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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…

Check Out My New YouTube Channel!

So excited to be new on YouTube! Find my channel at MyPatchOfBlueSky with Debbie Dion Hayes!

Here is part 1 of 2, where you can learn how to use Artisan Enhancements products to get several different looks! Part 2 is coming soon.

And if you’re seeking an easy finish for a wall, or artwork, view this video for some tricks for a great leathery effect using Wood Icing® Textura Paste, a Royal Design Studio stencil, and more!

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

 

Thank You Wood Icing®!

Wood Icing®

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.

And what a fun year we had, playing in Textura Paste, and Furniture Glazing Colors, Fissure Size, and more! Who know you could do pen and watercolor drawings with Glazing Colors?

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!

 

Remembering 2015 Blog Projects: An Old Dough Bowl Gets Gorgeous Using Wood Icing® And Milk Paint!

An Old Dough Bowl Gets Gorgeous Using Wood Icing® and Milk Paint!

Today I’m sharing this post, which using the same Royal Design Studio French Numbers stencils as in yesterday’s Calendar Cube project. Now you have two ways to use these fun stencils!

I created this post for Wood Icing®, using their multi-use Textura Paste, in conjunction with Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint.

Get the step-by-step tutorial!

Easy Christmas Cards Using Wood Icing® And A Royal Design Studio Stencil

Make Easy Christmas Cards Tutorial | Wood Icing® Textura Paste and Royal Design Studio Stencil

Do you have little ones who love to get involved in holiday activities, not to mention birthdays, special events, and baby showers? As a little girl growing up in winter-frozen Massachusetts, Mom and I often found ourselves snowed in, Dad at work, anxious for fun stuff to create. She was always able to conjure a cigar box of art supplies, and away we would go, making and doing.

One especially fond memory, when I was in grammar school, was making greeting cards for all occasions when neighbors observed my passion for drawing. They paid me as much as it would have cost for a store-bought version, and I even designed a logo to add to the back, like Hallmark.

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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!

 

 

Painting Grandkitty Chuck Norris Using Wood Icing® Glazes And Stencil!

Use Wood Icing® Furniture Glazing Colors and stencil to draw a kitty caricature.

Lately, I have been enjoying getting out of my comfort zone creatively. Though I studied painting in college, back then we learned to paint with oils. I hated using oils then, and still do. After graduation, as an illustrator, I graduated to acrylics. But I was scared to death of watercolors and ignored them, and the possibilities, until a few weeks ago.

I began painting simple little kitty and doggie caricatures. What a fun, simple pleasure.

For quite some time I have been creating textured finishes and project for Wood Icing®, mostly with Textura Paste. Today, as I was looking through my supplies, I realized that the Wood Icing® Glazes would make the perfect medium to paint my Grandkitty Chuck Norris – or anything really.

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Create An Aged, Leather-Like Finish Using Wood Icing® And Decorative Napkins

Layer texture and pattern using Wood Icing® Textura Paste and decorative dinner napkins

You may have already discovered that using pretty, patterned, dinner napkins as a background can become lovely and aged after découpage and glazing. But have you ever gone one more step by adding an overall raised stencil with Wood Icing®?

I just experimented with this process as a new idea for walls, cabinet door inserts, book covers and canvas art. Use different napkin patterns and stencils for ever-changing effects. To see more of the background pattern, use less glaze or a smaller stencil design.

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