I spotted these paint by number hex coasters on Design*Sponge and thought the story behind them was pretty cool. According to Design*Sponge, “Hex signs are a form of traditional Pennsylvania Dutch folk art. They have been painted on the sides of barns to ward off evil spirits, offer good fortune or wish happiness for hundreds of years.” What a perfect sentiment for the holiday season and the upcoming new year. You can get the templates and tutorial for painting these at Design*Sponge here; might even be fun to paint these in Christmas colors and use them for years to come.
I never thought about painting my own tiles until I saw this feature on Design*Sponge – designer Amy Adams actually makes her own tiles and then paints them with simple flowers before installing them on the side of a kitchen cabinet. She also continues this pattern on hand fired ceramics that you can see above. I’m not so industrious that I would make my own tiles (Amy is a ceramics designer after all), but I would definitely buy the pre-made ones from a home improvement store and paint them using FolkArt Enamels. They work well on ceramics as well as glass. What a great idea! Go here to see the whole process.
I can’t say enough about stenciling! I’m not a free-hand-on-my-projects-type gal, so I’m a huge fan. One thing I’m also a huge fan of is transferring designs that I like to a stencil, so I wanted to share the Stencil Cutter with you. I just don’t want you to take my word for it though – Charlene from eWillow.com got a chance to use and review this project, and you have got to see what she did. She’s also giving you an opportunity to win one! There’s nothing better than making the exact design you want into a stencil, so I suggest you visit eWillow here to learn more about it. Good luck on the drawing!
I know it never really went away, but I would like to bring your attention to beautiful damask accessories – in bright color combinations! Tradition damask in black and white is fine, but I’m here to brighten it up for you and see what you think. I love the blues and browns used by our designer Julie Lewis on the trunk and container pictured above; I also love the gradation used on the stencils with the shades of brown. The stencils make these project rather easy (although you have to be patient for the drying steps), and the result is gorgeous. Go here for the container and here for the wood chest instructions.
The wood surfaces for these projects were purchased at Michaels. Visit their website for more great project ideas, and don’t forget to check out Jo Pearson at Where Creativity Happens for additional inspiration!
Remember Shrinky Dinks? I loved them when I was young! Not sure if you are aware of this, but you can paint on shrinkable plastic BEFORE exposing it to heat – when it shrinks, it retains the color. Just like this necklace above from Alisa Burke. Alisa used a black permanent marker and acrylic paint to fill everything in. Go here for the full tutorial.
I know it’s not Easter, but the great people at Just Born realized that people love Peeps all year round, so they are now in stores for pretty much every holiday! When I saw this painted tote on Craftzine I had to share it with you. What I love about this project is that you actually use Peeps as stamps! With fabric paint! Is that not amazing? I want one, and if you do too you can go here for instructions.
Okay, confession: I like my Peeps slightly stale. I know I’m not the only one. How about you?
These parasols by Alisa Burke seem to have a pattern printed directly onto them – a closer look reveals the pattern was handcrafted with a Sharpie and none other than FolkArt acrylic paint. Alisa reassures that the filling in with the paint doesn’t need to be perfect, adding to the handmade look of this beautiful umbrella. Learn more about Alisa and her parasols (and get a tutorial) right here.