Win Your Copy Of Where Women Create!

Where Women Create, including Debbie Hayes of My Patch Of Blue Sky

I have been a passionate reader of Where Women Create magazine since it was first launched. As a lifetime artist – illustrator first, then faux finisher and DIY project blogger – I have always had a studio. Some tiny, one even in an 1890s flannel mill.

No matter where I created my own magic, I was curious about other women artists, their studios, and their personal stories about how they made art for a living like I do.

I was so pleased to be featured in the current issue, photographed by my friend and fabulous stylist and magazine guru, Matthew Mead! Many folks over the years have asked me how I began my journey, and to share some of my secrets. In this issue, find out my story as I have never told it before.

And savor every word by so many other accomplished artists!

Where Women Create has given me a copy of this issue to give away, and even if you already have your coveted issue, you may want to receive this one to share with a friend.

Just hop over to the post on my Facebook page, until midnight Tuesday, December 13, leave a brief comment about your life as an artist, or ask a question about creating a studio, or selling your art. One winner will be selected randomly and notified after December 13th. Where Women Create will send the winning copy direct. (Sorry, but only to USA addresses.)

Upstyling Your Home With Matthew Mead – And Me!

Matthew Meads' new Upstyled Home Magazine

Surprise! Coming soon to your favorite newsstand is Matthew Mead‘s newest brilliant endeavor, Upstyled Home Magazine.

Lacey Jane the calico and my office managerI just received my copy, and couldn’t wait to sit down with Lacey Jane kitty and a cup of Joe to savor every lovely, super-styled photo, idea, and word.

And yes, how cool is it that Matthew has included several of my favorite blog projects and home vignettes in his magazine. Along with one of my design idols and authors, Mary Emmerling, and  new-found designers that I am now loving too.

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It’s Time To Order Your Holiday Pet Portraits!

Order your hand-drawn ink and watercolor pet portrait on Etsy.

On of my favorite artsy endeavors is to draw 8″ by 10″ ink and watercolor furbaby portraits for holiday gift-giving! For yourself or a loved one, this is a heart-felt gift that I find often turns out to be a remembrance of a love now in heaven.

All you need is a good quality closeup color photo! Get all of the details in my Etsy shop, MyPatchOfBlueSky.

Order now to assure delivery in time for gift-giving! I will ship to you, or gift-wrap at no extra charge and send to the recipient.

ArtFusion In Beautiful Estes Park, Colorado Is Next Week!

artfusion-eventI am so thrilled to be an instructor for 2 workshops next week at ArtFusion!

passionate-patinaMy all-day class on Thursday features Modern Masters Metal Effects and Metallic Paints, plus Royal Design Studio modello.

secret-layersThe Saturday half-day is chock-full of tips for layering finishes, using Wood Icing®, Chalk Paint® and wax, and Fusion Mineral Paint and products. Not to mention Royal Design Studio stencils.

The annual multi-day event/convention for the professional and aspiring Decorative Painter and Artist features workshops, speakers, product and tool demonstrations, displays and lots of networking. Some fun extras include an artist’s live auction, live music, Fauxtini party and competitions.

Classes include mixed media, decorative painting, decorative concrete, encaustics, business, molds, concrete carving, epoxy art, alcohol ink, furniture painting, cabinets, Italian plaster, business and marketing and more.  Instructors from all over the world.

Many classes are full, and some still have an opening or two. With so many choices of amazing instructors and workshops, and cheap flights on airlines like Frontier, there’s still time to attend at the very last minute!

At this moment, I may be able to squeeze in one or two more students.

Excited to see all of those taking my workshops, and can’t wait to take the oh-so-talented Darlene McElroy’s class on Wednesday! It’s titled “Mad Scientist.” Who can resist?

Surprise! Our Front Door Was Featured In The LA Times

My front door, painted with Modern Masters Front Door Paint, was featured in the LA Times recently.

Last week I was blissfully working away in Valencia, California, at the offices of the fabulous Modern Masters team! Along with fellow faux finisher and decorative artist, Mary Childs from Orlando, we each created seasonal DIY projects, to be debuted prior to each holiday.

What an honor and a treat to play with many of my favorite products while conjuring up projects I think you are going to swoon over. Watch for cool and creepy Halloween ideas, coming soon, on the ModernMastersCafe.com blog!

Fortunate color Modern Masters Front Door Paint

During Masterminds week, I later discovered, one of my Modern Masters Front Door Paint projects, using the bright green color Fortunate, was featured in a color-trending story about Modern Masters, by writer Bonnie McCarthy, of the Los Angeles Times.

What a coincidence!

I hope you’ll hop over to the story and check out the bright and inspiring front door projects by fellow bloggers, TheTaleOfAnUglyHouse.com, RobbRestyle.com, ColourSaturatedLife.com, and SpoonfulOfImagination.com.

 

 

 

Thank You Bliss Ranch, Canvas Designz, Hometalk, And More!

Hang your collection with one post.

Pinch me! I am a passionate DIYer around our home, and for several DIY brands of paint, products, and patterns. Though I have been so fortunate to have many long-term followers over the years, rarely does my blog sort of blow up with high readership numbers.

Especially on a 2-year-old post that was a very simple project for me and my handyman hubby Steve!

I must shout out thanks to sites that shared this little post, and my similar Hometalk post, which has recently garnered over 235,000 views and 17,000 pins.

If you are a lover of rustic DIY ideas, you will be in eye candy heaven after clicking on these links!

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Find 20 Rustic DIY and Handcrafted Accents to Bring Warmth to Your Home on:

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Also, find 101 DIY Wall Art Ideas for Your Home on:

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Plus, discover 19 Rustic DIY Home Decor Ideas here:

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Happy painting and projecting!

 

Spiffing Up Our Deck With Matthew Mead And A Wagner Sprayer

My Wagner Flexio 890 sprayer deck project with guru Matthew Mead

Do you ever have to pinch yourself sometimes when something wonderful and unexpected occurs?

I was so thrilled to host stylist, paint guru, photographer and magazine master at our home recently! I bet you already follow Matthew Mead and are as big a fan of him as I am. His talent, enthusiasm, and ideas are limitless, and he’s a blast to hang out with.

My hubby Steve built a giant party deck on our home years ago, and every couple of years we need to give it a good power wash and paint it. Then, magically, I discovered the Wagner Flexio 890 sprayer and suddenly painting the deck was no longer a dreaded chore.

Wagner's FINISH magazine for fall 2016

Get the details on how I did it, and see how Matthew and I styled the deck for fall in the new issue of FINISH, Wagner’s online DIY home design magazine here. Be sure to share the link with your friends, too.

There are are so many fun, creative, and easy painting projects in FINISH, you will come back to it again and again. And the heat gun pumpkins ( AND heat gun popcorn)… brilliant. Not to mention Cari Cucksey’s baby room!

While you’re there, check out photos of my studio, with a few words of painting wisdom from me while you’re there in Shop Talk.

Happy Painting!

 

A White Painted Cabinet Features My Family Christening Ensemble

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Sometimes re-painting a furniture piece is more about what you want to do with it than what color it it, or what finish it is. This cabinet is not old. It’s plain. It’s functional. I just painted it with Fusion Mineral Paint, in the color Casement, that requires no topcoat. It was a passionate project, brought on by the recent death of my dear Aunt Theresa. I loved her effervescent spirit all my life, and now she is gone. The last of our family in my parents’ generation.

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An Old Chest Upcycled With Fusion Mineral Paint In Blues

Upcycled old chest, using Fusion Renfrew and Homestead Blue.

No doubt, Fusion Mineral Paint is one of the fastest and easiest ways to update a piece of furniture. The eco-friendly, matte finish, 100% acrylic paint won my heart a couple of years ago.

If you know my style, I love to layer, add texture and patterns, and more. But lately I am craving a total simplicity option: a quick way to update a piece, with NO clear coat or wax required. Used gently for 21 days to dry and cure, this product is super durable.

Having been a project blogger for many years, I am gloriously blessed with the opportunity to try out many fabulous home décor ideas with a variety of paint, patterns, and tools. And, over all of those years, our house gets, quite frankly, over-projected at times.

So I have been on a mission to redirect my style, though always a bit boho and eclectic, to a more serene place of quiet backgrounds with unique art and colorful accents.

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Create This Art Canvas Finish Using Artisan Enhancements And Chalk Paint®

Artisan Enhancements tutorial.

Watch these new quick videos from my YouTube channel to learn this cool technique, using Artisan Enhancements products, stencils, and tools, plus Chalk Paint®!

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