January 30, 2013
Stop over to the Plaid online store and check out all of the awesome supplies. Yes, you’ll be drooling! I love skipping through all the pages online, and dreaming up new craft projects to make. Some products I’m extra excited about are the Simply Screen Kit, FolkArt paints, and of course Mod Podge.
I want to hear (leave a comment below we love them) about your favorite Plaid product, and what craft project you’re working on right now.
Stencil Decor Brushes – This makes stenciling so much easier!
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April 19, 2012
Earth Day is right around the corner. This is a great day to remember how we all can work together, and do our part to keep our planet clean. One way I do my part to help the Earth is by taking my canvas tote with me to the grocery store. In celebration of Earth Day, I wanted to decorate one of my totes. Here is a great project anyone can create that will not only promote Earth Day, but also give your basic tote a new look. Keep the Earth happy by proudly toting this recycled tote. Julie Lewis designed this tote, and used primarily FolkArt fabric paint. The supplies needed for this are listed below, along with instructions.
- FolkArt ® Fabric™ Paint – Brush On – Wicker White
- FolkArt ® Fabric™ Paint – Brush On – Yellow Citron
- FolkArt ® Fabric™ Paint – Brush On – Coastal Blue
- FolkArt ® Fabric™ Paint – Brush On – Licorice
Round brush #3
Liner brush #1
Flat brush ½”
Ultra Fine Point fabric marker
Piece of poster board
White canvas tote bag 13.5” x 13.5”
- Transfer earth pattern to tote bag. Insert board.
- Paint Earth Coastal Blue and Yellow Citron. Mix equal parts Wicker White and Coastal Blue for top area of earth.
- Paint arms Licorice. Apply face with black marker.
- Heat set paint referring to bottle instructions.
August 31, 2011
So I am well aware that in certain parts of the country the weather outside is beginning to get a little cooler, however down here in Georgia, where Plaid is located, it is still quite hot outside. With that in mind I truly believe one can never have enough tank tops, to help keep them cool. I stumbled across this very interesting way to create trendy decorative tops from t-shirts. DIY fashion is such a hot trend right now, and everyone wants to unleash their inner Project Runway, and design their own clothes. Use this example from Annie Spandex, and learn how to created this look or something similar for yourself. She used some easy to find items and FolkArt paint to create these looks. What DIY fashions have you made lately?
June 16, 2011
You know we are always on the look out for inspiring projects and when we saw this awesome dog bed we were immediately hooked! The creative mind behind this masterpiece is Lucy, an artist from Florida who specializes in giving new life to old furniture. And we’re not the only ones who love what Lucy has done with this end table — her idea was so popular that she’s designed at least four different dog beds! Plaidie Laddie was so excited he couldn’t decide which he like the best. Check out Lucy’s website to learn how she made this bed and while you’re on there, make sure you check out the other dog beds she created as well.
June 2, 2011
Welcome to another installment of ASK PLAIDIE LADDIE!
Plaidie Laddie, loyal Plaid pooch and one of our blog contributors, wants to answer your most burning painting questions. Every week he’ll pick a question out of his virtual mailbag and answer it (with a little help from me, since he only has paws). This week’s question:
“Dear Plaidie Laddie, Chris Williams has gotten me all excited about fabric painting — I’m going to spruce up my apron! Since it’s an apron I will have to wash it from time to time. Should I use Woolite?” Kendra P. from Pennsylvannia
Painting on your apron is a great idea! Since Woolite is a very mild detergent it is a great choice. Make sure you let the paint properly cure before you wash it — once the paint dries put your apron in the dryer for 30 minutes on the highest heat setting recommended for the fabric, or use an iron to heat set it. (See Chris’ article for more details.) After the paint is cured you can hand wash the apron with Woolite. Regular Woolite has bleach in it this won’t effect the paint, but if your apron is a dark fabric, you will want to use the Woolite formulated for colored fabrics. If you paint on a shirt or something that you can turn inside out, you can put it in the wash on the delicate cycle, but for best results we recommend hand washing or spot cleaning. We want to see that apron once you’ve got it all spruced up!
June 1, 2011
Last week Chris Williams gave you the 101 on fabric painting. Now let’s have fun creating a project she designed using Go Go Bugs Simply® Stencil a piece of cotton/poly blend fabric, a couple stencil brushes, stencil tape, and three colors of FolkArt Fabric Paint, 4005 Engine Red, 4426 Licorice and 4436 Metallic Silver Sterling.
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May 25, 2011
If you are looking for a fun painting surface that will amaze others, look no farther than your closet!
For years, textiles have been the surface of choice for many artists. Imagine decorating tote bags, canvas shoes, ever popular t-shirts and jeans, or home décor items like pillows, curtains, and seat cushions!
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February 21, 2011
Is it just me, or does it seem like we get through one holiday and then another is quick to come right afterwards? I find it so difficult to keep up sometimes! That’s why I appreciate simple crafts like this one – crafts that aren’t too complicated and make a big splash. We’re only a few weeks out from St. Patrick’s Day, so you might want to craft up a little something to wear. This shirt uses only one FolkArt Fabric color and the pattern is provided, so it’s easy-peasy. Go here for the project.
November 15, 2010
Are you a snow princess? I would say that I definitely am – I LOVE cold weather! Even if you don’t love cold weather, if you are a princess and it’s winter, you qualify. That means you too can paint this t-shirt (and wear it) with FolkArt Fabric. I’m going to be honest, I’m not that great at freehand painting, which is why I particularly like that this uses stencils to “make the magic happen.” It’s also nice that it only uses two colors. Find the complete instructions here.