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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Birch Pin Ideas

When I paint for my bazaar every year, I try to include pins that are quick and easy and fun to paint. Our Birch Value Bag of 20 Pieces is perfect for pins or even gluing a few together to make a snowman. There are so many possibilities, you just have to let your creativity go.

I sat down with one bag and thought, what could these become, besides a snowman face (which I did paint one of those), they could be pumpkins, or you can paint a wreath on them, a reindeer face, you could also just paint them with inspiring words. I wanted to give you a variety of ideas and show you what I created and I hope that these might inspire you to create something as well. My next idea will be to maybe paint a Santa face on one…who knows, you just have to be willing to think outside the box and give it a try.

Make sure to share what ideas you come up with, I would love to see them. Share them on our Facebook page, or leave a comment to this post.

Happy Painting and Creating!

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Turkeys with a Touch of Gold

Painted resin turkeys

We have another turkey craft project for you! This one uses our Turkeys—Set of 2 #80840 that look like little pilgrims. I kept the painting simple on this one, even though the leaves/tail feathers were tempting to make more colorful. I found that when I tried to do that I wasn’t getting the effect I wanted, so instead I used similar colors on those areas to help mask mistakes.

 

Basic supplies and brushes:

Paints only used on the turkey with hat:

Paints only used on the turkey with head scarf:

Paints used on both:

 

I started by giving the turkey with hat‘s body and head with two coats of Spiced Pumpkin. Then I added random patches of Cadmium Orange to just the body. Next, I painted two coats of Camel onto all of the leaves/feathers areas and then used the Filbert Comb brush to add 24K Gold in a somewhat random way so that it had more gold on some feather areas than others. I also used 24K Gold on the trim of the hat, the beak, and the corn kernals. I used Bright Brass on just the corn husks. I finished by painting the collar and hat with four coats of Asphaltum, and then dotted the eyes.

I began painting the turkey with head scarf‘s body and head with two coats of Cadmium Red. Then I added random patches of Cadmium Orange just like the turkey with hat. Next, I painted two coats of Dusty Rose onto all of the leaves/feathers areas and then used the Filbert Comb brush to add Rose Gold in a somewhat random way so that it had more gold on some feather areas than others. I also used Rose Gold on the trim of the scarf, the beak, and the pumpkin. I finished by painting the head scarf with four coats of Asphaltum, and then dotted the eyes.

 

 

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Quick and Easy Wood Pumpkins

Fall is my favorite time of year, and I love painting pumpkins, and when you can paint 5 little wooden pumpkins in a short amount of time, it makes me even happier! Our Chunky Pumpkin Cutout is a great piece that you can paint as detailed or as simply as you want. One pumpkin I shaded and highlighted, all the others I used stencils I had on hand.

Here are the basics with what you will need:

Chunky Pumpkin Cutout

DecoArt Americana:
Persimmon
Avocado
Burnt Sienna
Georgia Clay
Spiced Pumpkin
Hauser Dark Green
Margarita

Neons:
Torrid Orange

Identi Pen Black
Acrylic Sealer Finisher Matte Spray
FolkArt Paisley Delight Stencil
Fall Word Mix Stencil
Checkerboard Stencil
Polka Dot Stencil

Paint all pumpkins Persimmon and all stems Avocado.

If you want to shade your pumpkins, shade around the outside edge of the center section and below the stem with Burnt Sienna. Paint in the grooves with either Burnt Sienna or Georgia Clay, this depends on how dark you want the grooves to be. Highlight the center of each pumpkin area with Torrid Orange. Shade the stem with Hauser Dark Green at the base, and highlight the top with Margarita. (this is the first pumpkin on the left in the picture)

All the other remaining pumpkins, I did not shade or highlight, I left them rather simple and added stenciled details. The polka dot pumpkin, the dots are Avocado; the fall word pumpkin, I traced the word onto the pumpkin with a pencil and then out lined it and filled it in with the Black Identi Pen. The paisley pumpkin, the paisley design is stenciled with Spiced Pumpkin. For the checkerboard pumpkin, I used a large and small check from the stencil. Line the stencil up with the bottom edge of your pumpkin for the larger checks and repeat for the smaller checks at the top using Georgia Clay.

For the finishing touch, I added a squiggly outline with two dashes using the Black Identi Pen. When all details are done, finish with your favorite varnish.

These pumpkins are great for a grouping on your table this fall or even on your mantel. They are quick enough that they would be great for bazaars and craft shows as well.

Let your creativity go, and create some quick and easy pumpkins this fall!

Happy Painting and Crafting!

 

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Turkey Time

For me, resin is fun to paint and sometimes I use it as a break from painting more complex projects. Sometimes I choose to paint it and do full shading and highlighting, other times I don’t do any shading and highlighting and sometimes I just add highlighting, like I did with this version of Mr. Turkey.

Here is what you will need:

DecoArt Americana
Honey Brown
Persimmon
Celery Green
Burnt Orange
Camel
Country Red
Marigold
Lamp Black
Neutral Grey
Light Buttermilk
Jack-o-Lantern
Lemonade
Buttermilk
Extreme Sheen Metallic:
Bronze
DecoArt Neons:
Fiery Red
Torrid Orange
Acrylic Sealer Finisher Gloss Spray
Papillon 4 Piece Highlighter Set
Papillon 10 Piece Resin Brush Set

Turkey – Honey Brown, highlight with Marigold
Pumpkin – Persimmon, highlight with Torrid Orange
Base and Hat – Lamp Black, highlight with Neutral Grey
Feet and Beak – Marigold
Waddle – Country Red, highlighted with Fiery Red
Hat Band – Light Buttermilk
Buckle – Bronze
Eyes – Light Buttermilk, center is Lamp Black
Tail Feathers – Celery Green, highlight with Lemonade; Burnt Orange, highlight with Jack-O-Lantern; Camel, highlight with Buttermilk

Tips for using the highlighter brushes: Choose the brush size that is appropriate for the area you want to highlight. scrub the paint into both sides of your brush, then scrub on a soft towel to remove excess paint. With a light touch, start scrubbing the brush over the areas you want to highlight, you can use a back and forth or circular motion. If you want your highlight brighter, go through the steps again. It is always good to start lighter with less paint.

Happy Fall and Happy Painting!

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Plaid Pumpkins

I love plaid, and I couldn’t resist giving our resin pumpkins a fun look for fall. Although, trying to figure out the placement was first tricky, and took me several attempts, I am happy with how these turned out. Feel free to do your own version or make the sections smaller for a more detailed plaid look.

For the black and grey pumpkin, I divided the vertical lines into four sections…roughly about 3″ apart. Painted those alternating Titanium White and Neutral Grey. The horizontal stripes are done free handed with a 1″ Glaze Wash Brush and Neutral Grey. Each grey stripe is roughly 1″ apart or close to that. You do not need to repaint the white stripes. Where the Neutral Grey stripes overlap each other, paint those sections Lamp Black. The stem is also painted Lamp Black.

This pumpkin isn’t perfect, but you get the idea….taping it off would be difficult and you can spend as much time as you would like measuring and painting as you would like. My plan is to finish this pumpkin with a fun black and white plaid bow, or if my husband has his way, some ribbon that says Oakland Raiders…LOL

Now for the orange plaid pumpkin, I divided this one into 6 sections vertically and alternated the colors with Titanium White and Jack O Lantern. These sections are roughly 2″ apart measured at the top of the pumpkin. The horizontal stripes are painted with Jack O Lantern and your 1″ Glaze Wash Brush again. I chose to eyeball these roughly again around 1″ to 2″ apart. Where the orange sections overlap, paint those areas with Georgia Clay.

Once the pumpkins were dry I used DecoArt Acrylic Sealer Finisher Gloss Spray to give them a glossy look.

For the finishing touches to the orange plaid pumpkin, I added some silk leaves and a plaid bow that I had in my stash of craft supplies.

These pumpkins were fun, and a bit challenging, but I am pleased with how they turned out, I will probably give them another try to perfect my plaid painting skills.

Happy Painting and Crafting!

 

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Spider Pumpkin

Dark painted pumpkin with spiderweb

I decided to make a fun and spooky decoration for the Halloween season! I wanted it to be very dark but a bit sparkly at the same time. I created this dark and alluring look using these products:

 

Pumpkin #80848

Americana Acrylic – Lamp (Ebony) Black #13067

Dazzling Metallics – Black Pearl Dazzling Metallic #14085

Americana Acrylic – Graphite #13161

Dazzling Metallics – Zinc Dazzling Metallic #14220

Glamour Dust Glitter Paint – Silver Bling Glamour Dust Glitter Paint 2 oz #13591

DecoArt Media Liquid Glass #87406

Deerfoot size 3/4″ (from set #20167)

Midliner size 10/0 (from set #20171)

Liner size 10/0 #20145

 

I began painting by focusing on the areas with light gray. I used a mixture of Graphite and Silver Bling, then blended outward adding a mixture of Graphite and Zinc, and continued outward by adding a mixture of Lamp (Ebony) Black and Black Pearl. I chose to use a Deerfoot brush for all of the blend work, but you can use whatever you want. After creating the gradient areas of gray to black I covered the rest of the pumpkin with a mixture of Lamp (Ebony) Black and Black Pearl. Using this same mixture I used a Midliner and Liner brush to create the spiderwebs and the spider.

To finish the piece, I added little drops of Liquid Glass so that the spiderwebs looked like they were covered in dewdrops after its rained. To protect your finished pumpkin you can use a sealer. Note: If you want the dew drops to really stand out use a matte sealer first all over the pumpkin before you add them.

This project was really fun and now I have an awesome pumpkin to put on my porch every year that won’t go bad!

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