Now, the end result you see above was not the original plan. Oh no. This was one of those projects that started with a clear idea, got off on a good foot, and then went horribly, horribly wrong.
The initial plan was to make cork coasters with a honeycomb pattern across the middle. So, I carefully created this pretty template, painted all the hexagons, and then when I lifted up the template, I had this:
Blerg! Awkward polka dot/hexagon hybrids! Guys, I was so bummed. My template was so lovely, and I ended up with this mess.
So, it was time to re-group, re-think, and try again. I tried using paint on a rubber stamp to make a cute little shape, but it was just meh. And so, I found my way to a roll of masking tape, and did some good old fashioned color blocking.
And ya know what? These coasters turned out real cute. Sure, I would have loved to have had the honeycomb coasters of my dreams, but I'm still a happy camper!
If you want to try them out, you'll just need a few simple supplies:
- Cork coasters (or a big sheet of cork cut into the shape and size of your choosing, which is how I rolled)
- Masking tape
- Acrylic paint (I used 3 colors)
- A paintbrush
After letting the first color dry, remove the masking tape and figure out where you want to put the next color block!
When you place the tape for the next block of color, be sure to place a strip of tape along the finished edge of the first color, so you can keep the lines crisp. Paint, and then let that coat dry.
You can continue this process with as many or as few colors as you like. I chose 3 colors, and when the last one was dry, and the tape was peeled off, I had these:
Cute, huh? Unlike my initial crafting disaster, this color blocking method was quick, easy, and had a great result.
You could make a whole bevy of these guys to protect and decorate any surface you like (kitchen table? Coffee table? Desk? Floor?). They'd also be a great little gift, so keep 'em in mind for any upcoming homemade gifting you may be doing!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
Til next time!
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