October 10, 2010
If you aren’t a fan of Plaid Crafts on YouTube, you should be! We are excited to start our launch of many brand new videos with two for Halloween. Featuring Candie Cooper, designer for Plaid, the new videos are sure to get your creative Halloween juices flowing! View the Creepy Glow Skeleton project above, and for another video about pumpkin craft go here.
Speaking of pumpkins, don’t forget to enter our Trick Your Pumpkin contest co-sponsored by Craft Critique. You can win a HUGE grand prize or one of five fabulous craft packs. To enter your crafty pumpkin photo, click on the image below.
September 27, 2010
Do you remember Saturday when Pam from Gingerbread Snowflakes tried FolkArt paint? And she painted Matryoshka dolls onto gourds? Well, she’s finished, and here they are! Aren’t they gorgeous? For someone who hasn’t painted since college – well, she sure fooled me.
Pam notes in her post that there’s only 90 days left until Christmas. In crafting terms, that’s right around the corner! These dolls are not only perfect for Christmas, but you could customize them for other holidays. I’m seeing some witches for Halloween, perhaps? Visit Pam’s brilliant tutorial at her blog here, and don’t forget to enter her giveaway for some FolkArt paint.
PS – Did I mention that painting gourds is coming back?
September 19, 2010
I never thought about painting my own tiles until I saw this feature on Design*Sponge – designer Amy Adams actually makes her own tiles and then paints them with simple flowers before installing them on the side of a kitchen cabinet. She also continues this pattern on hand fired ceramics that you can see above. I’m not so industrious that I would make my own tiles (Amy is a ceramics designer after all), but I would definitely buy the pre-made ones from a home improvement store and paint them using FolkArt Enamels. They work well on ceramics as well as glass. What a great idea! Go here to see the whole process.
September 3, 2010
One of my favorite things about fall nights is lit pathways. Darkness comes earlier, and every now and again on my evening walks I see a house with lights going up to the front porch. I don’t know what it is, but it’s almost a precursor to the upcoming holidays that the fall brings.
I found these homemade tealights on Think Crafts, and they are exactly what I’m talking about. Gillian from Dried Figs and Wooden Spools did them as a guest post, and she even got her kids involved. With some recycled glass tealights and leftover acrylic paint, you can have some of these too. Consider using some orange for Halloween or other fall colors – you could even paint a little jack-o-lantern face on the front. Cute, huh? Visit the entire tutorial here. Oh, and I recommend Apple Barrel paint for a project like this one.
August 30, 2010
I’ve always been scared of fabric paint - it seems so . . . permanent! I love that stencils exist, however, because I can be assured of some pretty painting without being scared to make (and then ruin) my own design. Not so very long ago I painted these dishtowels with FolkArt Fabric paint for Think Crafts – and I wanted to share them with you today. The holiday season is coming, and you are going to need gifts. I’m thinking these dishtowels (purchased from the Dollar Tree) would be perfect for someone deserving on your list. Check out the full tutorial here, then visit the Stencils section of the Plaid website to get inspired for some stencil projects of your own.
PS – FolkArt Fabric paint is awesome, and you are going to love it. It’s bright and is very soft, even after washing!
August 13, 2010
Have you tried FolkArt Extreme Glitter? If you haven’t, it does wonderous things, and it does them in many colors. Lil’ Blue Boo is a fabulous crafting blog, and Ashley recently used Rose Extreme Glitter to decorate her daughter’s shoes. The results are above, and as you can see, the shoes sparkle and shine beautifully. If you are getting ready to go back to school, consider a little pick-me-up for the kids’ wardrobe. Visit Ashley here to see her full tutorial.
July 17, 2010
Remember Shrinky Dinks? I loved them when I was young! Not sure if you are aware of this, but you can paint on shrinkable plastic BEFORE exposing it to heat – when it shrinks, it retains the color. Just like this necklace above from Alisa Burke. Alisa used a black permanent marker and acrylic paint to fill everything in. Go here for the full tutorial.
July 5, 2010
Simply Screen transfers are not just for t-shirts! Candie over at Simply Screen It shows you how to use wood scraps, FolkArt paint and the Simply Screen Butterfly pack to make some great shelf art. I like this project because of its simplicity AND versatility – you can hang these, glue them to a canvas or weight them for bookends. Go Candie! Oh, and go here for the full tutorial.
July 1, 2010
Last week we introduced you to Gallery Glass leading – hopefully you’ve given it a try! Leading is fun, but the *really* fun part of Gallery Glass is the Window Color. If you’ve never tried it before, check out the video below to learn how to use it. It’s really a blast!
Just so you know, not all Gallery Glass projects require Liquid Lead. Some projects, like the fish bowl home decor piece below, just use Window Color! It works great on its own. Click on the picture to be taken to the project instructions.