New products from Jane Davenport!


I am an experienced painter but at aspirational watercolor artist. It is so pretty, but i never seem to have the patience to drag out the water, brushes, paints and wait for the layers to dry. Once I saw our new Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers and Watercolor brights, I knew i wanted throw my caution to the wind and finally dive into watercolor painting!

The great thing about Jane Davenport’s books are they are essentially artsy coloring books. Her book,  Whimsical Girls, features lovely line drawings of beautiful ladies just begging you to add some color to their lives. I chose 3 of my favorite pages to start playing with these great products.


I started with the Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers to add some base colors. They are so easy to use and would even be convenient to use on the go. I added additional layers with the Jane Davenport Watercolor Set – Bright. The paints are highly pigmented and really are so easy to use. A big plus to me is the packaging is really gorgeous!

Once these pages were dry i added some neon line work with our Gelly Roll Moonlight Bold – 10 pc. Set. Overall, I am no longer no longer afraid of watercolor! I can’t wait to continue painting these beautiful pages!

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It’s Fall!

Yep I love fall! I have said that many times in the past fall themed blog posts! There is just something about this time of year for me…is it the colors, the crisp cool air, kids going back to school, sweaters, apple cider, boots, carving pumpkins…maybe it is just all of it that I love so much! With that wonderful change in the air, I love to fill my house with warm colors and projects that just make me feel the season all around me.

Sometimes projects don’t need to be very complicated to add to the joy of the season. Inspired by many ideas on Pinterest, on a daily basis…I saw a charming pumpkin made from just a chunk of wood and thought, I can make that with our Basswood Rounds!

I love the way this Fall Pumpkin Sign turned out…and I hope you will make one for your home this season too.

Here is what you will need:
Basswood Country Round – Medium
Vertical Plank Ornament (this is for the stem)
Fall Word Mix Stencil
DecoArt Americana Paint:
Papillon Deerfoot Brush Set or a stencil brush
Papillon Shader Size 20
Artificial fall leaves
Ribbon in fall colors
Hot Glue Gun
Fine grit sandpaper
Dura Clear Matte Varnish

Sand the surface if you think it feels a little rough, and wipe away the dust. Follow the natural rings of the wood. I followed the furthest ring that would also leave me a decent natural edge by the bark…with your flat brush and Persimmon, paint the center of the surface. Let it dry. If the grain of the wood has raised, sand lightly and wipe away any dust. Paint a second coat of Persimmon.

After your basecoat is dry, it is time to stencil. Take your stencil and center the word “Fall” into the middle of the area you painted. Using one of your Deerfoot brushes, or a stencil brush…pounce your brush into Espresso, then tap onto a paper towel to remove some of the paint, then start pouncing over your stencil. You don’t want too much paint on your brush, as it can seep under your stencil and not give you a crisp edge. if your edge is not perfect, that is ok, this is supposed to be a fun and rustic project.

As your stenciling is drying take your Vertical Plank Ornament and paint it Avocado. This may take two coats, paint both sides. I chose to use the side without the grooves for the front of my sign. Let dry.

Once all pieces are dry, use your shader and the Dura Clear Varnish and brush on the varnish to the stem and the entire from of the sign. When the varnish is dry, use your hot glue gun to glue the stem to the back of your surface making sure to center it. Then glue leaves and a bow to the front for the finishing touch.

See wasn’t that fun and easy?!

Happy Fall Everyone…and Happy Painting!

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Dot Rocks

Silver rocks with dotted patterns

I recently got inspired by looking through a rock painting book and decided to create my own little paintings. I couldn’t recall the last time that I painted rocks, but I’m guessing that I was using my fingers!

I wanted to try out a simple design using dots that formed curves and spirals. I’m interested in ancient artwork such as cave paintings and I find it interesting that humans have been creating abstract geometric designs from nearly the beginning of our existence. This can be seen across different cultures around the world. I googled Australian aboriginal art for some initial inspiration for this project.


I used these paints in this order for my rocks:

DecoArt Americana acrylic—Cool White (13240)

Shimmering Silver Dazzling Metallic (14070)

DecoArt Americana acrylic—Soft Black (13155)


I wanted to contrast the simplicity of my designs with a metallic silver background to give it a more modern feel. To make the silver pop, I first coated the rocks in Cool White. I used Soft Black for the dots. I pulled off the cotton from a Q-tip and used that to make sure the dots were similar in size and shape. But you could use anything you have lying around for this. The end of a paintbrush should work well too.

I decided to alter the dot pattern for each rock to make it more interesting. I let the rock’s shape be the main influence. As I worked, I tried to imagine how water might have flowed over and around the rocks to make them into their final shapes, and used that as the main guide for my dots.

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