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!
Diane

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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!
Diane

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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

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

SURFACE
Narrow Rectangle Grooved Board #62936

TOOLS
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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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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