Posts tagged ‘folkart paint’

May 1, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: A Festive Sombrero

When people think of May they generally think of Mother’s Day, however there is another reason to celebrate this month and that’s Cinco de Mayo. This festive holiday is approaching quickly, and will be here this weekend. In case you are planning to throw a little fiesta gathering here is a must have item you will need. A sombrero can be used not just to wear, but also as a festive centerpiece for your party. Another creative way to use this item is to line the hat rim with napkins and fill with chips. Kindra Boroff designed this sombrero. It was created primarily using FolkArt Acrylic Paint. This is a beginner level project that will take just about an hour to complete. Below is a full list of supplies you will need, and the instructions to create this project. Do you have any plans for Cinco de Mayo?

Plaid Supplies

FolkArt Acrylic Paint: 901 Wicker White, 2553 Lime Green, 643 Azure Blue,  2546 Bright Pink,  437 Lipstick Red

Plaid Tools: 1534  1 ¼” Spouncer,  1” Flat Brush

Other Supplies

Straw sombrero, Blue and white striped 1 ½” ribbon, Hot glue, Turquoise felt, Lime felt, Red felt, Hot pink felt, Tulle, Scissors, Large clear rhinestone.


1. Base-coat approximately 4” on the top and bottom rim of the hat with Azure blue.

2. Add some 1” to 2” inch stripes using Bright Pink, Lime Green, and Lipstick Red in that order on the remaining rim of the hat.

3. Base-coat the top of the hat with Azure Blue.

4. Using Bright Pink, Lipstick Red, and Lime Green, spouncer polka dots as shown.

5. Cut a large flower shape from the turquoise felt and a piece of white tulle. Repeat with the other colors of felt, making each flower a little smaller. Hot glue the flowers together and add a rhinestone in the center. Hot glue to the hat.

April 27, 2012

Freelance Friday: Anthropologie Inspired House Number Plaque

TGIF! It’s Friday, and that means the weekend is here. The weekend is the best time to craft. In case you are looking for something to make, I wanted to share this Anthropologie Inspired House Number Plaque. This is a great project to create for your home; it is a great outdoor project. FolkArt outdoors paints, and Martha Stewart glitter paint was used to create this project. I love how colorful and fun this plaque is. You can definitely get as creative as you want. I discovered this project on a craft blog, called Hating Martha. Don’t be alarmed by the name, Janel the creator of the blog does not hate Martha. She actually loves her, but the name of her blog comes from the idea that she does not believe everything you create has to be or look perfect. It’s a fun blog with great craft projects, such as this one. To see how Janel made this house number plaque, click here.

April 26, 2012

Teaching Thursday: Vintage Style Plates

One of my favorite surfaces to craft on is plates. I like to use this surface, because there are so many creative things one can create with them. Take these vintage style plates. They are so elegant, and stylish. One look at these and they are sure to garner several oohs and ahhs. These vintage style plates would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift or could be the perfect accompaniment at a ladies luncheon. Try using photographs or even writing a poem or personal message. To create these plates you will need some FolkArt and Mod Podge. Below is complete list of supplies, and instructions. Have you ever created a craft project using plates?

PLAID Supplies

  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Licorice, 2 oz.
  • Mod Podge ® Gloss, 8 oz.
Other Supplies
2 clear glass dinner plates, Tissue paper from an old sewing pattern, 2 old book pages with text, Black scrapbook paper, Silhouette images or photographs, Foam paintbrush, Small detail scissors, Sandpaper


1. Silhouette images with small scissors.

2. Tear tissue paper into 3 or 4 inch pieces. Set aside.

3. Cut each book page into a circle slightly larger than the images.

4. Use the black scrapbook paper to cut two circles approx. 3/8 inch larger than each book page (make sure it’s not larger than the base of the plate).

5. Adhere the silhouettes to the center of each book page with Mod Podge carefully smoothing out any bubbles with your fingers. Glue to the back of the glass plate.

6. Use Mod Podge to adhere the black paper circles over the book pages smoothing out any bubbles with your fingers.

7. Randomly attach the tissue papers to the back of the plate overlapping as you work allowing the papers to extend the edges of the plate. Allow to dry.

8. Use sandpaper to remove excess tissue paper from the edges of the plates. Sand towards the back of the plate in one direction.

9. Paint the base of the plate with Licorice.

Note: Wipe the plate clean with a dry cloth. Keep away from water.

April 10, 2012

Tuesday Huesday: Closet Makeover

You’ve heard the saying before, out with old and in with the new, well that is what I think about during the spring season. Spring is the best time of year to do some necessary cleaning, purging, and organizing. One place in everyone’s home that could use always use a spring-cleaning, is the closet. Now don’t be ashamed, but be honest is your closet bursting at the seams exploding with clothing? If it is, you are long overdue for a closet cleansing. Some of you may just want to completely redo your closet, and start from scratch. I personally think every women dreams of designing her dream closet. The image above is of a closet I found on It is amazing, and I love the colors used throughout. The colors make it a warm, inviting, and tranquil environment. If you do plan to redo you entire closet, don’t be afraid to add color. Be as adventurous as you wish, in your closet. It’s not just a closet; it is your own personal space. Hopefully one day I will be able to build my dream closet from scratch, but until then I will be pinning images on Pinterest of what I would like it to look like 🙂 Have you ever redesigned your closet?

This palette was created using FolkArt acrylic paint colors: # 442 Baby Blue, # 420 Linen, # 480 Titanium White, # 479 Pure Black

April 5, 2012

Technique Thursday: Essential Mod Podge Techniques

Prepare your surface. Almost any surface can be used to create a decoupage project. Suitable surfaces include wood, paper mache, terra cotta, tin, cardboard, glass and craft foam. Only SOME plastics are suitable for decoupage – we recommend testing a small area before completing your entire project to make sure that the Mod Podge will adhere.

Base-coat your surface (optional step). Many items need to be base-coated before decoupaging if your surface is unfinished. We recommend FolkArt or Apple Barrel Acrylic Paints for base-coating.

Prepare Items to be Mod Podged. Here a few tips you should know before beginning.

  • Fabric – Wash and dry the fabric (do not use fabric softener). Iron and then lay out on a covered work surface.
  • Wax paper is preferable for covering your table. Using a brush, paint a light coat of Fabric Mod Podge onto your fabric.

Allow to dry. This will allow you to cut the fabric like paper without frayed edges.

  • Paper – Most items, especially thicker papers, are ready to be Mod Podged as is. If you are working with thinner sheets of scrapbook paper, it may help to spray your paper with a clear acrylic sealer before Mod Podging. Spray both sides and allow to dry before using.
  • Tissue Paper – There is nothing that you need to do to prepare tissue paper, but just be advised that because it is so thin, it is very difficult to Mod Podge without wrinkles. The good news is that wrinkles are typically part of the charm of using tissue paper and add a little character to your surface. Mod Podge tissue paper carefully so that it doesn’t tear. Cut out your paper or whatever it is that you are planning to decoupage. Experiment with design elements to determine the layout of your piece. Add interest to your design by using large and small pieces, layering and overlapping elements and coordinating colors.

Adhere each element with the Mod Podge finish of your choice. Always start with the underlying design elements and work your way upward. Apply a medium coat of Mod Podge to the surface. Too little Mod Podge and you will get wrinkles – you can always wipe away excess Mod Podge. Place your item(s) to be decoupaged on top of the Mod Podge and smooth thoroughly.

Keep smoothing until all of the bubbles are removed.

When working with large pieces, smooth from the center outward. Air bubbles can be removed with the Mod Podge Tool Set. Use the squeegee with smaller items such as trays – it was developed specifically for getting into corners.

Use a brayer for larger items such as furniture.
Add a protective coat of Mod Podge to your project using a sponge or flat brush. Allow to dry and then repeat. The number of coats you finish with is up to you, but we recommend at least two.
For a very smooth finish, wet a piece of #400 grit sandpaper with water and sand lightly between coats. Wipe dry and polish with #0000 steel wool on the final coat.
April 5, 2012

Teaching Thursday: Step Stool by Every Creative Endeavor

Hello PLAID readers!! I am so excited to be here today sharing a fun little project. My name is Amanda and I am the creator and author of Every Creative Endeavor – a fun little blog about all things DIY for you and your home! I love to make items for my house; there is just something so great about completing a project that beautifies your home. I also love making things for my kids – again, there is something so gratifying in seeing your kids love something you have made them. Today I am going to share a fun little Monogrammed Step Stool I made for my son.  We just finished potty training but I realized he would need something to help reach the toilet and the sink to wash his hands and a fun little step stool was the perfect solution!

First, I headed out to Michaels – a great store to pick up PLAID products – and found this fun little stool.

I brought it home and used #459 Hauser Green Light by FolkArt by PLAID and gave it a few good coats. This green is one of my very favorite colors! It is bright and fun and perfect for a little boy.

Next I cut out a “Q” with some scrapbook paper I had in my supplies. I used a cutting machine to cut it out so you could use one of those if you have one or just print one out on your computer and trace it onto your paper – I used to that all the time. It works great!! Using Gloss Mod Podge, I glued the letter onto the stool. I first applied a coat to the stool and then applied my “Q” and then added a few more coats over the top. TIP: If you are finding little bubbles in your letter while the Mod Podge is drying, simply take your hair dryer and apply it to the bubble and it will flatten.

I also used the Mod Podge to coat the entire stool and give it a nice little glossy shine. It turned out perfect and my son loves it!

It is the perfect little step stool to reach those high places. And yes, even I have used it a couple times to reach a few things up high in my pantry. My daughter loves it too so I may be making a fun little pink one in the near future!

Thank you so much for having me today and I would love for you to stop by Every Creative Endeavor to see what other projects I have been working on!


April 3, 2012

Tuesday Huesday: Accessorize with Colors

When it comes to decorating or bringing new life to a room many people immediately jump to painting their walls. While that is definitely a way to add color to a room, it is not the only way. Have you ever thought about accessorizing with color instead? Leaving the walls a neutral color, can give you a lot of variety of how you can decorate your room. Use blues, purples, pinks, whatever your heart desires. By using colorful accessories it gives you the option to change up the color in your room as much as you would like. The room pictured above is a great example of accessorizing with color. This room was featured on Better Homes and Gardens. Have you ever decorated one of your rooms with colorful accessories?

This palette was created using FolkArt acrylic paint colors: # 2574 Brilliant Pink, # 641 Brilliant Blue, # 644 Grass Green, # 649 Warm White

April 2, 2012

Make It Monday: Vintage Glamour Makeup Brushes

It’s a new week, and that means it’s time to try a new craft project. I love craft projects that you can use. The other day I happened to notice how bland my makeup brushes were. I wondered what I could to do to jazz them up? Luckily I did not have to look to far for a unique idea. Kindra Boroff created these Vintage Glamour Makeup Brushes, that I absolutely adore. This is a perfect craft for all skill levels, that will take about an hour to create. You are sure to be the envy of your girlfriends, once they see these incredible makeup brushes.

Plaid Supplies

Mod Podge-CS11305 4oz Matte

FolkArt Acrylic Paint-938 Licorice

FolkArt Extreme Glitter- 2792 Back

Other Supplies

Makeup brushes

Cherry fabric

Red satin ribbon

Small clear rhinestones

Permanent fabric glue

Flat brush

Masking tape



  1. Measure 1” from the tip of the brush handle and tape off. Paint the tip of the handle with Licorice. When dry paint a few coats of Black glitter as shown.
  2. Cut the fabric to fit the remaining section of the handle. Mod Podge the fabric to the brush handle. Allow to dry.
  3. Cut the red ribbon the wrap around the handle where the painted section and the fabric meet. Glue with fabric glue. Attach a small rhinestone to the ribbon as shown with fabric glue.
March 29, 2012

Teaching Thursday: Repurposed Lampshade

Have you done any spring-cleaning yet? How about some spring decorating? Spring is a great time to clean up, and start fresh. Perhaps there is a room in your home you need to organize. Or you have been looking forward to adding new decorations to your room. Here is a project that can bring new life to any room in your home. A repurposed lampshade is a great spring project. Kindra Boroff, a designer here at Plaid, created this one. This is an intermediate project that will take 2 or more hours to complete. If you are like me, I often have a hard time finding the exact type of lampshade I picture in my mind, well here is a solution. Create your own lampshade. Use this exact design, or use it as inspiration to create whatever you envision.

Plaid Supplies

FolkArt Acrylic Paint- 938 Licorice, 424 Light Gray, 2551 Moon Yellow

FolkArt Painting Stencils-30599 Debbie Floral

Simply Stencil Value Packs-30502 7×10 Stencil blank

Plaid Brush  Set- 250534 Learn To Paint Set

Plaid Spouncer-1528 Medium Spouncer Set

Other Supplies

Medium white lampshade, Masking tape, Xacto knife


  1. Cut the zebra print stencil using the provided pattern or create your own.
  2. Stencil the zebra print to the lampshade with Light Gray.
  3. Stencil the large flower onto the lampshade with Moon Yellow.
  4. Using Licorice and the liner brush outline the flowers. With Licorice add polka dots and paint the top and bottom trim.
March 28, 2012

Web Wednesday: Egg Tabletop Trio

Do you know what the most popular surface is to craft on this time of year? Easter eggs. Have you noticed all the amazingly decorated eggs that people are creating? There are tons of boards on Pinterest dedicated to just Easter eggs. I have been addicted looking through all of them. Here is another Easter egg project to add to the mix. This egg tabletop trio was created using FolkArt paint. I love how unique this project is. The colors used within are perfect for spring. To learn how to create this project, click here.