Saturday, January 18, 2020

Follow Your Heart To Signopoly

Have you heard of Signopoly? They are a family owned business based in North Carolina.
They create a large variety of items that are perfect for door hangers or art. All of their pieces are made from quality wood, cut, & sanded to perfection.
I teach a lot of painting classes at Junk Mama's General Store, & Signopoly is my "go to" for class projects.
I'll be teaching a painting & wax class in February using this heart from Signopoly...
 You can get hearts with smooth fronts, but I like the grooves cut into this one. It's a great guide for adding multiple colors.
 I chose to paint the heart with the colors Fluff, Soft Pink, & Peony from the Dixie Belle Paint Company.
 I painted the heart going from the lightest color to the darkest. So, I first painted the entire heart, including the sides, with the color, Fluff.
Then I painted some of the sections with Soft Pink.

 Then I added some Peony.

 To make the lines more crisp & give the heart a more finished look, I added Dixie Belle's Beast Dang Wax. I love this wax! It is water based so it dries to a nice hard finish. The wax has no odor & is eco friendly.
If you add a dark wax directly over the paint, it can be a little hard to control the depth of color. In some cases that's okay, but I wanted the black wax to be heavy in the grooves and more subtle over the paint. To have more control over the black wax, I used a rag and applied clear wax over the entire heart first. I didn't worry about getting the clear wax into the grooves because I want them to be dark.
 Then I used a stiff wax brush to apply the black wax making sure that I got it down into the grooves.
 I used a rag to wipe the black back a little so it was more subtle outside of the grooves.

 Here the left side of the heart has wax & the right side does not. It's a good example of the difference the wax makes.
 You can skip the wax if you prefer, but I love the look with the wax.

 Here is the same heart using a different color combination, Fluff, Vintage Duck Egg, & Antebellum Blue...
Here are a few of my other projects using cutouts from Signopoly...

And, on occasion, I just order plain squares of wood from Signoloy to use in art projects...
Need a custom piece? They do that too.
Check out Signopoly! I'm sure you'll find something you love.

I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Sew Pretty Table Makeover

There was a time when sewing tables were beautiful and made to fit in with your decor. When your sewing machine was tucked away, the cabinet looked and functioned as a table.

The sewing machine was missing from this one that I found in an antique store, but I knew it would be beautiful as an end table.

 I also knew that a little paint would bring out the detail. I chose the color Dusty Blue from the Dixie Belle Company.

 I added a little black glaze to highlight some of the detail.
This is the perfect example of the phrase, "they don't make 'em like they used to!"

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Beadboard Christmas Tree

I love it when I can grab some scraps & make a project come together!
I've been hanging onto a piece of beadboard for awhile waiting for the perfect project to use it in. So when I found some antique roof tins at an antique store, and remembered that I had a bunch of rusty metal stars, I knew I had found a purpose for the beadboard.

I measured and drew off triangles on the back of the beadboard & cut them out to make Christmas trees.

 I painted the beadboard with the color, Fluff, from the Dixie Belle Paint Company.
 Than I added Dixie Belle's Van Dyke Glaze.

 I used E6000 to glue the beadboard tree onto the roof tin.
 Then I added a star to the top of the Christmas tree.

I'm thinking of making more with green trees. What do you think?

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Not Your Mama's Christmas Village

In October, my husband, son, daughter, & I vacationed in Italy. It was a wonderful trip!
We came home with great memories, but not a lot of souvenirs. One thing I did buy was this cute little wooden house. 

I love the rustic simplicity of it. And, of course, I thought that I could do that!
So, once I got home, I took the idea and made a little Christmas Village.

I drew off the pattern for three houses on a 2 x 4 & had my son cut it.
 I sanded the edges, then stained the wood with Voodoo Gel Stain from the Dixie Belle Paint Company. I love this stain because it is water based so the clean up is easy!
 I painted over the stain with the color Fluff from Dixie Belle.
 When the paint was dry, I sanded the blocks.
 For the doors and windows, I cut and painted thin pieces of veneer and glued them onto the blocks with E6000.

 I painted Christmas garland and wreaths on the blocks.

They were cute, but I felt like they needed something.
Shutters! That's what they needed.
 On two of the houses, I used veneer to create the shutters, and painted the shutters on the other one.

 Yes! That's what they needed.

 I love my little Christmas village. And it will always bring back fond memories of my trip to Italy.

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