March 12, 2012
Can you believe the month of March is almost over? Boy time flies. National Craft Month is in full effect, and so is another giveaway here on Paint Me Plaid. This is our third giveaway to help celebrate National Craft Month. This week we are giving away a FolkArt Enamel Paint Set, and spouncer value pack. This paint set is a great product for first-time users of FolkArt Enamels. The one-step, dishwasher-safe formula for painting on glass and ceramics! This set includes eight colors. The spouncer set is perfect for adhesive stencils and creating perfect circles and dots, to decorate glass and ceramic projects. This set includes one each of three sizes: 3/4″, 1-1/4″, and 1-3/4″. We are giving away this paint set, and spouncer value pack to 2 lucky Paint Me Plaid readers.
To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling us what you would use these products to create? For extra entries (leave a separate comment for each):
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The contest will end Friday March 16th, 2012 at 12 noon EST.
December 8, 2011
Want to add a snowman to your holiday decorations? Well we have the perfect craft for you to make. This snowman glass block is so cute, and if you want to you can add lights. This would look great in a large window in your home, or place on a table as a centerpiece. This craft project was created by one of our very talented designers, Sherrie Ragsdale. See below for step by step instructions on how to make this great holiday craft.
Plaid FA Enamel Paints:
4008 Pure Orange, 4032 Licorice, 4001 Wicker White
Large glass block, Small glass block, Old sweater, 1 3/4″ Spouncer, 1 1/4″ Spouncer, 3/4″ Spouncer, Small round brush, Paper towel, Scissors
Hot glue, Hot glue gun, Rubber band
1. Dip the 1 3/4″ spouncer into the wicker white and remove most of it onto the paper towel.
2. Lightly dab with the spouncer on both of the blocks.
3. On the smaller block add the two eye using the 1 1/4″ spouncer in licorice.
4. Add the mouth with the 3/4″ spouncer.
5. Add the buttons on the larger block with the 1 3/4″ spouncer.
6. Using the pattern provided, paint the carrot nose with pure orange.
7. For the hat cut off a the sleeve of the sweater.
8. Cut small slits for fringe.
9. Wrap the rubber band around the top of the hat.
10. Cut three stripes of the sweater.
11. Glue one end with hot glue gun.
12. Braid the three pieces together.
13. Wrap the braid around the rubber band and glue into place.
14. Cut the other sleeve off.
15. Cut the sleeve down the inside of the under arm.
16 Open up sleeve.
17. Cut the sleeve at its longest point.
18. Glue the edges to the center of the long strip.
19. Wrap around the snowman’s head at the bottom and glue into place.
20. Make fringe at the ends of scarf.
21. Glue large orange button in place.
April 12, 2011
Sometimes the most simple accessories and home decor accents are the most beautiful. If you are looking for a simple piece using a few paint colors, this modern silver glitter striped vase is a great project for you. Not to mention that if you’ve never painted glass before, this is a great project to start with. You can use these basic instructions to add spice to a glass piece you already have on hand. Here’s how.
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April 6, 2011
A big welcome to Plaid designer Chris Williams – you’re going to love her Easter basket and eggs!
Ok, so this is my first offcial post on Paint Me Plaid. When Amy asked me to help her create a fun Easter basket with eggs, I was up for the challenge! Immediately I located a cute wood box/planter, some paper mache eggs, colorful beads, some ribbon that became my inspiration, wire, my normal painting supplies and of course a colorful palette of FolkArt Acrylics. Here is my supply list:
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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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March 9, 2011
Look what Madigan Made! I recently happened upon her blog, and was delighted to find that she used Gallery Glass to dress up the windows in her foyer. It’s the perfect solution for privacy, yet she can still see be a “nosy neighbor” if she wants to be! Hee hee. As Madigan notes, is that it can be removed when they sell the house, so you don’t have to be afraid to cover your windows. Visit her entire tutorial here.
Don’t forget to visit our own Carol Smith’s Gallery Glass Class blog for so many more projects and patterns.
March 3, 2011
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
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 14, 2011
Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Plaid! Here at Plaid you know what we love – paint! We couldn’t leave you hanging without a Valentine’s project for the big day. I know that many of you love glass painting, so I’m including a glass painted project that expresses your true feelings – it can be for a husband, family member, friend or even a pet! Nothing say I love you like dog biscuits served on a plate, don’t you think? Whomever you are spending the day with, I wish you all the love and happiness in the world. Here’s how to make your own “I Love You” plate.
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February 9, 2011
It’s not always easy to come up with cute Valentine’s decor – everything seems to have hearts on it or is really cutesy, don’t you think? Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but sometimes you want something a little more sophisticated. This ornament painted by Karen Embry using FolkArt Enamels definitely fits the bill. Karen floats the colors together in a beautiful way, making a simple word into a bold statement. Visit the full project instructions here.
Speaking of Karen, Plaid would like to congratulate both her and Drew Emborsky (The Crochet Dude) on their New Horizons win! At the end of each year Plaid hosts the New Horizons competition, which is open to CHA designers. A cash prize of $1,500 is awarded to two artists based on achievements and professional goals. Awards were presented at Winter CHA. Congratulations Karen and Drew! We are so proud of you.