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Gather these supplies: Aquatic garden vase, FolkArt Enamels Glitter Gold,FolkArt Enamels Wicker White and Yellow Citron, 1 ¼” spouncer, #5 round brush, Craft knife and blades, Cutting surface (mat or piece of glass),1 ½” stencil or painter’s tape, 1” button, Pencil. Lay tape in strips on cutting surface. Use a piece of glass or a craft mat.
Lay button down and trace with your pencil (it took 28 circles for this vase).
The Martha Stewart Craft paint line manufactured by Plaid Enterprises has several products. These products range from paints, finishes, to stencils. One of the lines most popular finishes is the Crackle Effect. Crackle finish gives a piece the aged look of peeling paint. Watch this video to learn all about this finish, and how to apply to your next craft project. Click here to view, or on the image below. Have you ever used the Martha Stewart crackle effect?
I’m so excited to be working with Plaid, the coolest craft company ever! I’ve had a blast meeting all of the wonderful people who make the craft products we all love so much.
This summer, I’ll introduce you to some of my favorite crafters and artists across the globe, and share their talents and ultra-cool studios. I’ll also be sharing original crafts and DIY videos to kick-start your imagination. I’m so excited to get started!
To kick things off, here are 6 fun & simple projects to get your wheels turning as summer approaches.
Capture the sun with your kids this summer with a colorful sun catcher! Visit Mini Eco for the complete tutorial.
Animal Box Mask
These super fun DIY animal box masks are perfect for pretend play in the backyard. Visit Mer Mag for the complete tutorial.
DIY Tea Painted Card with Free Printable
These adorable DIY cards are the perfect invite for a summer tea party. Visit Creature Comforts for the complete tutorial.
DIY Color Blocked Wooden Cutlery
Why ruin a perfect picnic with plastic cutlery? These DIY utensils will bring it to the next level! Visit Studio DIY for the complete tutorial.
DIY Painted Wooden Bead Necklace
This fun & colorful bead necklace is a perfect accessory for summer. Visit Laura Parke for the complete tutorial.
DIY Paint-Dipped Baby Food Jars
A perfect centerpiece for the picnic table. Visit Oh Happy Day for the complete tutorial.
Gather and Group similar items: Go around your house and gather all your fabrics, paintbrushes, paint bottles, embellishments, etc… This is the first step in getting organized. Once you are able to see all you have, then you can group these items together to determine what type of storage box can hold them.
Visit your local container/supply stores: Take sometime to explore these types of stores in your local area. Also don’t forget to check Target and Walmart, as they also carry great supply boxes. You can stores craft items in boxes, towers, tackle boxes, and totes
Label Everything: It might serve you well to invest in an electric labeler, if you don’t have one already. Use this to label your boxes, containers, or notebooks. This will allow you to find things a lot easier.
Upcycle Some Old Furniture: Take an old piece of furniture, or a great flea market find, and use it to create a stylish storage space. This extra storage space can come in handy when you are looking for additional space to store your craft supplies.
Pick A Place: Choose a place/room in your home to serve as your craft area. If you don’t have enough room, try converting your computer station or a mini vanity, into your craft center.
Below are some videos we found on YouTube that show some great ways to organize your crafts. Enjoy!
Almost two years ago I started a “Crafty Book Club” at our local library. If Oprah can do it, so can we, right?! It’s a great way for fellow crafters to meet and unwind from the daily grind. You can start your own Crafty Book Club too! Here are a few tips and ideas to get the pages turning…
Did you know that painting on metal is often referred to as tole painting? The word “tole” is a French word which describes hand-enameled or painted tinware which often is embellished with gold gilding. Yesterday’s tole painting is found on metal surfaces such as pitchers, coffee pots, spice jars, and document boxes of all sizes and shapes.
Today, tin still is a favorite surface to paint. The key to painting on tinware is to properly prepare the surface so that your artwork will last for many generations to come!
If you are looking for a fun painting surface that will amaze others, look no farther than your closet!
For years, textiles have been the surface of choice for many artists. Imagine decorating tote bags, canvas shoes, ever popular t-shirts and jeans, or home décor items like pillows, curtains, and seat cushions!
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 love making jewelry and I’ve recently really gotten into painting. Can you give me some tips for painting on jewelry?” Marie C. from Florida
Painting on jewelry follows the same basic rule as any other kind of painting: use the right paint for your surface! If you’re painting on glass, tin or metal you want to use FolkArt Enamels. This paint is formulated to adhere to these non-porous surfaces. Plus, once cured, these painted pendants will look great for years! If you’re painting on ceramic, paper or a small piece of artists’ canvas, regular FolkArt Acrylics are your best bet. Have fun making your jewelry, we’d love to see what you come up with!
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.
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.