Monday, December 17, 2012

 How to be a Pretty Prepper
 Blank Pretty Prepper Food Storage Labels 

I love canning, drying and storing food that I grow or purchase from the Boston HayMarket on the weekends. 
It feels great to prepare and store healthy whole foods for my family and for the future.

I love everything about it except it is kinda ugly.

 I am a women and I naturally like to make my home and everything in it comforable and beautiful.

Now my jars look so pretty I have trouble keepng my family from eating them or  myself giving them as gifts.

So I have to extra when I store.
Oh my! What a great problem for a pretty prepper to have

Pretty Prepper Vintage Inspird Label Set on CD
To purchase Labels set on CD

below you can see how I customize 

Here is the vintage inspire Blank label set

I especially love the tops

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

How to Decoupage with my Roses Lesson

Using a few found object can make a beautiful vanity set
Click on black screen to view lesson.

This is how I decoupage
my Flea Market finds Lesson
I painted these roses and sell them on a CD
You may print out as many as you need and sell the shabby items you make.

I wish you much succes!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Custom Painted or Decoupage Furniture

 Custom Painting
White on White Cottage Furniture

This is a piece a shop owner brought over for me to paint.  As a vintage furniture painter
I often get calls from antique and consignment shop to paint pieces that
have not sold. I give them a romantic fresh look.

Many times to save money they paint the base coat.  On this piece the base coat is Ben Moore Linen White. I added the shabby florals and bright white accent color.

I charge a flat hourly fee. (If you have seen my you tube Kathryn Bangs you can see how fast I paint) That way the shop owner can bring me a bunch of pieces and in a short period of time they have a new collection for there shop or website.

Shabby Roses Success Story.
I once painted a vintage vanity for a shop just outside of Boston. This vanity had sat in the shop for months the cost was only $50.00 but still it had no takers. I painted it a beautiful yellow added some white stripe and blue roses. I came out very pretty.
That piece sold within the week for $600.00... Romantic pretty is always in style.

If you'd like to paint or decoupage furniture for sale or like myself offer a service to shops
A Hydrangea lesson is available on my web site

Yes, I am available to paint Shabby Florals on your furniture
Custom orders are always welcomed
Call Kate Bangs  603-505-0937

Monday, November 5, 2012

How To Decoupage a Vintage Serenity Prayer Pendant
Simple to make and beautiful to wear or sell

 Dramatic Romantic Vintage Jewelry with Loving Messages 

Free Lesson

Decoupage Serenity Domino Pendant Jewelry

Make your own vintage inspired Domino Size Serenity Pendants.
I love making these beautiful inspirational charm necklaces.
I often give them as gifts or to sell.
I get lots of smiles, so will you.

This digital collage sheet measures 4" x 6"
Click on the Sheet above and save to your computer 

Here is how I make mine. 
Print out using 4" x 6" glossy photo paper
Cut out images and glue on domino cube. 
To hang, glue a bead at the top 

Modge Podge Glue
Jewelry Glue
Photo Paper
Silken Cord

Glues and dominos can be purchased at your local craft store

Decoupage A Mason Jar Lid Lesson

Shown above with home made marmalade
but they are just as pretty with empty jar

Mason Jars are not just for Canning anymore. 
Just use empty mason jar with a butterfly or Bird lid 
and create this set of pretty prepper storage jars
It's easy and simply.

Use your vintage inspire decoupage jars for your kitchen, office or on your bedroom vanity.

The jars are inexpensive and you can get a whole box of them at your local Walmart.
You can also purchase them at flea markets yards or you may just recycle some you already own.

To make these jars I use the vintage canning labels sheets I made  
Shown here. They feature beautiful vintage butterflies and bird copy right free images from  with postcard backgounds early 1900's. 

Oval labels are sold blank so you can print or write in your own information

PURCHASE 3 Sheets and Get FREE 4th Sheet

Each sheet is only 3.00 they can be purchase on my website
They are sent to your email after purchase and you can print as many as you need.

Beautiful and inexpensive 
Yes, you can sell items using these labels.

Thanks for looking


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Make A Vintage Altered Witch Framed Photograph

Happy Halloween

Vintage Witch Photograph

It's time to gather some friends and create Bewitching Art

 We will use a few simple steps to cast this Magical Art Spell

Frames from the dollar store. The more ornate the better.

To age frame rub with Black acrylic 2 oz. paint from the local craft store


Below you will find The 2 Altered witches photographs. Copy and save image to your computer and print as many as you need. You can also re size if needed to fit your frame.

Cut out the red witch and bats.

Tape to the background.

Place in black painted frame

Your done
The best art projects are often the simplest!


 I used a page from and old note book above . But I like this even better.
This is a page from the A Salem Witch Trials.
 Use this as a background. 
Halloween Fun!

For background band cut a line from this vintage postcard

Have some fun
 Create a set of witches, mix it up add your own accents or simple frame the vintage with photo



         Hope you enjoyed this lesson.

Thanks for stopping by

To see more of my vintage images visit my website

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Baby Angels Folk Art by Kate Bangs

I love drawing these sweet baby angel portraits. I find when they are finished each one has there own personality.

if you are going to draw baby angels I suggest using Prisma colored pencils.
You can find them at any craft store in the fine art department.

For paper I like heavy water color cold press. Tear the edges for that hand made folk look .

Friday, June 1, 2012

Decoupage Altered Jars

Decoupage Jars 
Black White and Diamonds

Oh my gosh I love making these Glam Jars

To make them yourself try the easy way first.
All you need is an old photo and a diamond stretchy bracelet.

The collage sheets I used are available on my website

Vintage Beach Photos Collage Sheet

Vintage Beach Photographs

What a great digital collage sheet to use for your summer themed pendants.
Colorful and beautiful domino size tiles.

I just love that all the women are plump and not skinny!

Take a look at my website for more summer images

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Decoupage a Scrabble Tile Pendant Lesson

Working on some Scrabble Tile sheets for my folks that make and sell pendants. If you want to make a Domino Pendant, here's how I make them: Print out a collage sheet. Cut to your domino size. Paint the Domino with Modge Podge. Apply image and press to get out all the bubbles under the image. Paint the top layer with Modge Podge and let dry.
Glue a big bead to the top of the domino. To hang, string silk cording thru bead.
You're done!
Thanks for looking and please visit my website to see more vintage inspired image sheets

Decoupage Vintage Papers Book

This digital book has a little bit of everything vintage and vintage inspired.

It is filled to the brim with 10 assorted U-Print Sheets.

Print using card stock, photo papers and lightweight papers.
Recently, I was asked the make and model of my printer. I use a Epson Stylus NX420 and it is awesome for decoupage. Its very expensive and the inks do not run. Perfect for printing pages and pages of this book.

Printable Vintage Papers Digital Books will be added to my website soon 
This first edition Intro Price will be $5.99 

An excellent price considering single sheets sell for $3.00 each on my web site.
That's like getting 8 FREE SHEETS
Visit my website if you would like to request a copy of this first book.

Printable Vintage Papers
Book #1
by Kate Bangs
Litchfield, NH

Dragon Fly Decoupage Custom Label Set

Need custom cards, labels or tags for your DECOUPAGE BUSINESS?  Just added on my website Collage Sheet Girl is this new vintage inspired digital graphic set.

Dragon Fly Girl features soft colors of cream, teal and pink. She is holding a vintage postcard, which is a great place to add your tag line, message or price.
Background is a beautiful old French postcard full of grungy stains and old writing.

Card size 3" x 5"
Label Approx 2 1/3" x 5.5"

This can be customized with your information or you can purchase a blank PSD upon request.

Take a look at my Custom Graphics for more designs on my website

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Decoupage a Table Top with a Vintage Note Book

I love to decoupage furniture
I created this decoupage image with a collection of my old papers and postcards

How To Paint Furniture:
Lightly sand
Paint with Kilz primer, let dry
Paint furniture color of your choice
Let dry
Seal with polyurethane

How To Decoupage:
Click on this image to enlarge and save it to your printer.
Cut out blue background
Decoupage this on table top using Modge Podge (found at the local craft store)
Let dry
Seal with polyurethane

I have not used this sheet yet.
If you do, please send me a photo. I'd love to add it to this post!

Enjoy! Kate /