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.
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.)
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 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.
Decorating your home or office? Need a wonderful gift for any occasion?
I am loading up tons of photos from trips to Italy, Spain, France, Morocco, and Puerto Rico that can be used alone as a single statement, or grouped together for fabulous impact. Think small – in a powder room. Or huge – use several over a sofa!
Mix and match! Choose from warm and cool colorways, castles, stunning doorways, and Marrakech moments. Old World and contemporary.
All you need to do is go to my Etsy shop, MyPatchOfBlueSky, and peruse my growing collection of gorgeous options! You will purchase a downloadable image, in JPG form, that will arrive, lightning-fast, as soon as you pay for your purchase!
You can print the photo on your own printer on photo paper, take it (or email it) to a local printer or Office Depot-type store, or upload it to a service like Shutterfly. Then pop into your own frame.
PLUS, here’s a summer decorating coupon, that will save 30% on your purchase of $15 or more, thru August 31st!
Once you have loaded up your Etsy shopping cart in my store, use this coupon code:
This coupon will apply to all items in my shop, and if you purchase 2 photos, it will be like getting a third free!
Happy shopping, and stop by often. I will be adding lots more photos all summer long!
Sometimes a girl’s just gotta have fun! Or even a girl’s guy.
Click on the image above to see new items in the FINISHING TOUCHES SHOP at My Patch Of Blue Sky. Discover weekly jewelry treasures from my world travel collections, in all budget ranges.
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!
Working with Rose Wilde, creative master of the Wood Icing® products, is always a fun collaboration. Sometimes we just roll with ideas to see where they can go. Our intended 15 minute phone calls always last a couple of hours. Rose and I both enjoy being openly creative, meaning, letting ideas just happen serendipitously. I know I have sent her blog concepts for the Wood Icing line of products that probably were totally off the wall to her, but, all in all, she trusted me.
Rose sent lots of products to the ArtFusion Event in Santa Fe in 2015, so as an instructor I could inspire students to stretch their flexibility when designing wall and furniture finishes. It’s so wonderful to have support like this as an artist, so I can do what I love, and spread the word about my very favorite DIY products.
I hope you’ll discover Wood Icing in 2016 if you have not already, and share your projects on the Wood Icing Facebook Page!