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.
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.
Do you attend the ArtFusion Event in Santa Fe last November? If you did, I can bet you are so ready to do it again, in an all-new event in Colorado this year. October 26 thru 29 will be magical days of creating, painting, learning, laughter, and spending quality time with folks like you.
If you wanted to attend, but could not, here is your chance, not to be missed!
I will be teaching 2 workshops again this year:
Go to the instructors page to view the amazing lineup of teachers and workshops, and REGISTER SOON! Classes fill up really quickly.
More photos and details to come…
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!
Here’s one of my many favorite projects for Fusion Mineral Paint, using their paint, Tinting Kits, Sand Stone Texture, Gilding Paste, and Beeswax Finish.
There’s nothing like the feeling of taking a piece like this large, boring plant stand and making it a fabulous statement in a room!
I can’t tell you how excited I am to be an instructor at the ArtFusion Event this November in Santa Fe! And thanks to all who have completely filled up my two classes! Can’t wait to play in all sorts of paints with you.
If you have tried to register, and found your preferred classes full, be sure to add your name to the waiting list. We just added all of the folks on the waitlist for my Funky Chunky class.
There are still some openings with amazing artists available, and I hope you’ll check out their workshops too. The website also includes hotel options and discounts.
Hope to see you soon in Santa Fe!
P.S. I am also teaching a different workshop that week at New Leaf in Albuquerque, so stay tuned for details.
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.
I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be included as an instructor at the ArtFusion event, coming to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The list of teachers and workshops is astounding – so many amazing, talented artists sharing their finely honed crafts.
I have my eye on classes too!
There will also be an ARTFEST, open to the public – perfect to showcase and sell your original artwork.
I love that a portion of the instructors’ fees go toward several charities.
My all-day workshop, called Funky Chunky Finishes for Cabinets and Furniture will feature 10 techniques that I am creating for ArtFusion.
I would love for you to join me to get your funk on while we create classy and crustic finishes to add to your portfolio!
You will use lots of my favorite DIY paints, products and stencils – PLUS – some materials you have NEVER used in a finish before.
Play with textures, metallics, paper, foils, embossing, gilding, cake making tools, and even a piece of glass to insert into a cabinet door.
I would love to see you at ArtFusion, taking advantage of all of the creative magic sure to happen.
Recently I announced that Staci Belew of Artisan Enhancements and I challenged each other to a DIY Furniture Finish Challenge, featuring AE products. We were both inspired by the Stucco Italiano wall finish photo at left that Staci discovered.
I decided to recreate it on a small piece in our hallway, and eventually, Staci will introduce her version on a focus wall later. We have not compared notes on how we approached which products to use, colors, textures, or layering. So it will be exciting to see Staci’s version too.