Archive for ‘FolkArt Mediums’

April 30, 2012

Make It Monday: Whimsical ‘Love Birds’ Collage Frame

Happy Monday! Today is the last day of April. Isn’t that crazy? This month flew by so quickly. On this last day of the month we wanted to share with you a romantic project to create. Debbie Saenz designed this Whimsical ‘Love Birds’ Collage Frame. Tell a beautiful story about the image you place in the frame, by creating this project. Debbie used a mixture of texture and embellishments to achieve this look. This frame collage was created with Mod Podge, FolkArt acrylic paints and mediums. Full instructions can be found below on how to make this frame.

PLAID Supplies

  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Light Blue, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Artists Pigments™ – Burnt Umber 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Mediums – Antiquing Medium – Apple Butter Brown, 2 oz.
  • Mod Podge ® Matte, 16 oz.
Other Supplies

Wood frame, 2 pieces of coordinating antiqued blue scrapbook paper, Sheet music, Words from magazines or typed words, Bird templates, Branchlike stamp with swirls, 2 yards 1″ ribbon, 1 wooden tag, 3 small blue silk flowers, Key charm, Heart charm, 5 jump rings, Two 1½” antique brass handles, Hot glue, Hand drill, Sandpaper, and Black inkpad


  1. Sand rough edges of frame; wipe clean.
  2. Paint the outside edges of the frame and tag and inside frame opening with Burnt Umber; allow to dry then dry brush with Light Blue.
  3. Decoupage scrapbook papers onto frame with the upper right and bottom left corners beings the same pattern and the upper left and bottom right corners being the same pattern; refer to photo. Decoupage tag. Once dry, sand edges of frame and tag smooth.
  4. Trace and cut out birds using the sheet music, cut out 5 musical notes and words that say “Let Us Sing A Sweet Love Song” or any saying of your choice. Dilute Brown Antiquing Medium with water to desired color and paint over birds, musical notes and words; allow to dry then antique edges with full strength Brown Antiquing Medium; allow to dry.
  5. Stamp branches where birds will be perched; refer to photo.
  6. Decoupage birds, musical notes in place; refer to photo. Decoupage words on tag, antique edges of tag; allow to dry. Give the entire frame and tag a coat of Mod Podge to seal; allow to dry.
  7. Drill a small hole in the bottom of the tag and attach a jump ring with heart charm then use Mod Podge to attach the key in place on the tag, aligning holes; dry and attach 4 jump rings.
  8. Attach antique brass handles on each side of the top edge of the frame. Tie ribbons on each side of the front of the frame (attach tag on right side) then, with remaining ribbon, make a loop through handles and tie a bow at the top; refer to photo. Use hot glue to adhere the flowers.
March 22, 2012

A Turquoise Armoire

An old armoire painted and updated. How cool is this updated armoire? Laura Whitlow created this upcycled furniture project. To get this look, Laura used FolkArt paint. If you’re looking for a way to add a splash of color to your room, try adding a vibrant piece of furniture. This armoire is sure to liven up any room you place it in. If you want to see what this armoire looked like before, click here. You will not believe the amazing transformation. FolkArt acrylic paints are great to use on most furniture surfaces. To recreate this look, see below for a list of supplies needed and instructions.

PLAID Supplies

  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Citrus Green, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Artists Pigments™ – Pure Black, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Finishes – Clearcote™ Aerosol Acrylic Sealer – Matte, 11 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Turquoise, 2 oz.

Other Supplies
Soft Rag
Razor Blade


1. Sand piece to remove factory polyurethane finish. Using razor blade, scrape flowers off of glass door and clean well.

2. Paint piece turquoise and then paint inside green. Apply  two coats. Allow to dry.

3. Distress edges with 80 grit sandpaper.

4. Mix black paint with water (4 parts paint to one part water) and using soft rag, wipe over turquoise color to “glaze” and  accent. Feel free to use more than one “coat” on this step to add glaze to your taste.

5. Spray a coat of FolkArt sealer to protect.

February 28, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Spring Topiary Art and Vases

Welcome spring with fresh translucent color. Try this fresh new project technique, featuring Gallery Glass. This project was designed by one of our talented designers, Julie Lewis. Nothing brightens up your home more than some spring decor. This spring topiary art and vase, are perfect additions to any home. Place this project on a mantle, or window. See below for all the supplies you will need, along with instructions.

PLAID Supplies

  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Snow White, 2 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Clear Frost, 2 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Surfaces – Leading Blanks
  • Gallery Glass ® Liquid Leading™ – Black, 4 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Hot Pink, 2 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Autumn, 2 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Lemonade, 2 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Aqua, 2 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Light Green, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Rusted Pipe, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Mediums – Crackle Medium, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Wicker White, 2 oz.

Other Supplies

Hole punch ¼”- 1/8”, Craft knife, Plastic spreader, Combing tool or toothpick, Stencil brushes 1/8”-1/4”, Flat brush ½”-1/4”, Picture frame with glass 11” x 14”, Square glass vases, Wood candlestick 1 7/8”, E 6000 adhesive, and Tape


  1. Create multiple lead lines on one leading blank. Spread window color onto other blanks with plastic spreader and set aside to dry (at least 12 hours).
  2. To crackle picture frame and candlestick, base coat both with Rusted Pipe.
  3. Apply crackle medium in a slip slap pattern with flat brush. Let dry.
  4. Apply Wicker White top-coat in same manner and cracks will appear as paint dries.
  5. Make two copies of topiary pattern. Pattern is scaled for an 11 x 14 frame but, can be enlarged or reduced for other frame sizes.
  6. Place one pattern under glass and secure with tape.
  7. Use other pattern under leading blanks to cut out desired pieces with craft knife to create topiary. Use hole punches to make circles.
  8. Place lead lines onto glass as shown and to create topiary pot. Use a dot of liquid leading from bottle to secure where cut lead lines meet.
  9. Apply window color to pot and comb with combing tool to spread.
  10. Use stencil brush to apply Clear Frost around outside border and to pot.
  11. Use same processes on glass vases as shown.
  12. Glue candlestick to bottom of vase with E 6000.


November 17, 2011

Teaching Thursdays: Upcycled Fall Votive Holder

by: Julie Lewis

When you think of fall…memories of warm moments, spicy smells and family gatherings are foremost in everyone’s thoughts. This easy to make project exemplifies all those thoughts and more as it becomes the focal point of your holiday table. Reusing an old cookie or candy tin begins the process. Follow these easy to do steps created by Plaid Designer, Julie Lewis.

Here is what you’ll need:

Mod Podge® Matte CS11301, Mod Podge® Sparkle CS11217, FolkArt® Antiquing Medium – 817 Woodn’ Bucket Brown, FolkArt® Eggshell Crackle Kit – 692, FolkArt® Acrylic Paint – 527 Forest Moss, Candy/cookie tin, Scrapbook papers, Squeegee, Foil, Wax paper, Burlap, Yarn, Acorns, 4 – wood doll pin stands 1 1/8” x ½” round, 4 – wood wheels 1 ½”, Scissors, Glue/hot glue gun, Craft knife, Ruler, Tape, Glass votives, ½”, ¼” flat brushes, Foam plates, and Dried pinto beans

Gather your supplies.

Place your scrapbook papers on pieces of foil and brush the fronts with Mod Podge Matte. Set aside to dry.

While your paper is drying, paint your wood pieces Forest Moss.

Paint your acorns too!…just the bottoms.

Measure the height of your tin…

Measure and cut two strips from your paper. Coat the backs with Mod Podge.

Brush the tin with Mod Podge.

Center and place paper onto one end of tin…smooth it around the corners.

Here’s a great tip…place wax paper over your surface and use the squeegee to push out excess Mod Podge. The wax paper won’t stick! Repeat with second strip of paper and here is another great tip…wait 20 minutes before applying your top coat. There will be things to do in the meantime.

Brush Mod Podge Sparkle over painted wood pieces and acorns.

Seal your tin with Mod Podge.

Cut your other scrapbook paper into strips 3” x ¾”. This tin took 40 strips.

Place ends together and tape.

It’s now time to apply Step 1 of the crackle medium. Apply slightly thick, smooth coats brushing out any ridges. Let dry 1 hour.

Glue the doll pins to the wheels and let dry.

After the hour, apply Step 2 of the crackle medium. Small cracks should appear within a half hour. Let dry at least 2-4 hours.

While you are waiting, cut strips of burlap and fray edges to desired look.

When crackle medium is dry, brush on antiquing medium and rub off with a soft cloth. The fine cracks will be more evident.

Find center of tin and glue or hot glue pieces of paper to tin layering in rows.

Place two loops of paper on either side of middle loop for spacing. Five across and four up.

Mod Podge a strip over top edge of tin for a finished edge.

Glue or use double sides tape to attach burlap ribbon.

Tie yarn around tine and attach acorns. Secure with a bow.

Glue feet to bottom of tin.

Fill with beans and nestle glass votives into tin.

Place candles in votive holders and scatter remaining acorns among the beans to finish. A beautiful piece for your holiday table!

October 3, 2011

Make it Monday: Elegant Halloween Wreath Decor

Project created by Julie Lewis

Halloween has always been a favorite and fun holiday. It’s not just for kids anymore and Halloween crafting and décor is fast becoming a seriously hot trend. Pairing elegant with Halloween takes crafting in a new direction and this hanging wreath shows what levels you can go to.

Here is what you’ll need:

FolkArt® Acrylic Paint – 479 Pure Black, 660 Pure Gold, 741 Glazed Carrots, 2577 Toasted Vanilla

FolkArt® Extreme Glitter™ – 2786 Gold, 2793 Orange, 2797 Black

FolkArt® Crackle Medium – 696

Wood bird cut out, 3” wood disk, 14” paper Mache or wood wreath, Black feathers, Glue, #1 Liner brush, ½” Flat brush,

Pencil, Black/Cream damask ribbon, Wire, Scissors, Antique gold purse/drapery ring, a Ruler

Gather your supplies…

Basecoat your wreath and bird with Pure Black.

Let dry thoroughly.

Generously apply Crackle Medium to wreath in a slip slap motion.

This is what it will look like when completely covered. Set aside to dry while you go on to something else. It should lose its shiny appearance when dry.

Apply Black Exteme Glitter to bird. Let dry between coats and apply as many coats as desired for maximum glitter.

Paint your wood disk with Glazed Carrots and when dry, apply Orange Extreme Glitter. Extreme Glitter is awesome anytime but, it’s especially awesome for Halloween!

Now let’s crackle! It’s no secret that I love crackle so I have to use it again here. Apply Toasted Vanilla in the same slip slap motion all over the wreath.

Try not to overlap where you started as it will already have crackled by the time you get around the wreath. It’s so cool to watch!

Ta da!

Paint the inner and outer lip with Pure Gold.

Now apply the Gold Extreme Glitter.

Rub your pencil over the back of your flying witch pattern.

Trace onto your glittered disk. Press hard as the surface will be slightly rough.

It will be slightly hard to see but, there will be enough to go by.

Paint your witch with a liner brush in Pure Black. Keep your pattern handy to refer to if any parts are too hard to read.

Paint a few starburst shapes and you are done with the moon!

Paint accent lines on crow with liner brush. Create eye by using opposite end of brush dipped in paint.

Starting at sixteen inches, cut lengths of ribbon descending in size to about nine inches.

Fold each length in on itself and glue at the center.

When all your loops are glued, stack them and tie in center with wire.

Fan the loops out to create bow.

Glue a small piece of ribbon around center to hide wire.

Cut two lengths of ribbon and glue back to back for hanger.

Glue feathers to bottom end of wreath.

Glue bird and moon in place.

Glue bow and hanger ribbon in place.

Thread ring through loose end of hanger and secure at desired length.

Originally elegant!

August 4, 2011

Teaching Thursday: Tips and Hints for Crakle Projects

I used to be afraid of Crackle Medium, I’ll admit it.  It seemed so intimidating!  But practice makes perfect, and I’m here to tell you that it’s one of the easiest faux finishes around, and it makes your projects look beautiful, too!

Crackling is an effect that makes things look aged, antiqued, and without the years of wind and weather it takes to make it naturally, it makes it easy!  You can use Crackle Medium with just one color, or two, it’s really the user’s choice.  I love to use it with two colors, as I appreciate the contrast of the colors and usually take forever to make my color choices unless I’ve picked a palette beforehand.

After basecoating your project, you just brush Folk Art Crackle Medium on top of the dry surface.  And, here’s a little secret; you can stop here with the Crackle if you want to, but I like to make sure I let the Crackle coat dry completely and apply a second coat, a bit thicker than the first, on top!  I found that when I did this, my cracks were more defined.

You can apply the top coat to a surface using a number of different methods.  You can apply the paint very thick or just brush it on to get different types of cracks.  Generally, a thick topcoat creates bigger cracks, and a thin topcoat creates smaller cracks.  The style of brush you use will make the effect different, too.

Here, I used a thick top coat, applied with a sponge brush.  I brushed the paint on unevenly, crossing my strokes while keeping my brush loaded with paint between every stroke.  You don’t ever want to brush over a stroke as this will pull the top coat away from the Crackle Medium and make an ugly mark.

The results are large, beautiful cracks heading in different directions.

You can also apply the paint in the same way with a brush.  Here, I laid down a light coat of Wicker White over a Deep Ocean Blue base-coat to show you how beautiful a darker color is under a light one.

The results here are great, too.  As you can see, with the lighter top coat, you can see more of the darker base-coated color, which is just a different look from the one above.  It’s your choice which one to use.

Here is an example of using a brush for the top coat, with even strokes all heading in the same direction.

You can use Crackle Medium on just about any surface you choose, except glass and plastics.  Furniture is especially lovely when it’s aged, I think.  You can also be adventurous and try it out on a wall or two at home, if you’re so inclined!

But my biggest tip would be to play with it awhile before you commit to your project.  Try out the different methods shown here, or create your own, but definitely don’t pass by the Crackle Medium the next time you see it on your craft store shelf.  Pick it up and try it!  It’s a great way to add new dimension to your craft projects!

July 29, 2011

Freelance Friday: Rustic Spoon Pendant

I am always amazed with how creative people can get, with everyday items. Check out this awesome DIY spoon pendant. This pendant was made by one of our friends, the Busily Spinning Momma. Obviously the main item needed to recreate this project is a spoon, lol, but feel free to use this as inspiration to use another type of utensil. I wonder how this would look as a fork pendant? This pendant tutorial is simple to follow, and a few of the supplies used included FolkArt ClearCote High Shine Glaze, and Mod Podge. Thanks to the Busily Spinning Momma for sharing this incredible project. To learn how to make this cool pendant click here. What do you think about this project? Have you ever made a craft out of a utensil?

May 2, 2011

Make It Monday: Neon Desk Organizer

Pretty Neon Desk OrganizerMother’s Day is right around the corner, why not make something cute and useful for Mom? This organizer by Debbie Saenz is great for the office, kitchen, bedroom, even the bathroom. Where ever Mom has little things that need a home this organizer can help her out. Here’s how to make it.

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April 4, 2011

Make It Monday: Altered Crackle Frame

My favorite medium lately is Plaid’s crackle medium.  It’s super easy to use – you just paint it on, allow it to dry then paint over it.  Shortly thereafter, you have crackle!  Jen from My Crafty Friend Jen tried the crackle medium herself and made this awesome frame for a scrapbook layout.  I LOVE the pink FolkArt paint peeking out from under the white.  The crackle effect is so cool, and you need to check out everything she did to plus out her project here.

February 7, 2011

Make It Monday: Glitter Crackle Heart Frame

We’re trying some fun new techniques at Plaid – and since we love sparkle, we’re incorporating FolkArt Extreme Glitter!  With Valentine’s Day coming up, we wanted to create some quick and easy ideas to show your love to family and friends.  We took some Red Extreme Glitter and crackle medium and combined the two to make this pretty crackle heart frame.  That red between the crackle really sparkles!  Here’s how to make a frame just like this one.

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