I’m So Excited To Be An Instructor At ArtFusion In Santa Fe, November 3-6!

ArtFusion Event Instructor | November 3-6, 2015

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.

REGISTER HERE!

My Artisan Enhancements DIY Furniture Finish Challenge Project Revealed!

My Artisan Enhancements DIY Furniture Finish Challenge Project Revealed!

My Artisan Enhancements DIY Furniture Finish Challenge Project Revealed!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.

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The DIY Furniture Finish Challenge Is On, Featuring Artisan Enhancements Products!

DIY Furniture Finish Challenge

A while back, I threw down the gauntlet and challenged anyone to send me inspiration photos of finishes found in magazines, on Pinterest, anywhere. Then I would choose one and interpret which products and colors to use, then execute it on a piece of furniture.

Here we go! Staci at Artisan Enhancements challenged me to a little duel. I am going to re-create this gorgeous wall finish, done by Stucco Italiano, Inc. As a faux finisher, I am salivating over this color and texture, but I understand that for the DIYer, it is unattainable.

So, Stucco Italiano, thank you for the fab inspiration!

Inspiration for DIY Challenge

So what is the deal with Staci? So cool! She is going to create the finish on a wall. We are not collaborating on a recipe for how to get our looks, but we will share both of our interpretations.

So fascinating to see which Artisan Enhancements products we each choose!

So stay tuned!

 

Fusion Stencils, Metallics And Texture Make A Simple Plant Stand Gorgeous

{This post is sponsored by Fusion Mineral Paint. They graciously allow me to create projects with their amazing products. The content and ideas are my own.}

Fusion Mineral Paint stenciled and gilded plant stand project.

I am still working on projects in our happy, bright, living room. Years ago I rescued this substantial plant stand with visions of stenciling it like glam fabric to coordinate with our old and crusty column collection. You can see that it got a quick distressed finish and nothing else. So much potential was waiting to happen, right?

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Use Fusion Products To Create Texture And Bling On Furniture

{This post is sponsored by Fusion Mineral Paint. They graciously allow me to create projects with their amazing products. The content and ideas are my own.}

Here’s How I Used Fusion Products To Create Texture And Bling On My Bland Brown Table

Table painted with Fusion Mineral PaintI just know you have a bland, boring, brown something in the attic you are dying to make gorgeous. Right? I did too. I discovered this lovely table that was perfect. Well, almost perfect. It. Was. Ugly. Leather top and all.

Although I have played quite a lot with Fusion Mineral Paint and products, this was my first complete project where I got to brainstorm a new look for this piece, and use several fun paint colors and stencils.

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International Rust, Chippy Paint & Patina At The High Point Furniture Market

Blue Ocean Traders at the Spring High Point Furniture Market

Many of you know that I used to co-own a shop called Feather Your Nest with friends here in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was operated in conjunction with my former faux finishing studio, Faux Design Studio.

Of course, owning a shop means shopping the High Point Furniture Market.

One vendor I discovered years ago with my designer friend Sandra Barron was Blue Ocean Traders. Owner Jason Mulvene has made his company a top source for vintage American, European, Asian, Egyptian, and Indian furniture and accessories. For my store, I found items that coordinated well with the painted furniture and finds we offered. In my finishing studio, I bought furniture and accessories for the décor and ambiance, and often visitors twisted my arm to sell them.

Now that I am a consultant for DIY paint products and a blogger, I still love Blue Ocean Traders for photography props and a client here and there.

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Stencil Crazy? Find All Of My Royal Design Studio Projects Here!

You’ve probably noticed by now that I adore pattern. And I adore using Royal Design Studio stencils! Fabulous new designs that I have to try are constantly introduced. I have been honored to be on the Paint + Pattern Design Magazine team for over a year now and I am as passionate as ever.

And prolific. Holy Cow. Have I done some stenciling! Find links to all of my designs here on MyPatchOfBlueSky.com 24/7. Click on the project you like and hop on over to Paint + Pattern for all of the instructions and supplies you’ll need for your project. And SO much more by team members.

Stencil Projects by My Patch Of Blue Sky on PaintAnd Pattern.com

 

I Am Thrilled To Be A Consultant With Homestead House Paint Co. In Canada!

Fusion Mineral Paint

I am one happy artist. Recently the president of Homestead House, Jennylyn Pringle, contacted me after discovering my website and Facebook page. My faux finishing background coupled with lots of experience using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, Wood Icing®, Artisan Enhancements and Modern Masters products made me a great resource to assist Jennylyn and her team with projects for Fusion Mineral Paint which debuted last year.

Many of you know Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, which is manufactured by Homestead House, but you may not be familiar with Fusion Mineral Paint, which is 100% acrylic.

My painting friends who know my passion for Chalk Paint® will be wondering what the difference is. Fusion is quite different. Its gorgeous sheen is satin and it needs no top coat, although you can opt to achieve a beautiful luster by adding a Beeswax Finish.

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Celebrating Painted Furniture By Canadian Artists Featured In The Colour Inspiration Notebook!

Colour Inspiration Notebook Artists

Last week I announced that my Colour Inspiration Notebook For Creating Gorgeous Painted Furniture has been published and printed in Canada. Due to my Dion family heritage in Quebec, Canada has always been near and dear to my heart, and so have the wonderful Canadian artists whose artwork I included.

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Introducing The Colour Inspiration Notebook In Canada!

Colour Inspiration Notebook For Creating Gorgeous Painted Furniture/Canada

The Colour Inspiration Notebook has now been published in Canada! It features all of the gorgeous furniture photography found in the original version, PLUS new photos of stunning furniture upcycling projects by many talented Canadians friends. And I am happy to say that it is printed in Red Deer, Alberta.

COLOUR INSPIRATION NOTEBOOK FOR CREATING GORGEOUS PAINTED FURNITURE

by Debbie Dion Hayes & Friends from Canada & USA

48 pages on heavy coated stock, 6″ by 9″

$19.95 plus tax and $7.00 shipping per book

Retailers in Canada coming soon!

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