July 21, 2010
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:
Jasper Conrad By Wedgwood China, 2010.
Chair by Anthropologie, 2009.
Dwell Studio Placemat, 2010.
Ceiling Fan by Horchow, 2010.
Amy Ormond for Keds, 2010.
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.
June 25, 2010
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.
June 14, 2010
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.
May 21, 2010
Spring is in full gear for most of you, and summer is quickly approaching! You may be poolside this weekend, barbequeing, bicycling . . . or, like me, you’ll be crafting. Each Friday I give you a quick and easy project to complete over the weekend, and this week it’s a daisy painted pinwheel. Make a few for summer party decorations, or use FolkArt Outdoor and plunk it in the yard. Use any color combinations you desire! For complete instructions, visit here.
May 14, 2010
Everyone likes ladybugs – they are the friendliest of the insect world! You may be spending some time this weekend working outside, and this is a great project to liven up your outdoor space. This pretty lady planter uses FolkArt Outdoor paint, which is weather resistant so you’ll have a long-lasting planter! Visit here for the complete instructions.
Don’t forget to visit our Inspired Ideas section of PlaidOnline.com for more great weekend projects.