Key to my Heart

Key to my Heart

Going through the house to fill the donation box, I kept picking up frames in one room or another. Some were old, some new, some broken, some brand new from the craft store. So there I was with a stack of frames & wood & inspiration struck… Holiday ornaments and tags were just waiting to be discovered in those wooden pieces…pumpkins needed to be adorned, ornaments wanted to be created and all in all- it was time to create! I also had a wonderful box just delivered from DecoArt full of amazing products from their new mixed-media line to try…I have several art projects in mind for these new products (especially their fabulous fluid acrylics!)…but today I was thinking more decoratively in my home for my mixed media creating! Since I felt a little sparkly, I went with ornaments first (I know- out of seasonal order, but who can resist the possibility of spreading a little golden cheer!) I grabbed the first frame, and old book, several awesome products from DecoArt’s new mixed media line, a stencil or two & raided the junk drawer for some old keys, buttons & an assortment of what-nots!     I began tearing pages and deco-paging the background. When dry, I did a soft wash using white antiquing cream to soften the look. Then I took one of my new favorite products,  DecoArt’s Metallic Lustre – Gold Rush, and rubbed it with a rag along the edges and details of the frame- Love! To create the center image for my frame, I used a key stencil, gesso & a palette knife. I taped off around the key I...

The Red, White & Blue Monogram

There it was, the box waiting for me.  New paint. Not just new paint, but a new type of paint, filled with the promise of new colors, chalky finish, and oh-so-many possibilities! Freshness, possibilities, makeovers, new looks. All this awaits in the box of new paint! The box is open, new designs are forming and the Fourth of July is calling! I was inspired to create a patriotic sign that would be fun for the fourth, but could also decorate year-round. Pulling from my studio stash of boards, I found an MDF board in a 20″ x 12″ size just perfect for a rectangular sign. I base coated in the wonderful new Chalky Finish Paint from Decoart, then selected the beautiful Legacy blue and Romance red for the next steps in the project. I laid out the center circle and banding, then traced out the chevron stripes from my stencil. Painting the chevron stripes in the Rouge was a snap, since the paint was so creamy. After taping and painting the bottom three inch band with blue, I pulled out some simple alphabet stencils to do the bottom lettering. I laid the wording out with a pencil for spacing, then stenciled American Made in Primitive Chalky finish paint. While I had that color on my brush, I also painted the center of the circle.   When completely dry, I grabbed my 100 grit sandpaper and distressed away. My hand lettering finished off the sign with a little fun personalization.  I was so excited about this project, I invited a few friends to the studio to share the paint fun. I...

Creative Home Display Ideas

I am always looking for ways to display my family photos and everyday essential items Unusual, quirky ways that add an element of creativity and surprise! One of my favorite ways to pop a photo in here and there is the repurpose vintage items, like the old flower frog above These two ideas used only silver pot lids, from this quick and easy DIY post! Tie on your photos using twine or ribbon One of my favorite display ideas is to find unusual candle holders to act as easels then you will have art displaying art! punch a hole in the top, thread jute twine and tie onto a cabinet knob! Quick and easy ways to perk up everyday areas in your home are fun to try…I  pinned several more inspirations from all over the internet using bottles, ladders, jars, everyday items all around you to my pinterest board  “On the Wall” what are your favorite...

Alphabet Song

My three year old loves, no LOVES, singing  the ABC song I mean LOVES singing it! All the time, down the halls, at bed time, in the car, at church, in the store A, B, C, D, E, F, G… So when I happened upon these adorable ABC stickers at the Dollar store I knew in a flash what I had to create! I rushed home (as the ABC tune wafted from the backseat) and found some old wood begging to be recycled in the storage shed, brushed a quick coat of black latex enamel (I highly recommend Decoart’s Gloss enamels!), taking extra care to be sloppy and haphazard in the brushstrokes in other words, take your brush and only apply sporadically to the surface, pulling up quickly to leave ‘brushstroke tails’ that reveal the wood beneath When dry, I placed each brightly colored consonant and vowel dollar store sticker across the surface, spacing somewhat evenly I did not measure, nor mark out,(in the hopes of) creating a hand-painted sign feel I grabbed a handy can of white spray paint and sprayed a quick coat I used spray paint here, as I wanted a light, uneven coating on the surface that would be easy to sand and distress when dry, I carefully peeled up each letter, revealing the darker distressed imprint below After distressing with a few strokes of the sandpaper, I added a couple hangers, a burlap ribbon, and found an empty nail on the wall A B C D E F G H I J K LMNOP Q R S T U & V W X Y...