There’s alot of time on your hands when you retire, so finding a hobby or an activity that not only fills up the time but can actually feel like time doesn’t exist when you are doing it is imperative. I create coffee coasters.
A couple of people have asked how to make them, so today I’m sharing a step by step tutorial.
Supplies: poster board, paints, brushes, straight edge, ruler and lotsa patience
To get started, you need to paint the poster board, deciding whether you want a plain background or a colorful one. I do a colorful one, allowing the paint to thoroughly dry between each layer. I also use sponge brushes for this initial process, doing up to six layers of different colors.
Once the paint gets to where you want the background to be and it is totally dry, you’ll cut the poster board into strips, and then into individual coasters.
Determine now if you are ready to waterproof each coaster, or go onto the next step, which is drawing/tracing images onto each one.
Decorating the traced object is fun for me – and just like decorating Christmas Cookies, there are never two that turn out the same.
To finish the coasters I use the sponge brush again to paint around the coaster to give the illusion of a frame. Then I use a large brush to cover one side and then the other with polyurethane to waterproof them. Be sure and let them really, really dry at this point. You’re done! Be sure and look for my coasters in the Tico Pod Art Store when you’re next in Jaco!