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Burlap Animals

Our Buttoned up Trio Set of 3 are too cute…but I wanted them to have a new look. Their texture is perfect for the look of burlap so that is the direction I headed. Using DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint in Burlap, I based every inch of them. I then dry brushed the patches with Espresso, and painted the buttons with Soft Black. When the buttons were dry, I gave them a dry brush of Snow White to make them stand out a bit more. After a coat of spray varnish, I antiqued them with DecoArt Staining & Antiquing Medium mixed with Burnt Umber. I love how the antiquing nestles into all of the grooved details of these pieces. After a final coat of spray varnish, I decided to give them a little holiday accessory. With some greenery I found at my local craft store; I measured around the necks and created a wreath and finished it off with a red bow below their necks. You could add red berries to the wreathes for more color if you would like. A quick and easy project that is perfect for painters of all levels.

Happy Painting!

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Welcome Santa & Snowman Re-color Project

Our Welcome Santa & Snowman Set of 2 are currently on closeout, but are a great deal at 55% off. Two fabulous surfaces for only $8.55, who can pass that up? I couldn’t in fact I painted two of these sets…both sets are painted the same, but I personalized them for friends and family. I always try and have something new each holiday for my two boys…the idea is that when they move out, they will have ornaments and some decorations for their new home…so, I painted them each a Santa and instead of doing a holiday saying on the sign, I added their name instead. These sets painted up so quickly that they are perfect for bazaars and last minute gifts.

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New Book…Two Folk Art Friends

When I saw the new book Two Folk Art Friends by artists Della Wetterman and Rosemary West, I loved it, even though I usually do not paint this style of Folk Art.

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All of their designs are painted on tin, but I knew we had some surfaces that the patterns would fit perfectly on. I chose Della’s “Old World Santa” and “Strawberry Lamp” designs, and then found two surfaces that worked. The “Old World Santa” I chose to paint on our Decorative Bench, the pattern was a perfect fit with no sizing needed. I did add a small mistletoe design to each leg on the side that I took from the overall pattern for a finishing touch. Again, with no sizing adjustments needed, I painted the “Strawberry Lamp” on our Shaded Nightlight…this design painted up quickly and was a lot of fun to paint.

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I hope this reminds you that just because you don’t have the exact surface, that there is always something else a pattern can fit on, even if it does take a little bit of tweaking.

Happy Painting!

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Another Staff Re-color Project Done!

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For the love of Americana

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