Love, Love, Love

Love Sign from the Artist's Club

I love to decorate for Valentine’s Day, now that Christmas is over, I have many Valentine projects that I would like to make to add to my collection of decor.

We we have lots of wonderful stencils, stamps, and signboards, that make creating themed projects quick and easy. The DecoArt Vintage Effect Wash paint is great for getting that soft Shabby Chic kind of feel.

Here is what you will need:
Square Grooved Board #63002
Cling Vintage Letter Stamp #70911
FolkArt Stencil Value Pack Prases #71932
Vintage Effect Wash – Berry #14488
Vintage Effect Wash – Pink #14487
Vintage Effect Wash – White #14485

I started with basecoating my board in Pink. You can do this in one or two coats, depends on the look that you are going for. Once dry, I used the letter stamp and White to add detail to the background. Just sponge the paint onto the stamp and then just apply the stamp at a variety of angles to fill the background, if some didn’t work too well, don’t worry about it, that is the beauty of this project.

Once the background is dry, lay your Love, Love, Love stencil from you stencil pack in the placement that you are happy with. Here you can either just stencil the letters on with Berry and your favorite stencil brush of sponge, or you can trace the letters on and then will them in to work on your hand lettering. When the letters were all on and dry, I chose to outline them with a liner brush and White. Then finish with your favorite varnish.

It’s that simple! Now you have a sign to enjoy for Valentine’s Day or everyday!

Happy Painting!

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Love Letters

Love Letters from the Artist's Club

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I saw this idea for mache letters on Pinterest and knew I had to make them and our 12″ Mache Letters for a quick and easy project that anyone can do!

Here is what you will need:

12″ Mache Letter – L #40164
12″ Mache Letter – O #40167
12″ Mache Letter – V #40174
12″ Mache Letter – E #40157
Cling Scrollwork Leaves Stamp #70908
Hot Glue Gun
Dual Sided Paint Pouncers #70824

Palette:
Americana Decor Chalky Paint:
Romance #15105
Everlasting #15100

This paints up quickly and probably only took a total of a few hours if that. Here is what I did:  Using DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Paint in Romace I painted all sides of the letters, I loved the fact that the chalky paint covered the mache in one even coat, which made this project even quicker to complete. Dab your Paint Pouncer into Everlasting and tap it out on your palette. Then tap all over your stamp and align it on your letters, make sure to reapply paint before each use for a better transfer, just make sure you don’t have too much paint on your stamp. If some areas are a bit lighter after stamping, don’t worry about it, it adds to the charm of this project. Once it is completely dry, use your hot glue gun and glue the V and E together. Then glue the L to the top of the V, then the O to the L and the E.

That’s it, see, I told you it was simple. Now you can finish with your favorite spray varnish.

Happy Painting!

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To the Moon

Nursery decor with the Artist's Club

I loved Chris Haughey’s To the Moon at first sight. It has the sweetest sentiment and knew that the moon would look so cute in a little girl’s room. My friend is pregnant with a sweet little girl and  I wanted to paint this design but change the colors to match her nursery. I followed Chris’s pattern exactly, but used Mint Julep for the background with Hauser Medium Green for the shading and Bleached Sand for the highlight.

This project was so much fun to paint and I was able to play around with stamps and improvisational blending. I now have the confidence to break outside the color palette listed in pattern instructions.  What color do you want to paint this project in?

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