Union Jack Lap Desk

Oh, how I miss my little blog! The very first time I tried blogging years ago, it felt like homework. The second go at it, I loved it. I loved that putting something out in the blog-sphere made me follow through and do it. For awhile I was tearing through projects. Then I got the job I’ve always enjoyed at work work, and I’ve been too busy to pay attention to my blog. I am working out ideas on how to make more time. Let me know if you’ve ever been in this situation, and what you did to resolve!

Last weekend I was so excited that we would be attending the Driving Miz Daisy Vintage Market. I had plans galore, but limited time. The work trip to Chicago the week before the vintage market didn’t help, BUT it was a great meeting.

One of the projects I wanted to finish in time was a version of a lap desk that Jerry had made for me awhile back (click to see mine). Well, I got 97% done, but didn’t get to include it in our stash for the show. I will however, finish it up and sell it in the Atomic Hostess Etsy shop.

When you tape up your Union Jack flag, be sure to check, and then double check. You don’t want to make a mess of it right out of the gate. Once I tape it, I put a dab a blue paint, where blue paint should go.

Tip: I used a wine bottle cork to rub along the edges of the tape to secure the tape and help reduce the paint from seeping. I never did get to any of those wine cork crafts while it was hot; they finally have a purpose other than show how much wine I drink.

Check and double check again how you tape off your Union Jack Flag.

Check and double check again how you tape off your Union Jack Flag.

Making a Union Jack Lap Desk

It’s all painted up, and now the fun part begins. I think taking the tape off while the paint is still wet is a good idea. I suggest taking it outside to remove the tape. If you’re messy like me, I highly suggest it.

Removing the tape immediately after painting your Union Jack. You'll probably get a little paint seep through, but that's easy to clean up.

Removing the tape immediately after painting your Union Jack. You’ll probably get a little paint seep through, but that’s easy to clean up.

I like to go outside to remove the tape. I am a bit of a Messy Marvin and the wet paint would end up all over the cats; not the Bulldog, he doesn't move.

I like to go outside to remove the tape. I am a bit of a Messy Marvin and the wet paint would end up all over the cats; not the Bulldog, he doesn’t move.

The Union Jack lap desk is almost finish, just a little clean up where the paint seeped through. For this I'll use a Polyurethane top coat.

The Union Jack lap desk is almost finish, just a little clean up where the paint seeped through. For this I’ll use a Polyurethane top coat.

It’s almost done and will be going up in the AH shop soon. I just need to clean up and make the lines crisp, and then apply a top coat. I think I’ll go with a Polycrylic, or Polyurethane top coat.

I’ll work my hardest to get back here again soon. I miss you! xxoo

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