Pumpkin Candle Holders

I was trying to think of a quick Halloween project that used minimal colors and could be completed in just a few hours. When I looked at our candle holders, I knew exactly what I would do…turn them into Jack-o-Lanterns! With just a few colors, a stencil, and some basic highlighting and shading, these two candle holders were done and ready to use in my home. Even if you are a beginning painter and don’t know how to shade or highlight, you could even skip those steps, they are just as cute without that.

Here is what you will need:

Traditional Candle Holder
Round Vase Candle Holder

DecoArt Americana Paint:
Avocado
Persimmon
Lamp Black
Hauser Dark Green
Margarita
Burnt Sienna

DecoArt Neons:
Torrid Orange

Identi Pen Black
Raffia
Jack-o-Lantern Faces Stencil – Large
Americana Acrylic Sealer Finisher Gloss Spray

The first thing to do is paint the main portion of the tall candle holder and then entire small candle holder with Persimmon. Paint the top of the tall candle holder with Avocado, the base is painted Lamp Black. Let dry and then do any touch ups that you may need to do. Shade around the top and bottom of the orange sections with Burnt Sienna. Using Hauser Dark Green, shade the top and bottom of the green candle cup. Highlight the center of the green candle cup with Margarita. Highlight the centers of the orange sections with Torrid Orange. Let dry.

Pick your face that you want from your stencil, and with a pencil, trace the face onto the center of each candle holder. With the Identi Pen, trace the outline of the face and then fill in with Lamp Black, or you could even fill in the shapes with the bold side of the Identi Pen…the choice is up to you.

When dry, finish with a coat of gloss varnish for an extra shine. Add a raffia bow to the top of the large candle holder, or you could use some festive ribbon as well.

Now they are ready to enjoy for Halloween!

Happy Painting!

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Classy Halloween Candles

I was in the mood to do a project using black paint and chose to paint some candles. What’s great about the candles we carry is that they are LED lights, so when you light them your design won’t melt away.Painted candles with black pattern

6″ White LED Candle w/ Timer #82226

4″ White LED Candle w/ Timer #82225

DecoArt Paint Adhesion Medium 2 oz #84185

Delta Stencil Magic Stencil Adhesive #70268

Classic Quatrefoil Stencil #71915*

Americana Acrylic – Lamp (Ebony) Black #13067

3/8″ and 3/4″ Deerfoot brushes (from set #20167) or you could use Laurie Speltz Stencil Brushes

Acrylic Sealer Finisher Gloss Spray #70835

*The smaller version of the above stencil is discontinued, but to be honest you’re not missing out that much because it was pretty tedious due to its size and the process of wrapping it around the candles.

 

I highly recommend you mix the adhesion medium with your acrylic paint in equal parts before just jumping into the painting process. If you don’t use it you’ll find your acrylic paint will flake off easily after drying and be bummed.

The process for making these was very simple. Use the stencil adhesive to keep your stencil in place. Then mix equal parts of the adhesion medium with black paint and use a Deerfoot brush or a stencil brush to lightly tap the acrylic paint through the stencils. When you’re done painting you can use a sealer for extra protection. Have fun!

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Traditional Santa

I love Santas and I love snowmen…and I have a huge collection of both at my house during the holiday season. My mantel is usually filled with Santas and Snowmen are usually scattered about my family room shelves. Each year, I seem to add new ones to both collections and I think the majority of my Christmas decor are items that I have painted.

Our Santa with Tree is a great piece to add to this collection and to my stash to sell at my upcoming Holiday Bazaar…so, I think I may be painting more than one…maybe one in a dark Christmas green…we shall see, but here he is decked out in a traditional red color scheme.

Here is what you will need:
Santa with Tree

DecoArt Americana:
Mocha
Neutral Grey
Raw Sienna
Coral Rose
Snow White
Uniform Blue
Lamp Black
Light Buttermilk
Santa Red
Avocado
Black Plum
Bleached Sand
Mink Tan
Hauser Dark Green
Margarita
Honey Brown
Soft Black
Milk Chocolate
Marigold

Americana Neons:
Fiery Red

Extreme Sheen:
24K Gold

Glamour Dust Glitter Paint:
Gold Glitz
Ice Crystal

I always start by painting Santa’s face…for me, once the face and beard are done, the rest comes easy. Paint Santa’s face and lip with Mocha. Shade under the hat brim and along the side of the face where it touches the hairline, lightly down the sides of the nose, and inside the eye sockets with Raw Sienna. Blush the cheeks and the tongue with Coral Rose. Paint the beard, mustache, and eyebrows with Neutral Grey. Using a Comb brush and Light Buttermilk, stroke in the beard, mustache, and eyebrows. Then add a few highlight strokes with Snow White.

Santa’s eyes are painted Snow White. When dry, add Uniform Blue for the iris of the eye. Then a touch of Lamp Black for the pupil. Add a highlight dot to each eye with Snow White.

Paint the hat, and coat with Santa Red. Shade above and below the belt, around all of the fur trim and above the fur brim of the hat, next to the ball of the hat, around the bag, and in the deep folds of the coat with Black Plum. Highlight the center of the hat and around the folds of the coat, center of the arms with Fiery Red. Santa’s belt is Lamp Black, buckle is 24K Gold. Boots are Lamp Black and highlighted with Neutral Grey. Mittens are Hauser Dark Green and shaded with Soft Black. Highlight the center of the mittens with Margarita. Paint the base with Snow White.

Fur on the hat and coat is painted with Bleached Sand. Shade where the fur touches the mitten, along where it touches the coat, on the hat brim close to the face, and on the collar along the hairline and around the ball of the hat, and where the ball touches the hat with Mink Tan. Highlight the fur with Snow White.

Santa’s bag is painted with Honey Brown. Shade the bag straps at each end, under the flap of the bag, around the mitten, and the top and bottom of the grooves of the side of the bag with Milk Chocolate. Highlight the center of the sides, straps, flap of the bag, and bottoms of the bag with Marigold.

Tree is Avocado. Shade under the snow drifts and branches with Hauser Dark Green. Highlight the tips of the branches with Margarita. Snow is Snow White. Star is 24K Gold. Trunk is Milk Chocolate. When the snow is dry, add a touch of Ice Crystal for a shimmering snow look. Paint Gold Glitz onto the star for a little extra holiday sparkle.

Finish with your favorite spray varnish.

Now Santa is ready to come and join you for the holiday season!

Happy Painting!

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Pilgrims

I love our Pilgrim pair, I don’t know how many times I have painted them…but each time I try something new. This time I chose to use a minimal colors and antique them for a more vintage look. Here is what you will need:

DecoArt Americana:
Burnt Umber #13064
Light Buttermilk #13164
Mocha #13060
Jack-o-Lantern #13229
Purple Cow #13262
Milk Chocolate #13174
Avocado #13052
Lamp Black #13067
Snow White #13001
DecoArt Weathered Wood #84146
Acrylic Sealer Finisher Matte Spray #70836
Acrylic Sealer Finisher Gloss Spray #70835
DecoArt Staining & Antiquing Medium #84126

First paint both pieces completely with Burnt Umber. Once dry, then cover with Weathered Wood. Let dry completely. Next, paint both Pilgrims with Light Buttermilk. Do not over work the paint as that will affect how the Weathered Wood will crackle, remember you are going for an aged look so it does not have to be perfect. Let dry. Paint the faces with Mocha. Eyes are first painted with Snow White, then paint the iris with Burnt Umber. When dry, paint a small iris with Lamp Black, add a highlight dot of Snow White. Basecoat hair and beard with Milk Chocolate. The cornucopia basket is painted with a light wash of Milk Chocolate. Both Pumpkins are painted with a soft wash of Jack-o-Lantern. Grapes are Purple Cow, stem is Milk Chocolate. Pumpkin stems are Avocado. Once all colors are dry. Spray with Matte Finishing Spray. Then mix Burnt Umber with the Staining & Antiquing Medium (per the instructions on the back of the bottle) and apply with a brush all over the pilgrims, working on one pilgrim at a time. Wipe of the medium where you don’t want it to be with a soft cloth. If it does not remove easy enough, dampen your cloth with a little water and try again. Let them dry completely and then finish with Acrylic Sealer Finisher Gloss Spray. If you don’t like the gloss spray, you can finish with the matte, the preference is yours.

I think these guys will look great tucked into some fall foliage on my mantel or Thanksgiving table this season.

Happy Painting!

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Quick and Easy Santa Ornaments

I don’t know about any of you…but sometimes I really enjoy a quick and easy project that can be completed with minimal effort and time. You know, those times that you feel you have lost your inspiration and need something creative that isn’t too technical…this project is perfect for just that! Plus, you get three really cute Santa ornaments when you are done.

Here is what you will need:

Santa Ornaments – Set of 3

DecoArt Americana:
Snow White
Mocha
Melon
Lamp Black
Light Buttermilk
Uniform Blue
Avocado
Santa Red

DecoArt Glamour Dust Paint:
Emerald
Sizzling Red
Sapphire Blue
Ice Crystal

DecoArt Acrylic Sealer Finisher Matte Spray

On these little guys, I decided to paint the rough textured fur and ball of the hats  with Light Buttermilk before anything else. When dry, paint the faces with Mocha. Blush the cheeks and the tip of each nose with Melon, if you want more rosy cheeks then let dry and repeat. Eyes are Lamp Black. Paint one hat Uniform Blue, one Avocado, and the last one Santa Red. Paint carefully as you come in contact with the fur…but don’t stress because you can always do touch-ups after everything is dry. Paint Santa’s eyebrows, mustache, and beard with Snow White. Add a small highlight stroke to the top of each nose and a highlight dot to each eye and cheek. Let everything dry and do any touch-ups that you want to do.

For the finishing touches and a little sparkle, paint the green hat with Emerald, blue hat with Sapphire Blue, and the red hat with Sizzling Red. Add a little Ice Crystal to the fur and ball of each hat.

Spray with your favorite varnish and enjoy!

Happy Painting!

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Antique Nativity

Our 10 piece resin Nativity Set looks a bit intimidating, but you don’t have to paint every detail in a different color. With only 5 paint colors, I painted this nativity in no time at all. Even a beginning painter can accomplish this look with minimal issues, if any at all. This painted up fairly quickly, so you could paint one for you and one for a friend. This was so much fun and I love how the antiquing medium really settles into the folds of the robes and rough details of each piece giving it a shaded and vintage look.

Here is what you will need:

Nativity Set – Set of 10

DecoArt Americana:
Light Buttermilk
Raw Sienna
Mocha
Burnt Umber

DecoArt Extreme Sheen Metallics:
Bronze

DecoArt Acrylic Sealer Finisher Matte Spray
DecoArt Acrylic Sealer Finisher Gloss Spray
DecoArt Staining & Antiquing Medium
Soft rags or paper towels
Gloves if you prefer

Start by painting every piece with Light Buttermilk. This may take two coats to get the complete coverage, but if it isn’t perfect that is okay because it will be hidden by the antiquing medium in the last step. When the Light Buttermilk basecoat is completely dry, it is time to start painting your other colors. Paint all of the faces, hands, feet, and the body of baby Jesus with Mocha. Let dry. Paint all of the hair, beards and the straw roof of the stable with Raw Sienna and let dry. Paint the crowns, gifts, and the halo on the angel with Bronze.

Make sure to let this dry. Then spray with a light coat of the Sealer Finisher Matte Spray.

Mix Burnt Umber and the Staining & Antiquing Medium according to the directions on the back of the bottle. You will need quite a bit to cover all of the pieces. Begin by brushing the mixture onto your first piece, making sure to get in all of the deep grooves and folds. Take your soft cloth or paper towel and gently rub off an excess mixture where you don’t want it to be. Work one piece at a time and continue till all of your pieces are antiqued to your liking. After antiquing, I usually let the pieces dry over night to make sure they are good and dry. Then finish with a coat of Acrylic Sealer Finisher Gloss Spray.

See, wasn’t that pretty simple? Now you have a beautiful nativity to display in your home this holiday season.

Happy Painting!

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Quick and Easy Turkey!

I have painted our resin Mr. Turkey many different ways, but this time, I wanted to try using just one paint color and a little Metallic Lustre to mimic a larger turkey that I saw in Home Goods last Fall. This is a project that absolutely anyone can do with success!

All you will need is:

Americana Decor Chalky Paint in Everlasting
DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Burnished Brass
any paint brush
soft rag
Acrylic Sealer Finisher Gloss Spray

First paint the entire turkey in Everlasting. Let it dry and then decide if you would like to do a second coat. Once the turkey is covered the way you like him, it is time to grab your soft rag. Lightly touch your rag into the Burnished Brass and then gently start to rub it on the turkey here and there. This will accent all the carved details on him. Remember to start light, you can always add more Burnished Brass if you want to.

Once dry, spray with your favorite varnish. I chose to use a gloss for even more shine, but a matte varnish will work just as fine.

That is it! A quick project that even the most novice painter can do.

Have fun being creative!

Happy Fall, and happy painting!

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Wedding Chalkboard Signs

Photos by Dan Rice

Chalkboard lettering

Love and Cupcakes upclose

Love and Cupcakes

 

If you’ve ever been on Pinterest you know that people planning weddings can’t get enough of chalkboard signs. They are EVERYWHERE. Signs that welcome guests, signs with jokes, hashtags for Instagram, etc. Whatever you want to say it always seems to look better on chalkboard!

Rewind to earlier this year when my sister asked me to create chalkboard signs for her wedding in July. I was really excited to go for it because I had never tried doing a DIY chalkboard design before. Like some of my other art projects my perfectionist side got the best of me and the project became a little complex. However, this post is not going to dwell on all of those details. Instead, I’m going to explain the easiest way to create custom chalkboard art.

 

The quick and easy version: chalkboard paint on wood using chalk markers for lettering

Chalkboard Paint – Deco 2 oz #13509 or you can use Clear Chalkboard Coating – 8 oz to turn any wall color or painted surface into a chalkboard (any medium to dark colored background will work well, it doesn’t have to be black!)

White Graphite Paper 18×36

Bistro Chisel Tip Chalk Marker – White #70277 and Bistro Fine Point Chalk Marker – White #70276

Almost any surface we carry in our signs category on our website will look great with chalkboard paint. Our Tabletop Sign and our Narrow Table Top Sign would be perfect since they don’t need to be propped up or hung.

Note: if you still want to use picture frames like I did you must use a primer on the glass first before applying the chalkboard paint: JoSonja Glass/Tile Primer

 

If you choose to paint one of our surfaces than the process is very simple. Sand the surface if desired and then apply two coats of the chalkboard paint. If you have a design picked out, transfer it with transfer paper. Then begin your lettering. I loved using the bistro chalk markers because they look like chalk when dry but there is zero mess and your beautiful design won’t smear.

If you like the look of the framed pictures than you will need to prep your surface by cleaning the picture frame glass with rubbing alcohol or a glass cleaner like Windex. Rinse it well. Then lightly sand the glass or use steel wool. Next, apply two thick coats of primer. Paint in one direction for the first coat and then the opposite direction for the second. After you’ve primed use two coats of the chalkboard paint. Then transfer your design and fill it in!

 

 

 

 

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Santa doesn’t always have to be red.

Santa is traditionally red and dont’t get me wrong, I love Santas all decked out in red, but for our 2018 Santa I wanted to do something a little different. I sat looking at my paints trying to decide, do I go for a green or blue color scheme…I just kept pulling colors out, and finally decided on blue!

This jolly fella has lots of detail, but I chose to do the majority of the shading and highlighting on Santa, and not focus on the smaller items in his bag.

So, let’s begin!

Here is what you will need:

2018 Santa

DecoArt Americana:
Antique White
Baby Blue
Mocha
Uniform Blue
True Blue
Winter Blue
Light Buttermilk
Snow White
Honey Brown
Lamp Black
Raw Sienna
Melon
Avocado
Buttermilk
Cocoa
Espresso
Midnite Blue
Milk Chocolate
Marigold
Santa Red
Hauser Medium Green
Antique Maroon
Yellow Ochre
Margarita
Persimmon
French Grey Blue

DecoArt Extreme Sheen Metallic Paint
24K Gold

DecoArt Glamour Dust Glitter Paint
Emerald
Sizzling Red
Ice Crystal

Basecoat as follows:

Antique White – Pants
Baby Blue – Jacket
Mocha – Face
Uniform Blue – Cape and hood
Neutral Grey – Beard, mustache, hair, and eyebrow undercoat (Beard is stroked with a comb brush and Light Buttermilk and then again lightly with Snow White)
Lamp Black – Boots and belt, snowman hat and buttons
Espresso – Wooden staff
Buttermilk – Fur trim on coat and cape
Honey Brown – Bag
Light Buttermilk – Snowman and base
Avocado – Tree
Hauser Medium Green – Front package (ribbon is Santa Red)
Santa Red – Back package (bow is Snow White)
Persimmon – Basketball (lines on ball are Lamp Black) and snowman nose
Antique Maroon – Scarf on snowman

I always like to start with Santa’s face, that way he looks a bit more cheery as you finish the rest of him. Shade Santa’s face with Raw Sienna lightly around the outside, around the grooves of the nose and above and below the mustache. Eyes are painted Snow White, then paint a small section with Uniform Blue, add a Lamp Black pupil and a highlight dot of Snow White. Blush the cheeks and paint his tongue Melon. Add a highlight dot to both cheeks with Snow White.

Shade Santa’s coat with True Blue under the beard, above and below the belt, down the sides next to the cape, above the fur on the coat and next to fur trim on the arms. Highlight the center of the arms and main portion of the jacket with Winter Blue. For his cape and mittens, shade along the fur and around the bag, and in the folds with Midnite Blue. Highlight with French Grey Blue. The pants are shaded next to the jacket, above the boots and in the folds with Cocoa. Then highlight with Buttermilk. Boots are highlighted with Neutral Grey. Shade the fur trim with Yellow Ochre along where it touches the coat, cape, and bag. Highlight with Snow White down the center of the fur. I added a light touch of Marigold highlights to the wooden staff, this is just to give a little interest to it. Paint Santa’s buckle and buttons with 24K Gold.

Now for the bag, shade with Milk Chocolate along where the bag touches the cape and mitten, and in the folds. Highlight with Marigold. Highlight the tree with Margarita. Star is 24K Gold. Blush the snowman’s cheeks with Melon, mouth and eyes are Lamp Black. For a little extra touch, I added Emerald colored glitter paint to the tree and green package. Then I add Sizzling Red to the red package, and Ice Crystal to the snowman.

Finish with your favorite varnish.

Happy Painting!

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2018 Snowman Recolor Idea

For me…sometimes painting resin is a calm and refreshing break from following line drawings and patterns. It is a time that I just let my creativity go and not worry about anything. I just pick my color scheme and set to work, sometimes I choose not to do much shading or highlighting…other times I shade and highlight everything.

With our 2018 Snowman, I decided to do a combination…I shaded and highlighted the snowman but did everything else just as a basecoat. He painted up very quickly and I think he turned out pretty darn cute too!

Here is what you will need:

2018 Snowman

DecoArt Americana
Deep Midnight Blue
Light Buttermilk
Snow White
Lamp Black
Uniform Blue
Persimmon
Melon
Avocado
Marigold
Country Red
Antique White

DecoArt Glamour Dust Glitter Paint
Black Ice
Emerald
Sizzling Red
Sapphire
Ice Crystal

DecoArt Acrylic Sealer Finisher Matte Spray
Papillon 10 Piece Resin Brush Set
Papillon 4 Piece Highlighter Set
Papillon 5 Piece Deerfoot Set

First, start by using your Deerfoot brush and stipple the entire body and head of the snowman with Deep Midnight Blue. Let it dry completely. Next, stipple over the blue with Light Buttermilk and let it dry. Once the head and body are completely dry, it is time to add a little bit of shading. Using Deep Midnight Blue, shade around the head under the hat, around the nose, above and below the scarf and around the ties of the scarf, in the grooves of the arms, around both the inside and outside of the wreath, above the boots, and between the legs. Then lightly stipple the center of the head and down the arms and around the main portion of the body with Snow White. Carefully stipple a little into your shading, just to soften it up a bit. With a highlighter brush and Melon, brush in some rosy cheeks. Paint his nose Persimmon. Eyes, mouth, and eye brows are Lamp Black. Add a highlight dot to each of the mouth circles and the eyes with Snow White. Add a small dot on the outside of each eye with Lamp Black.

The main portion of your snowman is done, now we just basecoat the other areas and not worry about any shading and highlighting.

Lamp Black – Hat, boots, and buttons
Uniform Blue – Hat band, scarf, mittens
Antique White – Mitten trim, and scarf fringe
Country Red – Bird and all the berries (bird eyes are Lamp Black with highlight dot of Snow White)
Avocado – Wreath and holly on hat
Light Buttermilk – Snow
Marigold – Bird beak

After all your colors are dry, it is time to give them a little sparkle. Add glitter to the areas as follows (if you really want them to sparkle, you may want to apply several coats):
Black Ice – Hat and boots
Emerald – Wreath and Holly leaves
Sizzling Red – Bird and berries
Sapphire – Hat band, scarf, and mittens
Ice Crystal – Snow

When dry, spray with your favorite varnish and enjoy!

Remember, if you don’t want his scarf blue, you can paint it any color that you want…let go and have some creative fun!

Happy Painting!

 

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