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Spring has Sprung!

We have been busy creating fun and inspirational projects for Spring and the Easter holiday. These designs are quick and easy to paint, so here they are for your inspiration!

Our Catalog Manager, Diane, painted a silhouette of a bunny and then hand painted the word Spring in one of her favorite fonts on our Frame Board on Stand to create her adorable sign. Also, she used two sizes from our Large Blocks Set of 4 and made some quick and easy Easter/Spring signs with stencils, or you can chose your favorite font and hand letter them.

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MaryJo, our Product Development Manager, turned our White Tin Flower Pots in Tray into a charming collection of pastel buckets that are the perfect quick and easy project. Once done, you can fill them with your favorite Easter treats or artificial flowers. She chose some of her favorite spring colors and sponged them on for easier coverage and then used her finger to create the dots once the basecoats were dry. Adding fabric bows to the handles of the tray adds just another festive touch.

PastelBuckets

Remember, these are for inspiration and to get your creative juices flowing, so feel free to substitute your favorite colors, sayings or bunny design to bring these projects to life for you.

Happy Painting!

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Zhostovo Painting Seminar

Our Head of Customer Service, Brenda Ericson, went and took a Zhostovo Painting Seminar with artist, Misha Lebedev…and here is what she had to say after returning:

Ferndale California March 12th – 17th

It was great fun!  Misha is a very patient teacher which is very helpful when I get frustrated with myself that I can’t make it look like I want it to.  He takes you step by step one layer of color at a time and it is fascinating how the first shapes change into beautiful flowers.  He comes to the U.S. for several weeks a year during his vacation break from teaching art at the University in Moscow.  He designs and then paints projects for classes he teaches while he is traveling around the Pacific Northwest.  My sister and I were lucky enough to hear about the classes in Ferndale this year and were able to attend.  We painted a Sewing Table that had many different flowers on the top and both legs.  Plus scroll work on everything including the box.  It took one day of prepping the piece and 4 days to paint. He does his pieces with DecoArt paint which makes it easy for us acrylic painters.  I was lucky enough to be able to purchase the original piece from Misha and I got pictures of him signing it and holding it.  It is so fun to be in a class with the different painters, everyone’s piece looked so good at the end.  Our host in Ferndale, Sue Tripp, arranged for us to paint in the Danish Hall where we had lots of room.  It also had a kitchen and they brought in lunch and snacks for us every day.   What could be better than painting and eating great food?

I will also attend his next class in Portland, Oregon when we will paint two different boxes.  They both have flowers and a bird but are different.  I can’t wait!
zhostovo Misha signing 2014 Misha 2014

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Butterflies and Bunnies

We just love Deb Antonick’s newest design Butterflies & Bunnies on our Row Houses.  We asked her to tell us a little bit about her inspiration.  Here is what she had to say:

Butterflies & Bunnies by Deb Antonick

Butterflies & Bunnies by Deb Antonick

“From Coast to Coast we have all felt the brunt of Mother Natures Winter so what a treat it was for me to receive these adorable wooden houses to paint for spring. My mind went straight to pastel colors and Primsy Whimsy Bunnies. I wanted to paint these pieces so that they would not only be perfect for Easter but for Spring and even Summer. I hope you have as much fun painting these bunnies as I did.
Happy Painting
Deb”

You can learn more about Deb on her own blog: www.paintingwithdeb.blogspot.com

 

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