supplies Surprise! Seven
Date : 8 September 2012 (Saturday)
Time : 12pm - 7pm
Venue : Bfree. 12A-3, Jalan PJS 8/11, Dataran Mentari, Bandar Sunway, 46150, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
(for the map please go to this link : http://thehandmademovement.blogspot.com/2010/01/how-to-get-to-bfree.html)

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