During the summertime months there are several projects that people decide to tackle. Many of those projects include performing makeovers within the home. I myself have been toying with the idea of doing a makeover on my bedroom, that is why this project from Laura Bray caught my attention. When I stumbled across this lamp shade she made over, I was so impressed. It is so cute, and I will definitely use it as inspiration for a lamp shade I will be working on. Laura used FolkArt acrylic paint to create this unique design. When it comes to interior decorating, it can become pricey very quickly. Knowing this, it just makes more sense to break out the craft supplies, and get creative! Thank you Laura for this amazing project. Can’t wait to get started on redoing my lamp shade. To learn step by step how Laura made this lamp shade please visit her blog, Katy Diddys. Have you performed a makeover on anything in your home lately? If so please tell us about it.
It seems like Summer time weather can often be one extreme or the other — wild and rainy every day or dry and hot. This pot garden shown in Better Homes and Gardens magazine suggests a patio set up that is flexible enough to weather the season no matter what. Having a wet week? Bring the pots inside and spruce up the house. Want your patio to look less parched in dry weather? Then bring the plants out. (Don’t forget to water them!) If you’re like me and have a black thumb, you can still enjoy the colors of this scene without claiming lives of innocent greenery.
Mixed media has become one of the hottest new trends or art forms recently. Mixed media is basically creating art using various mediums and products. In this project both acrylic paints and decoupage medium is combined with canvas, wood and scrapbook papers to create a fun piece of art to hang on your wall or set on a table easel for all to enjoy. Keeping this project easy and simple, I used Apple Barrel paints and Satin Mod Podge. Let’s gather the necessary supplies: an oval canvas, a wood bird cutout, a sheet of scrapbook paper, a few Apple Barrel paints, Satin Mod Podge, a pair of scissors and a few brushes.
I was recently looking through a Ballard Designs catalog and saw a great wall decoration. What caught my eye was the soft color palette, which I immediately converted to Folk Art in my head! So, I got out some Folk Art paint chips and started referencing colors and design and came up with this!
I gathered my supplies, the Folk Art colors, a Plaid surface that’s a cute wood sign with nine squares set inside the wood frame, which, I thought, was a perfect match for the wall hanging I saw in the catalog, and a Peel & Stick painting stencil from Simply that had some great images on it to make patterns.
I basecoated everything and set the wood squares in order as I wanted them in the frame. Easy enough, right?
I also played a little with the stencils, and figured out where I wanted to place each image from the stencil. This made things much easier when I started the actual painting of the project.
I dipped my #10 flat brush into water and side loaded into the Cinnamon color. Then, I just followed the outside edge of the wood square and shaded the sides like this.
I used a very light touch with the stencil brush to basecoat the butterfly on the center square and lightly added the Cinnamon this way.
I also added a slight dry brushed edge to some of the squares on the outside edges and with an all over brushed effect on others, using Ivory White.
These Peel & Stick stencils make it very easy to make all over patterns with the smaller elements on the sheet.
I used a ruler to mark the half way point of the outer edge of the frame so I could center the stencils I used on it.
I tried to make everything look soft by using an almost dry brush to stencil with. I also shaded the images using this technique. This way, I kept a continuous look throughout the project. I love how it turned out, don’t you?
Finally, I used E6000 to place the wood squares back into the frame and let it dry for the day with a fan blowing on it to be sure everything stayed in place when it was hung on the wall.
Here they are side-by-side. What do you think?
When I was a little kid my mom decorated my bedroom from top to bottom in pink. I hated it. I was too young to know it at the time, but when I look at pictures of the room as an adult, all I can think is “Pepto Bismal.” (In fact, my mom took a picture of me in pink overalls, holding a doll wearing a pink dress, standing in the middle of the pink room. The look on my face is crazed. I still tease Mom about it.) Had it not been the early ’80s and had my mom known about Traditional Home magazine back then, she might have designed a slightly cooler room for me, like the one shown here. The room includes all the traditional girly elements: pinks, toile, flowers and fancy pillows. But I would never walk into this room and think “Pepto.” I would probably walk in, smile, crank up the stereo and get comfy on that armchair.
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What happens when you pair vintage inspiration with a fresh new color palette? Not quite shabby but, definitely chic! This planter designed by Julie Lewis is a beautiful solution for many uses. One thing is for sure: you will certainly want to use it.
We leave no stone unturned when we’re looking for inspiration. Or in this case, we leave no refrigerator closed. We love turning unexpected things into chalkboards, and the color options available in FolkArt Chalkboard paints gives us tons of possibilities and itchy painting fingers. Imagine how excited we got when we stumbled across TheKitchn.com and got an eye full of this awesome chalkboard refrigerator. Chichi painted her fridge the standard chalkboard green, but imagine how you could get creative with multiple chalkboard colors. You could paint blocks in different colors to signify menus, shopping lists, family notes, or whatever else you think of. Or, if you’re feeling really creative, and have some time, paint an entire scene on your fridge. No matter what, turning your refrigerator into a chalkboard will make it that much more useful and and some interest to your kitchen.
It’s the big day. You bought tons of chips, dips, hot dogs and hamburgers. The pool is clean and at the perfect summer party temperature. You go outside and fire up the grill, excited that your guests will be arriving any minute. As you’re lighting that first coal you feel a rain drop. You look up and see storm clouds rolling in. What do you do?!
Take a page from our creative friend Candie Cooper, of course! Candie’s birthday party got rained out and instead of moping she rallied the troops and hosted a fantastic group project — one that guests of all ages got into. Check it out!
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 have a glass plate that I want to paint for serving food at a party. I don’t think it would be good to put food directly on the paint though – is that correct? How can I paint a plate that is food safe?” -Karen H. from Washington
Dear Karen, Great question! Painted partyware is so pretty, but we here at Plaid don’t recommend placing food directly on painted items. There IS a solution though – reverse painting on glass! I found a tutorial for you by Cathe Holden of Just Something I Made for Living Locurto. The tutorial is for reverse sign painting on glass, but the same method could be used for glass plates as well. If you paint on the BACK of the plate, you can place food on the top of the plate without fear! This tutorial uses Apple Barrel Gloss (which works well), and we also have a special paint formula made just for glass: FolkArt Enamels. Whichever paint you use, you’re really going to enjoy painting on glass, and this tutorial makes it so simple. Have fun at the party! Save a biscuit for me!
Sincerely, Plaidie Laddie