Monday, June 27, 2016

Abstract Art with Art-C Metallic and Semi Gloss Acrylic Paints


Happy Monday!

I've been a 'painting mode' for a couple of weeks and am really enjoying creating abstract paintings that can be displayed in my home.  

I am not a trained artist, nor can I draw or sketch, so abstract is the way to go!  I'll walk you through a brief 'how-to' to create your own abstract art.

Step One
Grab any size canvas.  No need to pre-gesso.  Randomly apply your favorite Art-C Metallic and Semi-Gloss paint with a pallet knife. (no paint brush needed)

Step Two
Keep adding layers of paint until you are happy with the background.  Make sure you allow the paint to dry in between layers so you don't create mud.  :)
You can also 'mark' in the paint with the tip of a paintbrush, an old credit card, or your fingers.  It creates awesome texture.

Step Three
Color block shapes, painting with your finger.  (again, no paintbrush needed).  Make the shapes as 'perfect' or imperfect as desired.  I always go the imperfect route.  ;)

Step Four
With a fine line paint brush or maker, edge each shape.  Add doodles, shapes, and designs with more paint and stencils, and markers/pens.

Step Five
Hang and enjoy!

Art-C/Momenta Stencils Used
Arrows & Stars
Flowers & Bugs
Sun, Moon, & Stars 
Feathers & Arrows 

I would love to see your abstract art!  Please share a link in a comment below so I can stop by and say Hi! 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

StencilGirl Home Decor Stencil Blog Hop!


Show of hands!  Who loves DIY Home Decor??  If you are an avid DIYer or a new-comer to the trend, you WILL want to check out this post.

Today, StencilGirl is officially announcing their new 12" x 24" Home Decor Stencils and we are providing tons of DIY inspiration and ideas.

I love making handmade items.  The love, time, and thought that goes into these projects will always be remembered and they are often one-of-a-kind, unique keepsakes that will be around for many years.

For my first project, I will show you how to create your own Vintage-Shabby Decor Pillow, using one of the new StencilGirl 12" x 24" Home Decor Stencils - Leaf Diamond.

Step One
Grab a piece of vintage seed sack fabric and cut it to the size you want your pillow.  (allow 1/4 to 1/2 seam allowance).

Step Two
Grab your favorite StencilGirl Home Decor stencil and apply fabric paint to vintage fabric with sponge.  Set paint per manufacturer instructions.

Step Three
Add a quilt effect by machine or hand stitching around stenciled design. 

Step Four
Grab a piece of vintage quilt fabric for use on pillow back.  Pin painted piece and quilt piece, right sides together.

    Step Five
Machine stitch around entire edge of pillow, using a 1/4 or 1/2 seam.  Leave approx 3-4 inches of un-stitched seam open for stuffing.  (enough to get your hand into the pillow).  Once stitched, turn pillow right side out and press seam edges.

Step Six
Stuff pillow with favorite stuffing medium.

How's that for easy?  Here's some more pictures of both the front and back of the pillow.

  It's perfect for my vintage styled home.  :)

Ready for another easy DIY project?  I upcycled a vintage sewing cabinet lid into a Shabby Wall Organizer project.

Step One
Grab several shades (I used three) of your favorite spray paint and StencilGirl Home Decor stencil. I used Jennifer Evans's New Home Decor Stencil, Daisy Wildflowers. 

Step Two
Using base color, spray vintage lid, not worrying too much about an even coverage.  Once completely dry, sand piece allowing the nature aged wood show through.  

Step Three
Place stencil on lid and spray with one color of spray paint.   Allow to dry, then line up stencil over image and spray with other color.  I didn't line up the image completely as I wanted a peek of yellow to be visible under the blue.

 Step Four
Paint 'dots' with dimensional paint, on the inside of several flowers.

Step Five
Attach vintage silverware 'hooks' to bottom of lid.  Hang on wall.

Easy Peasy!  I told you DIY is fun!

Looking for more inspiration?  Hop on over to the StencilGirl blog for more ideas!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Viva Las VegaStamps! June Challenge


Happy Monday!  Life has been crazy busy lately, but I did manage to get some creative time in this past weekend, so I thought I'd play along with the June Challenge, over at Viva Las VegaStampsI didn't really need a reason to play with my HUGE amount of VLVS stamps, but the challenge looked fun, so here goes!

I love the colors (but who doesn't love teal and green), the chevron and floral design.  Right up my alley.  I initially thought of creating a tag or two, but then decided on an Art Journal spread.  It's been ages since I've journaled.

The base of my spread was created with gelatos, stamps, and sprays.  I added my own flower design with the Doodle Circle stamp.  Love this stamp. :)

I came across this quote last week and it immediately went to my soul.  I thought it was perfect for my spread, and the little 'dots' are my 'seeds'.  

There is still time to play along this month.  You could win a spotlight on the VLVS blog and some FREE rubber.  Here's the link to check out the 'rules' and see how others have been inspired!

Viva LasVegaStamps! Used
Doodle Circle
Doodle Dots
Doodle Flower/Garden
Here's a fantastic week!