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
January 13, 2011
Do you know Terri O? This crafty expert and two-time Emmy winner has been using Gallery Glass for over 20 years, and she recently filmed a video showing you how to do it. Plaid loves Terri because she’s creative, outgoing and her “can-do” attitude takes the fear out of crafting. We’re so excited that she made this Faux Stained Glass video and we had to share. You won’t believe how fun and easy it is to use Gallery Glass for home decor and accessories. Check out her video here.
December 20, 2010
Did you know that you can make a beautiful Christmas decoration out of an old spaghetti sauce jar? You can – and you can do it with FolkArt Enamels! They paint beautifully on glass and are very durable. Plaid designer Kirsten Jones used them to create this fun and whimsical Christmas vase. Use it to display a sprig of holly or evergreen. It really brightens up a table and adds holiday cheer. Here’s how to make this project.
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December 16, 2010
There are so many good projects to be had this holiday season – so many incorporating tons of paint! I’m loving wood blocks as home decor, and I especially love distressed wood blocks. The technique is simple, and the results are awesome. A wood block like this doesn’t take long to make, and adds a definite something special to your table or mantle decor. Here’s how to make one for yourself; we’ve even included a pattern for this one.
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December 4, 2010
I’ve painted furniture for the sake of decoupage, but never finished an entire piece with JUST paint. It’s always helpful to have somewhere to begin so that you know you are doing it “right” – so I got excited when I found this basic furniture painting article on Design*Sponge. It helps take the fear out of refinishing; who wants to mess up and have to start over? These tips are great for small pieces to large. Read the complete article here.
November 27, 2010
I spotted these paint by number hex coasters on Design*Sponge and thought the story behind them was pretty cool. According to Design*Sponge, “Hex signs are a form of traditional Pennsylvania Dutch folk art. They have been painted on the sides of barns to ward off evil spirits, offer good fortune or wish happiness for hundreds of years.” What a perfect sentiment for the holiday season and the upcoming new year. You can get the templates and tutorial for painting these at Design*Sponge here; might even be fun to paint these in Christmas colors and use them for years to come.
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.