As far as I’m concerned, it’s kind of difficult to find good crafty projects for New Year’s Eve; yet it’s nice to have a little something for the occasion, especially if you are having people over. This candle centerpiece uses several ingredients that you probably have in your craft stash, and it all just comes together in a very posh presentation. A little FolkArt Extreme Glitter and some FolkArt Metallic paint adds just the fancy touch you need to bring in the new year. Visit the project instructions here.
I recently saw this emerald jewelry in the December 2010 issue of InStyle and I was like a kitten with a ball of yarn. Ooh, shiny things! Shiny AND pretty things. Emerald is a gorgeous gem, and it’s also a gorgeous paint color, especially when it’s “metallicized.” Yes, I made that word up. I was inspired to create a color palette using our FolkArt Metallics and some various shades of emerald. I’ve seen emerald go a little more blue and a little more green – I’ll let you make up your mind which you prefer. All of these shades are beautiful to me, and happen to look great together.
This palette was created using FolkArt Metallics (from left to right): Aquamarine, Emerald Green, Christmas Green, Pure Gold
It’s pretty much a given that Martha Stewart is the queen mother of all crafts (especially holiday), so it’s no surprise that she knows the color gold quite well. I’m a sucker for metallics this year, and I found this gorgeous spread of varying shades of gold in Martha Stewart Holiday – I had to share. Even when the items aren’t really ”Christmas-y” (like the gilded eggs pictured above), gold gives it the right feel. What is my color palette today, you ask? Gold, of course.
This palette was created using FolkArt Metallic colors (from left to right): Pure Gold, Inca Gold, Royal Gold, Sahara Gold, Antique Gold
I’m guessing you are like me and getting a boatload of catalogs in the mail right now. Before I did this Tuesday Huesday posting on a weekly basis, I simply looked through catalogs and thought about what I would buy if I had a big house and all the money in the world. I still do the same thing, but now I really notice colors and how they work together. When I happened upon this ad for candles and holders in Crate and Barrel, I loved the bright, metallic hues. The shimmery is pretty wonderful, and here are the colors that I pulled out. They are gorgeous metallics, and just work so well together.
This palette was created using FolkArt Metallic colors (from left to right): Regal Red, Amethyst, Peridot, Royal Gold and Blue Topaz
Have you ever wondered what you can do with those cute little wood shapes from the craft store? Sometimes I see them and think about how cute they are . . . knowing that with just a little paint, they could be something fantabulous. . . but I’m not quite sure what to do. How about a stocking and mitten garland? When I saw this I thought, how perfect! This garland features FolkArt Metallics, and that is what I love about this project – you can dress it up with bling, or you have your children go to town with some Apple Barrel! Either way, something wonderful will result. Garlands like this are the kind you pull out year after year. They provide such great memories. Visit the full instructions here.
Thanksgiving is this week! Did you remember to get everything you need for a delicious dinner? I hope you didn’t forget pumpkin pie. That is my favorite. You may have forgotten table decorations because you were so focused on the edibles, but never fear. We’ve got some inspiration for you! Using FolkArt Metallics with a craft pumpkin and a few other supplies, you can create a beautiful fall centerpiece in just a few hours. Here’s how to do it.
by Jacki Schklar
Pumpkins–they’re not just for Halloween anymore! This is an easy project made from craft pumpkins, paint (I used FolkArt Acrylics and FolkArt Metallics), Extreme Glitter and Mod Podge. It’s great for trying those color combos you have been eyeing but have not had a project requiring all the colors you want to use!
I made the “purples” one for me and the red one is for my mother. They were both basecoated with a dark color and then striped. I was happier with my messier stripes than the ones I had painted more straight! My purple one is more muted; it is covered with Mod Podge Brushstroke with some silver FolkArt Extreme Glitter mixed in.
My Mom likes things bright and bold, so I painted hers with broader strokes and instead of muting with an all-over coat of Extreme Glitter, I used some Gloss Mod Podge mixed with a little Gold Shimmer Mod Podge over the basecoat, and painted the stripes over that. I then went back over the big stripes with matching colors of Extreme Glitter, and once again, the glitter paint looks best with imperfections.
I love paint and I love this technique because it lets the paint colors be the center of attention, not a detailed design. I might try it on some dollar store fruit, or a flowerpot. What other surfaces do you think this “imperfect stripes” technique would work well on?
Have you ever tried FolkArt Metallics? Last year’s holiday season didn’t involve any metallics for me, but this year I’m embracing shine. Let me tell you – I’ve jumped in with both feet. I love metallics, and FolkArt Metallics are *very* shiny. I use them in moderation (accents), just because that’s how I roll, but you could paint an entire project with them if you wanted to. If you’re interested, I suggest you watch this Candie Cooper video done for Plaid that will show you how to complete a fun mini-crown ornament and add metallic accents. The results are simple but stunning!
by Jacki Schklar
Sometimes working around all these craft products and projects will put you into a crafting frenzy, I tell you! Part of my job at Plaid is to assist with producing videos. After editing this video, it was just too much for me to resist. So that very day, I started my own birdhouse painting project. I followed most of Candie’s instructions, but used some Red Extreme Glitter dry brushed on the roof instead of the Outdoor FolkArt Metallics that she has used. And mine is for my 6 year old nephew, so I added a dinosaur instead of a bird. The dinosaur has green paint with just a little Emerald Green Extreme Gliter mixed in for a bit of glimmer. I occasionally mix Extreme Glitter right into FolkArt Acrylics, more or less glitter depending on the desired effect. Now my nephew, Ari, will be the only kid on his block with a painted dinosaur birdhouse!
I can’t get enough of Cathie and Steve projects. Their favorite holiday is Halloween, so it’s no surprise that when they do spooky they do it right! Candelabras are actually pretty easy to find around Halloween time. Since it’s only once a year, why not dress one up as spook-ily as possible? With a combination of FolkArt Acrylic, Extreme Glitter and Metallic paint, Cathie and Steve have turned boring black into frightfully fun. Visit the the complete project instructions here.