Flower Power Cork Board

Summer’s over and school has started. It’s time to get organized, and what better place to start than with your desk area. This month, I have a few arty ideas to help you not only get organized, but look good in the process! Hello art friends, it’s Patty with the first easy and stylish addition for this month that everyone will swoon over.

Do you need a place to stick notes, but think a plain cork board is too boring? Well I have the answer for you! I found this flower cork board on clearance in my local Home Goods for $7.

I snapped it up because I knew I could transform it from an ugly duckling to a beautiful swan with my TCW paints, stencils, and modeling paste! Read on.

Note: I am a Design Team member for The Crafter’s Workshop; however, even though I use and love their products, all opinions are solely my own.

Flower Cork Board, Stencil –  TCW735 Lacy Tiles,
Acrylic Paints & Mixed Media Goodies –
TCW9015 Black Licorice, TCW9023 Blue Jellybean,
TCW9024 Kale Smoothie, TCW 9016 Spun Sugar
TCW9002  Black Gesso, TCW9008 Clear Modeling Paste
palette knife, black paint marker, black pen, heavy paper, tape

To begin, I painted the cork board with black gesso, dried that, and then painted it with Black Licorice paint.

While that dried, I made a template of my cork board and cut the petals off to tape onto the cork board. I found the center of the board and taped the stencil down to secure.

Next, I mixed Blue Jellybean, Kale Smoothie, and Spun Sugar to make this GOR-GEOUS turquoise which I then mixed with the clear modeling paste.

I applied the tinted modeling paste to the cork board with a palette knife. Remove the stencil carefully – preferably with the help of someone. (I had my wonderful husband be my extra pair of hands.) NOTE: Make sure to wash the stencil immediately before the modeling paste dries on it!!

After letting the modeling paste dry overnight, I came back the next day and cleaned up the areas where the stencil got a little messy. To do this, I used a black paint marker and a black pen. Here’s the before picture.

And here’s the after pic.

I found some super cute owl push pins and love how my cork board turned out! I hope you will give this project a try and let me know how you made out. Make sure you catch my next post on 09.20.17 for the final projects to complete your desk organization!

Thanks for dropping by The Crafter’s Workshop blog. You can also scoot over to my blog at arteverydaystudio.blogspot.com. Like I always say, “Art in the Studio makes every day a good day.”

Until next time, keep making art friends!
Patty 😉


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