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Merry & Bright Wall Box

When I think of decorating for Christmas, I think of a beautifully decorated mantle. Unfortunately, I do not live in a house with a mantle right now. I wanted something small that I could mount on a wall to hang stockings from. I thought that our Arched Wall Box would be a perfect solution! I found this adorable Stocking Santa in Maxine Thomas’ Country Primitives 18 and thought it would be the cutest addition to the Wall Box. I enlarged her pattern by 250% in order for it to fill the surface and followed her instructions to paint the Santa. I used our holly and vines stencil on the background to fill the space around the Santa.

I also wanted to add a festive phrase to the front of the box. Using a pattern from Nib + Ink, I lettered “Merry & Bright” with a script liner brush.  I also stenciled some Holly in the corners to relate the design of the front of the box to the back.

I can’t wait to fill this box with Holiday greenery, add some hooks to the sides and hang our stockings! Remember to share your projects with us on Facebook and the Clubhouse!

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Chalkboard Tote Blog

 

 

 

If you are anything like me, you either forget your shopping list or your reusable grocery bags almost every trip to the store. This project can help solve this problem by combining your list AND your grocery tote into one!

Inspired by bags I saw on Pinterest, I painted a circle onto our Canvas Large Tote with DecoArt Americana Chalkboard Paint. It may take multiple layers to get full coverage.  In order to keep the letters straight, I stuck a piece of Stencil Décor Tape across the bag where I wanted the bottom of the letters to line up. I then dabbed DecoArt Extreme Sheen Metallic in 24K Gold with the medium size Paint Pouncer  over our  Stencil 103, letting the paint dry before stenciling the next letter. Since the letters were more traditional, I wanted to add a touch of whimsy, so I free handed a line under the phrase.

You can write your shopping list on your bag with chalk and wipe with a damp cloth to remove! There are a ton of options for this project. I think it would be adorable to paint a colorful design and topcoat it with our Clear Chalkboard coating. The possibilities are endless! We would love to see your version of this project, be sure to share on our Facebook or the Clubhouse!

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Painted Rocks

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Today we welcome a guest blogger! Jennifer works for our sister company Knit Picks, but also enjoys painting and other crafty endeavors. Jennifer recently spent some time rock painting, and when she showed us her finished projects we knew we had to share her adventure with our Clubhouse members. We hope you enjoy her work!

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In the past, painting on rocks was a very niche hobby, limited to novelty gifts and garden art. However, today there’s a growing trend spreading throughout communities: painting, hiding, and hunting for painted rocks. Some call it “Kindness Rocks!” or “Love Rocks!”, but the sentiment is virtually the same in every group: to spread kindness and joy one colorful rock at a time. Here where I live in Vancouver, WA, there is a Facebook group called Vancouver Rocks, with thousands of members of all skill levels. Some members paint and hide hundreds of rocks at a time, some are families who spend time together in local parks hunting for rocks, and other members enjoy finding and re-hiding rocks… they’re people of every age, background, and painting skill who have one goal: to bring and find joy with rock painting. I have always loved the idea of Random Acts of Kindness, so this new rock painting trend inspired me. I spent a crafty weekend recently with two girlfriends, and we created our own painted rocks for hiding.


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My nine year old son even got in on the action!

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Love these little ladybugs and bees – the perfect size for hiding!

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Simple mandalas created with a pencil eraser, brush handles, and a stylus to make dots. So easy!

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This rock begged to be a watermelon slice.

As you can see, I’m far from a professional painter like the designers at Artist’s Club. But that’s the beauty of the Kindness Rocks movement. You don’t have to be skilled or have fancy supplies. All you need is a bit of paint and the desire to spread a little joy to those around you. The technique is pretty simple:

1. Find smooth (but not shiny) rocks. I bought mine at a home improvement store in the fountain-making department, and some I found in my yard.

2. Wash rocks, lightly scrubbing to remove any dirt and debris. Allow to dry thoroughly. It’s best to do this the day before painting to make sure your rock is completely dry.

3. Seal rocks with a coat of waterproof outdoor sealer. I used DecoArt Americana Acrylic Sealer/Finisher in Matte.

4. Paint with your favorite acrylic paint. I had DecoArt Americana and Ceramcoat in my stash, so that’s what I used.

5. Varnish with several coats of waterproof outdoor varnish. I like a satin finish, so I used DuraClear Varnish.

You can detailed instructions for preparing, painting, and sealing your rocks – as well as over 30 designs to paint in our new book The Art of Stone Painting.

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I hope you’re inspired to spread a little kindness! Happy painting!

-Jennifer

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