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.
Let’s get started! First, gather these supplies:
by Chris Williams
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
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.
I’d like to introduce you to a new trend in the design world – chinoiserie. I’d never heard of it until recently, my first introduction being on stationary and dishware. So what is it? Chinoiserie is a European expression of exotic Chinese culture. The designs feature pagodas, long tailed birds and graphic flowers; frequently with bright colors. Here are a few visual chinoiserie references for you:
You can see that there are a wide variety of interpretations – yet all of them have the same common theme. I was thinking about recreating a look on a painted project. The designs are so complicated though, how can it be done? You’re in luck! I found some chinoiserie stencils from The Stencil Library – you can find them right here. They have a huge selection of chinoiserie stencils, with varying levels of ability.
In terms of paint, any of our acrylic FolkArt choices would work with these stencils. The surface (glass, fabric, wood) will determine the kind you use. Visit The Stencil Library to choose your stencil, then go here to pick your FolkArt paint. I’d love to see your beautiful chinoiserie projects once they are complete.
Amy from Positively Splendid takes the standard issue clay pot and turns it into something fabulous with a little paint! I’m so impressed with the bold colors and her tiered effect – what a perfect way to brighten up a porch without spending a lot of money. You have to visit her blog entry right here for the full tutorial. And I must say, if you are interested in using acrylic paint that is weather resistant, consider FolkArt Outdoor.
I don’t mean the outside of your house either – I mean acrylic painted projects to be used outdoors. Decorating your outdoor space as you would your interior is a big trend for 2010 – see a great blog post about it here. A great way to spice up your patio is with some decorative outdoor furniture. This table is a perfect example, and it uses FolkArt Outdoor paint with a stencil. You won’t believe how easy it is; give it a coat of outdoor sealer to make it extra durable. Get the instructions here.