Saturday, February 21, 2015

Painting Tips for Nest and Egg Art

It is so time to paint something Spring!

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I'm always ready for warm spring reminders on my wall

so I start painting those hopeful signs now.

You can too!

Any wood or canvas surface will do.

This nest art is 22" x 22".

Start with a brown wash


White over top leaving an 11" circle.

Here are the colors for the golden nest:

The center brown is a mix of black and chocolate bar.

Alternate yellows and pull a flat brush

around the nest in a wave motion.

Then use a smaller round brush and do the same.

Then again with a fine liner and add some white.

Make an egg template, trace with chalk,

and fill in with white primer.

Shade with turquoise and aqua

giving a good white highlight.

Shade inner circle with brown.

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Ashley's large brown egg painting in her book "Handmade Walls"

got me started!  

Though there is not paint instruction for this project,

there are so many other great frame ideas!

You know you want some happy spring art too!

Hope you get your brushes out : )

This helps me get through winter and look forward to Spring.

Two years ago at this time

I made some other Spring Art 

that you might want to try.

This could be a great project this February Weekend,


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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Large Chalkboard with Striped Frame - DIY

Like a giant sketch pad,

a large chalkboard is a place to play

with fonts, sayings, and designs.

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I used to have a whole chalkboard wall to write on.

I haven't done that in my new home

so I thought I would make a large chalkboard 

that I can have fun with.

This Chalkboard measures 36" x 48"

and is made with a 1/4" utility panel from Lowes

and 1 x 6 x 6 cedar fence boards.

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A 4' x 8' utility panel sheet from Lowes is about $14.

6' cedar fence boards are about 2.50 each.

I mitered the corners and used 3/4" screws to attach

from the back.

Fence boards are very inconsistent to work with

because they vary in width and they shrink

after paint or stain.

So, Wood filler to the rescue if you have any gaps.

Even after a frame is built, the fence board

can try to twist so I sometimes have to

attach a board across the back to stabilize.

I used about 3 coats of chalkboard paint

and 2 coats of white primer.

Next I laid out the diagonal stripes,

measuring equal distant from the corner 

to mark the first line.

I started out using a black and white mix 

on my stripes

but ended up tweaking that color with 

raw sienna to make a light brown gray.

I had seen this quote and decided to use that for now.

I marked out the spacing for the text

and then used a yardstick across the board

for a straight edge guide while writing.

A damp black t shirt rag

 makes a great clean up tool and eraser.

Good Reminders

It was fun to make a creative board for my home.

It will be a great play place.

Hope you're having a great weekend,


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