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I don’t know about you but one of my favorite things I love about the fall is all the get together people throw. Many of these parties happen around a football game or at a tailgate. Of course there are tons of goodies to eat, but if you are looking for a neat way to add some special decor try making this striped soda tin. This is a perfect way to store and keep your sodas cool. This project is a beginner level craft and it will take 1 to 2 hours to complete. The vibrant colors used throughout are all FolkArt outdoor paint. Below you find a list of all the supplies needed, along with the instructions for how to complete this project.
FolkArt® Outdoor Paint – Yellow Citron, Grass Green, Fresh Foliage, Pure Orange, Light Blue and Licorice
FolkArt® Home Décor Stencil – Block Alphabet
Craft Tape – ½”
Paintbrushes – ¼” Stencil Brush and ½” Stencil Brush
Have you ever used FolkArt outdoor paint? The summer is the perfect time to use this paint. There are several craft projects you can make, including birdhouses. In this video Candie Cooper will introduce you to FolkArt outdoor paint, by showing you how to create a DIY birdhouse. This whimsical paint craft project features FolkArt Outdoor Acrylics and Metallics, and Outdoor Sealer for a decorative birdhouse that will stay beautiful outdoors or in. Click the image below to watch, or click here. Enjoy!
Happy Friday Do you have any craft plans for the weekend? If not, might we suggest you create this outdoor rainbow clock. This clock is so cool and very creative. Heidi from Mom’s Crafty Space created this project and she was able to find all her supplies in one place, Walmart. This project is perfect to create during this time of year, because it is so bright and colorful. Heidi created this clock from a plant stand, and used several FolkArt paints. Be creative this weekend and craft. Click here to see how this project was created.
TGIF! It’s Friday, and that means the weekend is here. The weekend is the best time to craft. In case you are looking for something to make, I wanted to share this Anthropologie Inspired House Number Plaque. This is a great project to create for your home; it is a great outdoor project. FolkArt outdoors paints, and Martha Stewart glitter paint was used to create this project. I love how colorful and fun this plaque is. You can definitely get as creative as you want. I discovered this project on a craft blog, called Hating Martha. Don’t be alarmed by the name, Janel the creator of the blog does not hate Martha. She actually loves her, but the name of her blog comes from the idea that she does not believe everything you create has to be or look perfect. It’s a fun blog with great craft projects, such as this one. To see how Janel made this house number plaque, click here.
Are you familiar with FolkArt? If not here is a refresher. FolkArt was developed for both strokework painting and a variety of decorative craft activities, the FolkArt line of paints features amazing colors in a variety of formulas and finishes to inspire your creativity. Perfect for decorative painting, artist-quality FolkArt Acrylic Colors offer superior hide and a creamy consistency for exceptional blending and brushability. In addition to the acrylic colors, FolkArt also has enamels, extreme giltter, chalkboard, and outdoor paint. These finishes are a great way to make your craft project stand out. From beautiful hand painting to stylish stenciling and design techniques, FolkArt delivers outstanding results. Explore more about FolkArt here.You can find FolkArt paints at most major craft stores, and we carry it online at Plaid Online. Also click here to view several projects made using FolkArt paints.
Now that you’ve gotten the 101 on how to paint on terra cotta pots from Chris Williams, Julie Lewis is going to show you have to create this super cute basket. Julie’s project is not intended for plants, so she didn’t seal the pot. However, if you do want to plant some daisies in this pot once you’ve painted it, simply seal the interior of the pot first, then follow the rest of Julie’s instructions.
Many of my friends know that I enjoy gardening. My flower gardens and porches are home to pots of blooming flowers. Many of those pots are hand painted terra cotta. Today I want to share what I know about painting terra cotta and how to prepare it.
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, I want to paint a centerpiece and maybe a few garden stakes and other items for my patio and yard. What paint should I use?” - Holly M. from Texas
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!
Folk Fest is the world’s largest folk art show and sale hosting 100 galleries and dealers from around the nation specializing in Self-taught Art, Outsider Art, Folk Art and Southern Folk Pottery as well as Anonymous Antique Folk Art. The Slotin Folk Festival was held last weekend in the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross, Georgia. We had a chance to explore this mammoth of a folk art festival.
Popular booth display Texas Trash and Treasures (above) by Richard and Linda Hamilton at the Folk Fest is complete with ”rust and dust and unnecessary stuff.” Richard is the builder/craftsman; Linda is the designer. “Between the two of us, we make one good person,” says Richard. He makes their wares from rusty pipe, roofing material and crushed Christmas ornaments to boot and boasts his unconventional use of materials and tools, such as a plasma cutter. “Andy Warhol said, ‘Anything you can sell is art’,” he reminds me. I asked Linda who she is designing for when she is working. “For people who buy. Make what sells and let’s make a lot of it.” Richard and Linda have a more conventional persona than many artists, they even dedicate their postcards to “…our customers, without whom we would be broke and have to get a ‘real job.’” But Linda eventually admitted that she really tries to design pieces that make people smile.
The unique technique used in these paintings (above) by Sherry Cook is called “encaustic.” Oil paint is mixed with microcrystalline wax for pigmentation and then melted. The molten mixture is applied to wood panels or paper and allowed to cool, then marks and carvings are made in the layers. Multiple layers create rich surface textures.
Former Plaid designer Kathleen Taylor had been designing prints, note cards and wall art for retail production when retail hit a slump. So she started painting again and has “not been this happy in 5 years.” From Kathleen’s website, “Painting is my first love. It’s a means of expression that is a special gift. I can tell stories and work out issues on flat surfaces. When the work is going well it is truly a Zen kind of experience. When it’s not flowing, it’s best to walk away and work on something else. Or eat cake.”
Middle Tennessee artist Bebo (a.k.a. John Paul Daniel) signs a piece purchased by Sabra Barnett of Birmingham, Alabama. Sabra’s new decorative sign says “Trust God, Clean House, Help Others.” Bebo refers to his work as “outsider art” because he is an untrained artist. Many types of paint are incorporated into Bebo art. “People give me paint a lot. They send Plaid because it says Folk Art on the label.” Daniel suggests that art collectors “Buy what you like, what moves your spirit.” We agree, and add that you should craft what moves your spirit, too.