Quick and Easy Easter Pallet Sign

Spring project from the Artist's Club

 

Pallets are very popular and I couldn’t wait to create a quick and easy craft idea spring. Using our 6″ x 6″ Lathe Wood Pallet Box  and three colors of Americana Decor Chalky Paint Innocence #15104, Rememberance #15402, and Everlasting #15100), our Spring Writing Words Stencil #71892 and a silhouette of a bunny.

All I did was paint the front of the box with Innocence, I did two coats making sure to sand in between coats, painted the sides of the box Rememberance, again, I did two coats. Once the front and side are completely dry, I then placed the stencil on the front of the box and positioned it until I had the words where I wanted them and with a Deerfoot brush and Rememberance, I stenciled the words in place. Let dry completely and then trace on the outline of your bunny silhouette.

Use the brush you are comfortable with to fill in the bunny shape with Everlasting, I used a round brush and started outlining the shape first and gradually filled it in. I did two coats on the bunny because I wanted to make sure that the lettering did not show through.

Finish with your favorite varnish. You could even add a white pom pom for the tail on the bunny.

That is it, a quick and easy project that painters or crafters of all levels can create!

Happy Spring and Happy Painting Everyone!

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St. Patrick’s Day Door Hanger

St. Patty's Day Door Hanger by the Artist's Club

PALETTE
Americana Acrylic 
Kelly Green #13055
Warm White #13239

Extreme Sheen 
24K Gold #16077

Glamour Dust 
Emerald #13595

SURFACE
14″ Jumbo Tag Plaque

TOOLS & SUPPLIES
Cling Wood Background Stamp
Dual Sided Paint Pouncers
Green Jingle Bell Assortment
Metallic Cord – Green

I always get so excited for St. Patrick’s Day! It is such a fun holiday and I am a sucker for all things green and gold. This project takes only an afternoon to complete and makes such an impact on your door.

Basecoat tags in Warm White. Use Extreme Sheen 24K Gold and a paint pouncer to load the woodgrain stamp with paint. To get a random look, rotate the stamp each time. Tape of lines at the bottom of the tags. Basecoat using Glamour Dust Emerald. It will take a few coats to get a uniform coverage. Using a script brush dipped in Kelly Green, hand letter your phrase. I chose to use “lucky you”. Once dry finish with gloss sealer.

Once dry, use glue to attach the 2 tags together. To add some more detail, I made a bow out of burlap straps and Metallic Green Cord.  I love the sound of bells when my front door opens and closes so I added some green jingle bells to the bow. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Chalky Paint Frame Refresh

Chalky Paint Frame from the Artist's Club

PALETTE
Americana Decor Chalky Paint
Carbon #15408
Everlasting #15100

Americana Decor Chalky Paint is a great way to give something old a fresh new look with ease! I was given a collage frome from the 70s that had never been used, but was a little sad looking and I wanted to give it new life for a special project for my oldest son. After removing the backing and the glass, I set the frame and the matt board on plastic bags and set to work.

Chalky Paint Frame from the Artist's Club

Chalky Paint Frame from the Artist's Club

Chalky Paint Frame from the Artist's Club

Using just Carbon (#15408) for the frame and Everlasting (#15100) for the matt board, this project came together easily. I didn’t even need to sand the frame, just dusted it off and the chalky paint stuck to the frame with ease. I did do two coats of Carbon on the frame to make sure I had a really good coverage and a couple coats of Everlasting to cover the brown tone of the matt board and to make sure that I did not have brush strokes showing. I finished the frame with America Decor Soft Touch Varnish (#72008). Once everything was completely dry, I added my pictures and put it all back together.

I was very happy with how it turned out, and my son loved it! So, remember before you throw something out, look at it again…maybe some Americana Decor Chalky Paint could bring it back to life.

 

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Chalky Paint Family Sign

Family sign from the Artist's Club

I love all of the signs that you see in stores and on Pinterest. I love the simplicity of them, yet don’t want to buy them when I know I can make them on my own. We have some great stencils and supplies that can make creating your own signs for your home in just a few short hours.

Here is a quick and easy sign that I did for my family picture wall at home.

Palette:
Vintage Effect Wash:
White #14485
Blue #14496
Americana Acrylic:
Espresso #13261
Lamp Black #13067

Surface:
12″ Grooved Circle #63155

Misc. Supplies:
Identi Pen #70830
DecoArt Staining & Antiqueing Medium #84126
Jute #80167
FolkArt Stencil Value Pack – Phrases #71932
Scotch Tape
Pencil
Ruler

First you will paint the two sections in the center. Follow the grooved lines of the sign, tape off the upper and lower sections, then paint the center two sections with Vintage Wash White. Let dry. When dry, follow the grooved lines and tape off the center sections so that you can paint the upper and lower sections with Vintage Wash Blue. Let dry. I only did one coat of each because I really wanted a washed out look. You can do more coats if you want it more opaque.

Find the stencil in the pack that says Family. Carefully punch out the letters. Center the word Family in the white space. I chose to use a pencil and draw the word on first. After this, I used a ruler and the thick end of the Identi Pan and outlined the letters. I did this so that I would have crisp edges. I then took Lamp Black and filled the letters in. When completely dry, give it a light coat of varnish. Mix Espresso and the DecoArt Staingin and Antiquing Medium together. Brush on all over the sign and then rub off with a soft rag. If you want to remove more the antiquing, dampen your cloth and rub of the medium. Let dry completely and finish with a coat of your favorite spray varnish. Add jute or wire for your hanger and you are finished.

A fun and quick project for any painter.

Happy Painting!

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Valentine’s Day Wreath

Valentine's Day Wreath from the Artist's Club

PALETTE
DecoArt Americana
Dusty rose #13025
Light Buttermilk #13164
Mint Julep #13045

Metallic Lustre
Polished Coral #14482

Extreme Sheen
24K Gold #16077

SURFACES
Wooden Ring #63040
Heart Ornaments set of 3 #62985

Basecoat wreath with Dusty Rose #13025. Once dry, dry brush with Metallic Lustre Polished Coral. Using the end of a large brush, create polka dots with Light Buttermilk #13164.

Valentine's Day Wreath from the Artist's Club
Basecoat 2 of the heart ornaments with Mint Julep #13045 and one with Light Buttermilk. Using a paint pouncer, cover the Cling Vintage Note Stamp in 24K Gold. Stamp the 2 Mint Julep hearts  on an angle.

Valentines Day Wreath from the Artist's Club
Use the Simple Alphabet Stencil #71924 and a paint pouncer in 24K Gold, transfer the letters to the Light Buttermilk heart.

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Valentine’s Day Angel

Valentine's Day Angel from the Artist's Club

 

Our resin angel is perfect for a variety of designs, you just have to let your imagination go. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought how perfect she would be. So, I chose my colors and raided my stash of lace and ribbon at home and set to work.

Here is what you will need to make your own Valentine Angel:
PALETTE:
DecoArt Americana:
Mocha #13060
Peony Pink #13215
Tuscan Red #13255
Espresso #13261
Raw Sienna #13093
Antique Rose #13156
Warm White #13239
Burnt Umber #13064
Sable Brown #13061
Naphthol Red #13104
Electric Pink #13231
Deep Burgundy #13128
Lamp Black #13067

Neons:
Fiery Red #18000

Extreme Sheen:
Pearl #16074

Glamour Dust:
Ice Crystal #13598
Celebration Pink #13599

Surface:
Angel with Heart #80833

Misc.:
Lace and ribbon from your stash
Hot Glue Gun
Gelly Roll Pen White #70216

Face: Basecoat with Mocha, shade with Raw Sienna
Hair: Basecoat with Espresso, shade with Burnt Umber, highlight with Sable Brown
Dress: Basecoat with Peony Pink, shade with Naphthol Red, highlight with Electric Pink
Wings: Basecoat with Warm White, then basecoat with Pearl, add Ice Crystal once dry for a little added extra shine.
Heart: Basecoat with Tuscan Red, Shade with Deep Burgundy, highlight with Fiery Red, words are written on with the White Gelly Roll Pen (I just used my own hand writing for this)

Valentine's Day Angel from the Artist's Club
Flowers: Basecoat alternating flowers Warm White and Peony Pink. Dot the centers of the pink flowers with Warm White, and dot the centers of the white flowers with Tuscan Red, apply Ice Crystal to the white flowers and Celebration Pink to the pink flowers.
Angel’s Face: Paint the eyes with Warm White, then add the iris with Espresso, paint a small dot with Lamp Black and add a highlight dot with Warm White. Carefully add eye brows with Espresso. Blush the cheeks and paint the lips with Antique Rose.

Valentine's Day Angel from the Artist's Club

I added lace and ribbon down the front of the dress, and then added some to the waste. I then carefully cut out one of the lace roses and glued it to the chest area. I just wanted a little something different for her.

Valentine's Day Angel from the Artist's Club

Happy Painting!

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Mason Jar Pumpkin

Mason Jar Pumpkin from the Artist's Club

 

Who says pumpkins are only for Fall?

I have been seeing the cutest pumpkin vases floating around Pinterest. I thought that would make a great Valentine’s Day project! I have also been pinning chalk painted mason jars and thought that a mason jar pumpkin would be a unique project as well. Using DecoArt Chalky paint and some fake flowers I purchased at a local craft store, this project painted so quickly!

PATTERN
Download Pattern Here

SURFACE
Tall Pumpkin #80824

PALETTE
DecoArt Chalky Paint
Promise #15401
Smitten #15107
Yesteryear #15406

Americana Acrylic
Dusty Rose #13025

Mediums
Acrylic Sealer Finisher Matte Spray #70836

To get a pretty coral color, mix equal parts of Promise #15401 and smitten #15107. Apply 2-3 coats letting dry between coats.

Transfer pattern to your pumpkin using gray graphite paper. I made the mistake of tracing it too darkMason Jar Pumpkin from the Artist's Club. To remedy this, I covered the tracing with a thin coat of the coral paint mix.

Line the upper edges of the logo with everlasting. Once dry, lightly highlight the inside of the logo with everlasting. Shade the lower edges of the logo with yesteryear. I thought that the logo needed to pop a bit more so I added a subtle shadow with thinned Dusty Rose.

I wanted to keep the matte finish so I sprayed the pumpkin Matte Spray Varnish. Using hot glue, i attached the flowers to the top of the pumpkin. I am SO pleased with this project and love displaying it as our Valentine’s Day table centerpiece.

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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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