Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Art Prompt Cards

 When I stare at a blank canvas or blank page in my art journal, sometimes I have no idea where to start. NONE!  About a year ago I decided to start writing down my favorite techniques for mixed media, painting and collage, and before I knew it I had a set of 189 prompts to help me get started.  For fun I added dice to make it a real game of chance.  All you have to do is print them out on cardstock (or stick them to a deck of cards) and you'll never run out of ideas and combinations to create art.  Have fun and MAKE YOUR MARK!

The Frida page I created using a few art prompts!

Watch how to make them and use them here!



Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Decorative Books For Your Guest Room

I finally have 2 guest rooms to decorate and I'm going nuts with fun projects so that my friends are comfortable and happy while they visit!  For my friends who love to read before bed, I grabbed a stack of thrillers from the thrift store and turned them into something beautiful.  I will use decor transfers on almost anything and WOW did I love figuring out how to put them on these book spines.  I'll leave links to everything I used for this project right under the video below.  Happy decorating and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Put the covers on the inside so they know what they're reading and they can use it as a bookmark!
A scented candle is always nice, too!  Don't forget to have a piece of paper with the wifi password, too!
Watch how to make these beautiful books here OR watch this and other videos on my
Everything I used for this project:
Re-Design with Prima Royal Burgundy Decor Transfer: https://bit.ly/3Kl6UdO Re-Design with Prima Imperial Garden Decor Transfer: https://bit.ly/3CmZOT9 Harlequin Stencils: https://amzn.to/3ZoaUTe Re-Design with Prima Script Stencil: https://bit.ly/3GrIHlQ MY AMAZON STORE: https://www.amazon.com/shop/markmontano
Either upright or side by side, this stack of books looks beautiful and serves a purpose!
Happy creating everyone! 
Love, Mark


Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Beaded Wire Christmas Ornaments

I know it's a little late for this but still had to post it because Valentine's day is around the corner and these would make beautiful hearts!  Happy New Year everyone!  I swear I'm going to try to blog a bit more this year. It's been hectic moving into this new house but I'm almost ready to show it.
A little wire and some leftover beads (from John Bead of course) and you can make the most amazing ornaments, or hearts!  Love you all!  
Aluminum wire is one of my favorite things to work with!
        Watch how to make them here OR watch how to make them on you YouTube channel here:
Here's everything I used to make them with links:
Czech Glass Beads: https://bit.ly/3n1axNG
John Bead Aluminum Wire: https://amzn.to/36kZXuF
Large Czech Bead Mixes: https://bit.ly/2WRRH09
MY AMAZON STORE: https://www.amazon.com/shop/markmontano

So easy! Just create your shape with large wire and then add beads to thinner wire and wrap!
Love the way they catch the lights on the tree, too!
Sending you all the love today!

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Funky Chunky Postcards

Happy mail is one of THE BEST THINGS...I love it so much! I love sending it, getting it, making it and collecting it.  Mostly I love making it.  Now, like many of you I have a box filled with extra stuff from projects. It's my catch all box and I use it for everything from art journals & jewelry making to these FUNKY CHUNKY POSTCARDS.  The rule about making these postcards is that there are no rules. You just keep going until your content with the final result. Transfer, spray, decoupage, glue, glitterize, spray some more, embellish and then keep going. Check out the video below for my particular process.  Have fun and don't forget to Make Your Mark!

I can't wait to send these out!
This one even has fish tank rocks glued to the edges!
Watch how I make these here AND if you want more videos,
check out my Youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/MarkMontanoDesigner/featured
Marabu Art Sprays: https://bit.ly/3q2zj0A Surebonder Glue Guns & Products: https://amzn.to/3bOpfiZ Re-Design with Prima Royal Burgundy Decor Transfer: https://bit.ly/3Kl6UdO Re-Design with Prima Imperial Garden Decor Transfer: https://bit.ly/3CmZOT9 Re-Design with Prima Fragrant Roses Mould: https://bit.ly/3HzClQL Re-Design with Prima Wing and Locket Mould: https://bit.ly/3sn7aS3 Re-Design with Prima Everleigh Flourish Mould: https://bit.ly/3Ltw3Vd Re-Design with Prima Clearly Aligned Decor Stamps: https://bit.ly/3u2irZ8 Surebonder Glue Guns & Products: https://amzn.to/3bOpfiZ
I think it's time for another postcard swap!

These Decor Stamps from Re-Design with Prima are amazing!
Hot glue in silicone molds make wonderful embellishments. 
Just paint them in your favorite colors!
Embossing in gold is always a winner on my cards!
Send some happy mail!

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Dollar Store Frame Upstyle

Printing out vintage botanicals on watercolor paper is a wonderful way to create beautiful art for your home.  I LOVE how much beauty they can add to a room.  In fact, my entire dining room is filled with botanical drawings and big plants and it makes me VERY happy!  These works of art started out as dollar store frames and with a little decoupage and hot glue, you can have something AMAZING to show off. Check out the video below to see how it's done and then get out there and
Dollar store frames and hot glue...Yup! 
Crumpled tissue paper glued to almost anything always looks amazing!
Everything I used for this project:
Surebonder Glue Guns & Products: https://amzn.to/3bOpfiZ Clearly Aligned Decor Stamps in Linear Floral: https://bit.ly/3A3Epfv Decor Mould in Regal Trimming: https://bit.ly/3xjXeJE Decor Ink Pad in white: https://bit.ly/3yoC8LE Watercolor Confections in Terrain: https://bit.ly/3A2eFA3 Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Carbon Black: https://amzn.to/3yk1w4V
Watch how I made this here OR
watch tons of other videos on my YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/MarkMontanoDesigner/featured

It is wonderfully relaxing adding watercolor to black and white botanicals!
Creativity is the key, my wonderful friends!
See you soon! x

Monday, October 3, 2022

Dollar Store Frame Makeover

Lately I've been noticing patterned and fabric covered frames in thrift shops and antique stores. Lots of them are from the 1980s with gorgeous (and somewhat faded) botanical prints.  After noticing several of them I started to fall in love with the idea of patterned frames and decided to try my hand at making one...or two.  Using some of my favorite products and inexpensive dollar store frames, I whipped these together and I absolutely love them!  They are currently the crown jewels in my dining room and I will definitely be making a few more.  When you see something you love, my creative friends, why not try to make it?  You never know what will happen.  xo, Mark!
Love the funky cotton fabric I chose for these!
A selection of fabrics that I may use in the future for a similar project.
Hot glue and silicone molds (from Re-Design with Prima) are a fantastic way to add
some architectural flair to a simple project like this!
Everything I used for this project:
RE-DESIGN WITH PRIMA Decor Transfers: https://bit.ly/3TtFho9?aff=59 and https://bit.ly/3AE60WD?aff=59 RE-DESIGN WITH PRIMA Silicone Moulds: Regal Trimmings https://bit.ly/3AFhF7s?aff=59 Etruscan Accents Silicone Mould: https://bit.ly/3PY6FI4?aff=59 Re-Design with Prima Decor Wax: https://bit.ly/3Bl2UZE Xyron Creative Station: https://bit.ly/2yuW31n Surebonder Glue Guns & Products: https://amzn.to/3bOpfiZ MY AMAZON STORE: https://www.amazon.com/shop/markmontano

I keep my fabric projects wipeable by coating them with lacquer.
Minwax Polycrylic, in all different sheens, is my favorite!
Get out there and MAKE YOUR MARK!

Friday, September 16, 2022

Freeform Embroidered Napkins - SO MUCH FUN!

I recently got an embroidery machine and I fear it's almost broken. I've used it so many times that I'm afraid it's going to konk out on me. OK, the reason I'm feeling this way is because this project specifically got a little out of hand. I was having so much fun with it I just kept making them and spent several hours just freeform embroidering like a madman. I love to sew, but there's a method to creating something...this technique was freeing and exciting and like nothing I've done before on a sewing machine. 
Create a table that's a feast for the eyes!

Perfect for spring! 
Watch how to make these here OR watch on my YouTube channel here:
Derwent Inktense Blocks: https://amzn.to/3kAd5Oe Surebonder Glue Guns & Products: https://amzn.to/3bOpfiZ BROTHER Innov-is 1750D: https://bit.ly/MarkMontanoEncanto Shiny Silicone Mats: https://amzn.to/3KHoaJP MY AMAZON STORE: https://www.amazon.com/shop/markmontano

Derwent Inktense Blocks are permanent so you can wash these! 
You're invited to lunch! xo, Mark!

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Back-to-School Monster Backpacks DIY

When I was a kid my backpack had pins, patches and permanent marker scribbles all over it. It was covered in memories and I carried it for years until I outgrew it and wasn't able to stitch it together anymore. Backpacks are a huge part of our lives and they should be special and unique, just like us.  These monster backpacks are perfect for that little monster who needs a little more than just a boring tote...Or for the kid who is ready to stand out.  It's also for the kidults out there who love pink hair and Doc Martins!  Whatever the case, they will definitely help you Make Your Mark!
Yes, I'm going to rock one of these this fall and I don't care what anyone thinks!
Just hanging out during recess!
Watch how to make these monster backpacks here! 
Check out tons of my other DIY videos here: https://www.youtube.com/user/MakeYourMarkMontano/videos
Here's a list of what I used for these little monsters:
Make sure to get some input from the kiddo when you're making it!

It was a schoolyard smash!  Get it?!
Back to Ghoul! 


Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Watch My New Show on Discovery+

 Not sure if you know this but I'm on a new show on Discovery+ called MEET YOUR MAKERS SHOWDOWN.  What an incredible experience I had making this show with the amazing Chrissy Metz and LeAnne Rimes.  Yes, CHRISSY METZ AND LEANNE RIMES! Pinch me, I'm still freaking out.  You can stream it if you have Discovery+ and if you don't, find a friend who does.  Here are a few photos from the show. Enjoy! xo, Mark

Hanging out backstage!
Heading to set from my trailer.
Shooting the promo with these two coconuts! This was our "scissor" gang sign!
Goofing off with this lovely lady!

She's the sweetest person...I adore her so much!
Heading to set....Wow was it hot outside!
I hope you'll watch!
Love, Mark!