Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Let's Make Art!

I've been itching to make a painting lately and have been googling aboriginal dot paintings and the work of several artists including the work of Elspeth McLean.  You might know Elspeth from her incredible dotted rocks!  I've included a step by step tutorial below with photos, but it's much easier to watch the video and see exactly how this painting comes together.  Of course I used my Americana Acrylic paints because I LOVE them and I finished this painting off with ALLURE Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint because it made everything POP!  Have an awesome day and remember to Make Your Mark!
You know how much I love color!
Styled and ready to show off!

Watch how it comes together here!
Americana Acrylics
Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paints
Basic canvas
1. & 2.  Squirt 3 background colors on the canvas, blue on bottom, white in the center and an orange on top, and then blend them together and let dry.
3. 4. & 5.  Paint bright green cactus leaves in the center and then shade on the left with dark green and highlight on the right with light green
6. 7. & 8. Paint orange cactus leaves on the left side of the canvas and highlight on the left with yellow and shade on the right with darker orange.
9. & 10. Paint black cactus leaves on the right side of the canvas and highlight them with gray on the left side of the leaves.
11. & 12.  Pencil in circles and semi-circles for flowers and then fill them in with white
13. 14. & 15.  On the right side of the canvas paint petals in light yellow starting on the outside of the white circle (covering the edges) and then working your way in with orange and then red in the center
*Continue filling in the flowers to your liking
16. & 17.  With the Allure, made dots around the leaves in contrasting colors
18. Paint larger dots on the leaves with more paint using a fine brush


Friday, March 17, 2017

Fiesta Table Decor

Every time my parents came back from vacation they always had tons of gifts for me and my brothers.  It made up for the week of having to deal with my 3 foot tall (and very mean) grandmother.  More on that later.  The year my parents went to Mexico, they brought back serapes, sombreros, onyx figurines and terrifying marionettes.....I'm still terrified by Mexican marionettes, btw.  My favorite gift from that trip was a beautiful, colorful serape blanket, and I have loved serapes ever since.  A few weeks ago I got this amazing set of unfinished wood trivets from Walnut Hollow and I immediately thought of that beautiful blanket and knew exactly what I wanted to do with them.   To get the colorful ombre effect, I stained them with Unicorn SPit and I couldn't believe how easy it was to blend the colors on the wood.   I love how vibrant they are, too.  Remember to be inspired by your past, make things that remind you of days gone by and always Make Your Mark!
 Ready for some pan dulce and coffee!
Can't wait to start entertaining this summer!

Watch how I made them here!
2. Unicorn SPiT
3. Masking tape and serape inspiration
5.  Drill
6.  Handles

 1. Tape off a 5" wide stripe in the center of the large trivet
2. 3. & 4. Paint the area with Zia Teal then lighten the outer edges with White Ning and darken the center with Blue Thunder
5. 6. & 7.  Paint another stripe with Dragon's Belly green and then lighten and darken the edges with White Ning and Midnight's Blackness
8. & 9.  Repeat the process on two more stripes using Molly Red Pepper and Phoenix Fire
10.  Finally paint another stripe with Lemon Kiss and blend one edge with Zia Teal to create a beautiful vintage green edge
11.  Paint two thin black lines on the sides of the center blue stripe
12.  Paint the ends with Lemon Kiss and Zia Teal and accent the edges with Midnight's Blackness (on the Zia Teal) and Molly Red Pepper on the Lemon Kiss
13. & 14.   Mix the Glaze Coat according to instructions, pour on the trivet and spread
evenly with a sponge brush and then pop the bubbles with a long arm lighter or a small torch
15.  Cover and let cure overnight
16.  17. & 18.  Mark the handle placement, drill the holes for the screws and attach the handles from the back.

Come sit down!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Unicorn Spit Stained Glass

In my never ending quest to create realistic stained glass pieces, I think I hit the jackpot with Unicorn Spit!  It took some experimenting, but I finally figured out a way to get that beautiful marbled glass look that you see in stunning stained glass art.  Once I realized I could enlarge my ColorIt coloring book pages for the perfect stained glass patterns, I was off and running.  Truth be told, I'm going a little nuts with my stained glass projects.  It's like adult coloring books on caffeine and sugar and, well, crack.  Remember to experiment until you get it right, use your coloring books for everything and always Make Your Mark! 
I love the raised faux leading and the shine!
I'm figuring out where to hang these in my garden
My first attempt with a bit too much Glaze Coat...Still love it!
A thin layer of Glaze Coat and the colors POP!
Watch the video here!
ColorIt coloring book pages
White school glue
Frames with glass
Cotton swabs
1. Enlarge your coloring book pages to the size you want
*I only used a portion of pages that I liked, but you could enlarge the entire page to the size you need
2. Color the original page to figure out how you want the stained glass to look
3.  Remove the glass from the frame and place it on the enlarged coloring book page
4. & 5. Trace the pattern with the Allure in Gloss Black and let dry
6.  Mix equal parts of white glue and Unicorn Spit to make your stained glass colors
7. - 12.  Fill in the ares with your glue mixture and add marbling by dragging a dab of full strength Unicorn Spit through the wet mixture
13.  Follow the instructions for the Glaze Coat (2 part epoxy resin) and pour a thin layer on your level, painted stained glass piece and evenly distribute it with a sponge brush
14. Pop the bubbles with a long arm lighter or a small torch
15.  Cover and let cure overnight


Friday, March 10, 2017

Tribal Chair Makeover

I decided to go a little nuts with this project just to see if the new DecoArt Patent Leather Paints were up to the test of a pleather chair!  Guess what?  They worked perfectly!  Many people have this style of chair and these paints are perfect for adding a little color without cracking, peeling or scratching.  I even show you how to add trim to vinyl with hot glue so that it doesn't fall off!  Remember to add spice to everything, rethink boring objects and always Make Your Mark!
From plain Jane
To tribal inspired!

Watch the video here!
Pleather dining chairs
Americana Decor Stencil and Satin Enamels
DecoArt Patent Leather Paint
Cosmetic sponges
Fringe and Ribbon
Hot glue gun
1. After you secure your stencil in place with tape, dab some Patent leather on a cosmetic sponge
2. Carefully and lightly add coats of the paint over the stencil to insure clean lines
3. Tape around the leather/pleather part of the chair to protect it while you paint the legs
4. Paint the legs with Americana Decor Satin Enamels in the color of your choice
5. Pencil on the chair where you would like to add ribbon and trim
*I penciled along the back of the chair and around the seat to insure the trim was evenly glued
6.  Using sandpaper, scratch the area where you will be gluing the trim
*Make sure you're certain where you will be applying the trim and rough it up!
7. Hot glue the trim along the lines on the rough areas moving quickly
8. & 9.  Glue the fringe first (below the line) and then the ribbon over the top of the fringe
Nuts but I love them!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Beauty and the Beast Castle Mirror

I'm absolutely sure that in a past life I lived in a castle.  It's the only logical explanation for my love of chandeliers, brocade fabrics and fireplaces that you could literally rent out as a NYC studio apartment.  Later this month Disney reinvents Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson and I seriously cannot wait to see it.  Disney asked that I create a little something to celebrate the release, so here it is......A castle mirror that can be made on a pauper's budget.   Hey, Belle fell in love with a beast, why not a cardboard mirror?  Remember to recycle, paint things brilliant metallic gold 
and always Make Your Mark!   
 I cannot wait to see this movie!
 For this version I added some extra rows of cardboard leaves

Watch me put it together here!
Dollar store mirror
E-6000 Glue
Allure Metallic in Gold Leaf
Americana Acrylic Paint in Sweet Mint
Americana Decor Metallics in Vintage Brass
1/4" thick plywood (or cardboard) base
Cardboard scraps
1. Create the shape of your base and then trace the mirror shape in the center
*This will help when you start gluing
2. & 3.  Cut diamond shapes in cardboard and then trim them into leaf shapes
4.  Starting at the penciled line, glue rows of leaves around and around working your way to the edge of the base
5.  Paint everything with Vintage Brass and let dry
6.  Embellish the leaves with Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint and let dry
7.  Add a light patina around the edges with the Americana Acrylic Paint in Sweet Mint using a sponge
8. & 9.  Randomly glue on gems around the mirror and then glue in the mirror using E-6000 Glue

Tale as old as time......

Friday, March 3, 2017

Make a Room Divider

I've been wanting to make this project for a year, but after discovering that new closet doors cost more than I wanted to spend, I put the project on hold.  As luck would have it, I spotted a set of almost new doors at a garage sale a month later for $20 and my new room divider project was back on the to-do list.  If you want to add some impact to a room without painting an entire wall OR if you want to separate a large space, this project is for you!  Heck, if you want to hide a pile of dirty clothes in style, you might consider making this! When you're tired of it, you can easily fold it up or move it somewhere else. Remember to check out garage sales, paint everything and always Make Your Mark!
So chic!

Watch the video here! 
Set of closet doors
Americana Decor Metallics in Champagne
Americana Decor Fleur Medallion Stencil
Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Victorian and Estate
Plastic bags
Cosmetic Sponges
1.  Paint the doors in Victorian and let dry
2.  Spread a thin layer of Estate on a paper plate or tray
3. & 4.  Dab a crumpled plastic bag in the Estate and stamp it on the doors
5. Stencil your pattern with the Fleur Medallion stencil using a cosmetic sponge
6.  Repeat your stencil until you're happy with the design

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Painted Wood Rug

I'm always thinking about rugs....I'm kind of obsessed with them and currently own more than I have the floor space to put them.   That's another story.  Recently I painted a rug for my bathroom on heavy fabric and thought that I might be able to do the same thing on some wood......It makes sense, right?  If you can have wood floors, why not a wood rug?  The only glitch was how to make it somewhat flexible.  Well, I figured it out and this is what happened.  Remember to think outside the box, use materials you wouldn't normally think to use and always Make Your Mark!
My wood abstract art rug

My sneaks look damn good on this, too!
 Watch how easy it is to make here!
Americana Decor Outdoor Living Paint
E-6000 Glue
Heavy canvas or denim
1/4" plywood the size you want your rug
Heavy canvas or denim a bit bigger than the plywood
1.  Paint colorful stripes on the plywood
2.  Using cardboard rectangles, spread more color over the stripes
3. When dry, draw a 2" x 2" grid on the back of the plywood
4. & 5.  Cut out the squares with a jigsaw
*Sand the edges if you need to
6.  Using a generous amount of E-6000, glue them to the canvas 
*Trim the canvas if necessary
Art for the floor!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Faux Stained Glass

Picture it.....3rd grade art class in early December sometime in the late 70s and I'm rocking a tissue paper stained glass & construction paper masterpiece for the holidays.  Cut to a few weeks ago when I channeled that chubby, glue obsessed 3rd grader and made a tissue stained glass project that's a bit more permanent.  I coated this number with Glaze Coat resin and now I can have it in my house or garden forever!  This is a fantastic way to UP-style an old window pane or even make a piece of art.  Remember to stick to the basics, use simple craft supplies and always Make Your Mark! 
Just needs a little light
Resting in the garden
Everything looks better in 3s
Watch how it's done here!
Old window pane
Tissue paper
Glaze Coat (2 part epoxy resin)
1. & 2.  Sketch out your design and place it under the glass window to use as a guide
3. 4. & 5.  Cut out large ovals, 1" circles and different color green leaves in tissue paper
6. Cut small oval holes in the large ovals and then use that smaller oval as a guide to cut out the same size oval in a different color
*These for for the center of the large oval flowers
7. 8. & 9.  Decoupage the large oval flowers and the different color centers on the glass and then add the dots and leaves
10.  Fill the empty spaces with large light green leaves
11.  Outline the flowers, dots and leaves with the Allure in Gloss black and let dry
12. & 13.  Mix the Glaze Coat (follow instructions) and pour it on top of the glass
14.  Evenly spread the Glaze Coat with a sponge brush
15.  Pop the bubbles with a small torch OR a long arm lighter
*Cover and let cure

Let the sunshine in!
Stained and stunning!