Monday, January 17, 2022

Heart Art DIY

 This was going to be a project for Valentine's Day. But, with the neutral colors, it turned out to be a valentine that I can leave up all year long.

I used an 18" wooden heart from Signopoly.
I stained the wood with Voodoo Gel Stain from the Dixie Belle Paint Company using the color, Tobacco Road. Voodoo Gel Stain is water based & is perfect for raw wood.
I wanted a rustic look on the heart so I did a smear technique. To achieve this look I put some chalk mineral paint in the color Fluff, onto a paper plate, then dipped the edge of a 2x4 block of wood into the paint.
I drug the block over the heart using light pressure.

To embellish the heart, I grabbed a flower from WoodUBend. I painted the flower with Fluff & set it aside to dry.

While the flower was drying, I cut a leaf shape out of a dictionary page & added glaze to the edges using a damp rag.

To keep the colors neutral on the heart, I used the color Van Dyke Brown glaze. It goes nicely with the Tobacco Road stain.
I glued the flower onto the heart using tacky glue. Then I glued on twine to make a stem, & then glued on the leaf.

I added the glaze to the flower to give it dimension.
I painted the glaze on heavy on the flower & underneath the flower.
I used a damp rag to wipe away the excess glaze, allowing it to rest in the grooves.
The glaze brings out the details of the flower.


I also added glaze the the edges of the heart.
I painted the glaze around the edges of the heart then lightly wiped it back with a damp rag.
I used the same twine that I used for the stem to hang the heart.

This Valentine isn't going to get packed up after February 14!





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Sunday, January 9, 2022

Decoupage With Dixie Belle

 I come across these half tables quite often & can never pass them up. They're perfect if you need a small table by a chair or sofa, or even as a bedside table or in a bathroom.

This table had a decorative piece that was missing on one side.
Luckily it was only decorative & glued on, & popped right off with the slightest tap of a hammer.
I cleaned the table with White Lightening from the Dixie Belle Paint Company. After using the White Lightening, I cleaned with just water to make sure that no White Lightening residue was left behind.
Then I painted the table with two coats of Dixie Belle's color, Gravel Road.
I typically wait 24 hours before moving on to the next step. So, the next day I added Gilding Wax in the color Zinc, using my finger to apply it.

The Gilding Wax highlights all the detail.

Dixie Belle has some beautiful rice papers for decoupage. I've been waiting for the perfect piece to use their Art Deco Bird Pattern, & this table was it.

I used Dixie Belle's Satin Clear Coat as my decoupage medium & as a sealer for the table top.

The background color of the paper matched Gravel Road perfectly. Although it would have also looked great with a contrasting color.
The rice paper measures just over 23" x 24" so I have a lot left over for another project.
Now I'm on the hunt for more of these tables to decoupage!

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Monday, December 27, 2021

DIY House Number Sign

 I am fortunate to know a few people in the construction business who give me things before they go on the burn pile. Sometimes the fire is already lit & I have to act fast! Recently I was given some beautiful old molding that came out of a house before a remodeling job. It was perfect for creating my new house number sign.

I cut the molding to get a piece that was 8" long, then glued and clamped it to an 8" x 20" sign blank from Signopoly. I allowed it to dry overnight.
I grabbed some of my WoodUBend trim to add to my sign. The trim is very brittle, but once you add heat to it, it becomes flexible.

You can use a heat gun on the WoodUBend, but it also works well with a hair drier. I put my hair drier on the HOT setting & warmed the trim until it was pliable.
Using an Xacto knife, I cut two sections of the trim to fit across the sign. 
I glued them onto the board using E6000.
I painted the entire piece with the color, Fluff, from the Dixie Belle Paint Company. I did 2 coats for good coverage.

To accentuate the details of the trim & molding, I added Dixie Belle's glaze using the color, Van Dyke Brown. I painted the glaze on heavy to ensure it got down into all the grooves of the trim & molding.
I used a damp rag to wipe away the excess glaze.

I added more glaze to the board so there wouldn't be such a stark contrast between the "dirty" trim & bright white board.

I painted a wooden "Welcome" from Signopoly with the color, Fluff. The laser cutter leaves the edges of the cutout dark. I was careful not to paint over the edges so I would have the contrast between the welcome & the board. I glued the welcome onto the board between the 2 pieces of WoodUBend trim using E6000.
I made a vinyl stencil using my Cricut Maker.
These stencils work great, but for added protection from paint bleeding under the stencil, I added Dixie Belle's Clear Coat. This creates a barrier to prevent bleeding.
Once the Clear Coat was dry, I used a makeup wedge & the color, Coffee Bean to paint over the stencil. I did 3 thin coats using a pouncing motion.

Now there's no question whether you are at the right house or not!


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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Rusty Leaf Garland

Fall is usually slow to arrive here in the South. And, the Georgia pines greatly outnumber the colorful trees. However, yellow, red, and orange still make an appearance. Even as the leaves fade from the colors of Autumn into a rusty color, they're still beautiful. And for a girl who loves rust AND Fall, this project perfectly combines both.

I started with wooden leaves from Signopoly.

I gave the leaves a coat of Dixie Belle Paint using the color Sand Bar. The color of paint doesn't matter, because it isn't going to show in the end.
To create the rust, I used Dixie Belle's Patina Collection. 

The patina paint has tiny metal particles in it. The paint needs to be shaken well to distribute these particles.

After shaking the patina paint really well, I gave the leaves one coat of Iron Patina Paint. 

Once the first coat was dry, I gave the leaves a second coat of the Iron Patina Paint. While the paint was wet, I sprayed the leaves with the Green Patina Spray.

The paint will react to the spray and create rust. The process begins quickly, but may take up to six hours to finish reacting.

The hardest part is waiting for the process to end. But, I managed to walk away and finish the project the next day.

I used twine to string the leaves together for the garland.


I'll hate to see the leaves go, from both the trees and my mantel. 

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