Thursday, February 23, 2017

HOME DIY: Golden Moon Phases Garland

It's time to bring a little science knowledge into your home. This garland uses a mix of chemistry, geometry, astronomy, physics, and sewing...is sewing a science? Oh wait, it's an art. All things we need...if you get what I'm saying. Head over to Fairfield World to make a golden moon phases garland with OlyFun and all those other things I mentioned. You'll see.


I'm a Master Maker for Fairfield World. They provided me with the OlyFun for this project. They paid me to create this project. All thoughts, opinions, instructions, and photos are my own.

Monday, February 20, 2017

HOME DECOR DIY: Colorful Fairy Door

Around our house, whimsy is prevalent. A little dash of magic and mystery, like a colorful fairy door, make life more enjoyable. I've been wanting to make one of these for years, but I kept putting it off. I spotted this unfinished wood fairy door at JoAnn recently, so I bought and painted it. My daughter wants to repaint her bright green and black bedroom to a shade of purple. I chose to make the fairy door for her room. I'll probably make a more discrete one for our front porch. Of course you could paint this door any color combo you want. This just coordinates with my daughter's room colors. I made mine for a fairy, but these are commonly for gnomes, sprites, elves, and other tiny fantasy creatures.


SUPPLIES:
DecoArt provided me with their paints. They did not pay me to create this project or tutorial. I use Amazon Affiliate links. Any purchases used through these links will result in Amazon paying me a small commission.


INSTRUCTIONS:

1) Using a small paint brush, carefully paint the door Lavender. I found a liner paint brush got into the small crevices well. With Carousel Pink, paint the door frame front and sides. With Bluegreen Green, paint the stoop, window front and back. Paint the hinges Desert Turquoise. If you are using the linked fairy door, paint the door bevels with Desert Turquoise, as it doesn't have hinges. Let the paint dry.

2) With Ice Crystal, paint the door frame, window and stoop two coats. With Amethyst, paint the door two coats. With Peacock Pearl, paint the hinges two coats.  Let the paint dry.

3) With Sea Aqua, paint the door knob. Add lines to the window and stoop. Let the paint dry.

4)  Flip the door over. Press two Command Strips together, squishing the hook and loop tape. Remove the paper from one strip to reveal the adhesive. Press the adhesive to the door back. Remove the other paper, and press the door onto the wall, at a window sill or base board.

That's all for this tutorial. It's all painting and layers to turn a basic tiny door into something magical, fitting for a sparkly fairy. I kept mine simple, but you could get more complicated by adding jewels, tiny insects, mushrooms, a mail box, moss, and whatever tiny details you desire. You could make yours more natural with stains or a mini version of your front door. Whatever your making, have fun with it. Happy Makery!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

HOME DECOR DIY: Rainbow Galaxy Wood Glider Makeover

Back in February of LAST YEAR, I finished this rainbow galaxy wood glider makeover. So you know how you make a bunch of projects, with intentions of writing a tutorial or 12, but keep getting distracted by making MORE THINGS? Yeah, well that tends to happen a lot to me. Darn you creative brain! Anywho, it's a lovely 70 degrees and sunny here, which means we're getting snow again in March, and mother nature likes to tease us with spring weather. What's Winter? I think we had that for a week last month. Anywho, this tutorial is for you all who are ready for spring time. Granted this makeover is a serious blast of color, but the DecoArt Media Misters come in bright colors and black. Alternatively, there's a new DecoArt product called Americana Decor Color Stain which comes in 21 shades, including brights, dusty, neutrals, and jewel tones. I haven't played with it yet, but it is a color stain and might work similarly to how I used the DecoArt Media Misters for this makeover. I think I'm getting a picnic table soon for the girl child, so the color stains will get some use there.


TIME: We did this project over a few days, as it's time consuming to spray the whole glider. Splatter painting didn't take as long, bit it was still a lot of surface to cover. Grab a friend, spouse or older child to help.

SUPPLIES:
DecoArt provided me with their products for this project. I was not paid to create this project or tutorial. Everything else, I bought myself. The glider was a birthday gift many years ago. I use Amazon Affiliate links. Any purchases made using the Amazon links will result in Amazon paying me a small commision fee.

TOOLS:

INSTRUCTIONS:

1) My glider is on my back covered balcony. While it doesn't get rained on, it does get dusty from pollen. Take a damp cotton rag and wipe the  I used plastic table cloths and painters tape to cover the balcony walls and floor where the glider sits.

2) Into each bowl, pour a little water and place a foam brush inside. Using the big paint brush, brush some water onto a glider section. This will help the wood soak up color. Spray a mister onto the wet wood. Use a foam brush to blend the paint into the wood. Repeat with another color, blending the color edges together. Work in sections, so the edges can be blended together well. Make sure to cover all the surfaces, including the back, sides, and bottom. I used one brush and bowl per color. I like to try to balance out color placement and coverage amounts, for more interesting finished piece. Let it completely dry, which might take a couple hours. The cotton rags and paper towels are great for clean up.

3) Pour a little of each paint color onto a paper plate. Add a tiny bit of water to each paint splotch. Dip the stiff bristle paint brush into one color. Rub a finger across the bristle end to flick paint onto the glider. Repeat with each color, until the entire front and arms of the glider have star like speckles. Obviously I had my daughter help me with this part. Let the paint completely dry. 

4) Paint on Minwax Polycrylic sealer with the 3" wide paint brush. Make sure to cover all painted surfaces. This will help the color stay vivid and protect the wood. Read the instructions for curing time before using the glider. Once the glider is dry to the touch, remove the plastic table cloths.

5) When the glider makeover is done, it should look similar to mine.

This project was definitely an undertaking. Whoo, it was a lot of bending into tight spots at odd angles. I'm glad we took what was a boring plain glider and made it into something colorful. My daughter has been enjoying using it during the warm months, to read and do art outside. The stars in the top photo are left over from Wooden Winter Wonderland Porch Decor I made a couple years ago. The other stars are on the opposite wall. Like I mentioned before, you can certainly do this project in other colors and designs. I know colorful bohemian decor isn't for everyone, but it inspires a lot of people, which what I aim to do. Whatever you're making, have fun with it! Happy Makery!

Friday, February 10, 2017

HOLIDAY DIY: Valentine's Day Ruffled OlyFun Heart Wreath

Whoo, that break was nice. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll see that despite taking a work break for a month, I have been busy making things. There was a month of crochet...like a lot of scarves. When I finally got that out of my system, I was back to painting and working on tutorials. Speaking of tutorials, over on Fairfield World, I made this spiffy Valentine's Day Ruffled OlyFun Heart Wreath. It's a no-sew project and beginner level, which is a nice way to glide back into making projects and tutorials.

Also, in Richmond, VA (where I live) I started RVA Craft Clique, a group that gets together monthly to make things. So far we've decorated mugs, customized tote bags, and make cards. For March, we're doing embroidery. Craft tickets for this month's project are $25 and limited, so buy one while you can. We meet at Strangeways Brewing, a local brewery, which has a bar area with beer, lemonade, water, snacks, and lots of table space to sit and make things.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

HOLIDAY DIY: Apothecary Jar Winter Forest

This apothecary jar winter forest is great Christmas decor for your shelves, mantle or dining table. I partnered with Fairfield World, Oriental Trading and DecoArt for this holiday project. I combined some of their products with a few miniatures I had on hand. We recently switched out our old media cabinets for a new sleek dark brown set. The top of my record shelf is a great place to showcase my two vintage ceramic Christmas trees (thank great aunt Fran and Granannie) while creating a mini Winter forest. My ceramic house was a thrift store find, made over with DecoArt paints.


SUPPLIES:
Fairfield World, Oriental Trading, and DecoArt supplied me with their products for this project. Fairfield World paid me to create this project. All thoughts, opinions, photos, and instructions are my own. Some of these products use Amazon Affiliate links. Any purchases using the Amazon Affiliate Links, will result in Amazon paying me a small commision. This goes to project supplies...like the book I just bought on crochet taxidermy. So thanks for making that possible.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1) Fill the jars halfway with Poly Pellets. Insert a tea light into the jars, shifting it under the Poly Pellets. Make sure to turn on the lights, if you're displaying these jars in dim light.

2) Arrange the sisal trees, Christmas miniatures, and mini gingerbread men into the jars, pushing their bottoms into the Poly Pellets.

3) Coat the ceramic house in layers of white gesso, to disguise any old paint.

4) Using small paintbrushes and DecoArt paint, carefully paint the house details. For the silver to shine well, paint slate grey as a base color.

5) Arrange the tabletop trees, jars, house, and extra Christmas miniatures on your chosen space. If you're doing a table centerpiece, I recommend putting the jars in a tray, with Poly Pellets poured around them. Place the tabletop trees on either side of the tray, or in the center with the jars around it.

To tie in with my mantel decor, I could have used a leftover piece of Hand Dyed Cotton Batting, but I wanted the record player to show. For more Christmas decor, check out my Christmas tutorials and Oriental Trading's Christmas Store. Whatever you are making, have fun with it. Happy Makery!

HOLIDAY DIY: Christmas OlyFun Rag Garland

Christmas is just a few days away, and everyone is scrambling to get ready. This Christmas OlyFun Rag Garland will keep the kiddos and relatives busy, while you go hide in your craft room wrapping presents and making things for yourself. You just need OlyFun in the colors and metallics of your choice and pinking shears (or regular scissors). There's no sewing or glue involved. I made mine to fit my holiday decor color palette and mantel size. You can customize this for any event and decor. Head over to Fairfield World to make a Christmas OlyFun Rag Garland.


I'm a Master Maker for Fairfield World. They provided me with the OlyFun for this project. They paid me to create this project. All thoughts, opinions, photos, and instructions are my own.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

HOLIDAY DIY: Painted 3D Wood Star Tree Topper

This painted 3D wood star tree topper is a collaboration with DecoArt and Oriental Trading. I was in need of handmade tree topper for my Christmas tree. I love traditions, so of course a star was needed. At Michaels, I found laser cut 3D star kits. I noticed they made a one sided star, so I bought two kits, with the intention of putting them back to back for a topper. Thankfully, as you see, this worked out perfectly. DecoArt has lots of beautiful acrylic and metallic paints that will suit your decor color palette. I love bright colors for my artwork, so I chose some shades I'm into at this moment. I find that black, white, gold, and silver are great for adding details that contrast well. Oriental Trading reached out to me to become a brand ambassador, which I'm thrilled to do. DecoArt and Oriental Trading have lots of fantastic products, which you'll see in several projects this month. For this project, I chose Oriental Trading's LED Warm White Mini String Lights, so not only was my star colorful from DecoArt paint, but shined brightly. For more holiday decor, check out Oriental Trading's Christmas Store.


SUPPLIES:
DecoArt and Oriental Trading provided me with their products for this project. I was not paid to create this project. All thoughts, opinions, instructions, and photos are my own. I use Amazon Affiliate links. Any purchases used through these links will result in Amazon paying me a small commision. This helps pay for more projects.
INSTRUCTIONS:

1) Open the two 3D star sets and sort the pieces. I put all of the side pieces together and painted them Whispering Turquoise. Paint the star pieces solid colors on all sides. Use black, white, silver, and gold to add simple line and dot designs to the fronts. Make lines with a thin liner paintbrush. Use the brush handle end for uniform dots. Complicated designs will quickly get lost within the layers and tree top placement.

2) Assemble the stars. Line up the side pieces. Squeeze thick craft glue onto the side pieces, and squish them gently together. Clean up any excess glue with your fingers. Let fully dry for a few hours before handling again.

3) Add 6 AA batteries to the light strand's battery pack. Untangle the lights. Divide the strand into 1/5 sections, leaving a little extra by the battery pack. Wind those sections into 2" coils. Insert the coils into the star through one middle section and arrange one coil per point section. For each star point, place one coil loop over a big star point, to prevent it from slipping inside the star. Gently place the star on the tree top, making sure not to tangle or break the light strand.

4) Place the battery pack at the tree back. Place a chenille stem around the tree and battery pack. Twist the chenille stem to secure the battery pack. If the battery pack won't stay still, use more chenille stems to secure it in place. This battery pack has On, Off, and Timer options. I haven't been able to determine how long Timer is, despite using it for hours.

Like I mentioned before...and every tutorial...you can adapt the colors to suit your decor. Personally, I'm big on bright colors and graphic details for artwork, but like neutrals and metallic for other decor items. I'm eclectic and it works for me. I mentioned there will be a few other projects with both DecoArt and Oriental Trading. If you haven't already seen my Colorful Hanging Tissue Fans Wall Decor with Oriental Trading, and my Wood Rainbow Love USA with DecoArt. Whatever you're making, have fun with it. Happy Makery!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

HOME DECOR DIY: Colorful Hanging Tissue Fans Wall Decor

I needed to change out my porch wall decor, so instead of the snowmen from last year, I chose these colorful hanging tissue fans from Oriental Trading. Their blogger coordinator reached out to me to collaborate on a post, but like with many companies I'm doing two posts. The 2nd project should go up later this week. This particular project is easy peasy...well if you're good with a hammer...but who isn't these days. I put this on my porch, and I know you're instantly thinking "Will this hold up to rain and snow?". My porch is covered AND it rained the next day after I hung these. Yes, they held up perfectly. So pick a space and grab your hammer.

SUPPLIES:
Oriental Trading provided me with the hanging fans for this project. All opinions, instructions, and photos are mine. I was not paid to create this project and tutorial.


INSTRUCTIONS:

1) One at a time, assemble the tissue fans. The Bright Tissue Hanging Fans have an adhesive strip, but the Bright Fiesta Party Tissue Fans did not. For the fans missing adhesive strips, I folded over a piece of tape and put it on one side of the paper board. Untie or cut the twine knot. Slip the twine through both holes, line up the ends, and double knot at the paper board. Make a slip knot with the twine, at the paper board.

2) I chose a corner of my porch, with my fans going around a white rocking chair. I started with a few large fans. Hold the fan up to the wall. Press a nail into the wall right above the fan's slip knot base. Remove the fan. Hammer the nail into the wall, until it's sticking out a little bit. Put the fan's slip knot loop over the nail. Pull the tail to close the loop over the nail. Finish hammering the nail in, to hold the fan in place. Tuck the tail behind the fan.

3) Use the medium and small fans to fill in the smaller wall spaces, while keeping the colors balanced. As you can see, I have a lot more hot pink than any other colors, because both sets have hot pink fans.

4) Some of the fans will have twine tails that extend beyond the fan bottom. Cut them to be about 2" above the fan bottom. Leaving them still long, lets the fans be easily reused later for ceiling hanging.

Obviously these fans are very bright and colorful. However, like always you can do this with any color scheme you want to. Oriental Trading has many ceiling decorations and paper lanterns that would work for this project. Look for things with the accordion fold. The accordion fold paper lanterns can be displayed half open, attached to a wall. Check out their party supplies for more things to make your celebration decor awesome.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

HOME DECOR DIY: Wood Rainbow Love USA

I made this wood rainbow love USA art piece back in March, but keep forgetting to share it here. I forget what was going on newswise that inspired me to make it, but it was likely a LGBT related event. Anywho, our house is very supportive of human rights, so I wanted to make an art piece that symbolized unity. I figured with all the crazy political stuff happening now, that this would be a grand time to share a statement of love. DecoArt has these cool Media Misters that are a bit like spray dye and paint combined. They are fabulous for blending colors. This is a good project for working on blending skills. A little blending goes a long way, so don't get too crazy, or you won't have defined colors. I have to remind my art students about this, because often there's muddy colors, tears, frustrations, and starting over. But hey don't cry on this project, or your colors will get diluted...hehe.


SUPPLIES:
DecoArt provided me with their products for this project. Some of these supplies are Amazon Affiliate links. Any purchases made through these links will result in Amazon paying me a small commision. This money goes to pay for projects.
INSTRUCTIONS:

1) Lay a plastic tablecloth on your work surface. Pour a little water into each of the bowls. Add a foam brush to each bowl. Wet the wood with a foam brush, to make the mister spread easier.

2) I worked right to left...light to dark colors. Spray the mister onto the wet wood. Work in and blend the color with the wet foam brush. The bright green along New England is a mix of Yellow Green and Turquoise. The orange is a mix of Yellow Green and Magenta. The dark purple is a mix of Violet and Cyan. I mixed the colors on the wood by blending them together. Let the wood dry completely.

3) Pour a little of each 6 rainbow acrylic paint colors onto the paper plate. Add a little water to each paint blob. Dip the stiff paintbrush into a paint color. Hold the brush in one hand. Using your other hand, rub a finger along the bristle end, flicking paint at the wood. Add more water to your paint if the paint isn't flicking well. Too much water makes the paint too sheer, so find a good paint to water ratio. Clean your brush after each paint color. I tried to flick contrasting colors onto the color sections, so the splatter would show well.

4) With the white pencil, write "Love" in cursive. I had mine end in a heart at Richmond, VA, where I live. Draw a heart wherever you live.

5) With the liner paintbrush and honey brown paint, go over the white pencil. I also painted the state of Virginia. You are probably thinking, "I could just skip this step and go straight to gold." Nope. To get an opaque gold, a brown undercoating it needed. Trust me, I've tried to just gold route, with endless coats that are still patchy and sheer. Save yourself tears, and do the brown undercoat. If you're doing silver, you need a grey undercoat. Slate Grey is great with Platinum Silver.

6) With the liner paintbrush and Champagne Gold paint, go over the brown paint.

7) Once the paint is dry, hammer two evenly spaced sawtooth hangers onto the back, along the bracer slat. Lay the piece on a wall and gentle rub it a little against the wall. This will mark where the sawtooth hangers are located. Hammer in a nail under each sawtooth hanger mark. I hung this up in the foyer of my home, with various paintings that my family and I have made. The lighting isn't good there for me to photograph the display.

That's all for this tutorial. Normally I'd say "Pick whatever colors you want", but this project is actually color specific for unity symbolism. Still you know, do what you want. You can pick WHERE you place colors, and what color you paint "Love". With all of this being said, you could alter the text and colors for a different meaning. For our house, we're very inclusive and full of love. Whatever you're making, have fun with it. Happy Makery!

HOME DECOR DIY: Painted Abstract Patchwork Floral Lampshade

I used DecoArt Americana Acrylic paint and some imagination, to create a painted abstract patchwork floral lampshade. Many years ago, I bought white drum lampshades for my mother's old shiny white curvy lamps. I'd had one of the lamps in my childhood bedroom, but found the mate when rummaging through my parents attic. Mom wasn't using those lamps, so I happily took them for my own home. Now while I bought these shades years ago, they literally still had the plastic on them, so they were pristine white. If you're using an old white lampshade, give it a cleaning before painting. You all know my design style caters to my personal wacky taste, but feel free to alter the colors to your own desires. This shade is quite bright and funky, to match my gallery wall.


SUPPLIES:
DecoArt supplied me with some of the paint for this project.

  • A white lampshade
  • A variety of DecoArt Americana Acrylic paints in any color combo
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic paint in Lamp Black
  • A wide flat artist paintbrush
  • A thin liner paintbrush
  • Paper plate
  • Cup of water
  • Paper towels

INSTRUCTIONS:

1) When picking out your colors, chose a few shades of each color tone you like. I picked soft blue greens, blues, pinks, salmons, and purples. My decor has a wall of colorful artwork, which my finished lamp now coordinates with. Pick any color combo that goes with your decor, including neutrals. You need a white lampshade, not one you've painted white, or the colors won't show well once the shade is lit.

2) Pour a few colors onto your paper plate. Add a few drops of water to each color, before painting with that color. Mix the water into the paint with the flat paint brush. Apply long strokes, overlapping the colors slightly. My process is using one color, painting patches around the lampshade, rinsing my brush, and repeating this painting technique with each color. With watered down paint, the drips will occur, but if they don't, add more water to the paint, flood the paintbrush, and press the brush against the paint patch, to cause a drip. Thinned paint not only helps with drips, but allows more light to come through the shade later.

3) Continue filling in the lampshade with a patchwork of paint.

4) With the black paint and liner paintbrush, paint a floral design around the lampshade. If you aren't comfortable with making floral designs, practice with paper and pencil first. I've been making floral designs for decades...gosh that makes me feel old. I recently found some old flower paintings, back when I was really into oil painting, from high school. I like to keep my designs loose and almost coloring book style.

5) When the lampshade is dry, put it onto the lamp. Turn on the light, to see the design differently. You can see that the colors appear darker, which I found interesting.

That's it for this project. The patchwork painting it something great for beginners, but the floral is a little more advanced. Like I mentioned before, practice. Also, if floral isn't your thing, pick a different motif to paint in black...or white...silver...gold...whatever you like. A city skyscape, skulls, circles, lines...whatever linework design you want. Whatever you're making, have fun with it. Happy Makery!

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