I hope you have already joined me to learn how to remove ugly texture in Part One. If not, click to the tutorial here.
Rarely do I ever seem to find a new inspiring, exciting, mind-blowing junkin’ event these days, at least near home in North Carolina. Surely, I have seen them all within driving distance. However, my junkin’ partner Gloria and I were truly awestruck today, just minutes from our homes, after entering the French Farmer’s Wife!
Open just one weekend per month, from Thursday thru Saturday, The French Farmer’s Wife features curated vignette after stunning vignette of must-have items, a feast for our eyes. Who were the masterminds behind this gorgeous treasure trove of rusty gold, of French goodies, amassed all in one bucolic location?
After my first lingering pass through, I had to find them and gush compliments! Kathee Zurian (right), barn owner, and her partner Gail Cetuka, are just beyond amazing. They are most talented pickers, passionate about French antiques, who were willing to totally convert a 2,500 square foot working horse barn into a magical oasis for junkers and antiques lovers like me.
(Photo courtesy of Seasons Style & Design magazine.)
This post is sponsored by Modern Masters who provided me with Venetian Plaster products and tools. The opinions I have shared about the products are my own.
Are you a faux finisher, reluctant to tackle old textured walls for a client? Or, an adventurous DIYer who would love to go from Old World décor to a more contemporary style, using Venetian Plaster?
Early in March I jetted back to Masterminds Week at the home office of Modern Masters in beautiful Valencia, California. I am always overjoyed and honored to join the superteam of experts there to group-think and produce exciting and new DIY projects using primarily Metallic Paint, Front Door Paint, and Metal Effects.
Can you imagine have every one of Modern Masters products and colors right there in front of you, awaiting magic? Oh yeah. Nirvana.
Fellow Masterminds joining me were Mary Childs of Focal Points, faux finisher, muralist, antiqued mirror guru, and Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint. You just have to check out Katie’s classy take on weddings, and events in general!
We each took on several projects to be featured seasonally on ModernMastersCafe.com, where our tutorials can be found to inspire you to try new products and techniques. Many are perfect to do with a group, or with kids!
Who knew? I have been a faux finisher for 20 years, always wowed by wall finishes created with venetian plasters. Timeless, elegant, troweled wall finishes. I’ve covered a lot of square footage in show homes, my home, and clients’ homes with this gorgeous product.
Did I ever foresee that Modern Masters Venetian Plaster could be used to decorate huge statement-size Easter eggs, like my elegant blue beauty above? No way!
Here’s my second Easter idea, a simple interpretation of paint and a little nature walk in my back yard.
Mary’s Easter eggs, soon to come, are stunning!
Stay tuned for all of the Masterminds projects coming up during spring and summer. You’ll never be without an idea for your home, gifts, or upcoming events!
I was an instructor for the first two years at the ArtFusion Event, in Santa Fe and Estes Park, Colorado. Words can’t express how founder and organizer extraordinaire Kathy Boyd knows how to get a crowd of the most talented faux finishers and decorative artists together to learn and share.
Returning for the Black Mountain, North Carolina event this fall will be especially fun, as it is only two hours from home, in a gorgeous area I have only passed by for years on the way to Western Carolina University when my daughter Jenny studied there.
Here are a few images to savor, that show a bit about my workshop, titled “Reverse Psychology: Painting On Glass”.
These pieces were hung as artwork, as shown in the side view, however, they can be used as stunning table décor like runners and chargers.
I will also offer optional pre-sales of my wall hangers, and extra glass, to take home for students who may want to dive in and hang, or sell, their pieces back at home – add create new ones quickly.
Stay tuned for more images, and even though it seems like a really long time until September, classes sizes are limited. There are so many exciting options to choose from right now – amazing instructors and workshops all during five days.
Also, be sure to follow the ArtFusion Event on Facebook to see more evolving details that Kathy will be posting!
Hope to see you in Black Mountain in September…
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.)
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.
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.
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.
I am so thrilled to be an instructor for 2 workshops next week at ArtFusion!
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!
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?
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!
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.