Painting and Sipping with Scratchpad Cellars and Plutonium Paint

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I love lots of things. A delicious glass of wine and the chance to craft are very high on that list of loved things. So you can imagine how excited I was when the teams at Scratchpad Cellars and Plutonium Paint asked me if I’d like to try my hand at creating my own one-of-a-kind wine label with spray paint. (Obviously, I said yes.) Here’s a little background on each company.

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Giving a bottle of wine is always a welcomed gift, but it’s sometimes difficult to personalize. You can definitely add a handmade tag or a note saying why the selected wine was picked for the recipient, but that tends to be it. Scratchpad had changed that thanks to their ready-for-decorating labels. The cream-colored labels simply list the wine you’re drinking… and that’s it. The rest of the label is a blank canvas for you to create your next work of art. A small pencil comes with the bottle for you and a friend to decorate with while sipping, or you can take it to the next DIY level and put your own craft supplies, like Plutonium Paint, to work.

Speaking of Plutonium, I’m very excited to report that this paint is made right here in Detroit. With 40 colors to choose from (including some excellent names), the paints offer softer pigments than those found in other brands of spray paints. The caps are interchangeable, giving you a lot of freedom to create just the right, precise application. For this project I picked colors Manko, Vegas, Aloha, Stealth, Polar and Third Place Metallic (I LOVE that name!).

Nick and I decided to take two very different approaches to decorating our bottles: I wanted just my label to be painted while he wanted to see the whole bottle covered. Here’s how we did it.

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Ok, ok. My masking technique definitely looks wonky, but it did the trick in keeping my bottle paint free. I cut off the closure of a plastic storage bag and wrapped it around the neck of the bottle as flat as possible. Painters tape helps create a protective seal around the bag. I taped off an area I wanted to decorate on the label and covered the rest of the bottle with more painters tape. Once that was set it was time to paint.

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Using one color at a time I did quick passes with the Plutonium Paint onto the Scratchpad label of my bottle of Chardonnay. I worked from my lightest colors to the darkest. Some had just the quick sprays, other colors got a second or two longer. Once I had added all my colors I took the bottle inside to dry.

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Nick wanted a highly abstract, all-over look to his bottle, so he set the Pinot Noir into our improvised spray booth and made long passes with the paint, starting from the top and angling down.

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As you can see, both of our bottles turned out so different from one another! I love them both.

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Once my paint was dry to the touch I peeled off the painters tape – it was perfect for this type of masking as it didn’t hurt the label at all. I love how my design looks almost like a precious stone. It’s pretty impressive in person.

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Nick’s design is also looks great. There are small, exposed areas on the label that he didn’t paint that I can see adding more designs to, like small doodles or someone’s name.

Our bottles are currently in our wine fridge chilling in anticipation of this evening’s happy hour at home. If you’re curious to learn more about Scratchpad Cellars and Plutonium Paint, take a look at them across their social channels:

Looking Back: QuiltCon 2015 Favorites

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It’s hard to believe it’s been almost two months since I headed to Texas for QuiltCon 2015. It was my first time attending the conference and I had a magnificent time. You can read more about my experience at the show over on DIY Network’s Made + Remade and my travels through Texas here.

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As a quilt lover and writer I really adored the vendor show floor at QuiltCon. It was great to get meet many of my favorite designers, learn more about new fabric lines coming out and try my hand with some products I’d been anxious to get a crack at. For my final QuiltCon recap I’m sharing some of my favorite products I discovered and interactions I had while in Austin. Hopefully you might like them, too. (more…)

Crafty Review: Rowenta Pro Master

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After coming back from QuiltCon last month one of the tools I knew I needed to really think about back in my craft room is my iron. I run my irons really hard, from pressing quilts to my husband ironing shirt after shirt for a work trip. Unfortunately I’ve not found an iron that has been strong enough to last a long time in my craft studio. Until now, thanks to Rowenta.

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The Rowenta Pro Master has been a powerhouse in my craft studio recently. I received an iron to try from Rowenta out and I was blown away but what a quality, well-made iron could do for my sewing projects. What really grabbed my attention? Take a look.

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The water funnel to the iron is capped closed and has a longer channel to keep the water from running out while filling it. Once the maximum water level has been reached the top is closed so that the water can’t spill out. Irons leaking water has been one of my biggest pet peeves in the craft studio; I won’t have to worry about that with the Rowenta Pro Master.

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The iron is heavy, but not in a bad way. It feels sturdy and rugged, making it almost impossible to accidentally tip over while quickly ironing. The weight of the iron’s body helps create easier ironing from start to finish. Even fat quarters that have been folded in my stash for a long time release their wrinkles thanks to the force and even-distribution soleplate of this iron.

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See the rounded point? It’s perfect for ironing smaller opens, corners and other precision-needed components. I’ve been making a lot of the Hour Baskets leading up to Easter and this new iron has been perfect for making sure the boxed corners are pressed and crisp.

I’ve been contemplating several irons recently, from cordless models to irons that can be rested horizontally as opposed to on its heel. I’ excited to say that my search is over. I’m sticking with the Rowenta Pro Master as my go-to iron in my craft studio; you may want to, too.

Looking for some crafty inspiration? Check out Rowenta’s video, featuring craft guru Lotta Jansdotter, on how to make a patchwork coaster from a few years back.

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