Friday, July 23, 2021

Make A Wish Mixed Media

 I love mixed media art projects. This one is fun and easy enough for any age. And, while you're at it, you're recycling paper from your shredder!

I started by adding 3 colors of Dixie Belle Paint to a 12" x 12" canvas. I used the colors Mermaid Tail, Sea Glass, & Haint Blue.

I used an old hotel key card to spread the paint around on the canvas. Don't overwork it or you'll just mix the colors together & get one color.
While the canvas was still wet, I added the color, Cobalt, to deepen the color of the edges of the canvas.
Again, I used a key card to spread the color onto the canvas.
I pressed bubble wrap onto the Cobalt paint while it was still wet. This will transfer paint onto the bubble to then press on other areas of the canvas to create texture.
I pressed the bubble wrap over the canvas until I had the amount of texture I wanted, being careful not to cover the entire canvas. This part is fun, so it's easy to get carried away!

I cut different lengths of twine & painted them with the color, Evergreen. I placed them on the canvas to create stems. I let the wet paint act as the glue to hold them in place.
I filled a sandwich bag with paper from my shredder then added a little ModPodge & water to the bag. I sealed the bag then massaged the bag until the paper was coated with the ModPodge mixture. Then I formed the paper into round shapes to represent dandelions.
I placed the round shapes onto the top of each twine stem. The ModPodge on the paper is enough to glue the "flower" onto the canvas.
I printed out "Make a wish" using my laser printer. I cut it out then added Dixie Belle's Van Dyke Glaze to the edges. I applied the glaze with a damp rag putting it heavy along the edges, then lightly adding more to the rest of the paper. Please note: If you use an ink jet printer, your ink will bleed when it gets wet. 

I glued the paper onto the canvas using the ModPodge.


Make A Wish!!!
I'm wishing you all a beautiful & creative day!


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Sunday, July 11, 2021

Don't Eat The Gumballs

This adorable door hanger looks like a sweet treat to greet your guests, but don't eat the gumballs!

The base material for the door hanger is a wooden cutout from Signopoly. It even has grooves to define the different areas of the gumball machine.


I used the color, Caviar, from the Dixie Belle Paint Company to paint the feet of the gumball machine.

I painted the "glass" globe with the color, Fluff, & painted the rest of the machine with Honky Tonk Red.

I used Dixie Belle's Gemstone Mousse in the color Diamond for the candy chute & knob to make it look like metal.


I used Dixie Belle's black Best Dang Wax to define the details.


I glued on colorful pompoms, using tacky glue, to represent the gumballs. So cute, but not tasty! 


We've all heard of things looking too pretty to eat, and that is literally true for this!


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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Anchor And Amber

 I love painting furniture.

And, when this coffee table was sitting on my work table at Junk Mama's General Store, a customer asked, "are you going to paint that?" To which I replied, "yes!" Then she asked, "why?" To which I replied, "because I'm a furniture painter." I could've gone on about how the piece was dated, the wood wasn't a pretty color, it was scratched up,...


Although dated, I wanted to highlight some of the vintage style detail.


Since I was going to use Dixie Belle Paint Company's Silk paint, I gave the table a light scuff sanding and cleaned the table with Dixie Belle's White Lightening cleaner. 

I chose the color, Anchor.


 I loved this little trim detail around the top of the coffee table and decided not to paint over it.

Once I had given the coffee table two coats of Silk, I used Gemstone Mousse to highlight the details on the table. The color, Amber, was a great compliment to the trim that I left unpainted.


The Gemstone Mousse is highly pigmented and needs very little for great coverage. I simply used my finger to apply it to all the raised detailed areas.






 Anchor and Amber gave this dated coffee table a more modern, up to date, feel.

And, it's a lot less expensive to paint an old piece of furniture than to buy new!



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Monday, June 7, 2021

Painting My Diving Board...Again

 Back in 2018 I shared how I painted my stained & dingy diving board with Dixie Belle Paint...

You can read that post HERE.


It was so colorful & pretty, & it held up beautifully.

Last year, we had to get a new liner. The paint colors didn't match well with the new liner. So, of course, I painted the diving board again!

As before, I taped off sections with painter's tape to create stripes. Then used Dixie Belle paint colors that better matched the new liner.

The colors I used were Fluff, Cobalt, In The Navy, French Linen, & Dusty Blue.

Because of the texture of the diving board, some of the paint did bleed under the tape. So I used a small, flat artist brush to touch it up.


I sealed the diving board with Dixie Belle's Gator Hide. Gator Hide is water repellant so it's perfect for outdoor use. It adds a slight sheen to create a nice satin finish.


Diving in to Summer with another Dixie Belle makeover...


While I had my paint out, I updated my terracotta pots using the color Cobalt, leaving a little of the terracotta peaking through...





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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Repurposed Brick Mold

 It seems like all of a sudden I'm seeing brick molds everywhere!


I wanted to do something creative with this one & decided a makeover was just what it needed to make it a little less rustic.


I gave the wood a whitewash look with Dixie Belle Paint Company's Voodoo Gel Stain using the color White Magic.


I poured a little of the stain in a container then painted it on with a paintbrush.


Then, while it was still wet, I wiped it back with a damp rag.



I wanted to dress the brick mold up a little more using the Cacti & Succulents Transfer from the Belles & Whistles line from Dixie Belle.


There are 6 sheets in the package. Two of the sheets have an all over design, but the others sheets have separate designs that are easy to cut up & just use a few pieces. 


I cut out the pieces of the transfer that I wanted to use & began rubbing them onto the brick mold using the wooden applicator that comes in the package.


I kept adding to the design until I had the look I wanted.




There are so many things you can use brick molds for...

 add potted plants to them,

add jars to hold silverware at parties,

fill them with seashells,

use them to make large candles...

Or, do what I did!

It just so happens that brick molds are the perfect size to hold 2 rolls of toilet paper. And, it fits perfectly on the back of the toilet!



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