Thursday, June 27, 2013

Painted Palm Leaf on Outdoor Table and Tractor Seat

Time for some Outdoor Living!
This side table will live poolside.
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Actually this is for a home that sets lakeside too.
So, Dee found these tables for $1 each.
I base painted them with
Folkart Clover.
For the bottom of the table
I double loaded my paintbrush with
Clover and Burnt Sienna.
The leaves are Folkart Fresh Cut Grass
and Lime mixed.
After the leaves are painted,
add a lot of brush stroke movement
around the leaves
with glaze, Clover, and black.
This adds good depth
and has that warm "handpainted" quality.
Sitting by her pool,
sipping a drink,
she will be all smiles
remembering her rural roots.
Yep, that's a tractor seat.
It came with flaking paint and rust
and she couldn't resist.
It's coming to the pool party
and will join the cushioned loungers,
landscaped gazebo, central fire pit,
and bar.
Some country charm on the lake.
Dee also set a challenge for me
in color for lakeside d├ęcor.
No blue.
She has a beautiful style
with burnt oranges and greens.
So we added some more fun paint styling
on waterskis.
Everything got 2 coats of Polyurethane Varnish.
(lightly sand 220 grit between coats)
Still, painted furniture is vulnerable to the elements
and may need another sealer coat
in a year or two.
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Here's to having a sit and sip
 by the pool,
by the lake,
on the patio,
relaxing outdoors,
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Painted Canvas Flag Bunting - Pottery Barn Style

Hey friends!
Summer is here.
My favorite time of year.
So to celebrate,
today I'm making a Flag bunting.
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I knew I had to make one
the other day when I received
this email from Pottery Barn.
So festive and summery!
So here are the details
on how to "get the look".
Cut 2 pieces of yard canvas 12" x 36".
(canvas purchased by the yard on a bolt)
(two pieces makes it easier to manage
but if you don't want to stitch seams later,
cut one long piece 12" x 72")
Mark with chalk every 2".
Fold 2" accordion pleats
the entire length of the canvas.
Cut one end at an angle.
Using a 1/2" guide,
pencil in a chevron pattern
near the cut edge.
You can use tape
or just paint along the pencil lines
using navy blue.
Mark the other stripe placement
and paint.
Use a cloth over top of paint
and heat set with the iron.
Mix instant tea with water
and brush on entire canvas.
I top stitched some of the stripes.
Then fold and press.
Stitch the two pieces
right sides together.
Hot glue each pleat near center.
Hand stitch on back.
Put hot glue in the center.
Add grommet.
Now you have patriotic wall art!
In this picture I have it hanging
It would be fun to have
different patterns and sizes
to hang in a group.
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I hope your summer is off to a great start,
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Friday, June 14, 2013

Layered Paint Style - Red and Aqua

I'm a paint layer.
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I love to see the way colors blend
and lay next to each other.
So I lay them down
sometimes one layer at a time
and sometimes 2 or 3 colors on one brush.
Today I'm working on
two tables that will live in a lake home.
Layers of paint color gave them new life.
Double loading a large flat brush with
white and camel
give the legs of the table
a creamy old look.
Raw Sienna and Yellow Ochre for the
golden brown drop and drawer.
Then I triple loaded my brush
dipping in 3 colors,
aqua, raw sienna, and sea breeze.
Brush back and forth
creating color depth and separation.
If you want a more blended look,
add glaze.
If you want more color separation,
just paint.
If  you think your brush is running out of paint
too quickly, dip your brush in water
and then load.
For more depth and dimension,
dry brush raw sienna and brown in places.
I even dry brushed black on some edges.
(dipping in black paint and rubbing it off
on a paper towel, then applying)
For the Red and Aqua table,
I based in aqua and covered over with red
and then added some aqua on top again.
On the lampstand base,
I double loaded Dark Aqua and brown
for the top coat
and let some red base show through.
It's fun to experiment with color combinations.
So easy to change.
No fear.
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So fun to see shabby little brown
and unused furniture
become the life of the party.
Hope you're all up to something fun too!
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