Wooden Firecrackers

I love to paint and decorate with an Americana theme. All summer long and beyond, my house is filled with fun Americana and Fourth of July themed projects that I have painted, crafted, sewed, or even bought over the years. In fact my favorite colors are red and blue…imagine that. LOL
As I was cruising Pinterest, I saw many ideas for wooden firecrackers of all shapes and sizes and that got me thinking. I found that our Large Blocks – Set of (#62824) would be perfect for this idea. So, I picked four DecoArt Americana paint colors, Uniform Blue, Rookwood Red, Light Buttermilk, and Lamp Black. I painted one of the long blocks Rookwood Red, the other Light Buttermilk, and the smallest Uniform Blue. The largest block I decided would be my base and I painted it Lamp Black. You don’t have to use the colors I picked, you can choose your own favorites.
Using the Folk Art Layering Stencils – Star (#71927) I applied white stars to the blue block…I did tape off the stripes so that I wouldn’t get those accidentally stenciled on. For the Light Buttermilk block, I used the same stencil, but chose to also use a few of the stripes. Then for the Rookwood Red block, I dug through my stash of stencils to look for the largest star that I had that would fill the space and then added a smaller blue star to the center. This painted up so quickly and you can easily do whatever your creative mind decides for these blocks. You could even do one with stripes, or even trim one of the larger blocks to be a little bit shorter if you wanted too.

After all the paint was dry, I used Americana Sealer Finisher Matte Spray (#70836) to finish each block. I drilled a small hole in the top of each block so that I could glue some Jute (#80167) in place for the firecracker fuse. Position them on the base to where you would like them, and glue in place. I added a patriotic ribbon around the center for a fun touch and added some moss I had in my craft stash to glue to the base for a fun and rustic look. If you wanted to, you could even sand the edges of the blocks for a more rustic look before you varnish.

This project comes together in just a few short hours due to drying time. But it is fun and easy to make whether you are a beginner or not.

Happy Painting!

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Patriotic Decorative Shelf

I am sure you will all figure out from a lot of these upcoming posts that Americana and Patriotic designs are a favorite of mine. But there are so many fun and easy projects that you can create to use in your home for the Fourth of July or for everyday. I tend to have more Americana items on display all year long, and some that are a little more Fourth of July themed that stay up all summer long. My craft room is even decked out in Americana colors and accessories and I think that is where this shelf will end up!

This shelf came together quickly and with Minimal paint colors too. All you will need is our Decorative Shelf (#62670), Assorted Wood Stars (#63102), Falling Stars Background Stencil (#71899), and an Identi Pen Black (#70830). As well as the following paint DecoArt Americana paint colors: Light Buttermilk (#13164), Antique White (#13058), Snow White (#13001), Rookwood Red (#13097), Black Plum (#13172), Williamsburg Blue (#13040), Deep Midnight Blue (#13166), Winter Blue (#13190), and Neons Fiery Red (#18000).

I measured the top portion of the shelf and divided it evenly to that I could have two red stripes and two white stripes. You could divide it to have three stripes, it is pretty much your decision. The blue field of the shelf I made large enough to fit the largest wood star from the assortment of wood stars that I had. After that, the rest is pretty much easy to do.

Tape off the section next to the blue field, paint this section with Williamsburg Blue, shade around the edges with Deep Midnight Blue, highlight the center with Winter Blue. Paint the shelf area the same way as the blue field. Let dry. Then stencil the stars with Light Buttermilk.

For the stripes, tape off the area of the blue field, then tape off your sections for the light stripes. Paint the light stripes with Light Buttermilk. This may take two coats. Let dry. Once dry, remove tape and tape off the sections to paint the red stripes. Paint the red stripes with Rookwood Red. Let dry and remove tape. Once your stripes are dry, shade the light stripes with Antique White at the left and right sides of the stripes, highlight the center with Snow White. Shade the red stripes with Black Plum at the left and right side edges of the stripes, highlight the center with Fiery Red.

The sides of the shelf and the pegs are painted Rookwood Red. The lower portion of the shelf is painted Light Buttermilk.

Paint the wood star with Light Buttermilk, shade around the outside edges with Antique White, highlight the center with Snow White.

Once the paint is dry, I used the Identi Pen to make some wiggly outlines around the edge of the star and along the edges of the stripes. Then glue your wooden star in place on the blue field. Finish with your favorite varnish.

There you have it…a fun and easy Americana shelf you can enjoy all year long!

Happy Painting!

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“Home” Wooden License Plate

I have been seeing a lot of “Home” signs on Pinterest where the “O” in home is the state that you live in, and thought to myself that would be fun to make! We have lots of sign options but decided to use our Wooden License Plate (#62809) for this project.

You will only need a few supplies to create this sign. I went on the web to find state shapes and printed out the state of Oregon and then sized it to fit the lettering from theĀ  “Home Home Home” stencil that is from the FolkArt Stencil Value Pack Phrases (#71932).

Paint your surface with Americana Decor Chalky Paint in Relic (#15407). Let it dry and then apply Americana Decor Crackle Medium (#72005) and let it dry completely. Then paint your top color with Americana Decor Chalky Paint in Timeless (#15103). Make sure to not over work the paint, try to go in one continuous direction. If you have a few think areas where a brush stroke shows, that is ok, you are going for an aged rustic look. Let your background dry completely.

Once your background is dry, trace on the H, M, E, and the state shape. I outlined all of these first with the Identi Pen (#70830) and then filled the shapes in with DecoArt Americana Lamp Black (#13067).

Finish with your favorite varnish.

That is pretty much it for this project. I now just have to find a ribbon to run through the cutouts to hang this on my wall.

These would make great Christmas gifts for family and friends.

Happy Painting!

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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 someĀ  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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