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July 15, 2011

TGIF: Holli’s Ballard Inspired Wall Plaque

Tile Board featured in the Ballard Designs catalog.
I was recently looking through a Ballard Designs catalog and saw a great wall decoration.  What caught my eye was the soft color palette, which I immediately converted to Folk Art in my head!  So, I got out some Folk Art paint chips and started referencing colors and design and came up with this!

Supplies to create my own tile board.

I gathered my supplies, the Folk Art colors, a Plaid surface that’s a cute wood sign with nine squares set inside the wood frame, which, I thought, was a perfect match for the wall hanging I saw in the catalog, and a Peel & Stick painting stencil from Simply that had some great images on it to make patterns.

Basecoat the tile board and tiles.

I basecoated everything and set the wood squares in order as I wanted them in the frame.    Easy enough, right?

Determine stencil placement.

I also played a little with the stencils, and figured out where I wanted to place each image from the stencil.  This made things much easier when I started the actual painting of the project.

Side load the #10 flat brush with Cinnamon.

I dipped my #10 flat brush into water and side loaded into the Cinnamon color.  Then, I just followed the outside edge of the wood square and shaded the sides like this.

Basecoat the butterfly.

I used a very light touch with the stencil brush to basecoat the butterfly on the center square and lightly added the Cinnamon this way.

I also added a slight dry brushed edge to some of the squares on the outside edges and with an all over brushed effect on others, using Ivory White.

Use the Peel and Stick stencils to repeat patterns.

These Peel & Stick stencils make it very easy to make all over patterns with the smaller elements on the sheet.

Mark the halfway point on the frame to line up the stencils.

I used a ruler to mark the half way point of the outer edge of the frame so I could center the stencils I used on it.

Use an almost dry brush when you stencil.

I tried to make everything look soft by using an almost dry brush to stencil with.  I also shaded the images using this technique.  This way, I kept a continuous look throughout the project.  I love how it turned out, don’t you?

Use E6000 glue to keep the tiles in place on the board.

Finally, I used E6000 to place the wood squares back into the frame and let it dry for the day with a fan blowing on it to be sure everything stayed in place when it was hung on the wall.

Tile Board featured in the Ballard Designs catalog. Holli's version of the Ballard Designs tile board.

Here they are side-by-side. What do you think?

July 1, 2011

TGIF: 4th of July Magnets

4th of July Magnets
Why not keep the kids busy while you make your final preparations of the fouth with these adorable magnets by Candie Cooper. Candie is a regular contributor to our Kids’ blog. She has tons of great ideas that the every crafter in the family can enjoy.

Happy Fourth of July!

May 5, 2011

Sanding Basics with Chris Williams

Get ready to prep your wood surface.

Many crafters and painters are curious about sandpapers, sanding tools and why we sand a surface to begin with.  I thought I would share a little of my Sanding 101 knowledge with you. 

So, just what is sandpaper? Sandpaper as we know it today is made of these components:  paper or fabric backing, grit, and the adhesive to hold the two together. When rubbed against a surface, sandpaper will smooth rough areas. Sandpaper can be purchased as flat paper, in rolls or belts.  It can also be purchased in the form of a sanding block, disc or sponge. I found an article on which states that sandpaper can be traced back to 13th century China where it was made of crushed shells, seeds and sand. It wasn’t until 1834 that a patent was processed for the first mass-production assembly, when finely crushed glass particles were used and the product was known as glasspaper!  However in 1916, the 3M Company began developing different abrasives for different types of surfaces as well as improvements in backing.

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March 24, 2011

How to Paint a Realistic Flower Pot

Welcome to another installment of ASK PLAIDIE LADDIE!

Plaidie Laddie, loyal Plaid pooch and one of our blog contributors, wants to answer your most burning painting questions. Every week he’ll pick a question out of his virtual mailbag and answer it (with a little help from me, since he only has paws). This week’s question:

“Dear Plaidie Laddie, I’m learning how to paint. Can you give me some tips on painting items to look more realistic? ” -Darian S. from California


realistic painted flower pot

Dear Darian, thank you for your question!  We have a blogger friend named Colleen from Mural Maker who loves painting realistic items with our FolkArt paint.  She gives lessons on her blog, showing people how to paint items more realistically – the pot above only uses three paint colors!  Colleen shows the step-by-step photos on her blog, and she has several more painting lessons here.  Take a peek at her blog entry on the pot here when you have a chance.  Painting realistic items is much easier than you think!

Sincerely, Plaidie Laddie

March 3, 2011

Reverse Painting on Glass

Welcome to another installment of ASK PLAIDIE LADDIE!

Plaidie Laddie, loyal Plaid pooch and one of our blog contributors, wants to answer your most burning painting questions. Every week he’ll pick a question out of his virtual mailbag and answer it (with a little help from me, since he only has paws). This week’s question:

“Dear Plaidie Laddie, I have a glass plate that I want to paint for serving food at a party.  I don’t think it would be good to put food directly on the paint though – is that correct?  How can I paint a plate that is food safe?” -Karen H. from Washington

Dear Karen, Great question!  Painted partyware is so pretty, but we here at Plaid don’t recommend placing food directly on painted items.  There IS a solution though – reverse painting on glass!  I found a tutorial for you by Cathe Holden of Just Something I Made for Living Locurto.  The tutorial is for reverse sign painting on glass, but the same method could be used for glass plates as well.  If you paint on the BACK of the plate, you can place food on the top of the plate without fear!  This tutorial uses Apple Barrel Gloss (which works well), and we also have a special paint formula made just for glass: FolkArt Enamels.  Whichever paint you use, you’re really going to enjoy painting on glass, and this tutorial makes it so simple.  Have fun at the party!  Save a biscuit for me!

Sincerely, Plaidie Laddie

January 13, 2011

Terri O does Faux Stained Glass with Gallery Glass

Do you know Terri O?  This crafty expert and two-time Emmy winner has been using Gallery Glass for over 20 years, and she recently filmed a video showing you how to do it.  Plaid loves Terri because she’s creative, outgoing and her “can-do” attitude takes the fear out of crafting.  We’re so excited that she made this Faux Stained Glass video and we had to share.  You won’t believe how fun and easy it is to use Gallery Glass for home decor and accessories.  Check out her video here.

December 20, 2010

Make It Monday: Christmas Joy Vase

Did you know that you can make a beautiful Christmas decoration out of an old spaghetti sauce jar?  You can – and you can do it with FolkArt Enamels!  They paint beautifully on glass and are very durable.  Plaid designer Kirsten Jones used them to create this fun and whimsical Christmas vase.  Use it to display a sprig of holly or evergreen.  It really brightens up a table and adds holiday cheer.  Here’s how to make this project. 

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December 16, 2010

Make a Snow Reindeer Wood Block

There are so many good projects to be had this holiday season – so many incorporating tons of paint!  I’m loving wood blocks as home decor, and I especially love distressed wood blocks.  The technique is simple, and the results are awesome.  A wood block like this doesn’t take long to make, and adds a definite something special to your table or mantle decor.  Here’s how to make one for yourself; we’ve even included a pattern for this one.

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December 4, 2010

Saturday Find: Basics of Furniture Painting

I’ve painted furniture for the sake of decoupage, but never finished an entire piece with JUST paint.  It’s always helpful to have somewhere to begin so that you know you are doing it “right” – so I got excited when I found this basic furniture painting article on Design*Sponge.  It helps take the fear out of refinishing; who wants to mess up and have to start over?  These tips are great for small pieces to large.  Read the complete article here.

November 27, 2010

Saturday Find: Paint By Number Hex Symbol Coasters

I spotted these paint by number hex coasters on Design*Sponge and thought the story behind them was pretty cool. According to Design*Sponge, “Hex signs are a form of traditional Pennsylvania Dutch folk art. They have been painted on the sides of barns to ward off evil spirits, offer good fortune or wish happiness for hundreds of years.”  What a perfect sentiment for the holiday season and the upcoming new year.  You can get the templates and tutorial for painting these at Design*Sponge here; might even be fun to paint these in Christmas colors and use them for years to come.