Remembering 2015 Projects: Make A Simple Plant Stand Gorgeous

Here's one of my many favorite projects for Fusion Mineral Paint, using their paint, Tinting Kits, Sand Stone Texture, Gilding Paste, and Beeswax Finish. There's nothing like the feeling of taking a piece like this large, boring plant stand and making it a fabulous statement in a room! Get the tutorial on the Fusion Mineral Paint blog....

Easy Christmas Cards Using Wood Icing® And A 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 gre...

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

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...

My Artisan Enhancements DIY Furniture Finish Challenge Project Revealed!

Recently I announced that Staci Belew of Artisan Enhancements and I challenged each other to a DIY Furniture Finish Challenge, featuring AE products. We were both inspired by the Stucco Italiano wall finish photo at left that Staci discovered. I decided to recreate it on a small piece in our hallway, and eventually, Staci will introduce her version on a focus wall later. We have not compared notes on how we approached which products to use, colors, ...