Festive Stocking Holders

Do you hang stockings on the mantel above a fire place? Or do you not have a fireplace and they hang from a bookshelf? Well, our Snowman Stocking Holders will be great for either of those options. I chose to go with a more traditional Christmas color scheme, but you could paint them any color you want.

Here is what you will need:

Snowman Stocking Holders – Set of 2

DecoArt Americana:
Deep Midnight Blue
Light Buttermilk
Snow White
Persimmon
Lamp Black
Forest Green
Tuscan Red
Hauser Dark Green
Deep Burgundy
Burnt Sienna
Festive Green
Neutral Grey
Melon

Neons:
Torrid Orange
Fiery Red

Acrylic Sealer Finisher Matte Spray

I like to start first with stippling the snowman’s faces with Deep Midnight Blue. Let them dry, then stipple the snowman faces with Light Buttermilk. After that layer is dry, shade under the hat and above the scarf and around the nose with Deep Midnight Blue. For the finishing touch, lightly stipple the center of the faces with Snow White, making sure to also lightly stipple into your shade areas to soften. Paint the nose with Persimmon. Shade the bottom of the nose with Burnt Sienna, highlight the tip with Torrid Orange. Cheeks are blushed with Melon. The eyes and mouths are Lamp Black. Add highlight dots to the eyes and to each circle of the mouth.

Snowman with Top Hat:

Paint the hat and base Lamp Black. Highlight the hat with Neutral Grey. The scarf and the hat band are painted with Tuscan Red. Shade the top of the hat band, the top of the scarf and along the sides of the scarf that overlap with Deep Burgundy. Highlight the band and the scarf with Fiery Red. The fringe on the scarf is Forest Green. Shade with Hauser Dark Green and highlight with Festive Green. The dots on the hat band are Snow White.

Snowman with Stocking Cap:

The base is Lamp Black. Paint the main portion of the stocking cap and the scarf with Forest Green. Shade with Hauser Dark Green above the hat brim, below the ball, around the top of the scarf, and down the sides where the scarf overlaps. Highlight with Festive Green. The scarf fringe, hat band, and ball is Tuscan Red. Shade along the hat brim by the the snowman face, where the ball connects to the hat, and the scarf fringe with Deep Burgundy. Highlight with Fiery Red. Dots on the hat are Snow White.

After they are completely dry, varnish with your favorite spray varnish.

Happy Holidays and Happy Painting!

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What’s on Your Paint Table?

This time of year, what is on your paint table? Ornaments, resin, signs, holiday gifts…I thought I would share and show you a few projects that I am currently working on or have just finished. I love our resin Crackled Snowman and I chose to paint him very simple and I love how he turned out, I am thinking he will make a great gift for that friend who loves snowmen!

The other piece is Diane’s Breadboard, this piece is soon to be discontinued, so get yours while you still can. This fun shaped breadboard is great for a variety of designs, but I chose to paint a red buffalo plaid on it and use two stencils the Christmas Curly Words Stencil and Pines & Holly Background Stencil to create this Christmas sign.

Now, I think I may continue with the plaid and paint some mache letters for myself and for a family member…stay tuned and I will share those with you too.

Happy Painting and Happy Holidays!

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String Art: Bear

String art of a bear

This was my second string art project and I had a lot of fun making it! I recommend reading about my ginkgo leaf project for more detailed instructions to this craft. I chose to create a cute bear design from the book DIY String Art (#38863) and used yarn from our sister company Knit Picks instead of regular string again. I kept my fall theme going and chose yarn that was mostly brown, but it also had blue parts to it which I thought would add some nice contrast.

 

The materials I used were:

 

To prep my surface I used the awesome Americana Decor Wood Reclaim again to seal everything down and then painted it. A pattern for the bear design is available in the book I mentioned above. In order to adjust the design you can photocopy it and enlarge or reduce it to fit whatever surface you want (just be careful of how close your dots get). Then its hammer time!

When finished hammering you can start to string. For this pattern I strung it in a somewhat random way. I recommend securing the knots you tie when starting to string your piece with superglue so that it doesn’t unravel. I think its helpful to start this piece by “tracing” an outline around the entire edge of the bear design with your string first. This is so that you don’t accidentally string across the gaps of the bear’s legs.

I chose to outline the bear with just the brown colored section of the yarn. Then after securing a knot I strung the rest of the piece using the sections of the yarn where the color changes from brown to blue. I tried to focus the blue yarn in one area (I thought it would be kind of funny to make it have a blue butt) but you can string it however you like.

This second string art project was really fun and I was already planning my next piece before I finished!

 

 

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Just a Couple of Turkey’s!

Are you ready for a little turkey time?! This little duo is ready to come and join you for the Thanksgiving holiday. I planned them to be perfect for painters of all skill levels, and with no shading or highlighting they are great for the beginning painter.

Here is what you will need:

Turkey’s – Set of 2

DecoArt Americana:
Antique Green
Mustard Seed
Espresso
Persimmon
Honey Brown
Spiced Pumpkin
Avocado
Marigold
Titanium “Snow” White
Light Buttermilk
Country Red

DecoArt Extreme Sheen:
24K Gold

Acrylic Sealer Finisher Matte Spray

Let’s start with painting the bodies of both turkeys with Persimmon. Both the faces and wings are painted with Honey Brown. The center leaf on the tail of both turkey’s is Antique Green, the two leaves to the right and left are Mustard Seed, and the bottom two leaves are Espresso. If you accidentally get paint onto an area that you have already painted, don’t worry, let the paint dry and touch that area up with the correct color, this is where patience comes in.

Next up, paint the collar of the boy turkey and the main portion of the hat and collar on the girl turkey with Light Buttermilk. Paint the brim and the tie of the girl’s hat with Titanium White. The boy’s hat is Lamp Black and so are the eyes. The band on the hat is 24K Gold. Paint the beaks and the corncob Marigold. Paint the husks of the corn and the stem of the small pumpkin with Avocado. The small pumpkin is Spiced Pumpkin. The waddles are Country Red. Add highlight dots to each eye with Titanium White.

That is it, touch up any areas that need a little extra work. Then finish with the Acrylic Sealer Finisher Matte Spray.

Happy Painting!

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Winter Snowman

I love painting snowmen! They are just so much fun and each one develops into their own special character. Our little Snowman with Tree has so many fun options…I chose to take a simpler design option for mine. I did shading and highlighting on the snowman’s face and body, but chose just to highlight his clothes and the tree. This makes him a quick project, but you are welcome to add to this design, or use him as inspiration for yours.

Here is what you will need:

Snowman with Tree

DecoArt Americana:
Deep Midnight Blue
Light Buttermilk
Snow White
Persimmon
Lamp Black
Prussian Blue
Avocado
Winter Blue
Bleached Sand
Espresso
Uniform Blue
Margarita
Cool White
Melon

Neons:
Torrid Orange

Acrylic Sealer Finisher Matte Spray

I always start by stippling my snowman with Deep Midnight Blue; face, body, and legs. After that is dry, stipple again with Light Buttermilk. Then shade around the perimeter of the face next to the hat, scarf, and tree, as well as around the nose with Deep Midnight Blue. Also, shade the body, under the sweater, under the tummy, between the legs front and back, and around where the feet touch the base with Deep Midnight Blue. Then when the shading is dry, lightly stipple the center of the face, body, and legs with Snow White, making sure to lightly stipple over your shadow just enough to soften slightly.

Paint the tree Avocado and the trunk with Espresso. Highlight the tree with Margarita.

The main portion of the hat and sweater are Prussian Blue and highlighted with Uniform Blue. The scarf and mittens are Winter Blue highlighted with Cool White. The trim on the hat, sweater, and the fringe on the scarf are painted Bleached Sand and highlighted with Snow White.

Paint the base with Snow White.

For the Snowman’s face, paint his nose with Persimmon and highlight with Torrid Orange. Blush the cheeks with Melon. The eyes and mouth are Lamp Black. Add highlight dots to the eyes and cheeks with Snow White.

Finish with your favorite spray varnish.

He is now ready to join you for the holiday season!

Happy Painting!

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Wood Slice Ornament Ideas

Every year, I give my kids new ornaments for Christmas, sometimes they are handmade, sometimes they are bought from a store. This year, I think my kids are going to get something homemade because I love our Birch and Basswood Country Round Ornaments. They are great for a variety of designs and techniques.

On the Birch Ornament, I did a little wood burning and painting. Being from Oregon, I printed an outline of the State of Oregon that I found online, sized it and traced it onto the ornament. Then with the wood burner, I followed the outline and then made an outline of a heart over where the city of Portland would be. I painted the heart solid with DecoArt Country Red…it was that simple and so much fun! You could easily do this with any state, just look up online for an outline and print it.

My second idea was inspired from Pinterest….just a fun and easy reindeer face. I sketched an oval for the nose and lines for the antlers, painted the nose with Country Red and a highlight swish at the top of the nose with Snow White, the eyes are dip dots of Lamp Black using the back end of a paint brush with a highlight dot of Snow White, and the antlers are Burnt Umber. There was no pattern needed, I just free handed the design and went to work.

Both of these ornaments are easy enough for the beginning painter and first time wood burner. You could even use wood burning for the reindeer…wood burn the antlers and the outline of the nose and then paint it in like we did with the heart. These ornaments have a wide range of design options, they could also become a snowman face, paint a Santa or penguin on them….just look through your painting books and make something happen…you never know what wonderful thing you could create!

Happy Painting!

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Another Bazaar Done and in the Books!

I use to do multiple bazaars during the holiday bazaar season, but usually only one was actually worth it. So, this year, I decided to just to participate in the most productive one for me. I didn’t have a lot of painting time this season, but still had enough new items to keep my followers happy, and had enough in back stock inventory to keep the table full with items.

I actually could have used two tables, so I may think about that again for next year. But, with what I had out and replaced sold items with, this turned out to be one of my top three bazaars at this location. Needless to say that I was very happy with that!

Now, time to stock pile up some surfaces…and if I would actually paint for the bazaar all year long, it might make things a bit easier on me. But, no matter what, I still had a great time painting, and this bazaar always gets me in the mood for the upcoming holiday season.

I can not believe that Thanksgiving is next week!

Here are a few more pictures for you to enjoy of my table.

Happy Painting and Happy Holidays!

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String Art: Ginkgo Leaf

String art of a ginkgo leaf

I love revisiting crafts from my childhood, and string art is no exception! This addictive craft is so satisfying to make. I chose to create a cool ginkgo leaf design that I saw in the awesome book DIY String Art (#38863) and I used soft, luxurious yarn by our sister company Knit Picks instead of regular string. I picked this yarn because the colors reminded me of fall and I liked the idea that my design would have multiple colors, just like real fall leaves.

 

The materials I used were:

 

To prep my surface I first used the amazing Americana Decor Wood Reclaim to flatten and seal down the little soft bits sticking up on the palette box. Then I painted it with our Chalky Finish Paint in the color Timeless. A pattern for the ginkgo leaf design is available in the book I mentioned. You can photocopy it and enlarge or reduce it to fit whatever surface you want. If reducing, be careful of how close your dots get. If the nails are too close together it can get tedious to string.

The easiest way to use the pattern is to put it on top of your surface and hammer a couple of nails through the dots on the paper and into the wood, securing the paper to your surface so that you can hammer in your nails through the rest of the dots (if you are particular about exactly where you want your design you could use push thumb tacks through some dots to hold it in place to begin with). You could also simply use tape to hold the pattern in place to start with, but you run the risk of removing your paint when you take it off.

I used needle-nose pliers to hold the nails steady as I worked. I found that it helped the nails look straighter and gave me more control. When you have finished hammering all the nails through the dots on the pattern (I’m sure my neighbors love me haha) you can start to string. This is when the magic happens! How you string is up to you. You can do it in a random fashion or have it more orderly. I chose to follow the design from the book and strung it kind of like a guitar, starting from the middle and working to towards one side, and then repeating the process on the opposite side. You can read step-by-step instructions of how to string it in the book. I recommend securing the knots you tie when starting to string your piece with superglue. You don’t want your pretty work to unravel!

In order to get the color change to happen like I wanted I had to make some alterations (you can skip this part if not using the same yarn as me). Because I don’t knit or crochet I didn’t realize that the change in color would be so gradual. So I had to unravel it to get to the part where it changes from yellow to brown. I did this for both sides working from the middle to the outside.

I had a lot of fun with this craft and I made two more string art pieces after this one, which you’ll hear about soon. Even the simplest designs can be transformed easily into artwork just by using nails and string. I hope you found this helpful and inspiring!

 

 

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Crackled Turkey & Pumpkin

Do you ever get in the mood for a quick and easy project, that you really don’t have to think about? Sometimes my mind hits overload and I just need to do what I call a “no brainer project”. This is a project that can be completed quickly and when done, you still love the outcome. For me, sometimes resin is the perfect surface for something like that, with all the grooves and carved details, sometimes something simple can bring out the pieces true details.

Our Mr. Turkey and Pilgrims on Pumpkin were the perfect pieces for me. With just four paint colors, you too can create these fun and easy projects. They would be great hostess gifts for holiday dinners.

Here is what you will need:

Pilgrims on Pumpkin
Mr. Turkey

DecoArt Americana:
Espresso
Persimmon
Burnt Umber
Light Buttermilk

Weathered Wood
Staining & Antiquing Medium
Acrylic Sealer Finisher Matte Spray
Acrylic Sealer Finisher Gloss Spray

Paint the turkey completely with Espresso. Paint the pumpkin portion only with Persimmon (do not paint the center design with the Pilgrims) Let dry. Apply Weathered Wood to the pumpkin (we only want the body of the pumpkin to be crackled, not the people) and all over the turkey. When the Weathered Wood is completely dry, then paint the entire turkey with Light Buttermilk and paint the entire pumpkin including the center design with Light Buttermilk as well. As the paint dries, the cracks will start to appear. Once the pieces are completely dry, spray them with the Acrylic Sealer Finisher Matte Spray.

Mix the Staining & Antiquing Medium with Burnt Umber following the instructions on the bottle. Apply all over both pieces, working on one piece at a time. With a soft cloth or paper towel, wipe off the excess medium leaving it darker in the grooves and crevices of the resin. On the areas that you want lighter, dip your cloth in water and lightly rub the area to remove more of the medium. Make sure that your cloth is just damp and not soaking wet, you just need enough water to help move the medium a bit more. Once you are happy with the way the antiquing looks, set the pieces aside and let them dry. I usually let my pieces dry over night. When everything is dry, spray with Acrylic Sealer Finisher Gloss Spray, this will give them an extra shiny look.

Happy Painting!

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Snowman Candle Holder

Our Traditional Candle Holder may soon be gone, but this snowman design could easily be painted on a wide range of candle holder shapes and sizes. You can change the shape of the eyes and nose, as well as change the color scheme to match the details of your candle holder. This painted up quickly and was so much fun.

Here is what you will need:
Traditional Candle Holder or Wooden candle holder of your choice

DecoArt Americana:
Avocado
Country Red
Lamp Black
Deep Midnight Blue
Light Buttermilk
Snow White
Persimmon
Melon
Burnt Sienna

Neons:
Torrid Orange

Identi Pen Black
Acrylic Sealer Finisher Matte Spray
Pencil

Stipple the middle section of the candle holder with Deep Midnight Blue. Let dry and then stipple again with Light Buttermilk. Let dry again. Then shade around the top of the middle section and around the bottom with Deep Midnight Blue. Lightly stipple over the middle section again with Snow White, making sure to lightly blend to soften the shadow lines. Paint the top of the candle holder Lamp Black. The base of the candle holder, alternate between Avocado and Country Red. The main portion of your candle holder is now done, so onto the face!

With your pencil, lightly sketch the nose into place…this is where you can have even more fun and let your creativity fly. Then lightly sketch ovals above the nose for his eyes. With Melon, scrub in some cheeks. Paint the nose with Persimmon, shade at the base of the nose with Burnt Sienna and highlight the tip with Torrid Orange. Eyes are Lamp Black. Lightly sketch a line in for the mouth going from cheek to cheek…I then used the Identi Pen and traced over my line for the mouth. Add eyelashes and outline the nose with the Identi Pen. With Snow White, add a highlight dot to each eye and on the cheeks. Using Lamp Black, add a small dot to the outside of each eye.

And, just like that, you are done! Now time to finish with your favorite varnish.

This project is great for bazzars or a last minute gift idea.

Happy Painting!

 

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