Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Boho Thanksgiving Tablescape and Cricut Giveaway!

Presenting my Boho Thanksgiving Tablescape!
For the holidays I get to give away a Cricut Maker, a 12" x 12" Gel Press and a box of DecoArt paints!  On Wednesday, November 15th,  Thursday, November 16th & Friday, November 17th,  I'll be posting a different 1 minute DIY video on my FB page each morning.
To be entered to win this prize package simply
1.  SHARE the video each morning
2.  Like the Cricut FB page and tell them I sent you!
That's all.....Good luck and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Ready for my colorful, intimate Thanksgiving dinner!
I got this image from a dollar store calendar and love it on my new plates!
Use a pool noodle for a wreath base and you're half way there!
Watch how to make the entire table here!
Glass Plates
Peacock printout (below)
Pool noodle
Blue cotton fabric
Glitter ribbon (99c store)
Glue gun & packing tape
Print the peacock image on 8 1/2" x 11" paper and enlarge (on a laser copier) to 11" x 17"
Upload to your Cricut 
Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Snowflake Pillows!

When I was a kid, I could hardly wait to help my mom decorate the house for the holidays. There were little glass ornaments on side tables, the 3 Wise Men on the coffee table and candles adorned with tiny pinecones and holly dotted here and there. When I got my own house I was fully educated in how to change things up for a holiday or new season.  These snowflake pillows are my fluffy way to celebrate the winter season and to decorate for Christmas.   If you wanted, you could use red instead of light blue.  Totally up to you.  Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing lots of easy DIY projects that you can make to jazz up your holidays, so stay tuned and don't forget to 
Make Your Mark! 
Do you want to build a pillow?
Can't wait to snuggle up with my hot chocolate!

Watch how to make them here!
Light blue cotton fabric
Sewing machine 
Rhinestones & white pompom trim
My fluffy trio 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Cardboard Crowns DIY

Who doesn't need a cardboard crown?  The metal versions are just so beautiful, but a little out of my price range for a decorative item, so I thought it would be fun to craft one up the old fashioned way........with cardboard and glue.  Hey, a little paint and some Mardi Gras beads and no one will even know you made it from a box!  Use them to decorate for the holidays or to wear with your King Arthur cos play costume.  Remember to recycle and always Make Your Mark!
 Perfect for my holiday decorating!

Watch how to make them here! 
Americana Decor Metallics in Vintage Brass
Pearls & rhinestone trim
Newspaper and cardboard
Americana Decor Decoupage in Matte
Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Innocence, Treasure and Artifact
Hot glue gun and white glue
1 1/2" foam balls
1. & 2.  Cut 6 arches in cardboard and newspaper
3.  Cut a 22" x 1" wide strip of cardboard for the band
4.  Glide all the pieces along a table edge to create a slight curve on each piece
5.  Glue the 22" long piece together to create a band
6.  Glue the arches evenly around the band and clamp in place with clothespins while they dry
7. Hot glue the tops of the arches around a foam ball
8.  Decoupage newspaper over all of the pieces of the crown
9.  Mist the entire crown with water and set a small weight (I used the water bottle) on the foam ball and let it dry
10.  Hot glue bead trim down the center of each arch
11.  Hot blue rhinestone trim around the band
12.  Add a decorative edge with hot glue around the edges of the arches
13. & 14.  Base coat the crown in Vintage Brass and then dry brush the color of your choice over the gold
15.  Paint another crown in gray and sponge DecoArt Metallic Lustres on top
16.  Embellish with rhinestone cup chain or trim to finish
To wear to your coronation!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Faux Stained Glass Leaf Mobile

There is nothing more beautiful (to me) than fall leaves....except fall leaves that you can enjoy all year long.  A little Crystal Gloss Enamel paint and some plastic and you'll have gorgeous fall leaves dancing on your patio for as long as you want!  Scatter them on your Thanksgiving table or hang them in your window to color the light.  This is a terrific project that the entire family can take part in, too!  Have fun and don't forget to Make Your Mark!

 Hanging in the back yard and dancing in the breeze!

Americana Crystal Gloss Enamels
Embroidery hoop
Plastic sheets
 Watch how I made them here!
Happy Fall!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Alice in Wonderland Garden Plates

I'm a huge fan of MacKenzie Childs, the amazing ceramics and hand painted furniture makers from upstate New York.  When I saw the collection of enamel botanical plates, I was immediately inspired to create a set with my own favorite vintage floral images.  Instead of using a black and white checkerboard accent, I opted for a distressed harlequin.  For some reason these plates remind me of Alice in Wonderland, so that's what I called them.  Order up some wood plates from Walnut Hollow, print out my images here, and you can have a set of amazing chargers for years to come!  Remember to make your dinner table amazing and always Make Your Mark!
 I can't wait to host a dinner with these!
 I love the mix of prints!
Table set for four!
Watch how I made them here! 
Americana Acrylic Paint
Spray bottle with water
1.  Paint the plates front and back and let dry
2.  Carefully cut out your prints
3. & 4.  Trace the curved edge on each piece and cut
5.  Match the curved edges of the cutouts to the edge of each plate and crease the cutout along the center rim of the plate
6.  Clip the cutout up to the crease leaving the rim of the plate in tact
7. Mist the cut outs front and back
8. & 9. Spread Americana Decoupage on the back of the moist image and adhere to the plate
10.  Once you have your plate the way you want it, carefully draw a gold rim around the edge with a metallic paint marker
11.  Coat each plate with Dura Clear Gloss Varnish and let dry
12.  Serve up some dinner!

I think Alice would approve!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Fashion Drawing Made Easy

Many of you know I was a fashion designer for most of my career.  I loved it, but working with fabric just wasn't enough for me.  I wanted to work with wood, paper, paint, glitter, and whatever else I could get my hands on.  Even though I left fashion long ago, I still sketch dresses whenever I have some down time.  Today I thought I'd share with you just how easy fashion sketching is if you have a croqui and some good supplies.  I'm using Marabu's Graphix Aqua Pens which turn into watercolor if you wet them.  This is a terrific way to get an awesome fashion illustration worthy of your wall!  To start, you'll want to print out my fashion croqui below.  This croqui is the key to a terrific sketch every time!  A little practice and you'll be the next Valentino or Chanel, I just know it!  Remember, practice makes perfect and never forget to Make Your Mark!
 A few framed sketches!  LIKE the Marabue FB page and you're entered to win one!
Ready to frame!

Watch how easy it is to fashion sketch here!
Watercolor paper
Round brushes
Sewing pattern paper
Dollar store frames
1. - 3.  Place watercolor paper over the croqui and with pencil, sketch your dream dress using the body as a guide
*Look at fashion magazines to see how fabric falls if you're stuck
4. & 5.  Fill in the dress with the Graphix Aqua Pens leaving lots of white space and concentrating on the creases and outline
6.  Using a clean brush with water, spread the lines inward to color the sketch
7. - 9.  Repeat on the 2nd dress and hair
10.  Add details on the face like eye shadow and lipstick
11.  Trace over the pencil lines with a black Graphix Fine Liner
12. Cut an old sewing pattern into 3" x 4" pieces
13.  Decoupage on the frame back with Americana Decoupage
14. & 15.  Cut and glue a measuring tape around the edge on top of the decoupage pattern paper
16.  Tape your fashion sketch in the middle and snap the frame together
Print out on 8 1/2" x 11" copy paper

Make sure to LIKE the Marabu FB to be entered to win an original sketch!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Floral Painted Vases Inspired by Vera

I've always been a huge fan of Vera Neumann, the legendary designer and artist (1907–1993).  Her philosophy was that fine art should be accessible to everyone.  I love her use of color and whimsey and how her art touched everyone from Marilyn Monroe to almost every household in the US.  Scarves, napkins, sheets, tablecloths and clothing were just a few of the things she mass manufactured.  She was everywhere!  I painted these vases in her style (which has always served as inspiration to me) with my stash of glass vases that keep piling up in my pantry.  I know you have a few, too.  Why not use them as a canvas?  Remember to paint everything and always Make Your Mark!
I may use these for my pens and pencils
 Love how they look together!

Vera and one of her thousands of scarf designs
Watch my video here!
 Love this book!

Very Vera!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Cardboard Mosaic Table with Gel Press

This project took a couple of days to make and it was worth it!  The longer a project takes to make, the more likely it is that I'll have it in my home for years to come.  Recently, on a fantasy furniture shopping expedition, I saw a 1960s mosaic table made with beautiful blue and green tiles.  It was $3000 dollars and as much as I LOVED it, I'd rather spend that kind of money on a  hair transplant and some new shoes.  Still, I couldn't get it out of my head.  Cut to me using my Gel Press to create cardboard tiles that had a very similar feel.  A thrift store table and some Glaze Coat and I had a 60s inspired mosaic table sitting in my living room!  I love it much more than the one I saw, too! Remember to find ways to create something if it's out of your budget and of course, always 
Styled and ready for company!
 Bare and beautiful!

Watch how to make it here!
Thrift store table
Famowood Glaze Coat (2 part epoxy resin)
Cardbaord & Masking tape
Sticker Paper (I used 11 sheets to cover this table)
1. - 3.  Trace the table top on a large sheet of paper and then fold in half and half again 3 times to create "pie slice" folds
4.  Mark out 1/4 of the pattern with a marker
5. & 6. Center and mark the stencil in the middle of the pattern and 1/2 of the stencil around the edges
*This will help with your tile placement later
7.  Paint the entire table in Americana Decor Gold and let dry while you work on the tiles
8. Fill squirt bottles with Americana Decor in Adirondack, Gold, Morning Glory and Lily Pad
9.  Squirt small amounts of Adirondack, Morning Glory and Lily Pad on your Gel Press and use a brayer to lightly spread the colors
10. - 12.  Place the sticker paper on top, bray the back so "print" the paint and then carefully remove the sticker paper to reveal beautiful mottled pages
13. - 16.  Place the Tribal stencil on the Gel Press, bray Adirondack and Gold over it, remove the stencil and then Gel Press the stencil on top of the mottled pages
17. - 20.  Stick the pages to cardboard and cut out and 1/2 circles (from your pattern) using a craft knife
21. & 22.  Use the pattern to center a full circle tile in the middle of the table and the 1/2 circles evenly around the edges and then glue in place with E-6000 Glue
23. & 24.  Cut the rest of the cardboard into "broken" tiles and fill the rest of the table with pieces about 1/8" apart
25. & 26.  Create a barrier/lip around the table with two rows of 2" wide masking tape
*Make sure it sticks all the way around
27. & 28.  Mix the resin according to directions (I used 2 quarts) and then pour evenly on the tiles
29. & 30.  Smooth out the resin with a foam brush and then pop the bubbles with a small torch or long arm lighter
*Cover and cure overnight
31.  Once the resin is cured, remove the tape and sand rough edges with a sander or sandpaper
32.  Coat the sanded edges with a thin layer of resin and let cure again overnight

So proud and worth the effort!