Monday, June 30, 2014

Painting Sunny Adirondack Chairs

Sunshine

and

Lemonade





make a happy duo

by the pool.




Adirondack chairs have a lot of nooks and crannies,

so I always start with a spray primer.
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Turn the chairs upside down to start.

Cover all exposed bottom, then turn and spray the rest.







Next, spray with your base color.

It takes about 1  1/2 cans primer

and

1  1/2 cans yellow per chair.




Painting adirondack chairs takes time.

Even after all of that spray, you won't have full coverage.

It might look splotchy and rough.

Sand the rough spots.




Now I brush on a mix of mostly exterior yellow,

a slight bit of light orange, and lots of glaze.

This will smooth the surface and give a nicer finish.




Here are some colors I used for the detail painting:













Spray an exterior clear sealer.

You may need to do this once a year.







Happy 4th of July Friends!

Thanks for visiting!

Deb



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Thursday, June 19, 2014

"Welcome to Our Nest" Sign

Hey friends!

I have another "Welcome" sign

for your door.



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I know - 
I keep rolling with 
painted canvas panels.
But as I keep coming up with new design ideas
I like to share them with you.
This is really a basic design
that should be easy to replicate.


Here is a template that you can use.



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Use a 16 x 20 canvas panel.

Paint off white.

Shade with Folkart Camel on the edges.

You can use a clear glaze to help blend your edges.

But you don't have to use glaze 

if you want to see more of a brush stroke.




Pencil transfer your pattern onto the canvas.

Use camel and dark chocolate for the ribbon.




Dark Chocolate for liner brush lettering.




Use camel and suede for brushing in the nest circle

with a larger chip brush.




Paint the center Americana Dark Chocolate.




Using a shabby smaller chip brush,

keep it fairly dry by off loading paint onto paper towel.

Use camel, suede, or raw sienna

keeping a light amount of paint on your brush,

use a criss cross motion making x's around the edge

of the circle.

Should be a light and airy effect - rough edge.



Now with a small angle brush 

make more x marks around nest edge.




Chalk transfer eggs in nest.

Prime or paint off white.




Layer sea breeze and aqua

leaving tops and lefts of eggs white.

Drop shadow on bottom right.

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Splatter nest and eggs brown.




Chalk transfer lettering for "Welcome" on ribbon.

Liner Brush for lettering.

Grommets and Burlap ribbon for hanging.












Simple and Sweet.

You could put any number of eggs in your nest.

You could even personalize each egg.

Happy Painting!

Deb



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Friday, June 6, 2014

Coffee Sign - Good Company - Sanding Canvas

I have a new paint trick

for you today!






What says welcome

more than a hot cup of coffee.

I think it's a great way to greet your guests.


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I'm sanding my painted canvas 

to give it a worn look.

 I base paint the canvas in light brown.

Then paint over with black, let dry, and sand.

Because it's canvas, you can see the nubby threads

exposed after sanding.




I like the way it gives an "old sign" feel,

shows texture,

and has a warm, worn appearance.



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Chalk the back of your template

and pen press from the front onto the black canvas.




Use Folkart camel for the ribbon

and coffee cup.






Again,  I sanded over those areas.

Use a liner brush for much of the detail.




Dry brush some white over coffee cup.



Grommets and ribbon on top...








So now you can add sandpaper

to even your canvas paintings.

I love to try new things with paint.

Have a great weekend painting friends!

Deb



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Monday, June 2, 2014

Old Doors and Wreaths

Charming Chippy Doors




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with fresh summer greens



lined a long wall

at Mulhall's Garden Center in Omaha.

A Parade of Summer Inspiration:



















Plant and Color Combinations Galore:







My current favorite pattern - black and white stripe




I am always so inspired by outings like this.

Hope you are too!

Deb


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