Join Me At ArtFusion, Black Mountain, North Carolina!

Reverse Psychology: Painting On Glass workshop, September 20, 2017, in Black Mountain, NC

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!

Register for my last available spot.

Modern Masters Masterminds Week Easter Projects!

Modern Masters Masterminds Week with Katie Gaines and Mary Childs

Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint, me, and Mary Childs of Focal Points, knee deep in paint. Photo Modern Masters Instagram

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!

Modern Masters Spring Masterminds Week | ModernMastersCafe.com

Click on this photo to bunnyhop right over to the ModernMastersCafe.com blog to get the full Embossed Easter Egg DIY tutorial!

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.

Modern Masters Masterminds Week Scandinavian Easter Eggs | ModernMastersCafe.com

Click on the photo to leap right over to the full Scandanavian Easter DIY tutorial!

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!

Upstyling Your Home With Matthew Mead – And Me!

Matthew Meads' new Upstyled Home Magazine

Surprise! Coming soon to your favorite newsstand is Matthew Mead‘s newest brilliant endeavor, Upstyled Home Magazine.

Lacey Jane the calico and my office managerI just received my copy, and couldn’t wait to sit down with Lacey Jane kitty and a cup of Joe to savor every lovely, super-styled photo, idea, and word.

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.

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Surprise! Our Front Door Was Featured In The LA Times

My front door, painted with Modern Masters Front Door Paint, was featured in the LA Times recently.

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!

Fortunate color Modern Masters Front Door Paint

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.

 

 

 

Shop For Jewelry Treasures, Link To DIY Painting Tutorials!

Shop Finishing Touches

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!

So Excited To Be Teaching Again At ArtFusion In Colorado This Fall!

ArtFusion Event, October 2016, Colorado

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:

Passionate Pattern & Patina, featuring Modern Masters Metal Effects products, and Royal Design Studio stencils and modellos.

Also Simple Secret Layers, featuring Fusion Mineral Paint and products, Wood Icing®, and more!

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…

Use All Three Modern Masters Metal Effects Kits To Create Drippy Abstract Canvas Art

Use 3 Modern Masters Metal Effects Kits to get the drippy effect on canvas!Effortless artsy, rusty, crusty effects are all the rage right now, thanks to Modern Masters and their fabulous Metal Effects line. They’ve also recently introduced Metal Effects Kits in Rust, Green and Blue Patinas, available online at TheHomeDepot.com. If you love crusty stuff, like old cars, metal accessories, and even artwork, we are kindred spirits. For years I have been scavenging in the local junkyard for years to grab gorgeous scraps of real copper and rust, made by nature, to incorporate into custom metal artwork for clients.

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Check Out Paint & Decorating Retailer Magazine!

Paint & Decorating Retailer Magazine | January 2016 issue

Many of my friends and clients are retailers of DIY paint and decorating products. On their behalf, I am excited to see this magazine, Paint & Decorating Retailer, targeted to their business, online and in print. It is packed with need-to-read content regarding color, social media, trends, and so much more, for the do it yourself and professional markets.

I am honored that one of my fabulous clients, Modern Masters, provided some of the images from my blog posts using their products, as well as Royal Design Studio stencils and Wood Icing®.

One of my dear friends, and social media guru and marketing consultant, Regina Garay of Sociacomm.com also comments on metallics, finishes, and their currents trends.

Paint & Decorating Retailer Magazine | January 2016 issue

Find all of the tutorials on these projects here:

COVER IMAGE, rust and metallic stencil on a wooden screen on ModernMastersCafe.com

TOP RIGHT, “Ice Palace” wall finish on WoodIcing.Blogspot.com

BOTTOM, rust and patina cabinet doors with a stencil, on Royal Design Studio’s PaintAndPattern.com

 

New Mexico Bound Next Week – 3 Workshops At ArtFusion And The New Leaf!

You may think I have been pretty quiet lately. But not really. I’ve been prepping a zillion sample boards, gathering supplies, writing class materials, playing with new possibilities in paint and more!

I’m so excited to head off to New Mexico next week, as an instructor at the fabulous ArtFusion event in Santa Fe, and to teach at The New Leaf in Albuquerque, with owner Angie Graham. Three workshops in three days! (And I am going to attend one, too.)

ArtFusion Santa Fe

All workshops are fully booked. Lots of awesome products are packed and heading to the venues right now.

ArtFusion Santa Fe

Many thanks to Artisan Enhancements, Fusion Mineral Paint, Modern Masters, Royal Design Studio and Wood Icing® for your generous support of me, and your donation of products for the classes!

Stay tuned next week, when we roll up our sleeves, pop cans of paint, and open up brand new stencils. I can’t wait to see the results!

 

 

Love Rust, Crust, Patina And Pattern? Register Today!

Art Fusion Event in Santa Fe, November 2015

Are you nuts about anything covered in rust and patina? Me too.There’s so much you can do with Modern Masters Metal Effects products, and more secret stuff I will reveal during this class.

This half-day morning workshop is on Thursday, November 5.

REGISTER HERE!

Check out all of the amazing workshops offered at the ArtFusion Event. And don’t put off registering. Several of the workshops are already filled. My Funky Chunky Finishes workshop is full, but you can get on the waitlist.

Hope to see you there. Let’s paint!