Brushes and More: Exploring Brushes, Knives and Other Paint Tools Plus Beginner Paint Project

Explore the painter’s tools of the trade.  Discover the anatomy of a paint brush and learn to  choose the proper brush for your next painting project.   See what each of five common brush types can do as you create a colorful ‘brush stroke’ painting.  

All About Paint: Help Choosing the Right Paint for Your Next Project

Exploring Acrylic, Oil, and Watercolor Paints. Welcome to the first in a series of posts on art supplies. Today’s post is all about paint. We’ll be digging into paint ingredients and discovering how those ingredients affect the working properties of the paint. We’ll compare acrylic, oil, and watercolor paints to … Read MoreAll About Paint: Help Choosing the Right Paint for Your Next Project

5 Fourth of July DIY Ideas

The Fourth of July is right around the corner. I have less home decor for this holiday that most of the others. Do you decorate for the Fourth? I like to add to my collection of holiday decor every year, so finding new projects to work on is always on … Read More5 Fourth of July DIY Ideas

Design #7: Pink Flamingo! Memorial Serving Tray

I love pink flamingos! Don’t you? When I was a kid, I remember stopping to see the pink flamingos every time we went to the zoo with my Grandma. There’s something about giant pink birds on stilt-like legs that you just have to love. And plastic yard pink flamingos? No … Read MoreDesign #7: Pink Flamingo! Memorial Serving Tray

Design #5: Dream Catcher! (One Cut- Two Projects!) Using Vinyl as a Stencil (Project #2)

I love using a design in two ways to help prevent wasting my vinyl.  Using both the positive and the negative of the same design is a great way to use your vinyl and reduce waste.  Here is my second project using the Dream Catcher Design: The first project I did … Read MoreDesign #5: Dream Catcher! (One Cut- Two Projects!) Using Vinyl as a Stencil (Project #2)

Design #5: Dream Catcher! (One Cut- Two Projects!) Applying Vinyl to Canvas (Project #1)

The Ojibwe people were the first to make dream catchers.  They believed that dream catchers could change a person’s dreams, allowing only good dreams to filter through the web like design.  The dream catcher net would hold any bad dreams until the light of day, when they would disappear (see more on Wikipedia). … Read MoreDesign #5: Dream Catcher! (One Cut- Two Projects!) Applying Vinyl to Canvas (Project #1)

Design #2: Candy Corn! Trick or Treat Double Sided Halloween Sign

Candy corn is a iconic symbol of Halloween.  The orange, yellow and white- there is no mistaking them. I have a love/hate relationship with candy corn.  A few is fine, but a few handfuls and you’ll be green in the gills.  And who can just eat a few?? I designed … Read MoreDesign #2: Candy Corn! Trick or Treat Double Sided Halloween Sign