Garden Picket Sign

I have always wanted to paint a garden sign, why have I not done it until now? Well, time for one, but also, I have so many hobbies and crafts that I tend to bounce around from project to project alot, and well, the garden sign just never happened.

We put up a small section of picket fence, oh about 11 years ago and I have had a small section floating around the yard that my boys used to build forts with and ramps, and it has managed to stay in one piece over the years. So, I decided I would use that shabby piece of picket fence and make it into my garden sign this year.

First off, I wanted to try using DecoArt’s new Americana Decor Wood Reclaim (#87427) and see how it would work on the rough pickets. I chose not to sand the pickets, but just dive right in and start painting every inch with Wood Reclaim. I used two coats to really give a good cover to the wood on both the front and the back. This product made the rough and aged pickets feel smooth again. I let it dry over night and then I was ready to paint.

I chose to use DecoArt Patio Paint for extra durability. For the background color, I used the darkest green I had, you could use any color that you like or have on hand, this is where you can have alot of fun. I once again did two coats for the background color for the front and the back, this pretty much used up all of the green, but hey, what is paint there for, but to be used. I let this dry overnight, which actually led to several days of sitting and drying due to lack of time to work on the sign. You all know how life can sometimes get in the way of crafting and painting.

Then with some stencils I had in my stash of supplies, I spelled out, “Welcome to my garden”. I chose to trace them on and then carefully outlined them with my brush and a soft yellow paint and then filled the letters in. I chose to do two coats for a more solid finish. When it came to the flower designs, I knew I really didn’t want to trace patterns on, so I decided to freehand all of my designs and sketched them in with a white chalk pencil starting with the daisies on the top of each picket. Then I sketched out the vines on the cross bars.

Looking through the my paint colors I had at home, which was not the entire line of Patio Paint, I made my plan. I painted the daisy petals white with a yellow center and then stippled layers of brown to the centers for more detail. The vines were painted with a script liner and a dark brown and then I went over them again with a lighter brown for highlights. The leaves and flowers are all stroke flowers that were just quick and easy, as well as fun to paint. Then I added a few dip dots here and there along the vines in a light pink and blue to match the center dots of the small stroked flowers. With this part, you can paint any type of flower you want, I really wanted a fun whimsical look, so I did not worry about being exact.

After all the flowers were dry, I outlined the larger daisies with black for petal separation. Let the paint dry for about 24 hours, just to make sure it is good and dry. Then apply two coats of Patio Paint Clear Coat for the finishing touch. I let it dry for about 72 hours to make sure that the paint was cured.

Then the task was to where I was going to put it in our yard. I moved it around and around and then settled on the spot where it would be. I am very happy that I found the time to create this sign and love how it turned out. I think I am ready to paint more garden signs now!

Happy Spring and Happy Painting!
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Patio Paint Garden Statue Redo

Do your garden statues need to be freshened up a bit? If they are like some of ours, they are in need of a fresh coat of paint, one of ours in particular!

When both of our boys finished 8th grade, we planted a tree for both of them in separate gardens in our backyard and they have added statues and such to decorate their gardens. My youngest son, Cameron, picked out an adorable black bear wearing blue overalls for his garden and after just three years in the garden we noticed this year that he really needed some new paint.

So, I brought him inside and washed him in the kitchen sink and got all of the loose paint off and then let him dry for about 24 to 48 hours before I started to work on him. I chose to use DecoArt Patio Paint to bring him back to life and all my son asked was to try and match the original colors.

The first thing I did, was give him a good coat, or two of the Patio Paint Clear Coat. I did this just for a little extra sealer and protection before painting. I then chose my colors and set to work.

Every color I did at least two coats on, some I thought needed three to cover the original paint. I chose to shade and highlight the overalls just for added detail, but other areas I chose not to shade or highlight at all.

When I was happy with the coverage of all the areas, I let the statue dry for 24 hours and then I did two coats of the Patio Paint Clear Coat again. Then to for more durability, I sprayed him with DecoArt Triple Thick Gloss Glaze. It gave him a shiny look, but I really wanted him to have a little bit more protection.

Once he was good and dry, we took him back out to his place in the garden where he stands waiting for the garden flowers to bloom around him.

My son’s smile said it all…I don’t think he thought he would turn out as good as he did…he really needs to have a little more faith in his mom…LOL

So, if you want to give new life to your garden statues and figurines, I recommend giving DecoArt Patio Paint a try. I think you will be pleased with all of the results.

Happy Spring and Happy Painting!

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Blue Delft Mache Egg

I am a fan of Toile and Redwork designs and was seeing lots of egg designs in beautiful Blue Delft paisley patterns on Pinterest and wanted to create something very similar. I thought our 4″ Paper Mache Egg (#40184) would be perfect and I grabbed two colors of DecoArt’s new Premium Tube Acrylics (because I wanted to play with them a bit too). I knew our Cling Paisley Patterns Stamp

(#70940) would also be a quick easy way to get a pattern on the egg.

After painting the egg with Titanium White (#14558) I then used our Square Guide (#70280) to lightly draw a couple circles around the top of the egg, where I would add my rows of dots.

After I had my guides drawn, I then took Pthalo Blue (#14542) and the floral stamp out of the stamp pack. Using a sponge I dabbed the blue paint onto the stamp and then carefully pressed it onto the side of the egg. Let it dry and then do the same to the other side of the egg. It is okay if it isn’t perfect, that is the charm of this project. I then took a small liner or round brush and watered down the Pthalo Blue so it had a transparent or inky consistency and lightly filled in certain areas of the stamped design. Do this to both sides. When dry, I used a stylus and added dip dots around my drawn circles on the top of the egg and then add a few dip dots as well to around the stamped design.

Make sure that the dip dots are completely dry before continuing, you do not want to drag your hand through the wet paint and ruin your design. With a liner brush I then added some stroked wavy lines in the blank spaces between the dip dots and down each side of the egg. To fill in some of the white space, I then added small dots with my liner brush in sets of three randomly all over the egg until I was happy with the way it looked.

When dry, finish with your favorite varnish.

If you have not tried the Americana Premium Tube Acrylic paints, give them a try! I loved the creamy thick texture and they were so much fun to use. I need to plan my next project with them.

Happy Painting!

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Bunnies and Americana Tube Acrylics

When the Premium Tube Acrylics came out, I was excited to give them a try, but have not had much time to play around with them. Then as I was digging in my craft room, I found some burlap canvases that sparked an idea that I saw on Pinterest, and had me thinking that the thick creamy consistency of the Premium Tube Acrylics would be perfect. So, I hunted down some  bunny silhouettes that I sized to fit my 12″ x 12″ burlap canvas and transferred them on.

With a large filbert brush and Titanium White (#14558) I went to work filing in the bunnies. I loved how the thicker consistency of the paint flowed onto the rough burlap and covered pretty much in one coat. Before I knew it, I had both canvases done and was honestly ready to paint even more with these paints! (Stay tuned for more project ideas in the future) But for these bunny canvases, I was going for simple and quick for a country rustic feel.

After they dried, I took a trip to my local craft store to look at frames. I found some beautiful white, aged frames that were perfect to finish off the look that I was going for.

I can’t wait to display these on my mantel for a rustic farmhouse style look for Easter. Or maybe they will find s spot on a wall in my living room….hmmm, so many options.

Give these paints a try, I think you will love them as much as I did!

Happy Painting!

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Family Pallet Sign

Sometimes I just want a quick and easy project that is finished in a few hours, especially after working on a project that has taken a long time, or is taking a long time. I am really loving the pallet signs that you see everywhere, but honestly, I always think to myself, I can do that, and I hardly ever buy the sign.

Our Lathe Wood Pallet Boxes, which come in three sizes, are perfect for these quick and easy signs. You can either hand letter them, or use a stencil. For my family themed pallet sign, I chose to use our FolkArt Family Words/Phrases Stencil (#71935), and the 8″ x 6″ Lathe Wood Pallet Box (#63106).

I painted the entire pallet box Lamp Black (#13067), let it dry and then sanded it down a little bit. The did another coat of Lamp Black and let it dry. I positioned the stencil over the top of the box to figure out my placement, then, because the pallet is a bit uneven, I applied a stencil adhesive (#70268) to the back to make sure that I could get the stencil to stay in place. Then using either a sponge or a Deerfoot brush, lightly stencil Snow White (#13001) over the top of your stencil. When done, carefully pull the stencil up and wash with soap and water. Although, one spot didn’t quite work, I am still loving how it turned out since I wanted a rustic look. After it was completely dry, I sanded a few spots here and there and along the edges for more of a worn look. Then cover with your favorite varnish and you are done!

So, I challenge you to find a sign that you would like to paint, and get to work. You may find these as addicting as I do! Now time to plan my next sign.

Happy Painting!

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Craft Room Disaster

My craft room seems to have stages throughout the year…I don’t know about anyone else…but mine has moments of clean and mostly organized to you can’t even step into the room! That later one is exactly what had happened recently.

I painted like crazy through the summer and fall getting ready for the big craft show that I do every November for the last 8 to 10 years. Yes, things got a little bit chaotic and unorganized in there, especially when husband chose to help me and bring bins of stuff he found in the garage and dumped it in the middle of the room. I did manage to paint through those many bins, but then he followed around Christmas time with two more bins, this time they were full of fabric! Well, with the holidays, not much got done in there and it seemed to be the dumping ground for all things, especially old football t-shirts and sweatshirts that my husband now wants me to turn into a quilt for him. We shall now add that quilt to the long list of projects that I would like to accomplish.

It was so bad, that one person could barely step foot in the craft room and I just couldn’t handle it anymore! I wanted it clean and I was ready to accomplish projects this spring…painting, sewing, and just fun craft projects!

So, over the course of two days, I cleaned, tossed, sorted, and purged my fabric, paint bottles, brushes, books, you name it….I just couldn’t take it any longer! I seriously looked at each wood piece and said, will I paint you…if I hesitated, it was gone! Believe me, I have a never ending supply of wood and supplies at my fingertips, but if it has been stored for more years than I can remember, then it was time for it to go! Yes, it was tough, but I needed to do this for a fresh, creative start.

I am now ready to settle in and start working on those spring projects that are sitting and waiting for me, plus the UFO’s that I didn’t finish for my craft show. First up are vintage flour sack pillows (the flour sacks have been in a bin in my mom’s stash for I think about 30 years and it is time that they become something we can enjoy instead of sitting in a bin) I think the holding onto things may be hereditary…LOL

Seriously, I am embarrassed to share the pictures, but I am hoping others out there suffer from the craft room disaster area too! If you do, please share your stories and comments for organization….we all can use a little help in our crazy crafting life!

Happy Crafting Everyone!

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Paper Mache Easter Eggs

Paper Mache Eggs from the Artist's Club

With spring sneaking up on us fast and Easter being April 1st, I was ready for a fun and easy project that would shout “SPRING”! I love to decorate for Easter and knew that our Americana Decor Chalky Paint has fun spring colors that would work perfect for the project I had in mind. So, I gathered up our Paper Mache Eggs – Set of 6 (#40187) and one package of the 3/4″ Wood Spools (#63209), and my paint and began creating. First off I searched on Pinterest and the Internet for silhouette’s of bunnies that could easily be transfered and painted on. You could use other shapes like chicks, sheep, baskets, flowers…whatever you want. Another option would be to cut the shapes out of decorative paper and decoupage them onto the eggs or even use stickers. There are just so many ideas, just find something that speaks to you.

Here are the colors that I used:
Serene (I realized after I was done that this color was discontinued, but you could use Escape #15399 or Treasure #15398)
Life #15393
Smitten #15107
Innocence #15104
Rememberance #15402
Delicate #15110
Everlasting #15100

I used one color for each egg, except for Everlasting (which is used to paint the wooden spools). It took about two coats of each to get a good base that I liked. Once the eggs are dry, I transferred my bunnies onto the eggs and outlined them with a Black Identi Pen (#70830) and then filled the shapes in with a round brush and Americana Lamp Black (#13067). After everything was dry, I used a hot glue gun and glued the eggs to the top of the spools. I finished with a coat of Americana Acrylic Sealer Spray Varnish in Gloss (#70835)…this was easier than trying to use a brush on varnish.

For the finshing touch, I dug through my stash of ribbon and chose coordinating colors and hot glued them to the front of the spool.

And there you have it, a fun project that takes just a few hours to make and will look great on your mantel this spring!

Happy Painting!

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Family Initial Door Sign

I decorate my front door for the seasons and everyday, but I am not a big decorator for St. Patrick’s Day…so I needed something to hang on my door until I was ready to put up my Easter decor.

I love our Initial Impressions stencils and have so many ideas running through my head, that I decided to use the Sophisticated Alphabet Stencil (#71942) and create a family door sign with a large wooden tag that I have had sitting around for some time. Also, out FolkArt Family Words/Phrases Stencil is great for adding a comforting saying on it as well. I chose to add “There is no place like home.” that is featured on that stencil.

Initial door hanger from the Artist's Club

Initial door hanger from the Artist's Club

Using four colors of paint from the Americana Decor Chalky Paint line, I set to work. The inside of my house is filled with yellows, reds, and blues, but I am loving the lighter colors of the Chalky Paint, so I took a different route color wise than I normally would have. Using  Vintage (#15396), Yesteryear (#15406), Timeless (#15103), Relic (#15407), I turned that large wooden tag into a great door plaque for the “Miller” household. I finished my plaque with a coat of Soft Touch Varnish (#72008) and then added some ribbon that I had in my stash to brighten things up.

This is a quick and easy project that you can complete in day. Sometimes you jusInitial door hanger from the Artist's Clubt need a project like that. Just a tip to achieve straight lines make sure to use tape, and be patient and let it dry completely between coats and before applying tape to fresh paint. This is a project that you can customize with the surface and colors that you choose.

Happy Painting and Creating!

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Forever & Always Sign

Sign from the Artist's Club

Americana Decor Chalky Paint
Lace #15101
Yesteryear #15406
Vintage #15396

Narrow Rectangle Grooved Board #62936

Curly Alphabet Stencil #71925
FolkArt Stencil Value Pack #71932
Americana Decor Waxing Brush #28000
Creme Wax Deep Brown #72001
Silver Wire #82211


After I took down my Valentine themed mantel, I was trying to decide what to accessorize it with next. It was a little too early for Easter for me, so I wandered through my house looking for ideas and then it clicked. March is my anniversary month, so I took a photo of my husband and I and some of the candles and accessories from our wedding day and then added a wedding picture of my parents and grandparents. After I had it all set up, I realized it was missing something…a sign to hang above it that said “Forever & Always”.

So, I set to work. I had a Narrow Rectangle Grooved Board  handy and decided to use Americana Decor Chalky paint to bring this project to life. I based the board with Lace, the words “forever” and “ever” are Yesteryear, the “&” is Vintage. For the lettering I used two stencils….Curly Alphabet Stencil this is for the words “forever” and “ever” and FolkArt Stencil Value Pack) for the “&”. You can use any stencils that you have on hand or you could even freehand the lettering if you want. When you are happy with your lettering, let it dry completely. Then using the Americana Decor Waxing Brush and the Creme Wax brush and rub the wax onto your signboard. Once you have a coverage that you like, let it dry. Then go over it again with the waxing brush and  the Creme Wax Deep Brown to give it a more antiqued look. For me it got a little heavy in a few places, so I took a damp cloth and rubbed it off where I thought it was too heavy. Once that is completely dry buff with a soft rag to make the wax shine. I measured and drilled holes to add Silver Wire  for easy in hanging above my fireplace.
Sign from the Artist's Club

This sign only took a few hours to make and I love it! There are so many other variations of signs you could make, so happy painting and let your imagination go.

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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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