November 1, 2, and 3 were once-in-a-lifetime experience days for me and several other blogger/influencers who converged in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the first-ever Wagner Painting InSPRAYtional event, hosted by Wagner staff and style guru Matthew Mead, who many know through Wagner’s FINISH magazine. Many thanks to Danielle at FindingSilverPennies.com for shooting my photo.
Craving a jump-start to get your creative juices flowing? Want to meet dozens of super-talented artists and instructors? Check out the ArtFusionEvent, in Black Mountain, North Carolina (my home state)!
Several classes are sold out, but there are still some spots left. Check it all out, and register today!
Are you a furniture flipping nut like me? Would you like to be? Join a host of pros from General Finishes and the industry September 5 thru 7 in Indianapolis, Indiana!
I have had my hands in all sorts of paint over the years – as a full-time faux finisher, a product merchant, and a DIY blogger for several fabulous brands. I am new to General Finishes, and beyond excited to discover new possibilities at this event. I am counting down the days to seeing my furniture painting friends, old and new, and learn new products and tricks.
On Thursday, September 7, these pros and I will answer your questions and share our many years of combined furniture painting business experience.
Take advantage of the experts in the room during this moderated Q & A session focused on attaining success in the painted furniture/upcycling industry. Christine Adams, forum moderator, will be joined by little old me, Rhonda McClesky of Restored Home, Amy Jo Price of Refreshed Nest Furniture Design, and Rachel Trimble of Restyle Junkie. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask us for perspectives on running a retail store, marketing advice, experiences we’ve had and much, much more.
See you there!
If you have not registered yet…
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.)
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 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.
Sometimes a girl’s just gotta have fun! Or even a girl’s guy.
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AND, while shopping, click on the images to link to my DIY tutorials and learn how to create the project or finish featured in the background photo!