Preparing the Studio

I have been sorting through the studio since Christmas, filling December orders, tidying crammed bookcases and closing the opened paint containers. There is something about a new year that fills you with promise, with the hope of days to come, adventures to take, memories to make. In clearing the dust from the shelves and from my envisioned projects in my mind,  I came upon this quote by Albert Einstein: “True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.” That is it! That is how I feel! DO you ever just HAVE to do something, really, truly HAVE to do it? In the way that you cannot stop yourself from crying out “This is what I am made to do?” I am made to paint. simply that. Be it beautiful, be it sloppy and ungainly, be it burlap, be it canvas, be it the back of a lunch receipt I pull out to sketch a painting idea, be it a project I have researched and loved and wept and dreamt of. I am made to hold a paint brush and love it. To draw. To sketch. To create. I am made with a desire to worship with visual strokes and thoughts and lines. and it is good....

Crack Up This Fall!

Let this fall ‘crack you up!”… A wonderful product to give your Fall decorations a unique vintage flair is… DecoArt’s Texture Crackle…age in a jar! Simply grab your pumpkin, pear…or other item (these are pears from the Dollar Store!)… Using a palette knife, apply liberally to your surface, covering all areas you want to age. If you miss a spot or two… It is easy to retouch…Then wait for it… wait for the magic… literally…right before your eyes… Treasures galore…ancient history replicated in mere minutes! Then take & display…tuck into wreaths, stack on a mantel, display under a cloche (Truly…this is an antique!) Check out more fabulous ideas at Make It Monday at the Brassy Apple!...
Paint Chip Flower

Paint Chip Flower

I wanted to create a cute, easy, and almost free flower for a fun centerpiece project…and this is the little ditty that came out of some fun with paint chips… Grab a variety of long paint chip strips… Cut a ‘fringe’ on one side, leaving about 1-1/2″ at the top… …after cutting the entire strip…begin rolling If you want the color on the topside…roll with the white on the outside…for the underside to be fresh and colorful, roll the color side in… the grab those fabulous big glue dots… affix one at the bottom, then top off with a simple white button (or color of your choice) Then stick a short length (8-10″) of baling wire through a button hole, through the glue dot and slightly into the flower roll to affix… Start pulling back the ‘petals’… …until you have a fun flower spray… You can either do several and place in a vase… Or press the end of the baling wire into a wine cork, and pace inside a small wooden turning… One centerpiece down…off to Sherwin Williams for more floral supplies…...

Verse of the Week

I have been busy in the studio making so many of these fun “Verse of the Week” chalkboards for the studio and my Etsy site… but then there was this drawer front…it has a beautiful provenance, once adorning a dining room on a shaded boulevard in western Kentucky…and now it sat on the studio calling to me… …The tarnished brass hardware and painted cherry front spoke (Although not audibly…but I swear I could almost hear a little ring as chalk dropped into the handle!) …it said “make me proud again…to have someone love me… so, out came the sandpaper & the paint (Of course, I was so quickly responding I didn’t take pictures…there was a talking drawer front after all…) I prepped the surface, touched up where I needed, flipped the drawer handle-upside-down (to create a holder for the chalk)…and then painted my design in chalk paint. A few coats later, I added the lettering…just my own whimsical style…  …And then the drawer took on a whole new personality…one where little ones and big ones alike could memorize their verse, or simply write it up there to make them smile as a good reminder each morning …and the chalk snuggled down in the hardware…waiting for next week’s memory lesson… …and life was good 🙂...
Sweet Dreams…or DIY ceiling jewelry!

Sweet Dreams…or DIY ceiling jewelry!

How to take your light from fab to fabulous…add a little jewel of an accessory to make your ceiling go from ho-hum to how did you do that?!!… Do it yourself in an afternoon by decorating an inexpensive ceiling medallion from your home-improvement store… To get this finish, you will need an aqua blue, a sandy beige, and a creamy white (or adjust to your decor)…Brush the blue into every crevice and curve of the medallion…do not be shy…just ‘moosh’ it in there…then loosely brush the beige around the rest of the surface… When dry, use a big brush to drag light applications of the cream paint over each surface…applying until you are happy with the look…then let dry… Use a bit of cream tinged with blue to letter out your phrase (this one was ‘sweet dreams”…but it could be many things…even their monogram) Once set, then go back over with a more visible blue application (I freehand my lettering for a more whimsical look, but you could use transfer paper or stencils too) While the blue is still slightly wet, introduce highlights in the sandy color… …allowing the paint to mix slightly for a dimensional look… Then , pull back out the light cream/blue mixture you used to layout your lettering and add a few shadow and accent marks… then stand back and admire your work…for your ceiling is calling you to get dressed… Remove your light fixture to install (here is where I step back and let the experts (ahem…my husband) do their work… Sweet dreams little one…...