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!

Use Wood Icing™, A Stencil And Silver Leaf To Create This Industrial Lace Canvas Art!

Industrial Lace Canvas Art{Although this post is sponsored by Wood Icing™, the idea, experimentation, and comments are my own.}

Are you a fan of the industrial look? Do you love lace? Let’s put the two together and create this metal-look patterned artwork with lots of depth. It almost looks like a chunk of heavy solid embossed steel! My favorite thing to do with artwork it to layer it with other pieces. Everywhere. This pretty vignette is on my dresser.

Can you just imagine an entire wall of these in several metal finishes. Love it!

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Announcing The Workshop Store, A DIY Painters Design Challenge & More for 2015!

Blue Sky Anniversary

Happy New Year!

I can’t believe My Patch Of Blue Sky is one year old. I am an entrepreneur at heart, and this is not my first business venture. I owned a faux finishing business for over 15 years, and I ran a small home décor shop called Feather Your Nest with three dear friends for a few years simultaneously.

It has been a fun year for me, with the worst challenge being that I work at home. I have always loved to leave the house, dressed for the day, to work in a studio or office environment filled with like-minded folks. The dynamic for creativity has now changed. I have to reach within myself, my print and internet resources and connections every day instead of brainstorming with peers in the room together.

Now I work with Lacey Jane, the kitty assistant, who works and snoozes by my elbow at the computer – or on top of my studio work table. We have some quality time, and I talk to her instead of myself.

WHAT DID I DO IN 2014?

Annie Sloan stockists shop redesign projects

Many readers think of me as a DIY project, design and travel blogger. I have been blogging for years, and love to mingle with other bloggers like I did again this year at the Haven Conference.

But, My Patch Of Blue Sky is also my business, and I am often asked what I do, other than blog.

In 2014, I worked with lots of wonderfully talented, dynamic Annie Sloan stockists. Three signed on quickly as my first clients, then the list evolved. We reinvented their existing stores, or designed new ones. We shopped for merchandise at the High Point and Atlanta Markets. I built websites, created email blasts and handled blogs and social media. We did workshops at their locations, and even created workshops for them to teach.

And we laughed, painted, stenciled, lugged furniture, shopped ’til we dropped and loved every minute of it. And I’m pleased to say that they tell me their businesses have grown with my help.

DIY paint and project samples

I also designed and wrote dozens of DIY paint and stencil projects for my fabulous clients, Royal Design Studio’s Paint + Pattern, Wood Icing™, Artisan Enhancements and Modern Masters. At times, I wondered if I had one more new idea in my brain, and somehow, the projects flowed!

Now I can say that I have a large portfolio of DIY paint, stencil, and related products to design with that blend beautifully with each other. Lots of exciting potential.

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2015?

Color Inspiration Notebooks - USA and Canada

In August, I self-published the Color Inspiration Notebook for Creating Gorgeous Furniture. Who know that there would be dozens of retailers in the USA in half of the states. Plus one in Canada?

And who knew that The Colour Inspiration Notebook Canada will launch soon?

In early January, I will introduce The Workshop Store for retailers of DIY products who tell me they always need new, inexpensive, quality project workshops and furniture finishes to satisfy the never-ending demand by their customers. Running a store is daunting enough without the pressure of cobbling together new content.

The first offerings will be compiled from posts I have written for clients like Paint + Pattern and Wood Icing™, with their permission. Then I will add more, often.

Retailers will simply shop by drop-down tabs, choosing according to the product lines they sell.

For pure painting fun, I can’t wait to start the DIY Furniture Finish Design Challenge. So many times I pin stunning painted finish ideas on Pinterest, but how does one DO IT?

So, submit your inspiring photos for me to choose from on Facebook, and I will create a finish designed from the DIY paint and products I know and love.

Then I will share the recipe!

Stay tuned for details. 2015 is going to be a blast!Signature2