Saturday, June 23, 2012

Bee Stool, Round 2

Who knew such a simple project would become so complicated?  A few weeks ago my husband brought home this stool.

I had the idea of using a Graphics Fairy image on the seat.  I tried a new transfer method using Mod Podge.  It was a miserable FAIL! 

 You can read more about it here.

Anyway, I sanded it down, repainted the seat, and decided to use the Chartpak Blender Pen recommended by Rosemary at Villabarnes.
That was an adventure in itself!  I went to my local Michaels store to buy the pen.  They didn't carry it, so I bought a different brand.  THAT didn't work!  Like Rosemary said, it's got to be a Chartpak!
I was at a conference in Austin and decided to look at a "big city" Michaels.  They didn't have it either.  Rosemary suggested I try Amazon.  Found some there for less than $2 each but Amazon wanted $4 per pen for shipping!  Ridiculous!  So I contacted the company directly and was able to order from their website.  For less than $2 each I decided to go ahead and order several and save on shipping.  If you're having a hard time finding them, you might check Hyatt's Art Supply.

Anyway, the pens arrived this week and now that my grandson has played and gone, I decided to finish up this project that seems to have gone on forever!

I had printed out the flipped image from the Graphics Fairy on my ink jet printer.  Then I took it and had a copy made.  You must use a copy that comes from a toner print machine.  

This really was as simple as Rosemary suggests!  Place image face down, rub the back of the image with the Blender Pen, and voile!  

This is what it was supposed to look like the first time!

So what would I say is the secret to the success of this project?

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Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I love that graphic! It was worth the wait!

Twinkle Star said...

Looks great! Definitely worth the persistence - well done!


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I'm glad you gave it another shot, Cyndi. That looks great. I just got those pens myself to try this transfer technique. I will have to go have copies made because I don't think any of the three printers we have here has toner {and one has a copier in it!}. Next trip to the library I will have to remember to bring a few images with me to copy.

Jennifer said...

adorable stool. it turned out great!

Jennifer @ decorated chaos

Kim@todayismysome-day said...

Okay, so Charkpak Pens are our answer? Remember I asked you about transferring an image onto AS paint? Do you think it would work using these pens? What kind of painted surface was on these stools? I love the finished look here! Persistence paid off!

Donna Wilkes said...

Came over from Cowgirl p to see what you had used this image on. It is one of my favorite to use on tags and cards. Not used it on a piece of furniture yet. Love the stool. I'll have to check out this method as I usually use a wet transfer using Mod Podge. Thank you for including the failed attempts - often those are missing from a post!
Distressed Donna Down Home

Babs said...

I have to give you credit for persistence. Your stool is darling and I love the bee skep. Did you put a sealer on it, or does it need one?

Nicole Estes said...

Well after all the trouble, I'm glad you hung in there and finished it. It's just precious! Thanks for linking up at Doodles & Stitches!

Kim said...


I am about to order the chartpak pen from Amazon. I have free prime shipping with them. But I noticed Rosemary kept calling it the Splendid Blender, which I wasn't sure if that was a cutesy title or an actual product. And I'd really love to know if you ordered the COLORLESS BLENDER? Apparently there are many colors to choose from... confusing. Thanks! Kim

kathryn cain said...

thanks for the full to try those pens.Out...grandson I bet was fun...but as you said hard to get anything done...I posted a quick pic of my treasures...yeap they are fun