April 27, 2011
With Mother’s Day coming right on the heals of Easter, some of you may be scrambling to find the perfect present from Mom. If your mom is like mine, she’ll love handmade presents from the kids or grandkids. Fortunately, Gallery Glass is easy for kids to use. Clings are fun for them to make and have multiple uses. Plus, you can even create coordinating projects with them!
Here’s the idea: while the kids are in school or asleep outline some patterns on leading blanks using Liquid Lead. Getting this done while the kids are away gives the leading time to dry without getting the kids too excited. (Liquid Leading needs 24 hours to dry, so plan accordingly.)
The next day bring out your Gallery Glass Window Colors and the cling patterns. Since the bottle has a pointed tip the kids can paint directly from it. There’s no worry about paint brushes, knocking over cups of water, etc. And if they manage to drip some Window Color on the table, as long as you wipe it up before it dries, no one will ever know.
Window Color also needs 24 hours to dry. But once it is dry, you can peel the clings off the leading blanks and attach them to vases, mirrors, picture frames or any glass surface. You can even put them on the windows for Mom — she’ll have her own customized sun catchers.
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April 15, 2011
Hi! It’s Chris Williams, Plaid Designer. Here is a craft project that not only is fun, but can be enjoyed at Easter time as well as year round! Who doesn’t love fun furry lambs and checkerboards? This is a great project for beginners and so easy to do. Now let’s get started gathering supplies including FolkArt Acrylics, buttons, glue, a few paint brushes, a lamb wood cut out and a $1.00 frame!
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April 11, 2011
Do you need a quick gift idea and aren’t sure what to do? How about a monogrammed mug using FolkArt Enamels! Amy from The Idea Room will show you how to easily dress up a coffee mug and make it look like something you would pay big bucks for. The great news is that one bottle of paint goes a long way, and Amy will also show you how to make those fun monogrammed towels to match. Find the complete tutorial here.
April 1, 2011
Of course there are the standard issue plastic woven Easter baskets, but this year I’m looking for something just a little more original! I happened upon Kelly’s chalkboard Easter baskets at Running With Glitter, and I was impressed. As Kelly says, “these can be used long after Easter!” You see, one side is decoupaged (with our favorite decoupage medium Mod Podge!) and the side you see above uses FolkArt Chalkboard paint. See Kelly’s tutorial and how she plans to use them all year right here.
March 28, 2011
So many of you have raved about FolkArt Extreme Glitter – it’s one of my favorite products too. I’m super pleased to announce that we now have *NEW* Extreme Glitter Neons! They are bright, cheery and fun - and made a great addition to your crafting projects. To celebrate the new release, Plaid designer Julie Lewis made this glittery birdhouse project. It’s a gift box that doubles as a cute spring display! Wondering how it’s made? Here’s the full tutorial.
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March 25, 2011
I was tickled to find this Patina Penny Ring made by Erin at Crafts & Such. Why? It uses my absolute FAVORITE FolkArt color: Patina! If you are looking for an inexpensive and quick jewelry project (and not just because it’s a penny!), this is the one. The copper of the penny and the Patina are beautiful together, don’t you think? Make several for gifts – and have some good luck at the same time! Visit the tutorial on Erin’s blog right here.
March 23, 2011
It’s a painted Plaidie Laddie puzzle! It’s actually not Plaidie Laddie, but it looks just like him, don’t you think? This simple painted puzzle scottie dog was made beautiful by designer Holli Long from Every Day’s a Holli-Day. It’s a very special gift for her sister. Holli did a perfect job with the polka dots, but what’s really impressive is the fur. I’ve never known how to use a rake brush, so it’s fun to see one in action. With a little practice, I might be able to do it too! Visit Holli’s precious scottie puzzle here.
March 21, 2011
You know how awesome our FolkArt Extreme Glitter is – but you also know that it’s not permanent on glass. You’ve been asking us for permanent glitter on glass, and we’re delivering! We are so thrilled about our new product, FolkArt Enamels Glitter. It works just like regular FolkArt Enamels AND it comes in two colors, gold and silver. The sparkling effects are gorgeous! Plaid designer Julie Lewis has created this special daisy vase with Enamels Glitter, and you won’t believe how easy it is to recreate yourself. Here’s how it’s done.
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February 18, 2011
Blue is my favorite color in the whole world, especially blues of the turquoise variety. That is one of the things that lead me to fall in love with this gorgeous Gallery Glass vase by Cathie and Steve. You can definitely use it for flowers (the Gallery Glass is on the outside), and it also makes a gorgeous piece for home decor purposes once the flowers are removed. You don’t have to lead, so it will take you about 20 minutes to whip up. Find the complete instructions here.
Have you been to our new Plaid blog, Gallery Glass Class? It’s by our resident expert Carol Smith, and there are all sorts of ideas (and patterns) to get you started. Please pay us a visit!
February 11, 2011
The more I talk to people about their Valentine’s Day plans, the more I realize that many are doing projects for friends and family, not just significant others. I love it. This Apple Barrel painted frame by Plaid designer Debbie Saenz is a perfect example of something that would work as a Valentine’s Day gift for a variety of people. But that isn’t even the coolest thing about this project – what is fun is that 1) she used a heart doily and 2) she used bubble packing material to make those polka dots! You have to read the tutorial to find out how to make this fun frame yourself.
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