Sunday, March 28, 2021

Paper Lanterns with Gel Press

Summer is almost here and you're going to want to make your outdoor space as magical as possible.  I used my favorite Gel Press printed works of art for this lantern project!  If you have a favorite piece, photocopy it several times OR use all different patterns and colors!  Just a little glue and some long coffee stirrers is all you'll need!  Check out the video below.  Now get out there and Make Your Mark sweet friends!
Glowing and gorgeous!
All along the pathway in my backyard!
Working on my Gel Press
Everything I used for this project:
Awesome Gel Press Products: https://amzn.to/364hn95 Americana Acrylics: https://amzn.to/2UFQwgQ MY AMAZON STORE: https://www.amazon.com/shop/markmontano
Long coffee stirrers: https://amzn.to/31sKByw
Watch how to make them here OR
Watch how to make them on my YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/C37Ph_ABkRU


I love the geometry!
Happy Summer, possums!

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Perfectly Marbled Eggs DIY

I used to see marbled eggs on the internet and always wondered how they got them so perfect...Mine were never that perfect until I discovered the trick!  It's all about wiping away your colorant BEFORE you pull them from the water.  Check it out in the video below.  Marble away, sweet friends, and always Make Your Mark!
Love the vintage color combos!  Reminds me of the marbled balloons at the summer fair.
So much prettier than the plain colored plastic eggs!
Everything I used for this project:
Marabu Easy Marble: https://amzn.to/2NCEsMZ Plastic Easter Eggs: https://amzn.to/2YmmlfF
Watch how to make them here OR
Watch how to make them on my YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/OsZYeOuHey0
I used the plastic craft eggs because I want to display these for Easter!

Egg-cellent!
Happy Easter everyone!

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Gorgeous Decorative Eggs

When Easter season comes along I stock up on plastic eggs, fake grass in every color and a ridiculous amount of malted eggs.  When I get home from said Easter shopping trip, I realize that I have more plastic eggs than I can ever use, tons of fake grass from the year before and my big butt doesn't need any more malted eggs.  Still, it's a yearly tradition!  This year I decided to decorate some of my extra large plastic eggs for a coffee table Easter display.  I think they're so fancy and nobody knows they're just plastic eggs and hot glue!  Check out the video below for instructions.  Now get out there and Make Your Mark!
Toss them in a silver bowl with branches from your yard!
My happy trio!
Everything I used for this project:
My silicone molds: https://amzn.to/2wNM06M & https://amzn.to/2wubCVZ Large Easter Eggs: https://amzn.to/3dOq7Yt Americana Acrylics: https://amzn.to/2UFQwgQ Surebonder Glue Guns & Products: https://amzn.to/3bOpfiZ My favorite glue sticks: https://bit.ly/3dNqVwm Americana Decor Metallics in Vintage Brass: https://amzn.to/2UPX1h0
Watch how to make them here OR watch how I make them
on my YouTube channel here:  https://youtu.be/HOANM0nQwOI

I used my Americana Acrylics for the base color.

Happy Easter!

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Faux Marble Pendant Lamp DIY

When I go to a hardware or dollar store I get a fluttery feeling in my stomach thinking of all the possibilities.  Gorgeous frames, funky glassware, weird hardware bits and pieces in plastic boxes all lined up on the display.  It makes me happy.  When I pick something up I never think about what it's for, but what it could be...A headboard, a side table, a diorama or in this case, a pendant lamp.   Frames, "L" brackets and spray paint made these gorgeous lamps and they look fabulous on my patio!  Consider the possibilities, sweet friends, and always Make Your Mark!
The perfect glow!
Faux marbling with spray paint on water...Watch the video to see how!


I used Grafix Craft Plastic to make my beautiful marble tiles!  
Here's a list of what I used for this project:
Grafix Craft Plastic: https://amzn.to/3bnG3Ol Grafix Artist-Tac: https://amzn.to/3s8u2mH E6000 Glue: https://amzn.to/2VfF248 Metallic Gold Spray Paint: https://amzn.to/2KBnkWm Light socket: https://amzn.to/3cjjY5w 2" Flat "L" brackets: https://amzn.to/3t3rO9n
Watch the video here or catch it on my Youtube channel here: https://youtu.be/LKD8nRFgvIg


Just hangin' around

Light up your life!

Monday, February 15, 2021

Dotted Boho Crosses

There are so many beautiful dotted object out there I had to give this painting technique a try.  At first I wasn't sure I had the patience, but after I got into the groove it was super relaxing.  The one thing I didn't want to do was invest in dotting tools since I wasn't quite sure this would be a long-term love for me.  I decided to make my own tools out of beads and bamboo skewers and they worked perfectly!  I will be dotting everything that doesn't move from now on.  Try new things, my sweet friends, and always Make Your Mark


Everything I used for this project here:
Americana Acrylics: https://amzn.to/2UFQwgQ Amazing Goop II Max: https://amzn.to/2ZptldN E6000 Plus: https://amzn.to/30GJc4P
Rhinestone Trim: https://amzn.to/3hgkqAW
Watch how to make my dotted crosses here OR
watch how to make them on my YouTube channel here:  https://youtu.be/j4wTfV5IC64

E6000 Plus is the perfect glue for acrylic gems!
Americana Acrylics are my favorite paints!


Cross my heart!

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Petri Dish Resin Hearts

This is the easiest project for someone who is just starting to dabble in resin.  The results are beautiful and you can use them for everything from paperweights to suncatchers.  I have a bunch hanging in my kitchen window and a few strewn across my coffee table.  The fun part of this project is that you won't know what they'll look like until you take them out of the molds.  Go bold with color and experiment with different glitters for some terrific results.  I promise you'll be pleasantly surprised!  Try something new, my sweet friends, and always Make Your Mark!
Catching the sun...
Pools of color

Just keep dripping the Marabu inks until you're satisfied
Everything I used for this project:
Famowood Glaze Coat Resin: https://amzn.to/30GJc4P Marabu Alcohol Inks: https://bit.ly/3dcKlrR Silicone Molds: https://amzn.to/2Au94tt & https://amzn.to/2YDN4nH MY AMAZON STORE: https://www.amazon.com/shop/markmontano
Watch how to make these Petri Dish Hearts here OR watch the video on my 
                                     YouTube channel here:  https://youtu.be/SoIfrRvWO38 




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