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Painting Outside the Box and On To Your Keychain

Candy Rosenberg

Hello, my name is Candy Rosenberg, I live in beautiful Southern Oregon and raised three amazing children here all while running a Mailbox Store that after 23 years I passed on to my middle daughter, Chelsea, and am currently a Crime Victims Advocate and Paralegal. I have been in the Craft Industry for over 15 years and am most known for my Industrial/Steampunk style along with my paper dress forms. I stepped out of the industry for several years during the Pandemic but now I am ready to get crafty again. I am delighted to be a part of the Perfect Paints Design Team and working with fellow industry designer powerhouse, Cheryl Mezzetti. I have not always been big on "paint" to say on its own, it has always been a small part of a bigger "picture" or "project," however, over the last five-plus years I have learned to love it, and gravitate more and more to using it as the main product. I am looking forward to sharing lots of fun and creative projects with you.

Let's move on to our project. I was surfing the net for some boho-style projects for some upcoming DIY birthday gifts. I ran across one showing how to make feathers with macrame cord, who would have thought of that, it's brilliant. I was intrigued and had to try it for myself but then level it up and make it into a keychain. I ordered a large roll of natural macrame cord and when it arrived I learned how to make the feathers. I loved making them while sitting in front of the television at night, it was quite relaxing.

Here is the final feather that I created with the macrame cord. After following a great online tutorial, I went to town and made about ten of them to play with. I purchased key rings so they could dangle from your keyring.

Macrame Keychain

Macrame cord

Here are some of the steps to make the feather. There are many tutorials online and is very easy to make.

Closeup Macrame cord

Using Perfect Paints Shimmering Matte Acrylics Spring Green and Bright Gold I started to paint the feather to give it a natural leaf look.

Shimmering Matte Acrylic Paint

Spring Green Shimmering Matte Acrylic Paint

Start with the Spring Green, layering it lightly. Using the grooming brush that is needed to create the cord, continue to groom through the cord in between paintings.

Start adding the Bright Gold as an accent on the Spring Green.

Sure you could purchase different color macrame cord but it is a bit spendy. This way you could make whatever color or combination of colors you like.

Here is the keychain in action...

Thank you for stopping by! Candy

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