Here in North Carolina, winter can be a new experience every time you wake up. So heading over to the Chartreuse barn sale is perfect rain, snow or shine. Find this cool classy barn in Thomasville, NC, in a gorgeous setting in the country – but not too far out.
Many thanks to Melanie Royals and the team at Royal Design Studio, who publishes the online design magazine PaintAndPattern.com, for including my tutorials for a second year in 2015! Clearly, I am nuts about stenciling and all sorts of patterns, from contemporary, to Moroccan, and everything in between.
Thanks as well for sending so many stencils and modellos for me to use in my workshops at ArtFusion in Santa Fe. They are always a huge hit.
Yes, our home is very Boho, with lots of color and pattern in stenciled furniture, accessories, and artwork. Just when I think I can’t imagine one more stenciling project, I get inspired again, often by fellow P+P bloggers like Deb Trombley, of NomadicDecorator.com and so many more.
I’m looking forward to many new project adventures using Royal Design Studio stencils, modellos, Stencil Cremes and who knows what else in 2016. See you there!
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!
2015 was an exciting year for me, getting to explore even more of Modern Masters product line, particularly Metal Effects, to create rust and fabulous patina. I think these products have exploded in DIY popularity due to their ease of use, and wondrous unpredictability.
As a creative, tutorial-focused blogger, I am ever grateful for opportunities to work with companies like Modern Masters, who appreciate the power of letting artists like me take off and explore new possibilities with their materials.
So looking forward to working with you again in 2016 – and Periscope!
Working with Artisan Enhancements in 2015 was such a memorable year for me. I blogged frequently using lots of their fabulous products, worked with Staci Belew and her team on training materials for retailers, and even taught finishes I created at the inspiring ArtFusion Event in Santa Fe.
Many thanks to Jennylyn Pringle, the Fusion Mineral Paint family, and many merchants for a fun year in 2015. We accomplished a lot of learning in Orlando and Toronto, at the ArtFusion Event in Santa Fe, and at my studio in North Carolina, and much more!
Happy New Year, and I’m looking forward to continued painting adventures with you all!
As you can see, Buggy Buggerson immediately claimed ownership of this little upholstery loveseat, which is right in the soft afternoon sun. I wrote the blog project for Royal Design Studio‘s PaintAndPattern.com blog and it was a favorite by readers in 2015, and me, including folks at ApartmentTherapy.com!
This chippy stenciled finish project is the most visited this year on MyPatchOfBlueSky.com. And, it’s one that I love to teach! I learned the basics when I attended training with Artisan Enhancements, when I began working with the company on blogging and other projects. Then I added a spin using their foil on the canvas edges, and more.
If you are familiar with Artisan Enhancements products and Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, be sure to give this project a whirl. If they are new to you, it’s a great way to experience several products at once.
Thank you Modern Masters for including me to spread the good word about your amazing products during 2015!
Rust, crust, and patina, on letters, home accessories, artwork, focus walls and more! Here’s a look back at a favorite art project that I did for our master bedroom, using a old ceiling tin mounted on a wooden frame.