Are you snowed in? We have been for a couple of days this week, enjoying the wintery weather a bit, but also dreaming of spring and anxious to see the yard and blooms again. I decided to venture into my studio and take advantage of the quiet time to conjure up a very simple dimensional hand-painted wall, furniture, or canvas art finish. I used leftover paint and products: some Wood Icing® Textura Paste to add dimension, Chalk Paint®, a large graphic flower stencil, and Modern Masters metallic paints.
Voila! This finish is artsy, easy enough for the snowed-in-kids to help with, and fast-drying.
As you can see, Buggy Buggerson immediately claimed ownership of this little upholstery loveseat, which is right in the soft afternoon sun. I wrote the blog project for Royal Design Studio‘s PaintAndPattern.com blog and it was a favorite by readers in 2015, and me, including folks at ApartmentTherapy.com!
This chippy stenciled finish project is the most visited this year on MyPatchOfBlueSky.com. And, it’s one that I love to teach! I learned the basics when I attended training with Artisan Enhancements, when I began working with the company on blogging and other projects. Then I added a spin using their foil on the canvas edges, and more.
If you are familiar with Artisan Enhancements products and Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, be sure to give this project a whirl. If they are new to you, it’s a great way to experience several products at once.
I have been looking back on so many blogging projects that I worked on during 2015 that you may have missed.
During December I will share some favorites – those perfect for quick Holiday projects, and some that I just loved doing.
Here’s a simple, fun, perpetual calendar I made for PaintAndPattern.com, with Royal Design Studio numbers stencils, Chalk Paint and Soft Wax by Annie Sloan. There’s still time to make a bunch for stocking stuffers!
Can you tell that I am a pattern lover? I think that all of my travels around North America, Europe, and Africa have made me more passionate about pattern because it really defines a region or even a country.
I have been working on new ideas for my Funky Chunky Finishes workshop at the upcoming ArtFusion event in Santa Fe this November. I am so excited to visit the southwest again. It conjures up images of hot, brilliant oranges and golds. Sunbursts. Flowers. And the bling of gorgeous jewelry. I love these colors paired with the cool sky blues of the evening and the setting sun.
What fun this finish was to create! A bit rustic. A bit glamorous. And totally fit for a fancy gold frame.
Often I have thought how wonderful, and time-saving, it would be to paint right over an existing finish on walls or furniture, and use it as ghostly pattern within the new technique. Especially when well-stuck wallpaper is involved.
One of my absolute favorite pastimes is to get together with artist friends and shop owners who sell DIY products to play with exciting new paint and products. Lots of laughs, learning and good memories. And maybe a glass of wine…
A couple of months ago, a small, energetic group of friends gathered for a fun day and a half of sharing and hands-on experimentation.