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"Cracklin Rose" Design

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Dimensional Hand-Painted Floral Finish Using Wood Icing®, A Stencil, And Metallics

We are sharing this post by our blogger friend, Debbie Dion Hayes, of mypatchofbluesky.com
Textured "flower power" wall or furniture finish tutorial. 

Are you snowed in? We have been for a couple of days this week, enjoying the wintery weather a bit, but also dreaming of spring and anxious to see the yard and blooms again. I decided to venture into my studio and take advantage of the quiet time to conjure up a very simple dimensional hand-painted wall, furniture, or canvas art finish. I used leftover paint and products: some Wood Icing® Textura Paste to add dimension, Chalk Paint®, a large graphic flower stencil, and Modern Masters metallic paints.

Voila! This finish is artsy, easy enough for the snowed-in-kids to help with, and fast-drying.


SUPPLIES

FROM WOOD ICING: Textura Paste and Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint®

FROM MODERN MASTERS: Shimmer Metallic Paint in Platinum & Brass

STENCIL: Use any large-scale floral. Mine is very old and I have no idea where it came from! Actually, I don’t even think it it floral, I just made it look that way.

Trowel or any flat tool, painters tape, stir stick, paint brushes

Textured "flower power" wall or furniture finish tutorial. 

Use any kind of stiff trowel, and pull some Textura Paste through the stencil. I didn’t stress too much about getting the paste underneath the stencil a bit. We’re going for a hand-painted look.

Remove the stencil and wash with warm water, along with the trowel.

Let dry and paint one or two coats of Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint®. Let dry.

Textured "flower power" wall or furniture finish tutorial. 

Use a small artist brush to paint on some Platinum Metallic Paint. Don’t go for perfection, just make simple strokes.

Textured "flower power" wall or furniture finish tutorial. 

Use the Brass Metallic Paint on the brush to make dots for the centers of the flowers. Let dry.

Textured "flower power" wall or furniture finish tutorial. 

Add some cheery house plants, and enjoy the happy soft effect in any room where the sunshine adds a natural highlight.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Easy Christmas Cards Using Wood Icing® And A Royal Design Studio Stencil

We are sharing this post by Debbie Dion Hayes of the blog, MyPatchOfBlueSky.com

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Do you have little ones who love to get involved in holiday activities, not to mention birthdays, special events, and baby showers? As a little girl growing up in winter-frozen Massachusetts, Mom and I often found ourselves snowed in, Dad at work, anxious for fun stuff to create. She was always able to conjure a cigar box of art supplies, and away we would go, making and doing.

One especially fond memory, when I was in grammar school, was making greeting cards for all occasions when neighbors observed my passion for drawing. They paid me as much as it would have cost for a store-bought version, and I even designed a logo to add to the back, like Hallmark.

So, here we are, back to where I started, a long time ago, making quick,  thoughtful and artsy Christmas cards! I love it. You will quickly notice that the technique is easily transferable to any occasion, even wrapping paper and book covers.

Wood Icing Textura Paste & Royal Design Studio Christmas Cards Tutorial 

How do you do it? I bet you can ask a kiddo to look at the photo, and they will explain right away. We’re making a raised tree pattern with a stencil and simply rubbing over it with crayons. Yikes, so simple. Add a verse you make up, or Google one, to add to the back, a tree on the envelope, and done.

SUPPLIES
Wood Icing® Textura Paste
Bonnie Christine for Royal Design Studio Small Timberland Furniture Stencil
• Stiff cardboard, thin masonite, or anything that won’t bend, to use for the pattern
• Card stock or printer paper of your choice
• Crayons and colored pens to write a verse on the back
• Rigid small trowel, putty knife or old credit card, painters tape, scissors, stir stick

Wood Icing Textura Paste & Royal Design Studio Christmas Cards Tutorial 

Tape off the board to keep the Textura Paste from getting onto the table. Plan which size envelope you want to use, and make sure the paper you use can be cut or folded to fit inside.

Wood Icing Textura Paste & Royal Design Studio Christmas Cards Tutorial

Position the stencil on top of the board and tape. Apply some paste to the trowel with a stir stick, and starting at the top, pull the material across the stencil pattern, level with the depth of the stencil.
Wood Icing Textura Paste & Royal Design Studio Christmas Cards Tutorial 

Don’t worry too much about perfection. A few ridges in the paste are fine, and add a bit of texture. But too much, too thick, will obscure the design when you rub the crayon over it.

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Let the design dry. Wash the stencil and the trowel in warm water while you’re waiting. Textura Paste is water-soluble and dries fairly quickly.

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Select a few crayon colors to layer over the trees – I used several greens – and rub over the trees. I peeled the paper off, like we loved to do as kids. Then, to make a colorful statement, I added red stars to shine over the forest of trees.

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Cut out the final card. I planned ahead to use a single sheet to fit inside a #10 envelope, then I could get two cards per sheet of paper.

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Add a single tree motif on the side of the envelope, and write a message, a poem, or a quote on the back, sign, address, and you’re done. I’m confident you, or your little helper elves, can turn dozens of cards out in an afternoon.

Store the pattern you made, and use it again. Consider making some more different designs to mix and match, too.

Is there anything Wood Icing Textura Paste can’t do? Hmmmm. Every time I think about writing a new post I seem to think of something new to try.

Ready to get those cards checked off your to-do list?

Find a Wood Icing retailer near you.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Painting Grandkitty Chuck Norris Using Wood Icing® Glazes And Stencil

We are sharing this post on MyPatchOfBlueSky.com by Debbie Dion Hayes

Use Wood Icing® Furniture Glazing Colors and stencil to draw a kitty caricature. 

Lately, I have been enjoying getting out of my comfort zone creatively. Though I studied painting in college, back then we learned to paint with oils. I hated using oils then, and still do. After graduation, as an illustrator, I graduated to acrylics. But I was scared to death of watercolors and ignored them, and the possibilities, until a few weeks ago.

I began painting simple little kitty and doggie caricatures. What a fun, simple pleasure.

For quite some time I have been creating textured finishes and project for Wood Icing®, mostly with Textura Paste. Today, as I was looking through my supplies, I realized that the Wood Icing® Glazes would make the perfect medium to paint my Grandkitty Chuck Norris – or anything really.


I am not into perfectly-painted pet portraits. I love semi-caricatures that capture the essence of personality with lots of squiggles made with black pens and a Sharpie. While I hone my watercolor skills, it’s fun and easy to do.

I know, I know, I can hear some readers saying, “I’m not an artist and I could NEVER do that.” I promise, you can! Here are my steps. If you look closely, nothing is perfect.

WOOD ICING SUPPLIES  Licorice, Rusty Nails, Dijon, Really White Furniture Glazes, Grid stencil
ART SUPPLIES  Watercolor paper, watercolor brushes, pencil, black pins, black Sharpie, paint palette, water, paper towels

ENLARGE A PET PHOTO AND SKETCH WITH PENCIL

Use Wood Icing® Furniture Glazing Colors and stencil to draw a kitty caricature. 

I prefer close-up pictures for these little drawings, so I enlarged a cropped photo on my printer, at 8 1/2″ by 11″. It’s perfect for an 8″ by 10″ frame. I used a sheet of 9″ by 12″ watercolor paper, so before beginning, I measured an 8″ by 10″ crop area to cut later.

Draw in a few basic areas to lay out your picture. Pay close attention to proportion, and getting the eyes and mouth pretty close. To me, they are the most important.

MAKE A WASH OF LICORICE AND START!

Use Wood Icing® Furniture Glazing Colors and stencil to draw a kitty caricature. 

Without worrying about perfection, just wash in a few general strokes. I start lighter and gradually go darker. Let dry.

ADD A FEW SQUIGGLES WITH BLACK PENS

Use Wood Icing® Furniture Glazing Colors and stencil to draw a kitty caricature. 

You can see how simple my loose squiggles are. I added a touch of Rusty Nails for the nose, and Dijon for the eyes.

Use Wood Icing® Furniture Glazing Colors and stencil to draw a kitty caricature. 

I start with a few squiggles, then go back and forth between using the Licorice and the ink, drying in between.

Use Wood Icing® Furniture Glazing Colors and stencil to draw a kitty caricature. 

I never sit down and do a drawing at once. I paint a little, draw a little, then walk away for 10 minutes or even an hour. Slowly, Nore’s adorable personality started evolving. Usually, I save using white until last, for accents like whiskers. The best part is when my hubby walks in and says, “That’s Nore!”

Use Wood Icing® Furniture Glazing Colors and stencil to draw a kitty caricature. 

To make a simple background for Nore, I used the Wood Icing® Grid stencil to create a little pattern. Normally, I would lay it down and trowel the Texture Paste across it, then peel it up to make a heavy textured pattern. But here I loosely penciled in the pattern.

Use Wood Icing® Furniture Glazing Colors and stencil to draw a kitty caricature. 

Then, I just added a wash of Rusty Nails, starting darker in the front, and graduating to lighter at the back. Let dry, and your masterpiece is finished!

Use Wood Icing® Furniture Glazing Colors and stencil to draw a kitty caricature. 

You can frame it, or, I decided to add it to my funky collection of rusty boxes with an old, crusty Jeep right on top of the ancient post office organizer on my desk.

Use Wood Icing® Furniture Glazing Colors and stencil to draw a kitty caricature. 

What do you think? This technique would work nicely to make gift and holiday cards, too!
Find a Wood Icing® retailer near you to get started!

{This post is sponsored by my wonderful client, Wood Icing®. They allow me to experiment with their cool products, and the ideas and comments are my own.}

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Create An Aged, Leather-Like Finish Using Wood Icing®, Decorative Napkins And A Stencil

We are sharing this post by blogger Debbie Dion Hayes of MyPatchOfBlueSky.com

Layer texture and pattern using Wood Icing® Textura Paste and decorative dinner napkins 

You may have already discovered that using pretty, patterned, dinner napkins as a background can become lovely and aged after découpage and glazing. But have you ever gone one more step by adding an overall raised stencil with Wood Icing®?

I just experimented with this process as a new idea for walls, cabinet door inserts, book covers and canvas art. Use different napkin patterns and stencils for ever-changing effects. To see more of the background pattern, use less glaze or a smaller stencil design.


SUPPLIES
Layer texture and pattern using Wood Icing® Textura Paste and decorative dinner napkins 

• WOOD ICING®  Textura Paste, Tree Bark and Tomato Furniture Glazes
• Royal Design Studio Indian Floral Wall Stencil
• Large decorative napkins
• Mod Podge, Elmer’s Glue, or any type of découpage medium. I used Elmer’s
• tin foil for a palette, color shaper tool, rags, containers

DECOUPAGE THE NAPKINS ONTO THE SURFACE
Layer texture and pattern using Wood Icing® Textura Paste and decorative dinner napkins 

Open up as many napkins as you need for your project.

Layer texture and pattern using Wood Icing® Textura Paste and decorative dinner napkins 

If you use a white glue, water it down about 20 to 30%. Use a wide brush to coat the surface with a generous amount of glue.

Layer texture and pattern using Wood Icing® Textura Paste and decorative dinner napkins 

Crunch up the napkins, then lay one down into the glue, beginning at one end. Press gently to marry the paper to the glued surface. Brush a coat of glue on top. Let dry.

ADD A RAISED PATTERN WITH TEXTURA PASTE AND A STENCIL

Layer texture and pattern using Wood Icing® Textura Paste and decorative dinner napkins 

Mix some Textura Paste with about 30% water to thin it some. But don’t let it become soupy. You don’t want it to run under the stencil.

Layer texture and pattern using Wood Icing® Textura Paste and decorative dinner napkins 

Position the stencil on top of the surface. Put some of the mixture on tin foil. Load some up on the color shaper and gently pull it across the stencil. Try not to push it underneath. Mine ran under a bit, but I liked the way it looked. Let dry.

GLAZE

Layer texture and pattern using Wood Icing® Textura Paste and decorative dinner napkins 

Pour some Tomato Furniture Glazing Color into a container and add about 20% water, then mix well. Using a large brush, cover the surface with the glaze.

Layer texture and pattern using Wood Icing® Textura Paste and decorative dinner napkins 

Wipe with a damp cloth to soften. Let dry.

Layer texture and pattern using Wood Icing® Textura Paste and decorative dinner napkins

Repeat using Tree Bark.

Layer texture and pattern using Wood Icing® Textura Paste and decorative dinner napkins 

Soften with a damp towel. Let dry.

Layer texture and pattern using Wood Icing® Textura Paste and decorative dinner napkins 

What you get is a soft, aged, expensive-looking finish. Sort of contemporary antique. I added piles of old family and found books to my vignette. It feels like fall, don’t you think?

Layer texture and pattern using Wood Icing® Textura Paste and decorative dinner napkins 

Do you need to protect the finish? It depends upon traffic and use. As artwork, no topcoat is necessary unless you want to add some sheen. For protection, you could add Wood Icing® Poly Acrylic Top Coat in Dull, Satin, or Gloss.

Ready to try your hand at this look?

Find your local Wood Icing retailer here. Often you will find that Wood Icing retailers also sell Chalk Paint® and Royal Design Studio stencils. How convenient is that?

{This post is sponsored by my wonderful client, Wood Icing®. They allow me to experiment with their cool products, and the ideas and comments are my own.}

Monday, August 3, 2015

Wood Icing® Products Pair Perfectly With Chalk Paint®, Artisan Enhancements & Artsy Stencils

We are sharing a post from Debbie Hayes at MyPatchOfBlueSky.com

Wood Icing stenciled canvas art. 

One of my absolute favorite pastimes is to get together with artist friends and shop owners who sell DIY products to play with exciting new paint and products. Lots of laughs, learning and good memories. And maybe a glass of wine…

A couple of months ago, a small, energetic group of friends gathered for a fun day and a half of sharing and hands-on experimentation.


I brought Wood Icing® Textura Paste and Fissure Size, used to crackle the paste, and another artist brought the perfect size small canvases, some Artisan Enhancements foil, Leaf & Foil Size, stencils, and some Chalk Paint®.

With some basic product explanation from us both, we all jumped in and created our own little canvas masterpiece, our own way.

Immediately it was apparent how well everything mixed and matched since it was primarily water-based.

Our artsy retreat reiterated how inventive DIYers can use compatible products to achieve pattern, texture and bling.

Though I now wish I had photographed each piece, I can share mine.

THE RECIPE
• On an artist canvas, roll or brush on Artisan Enhancements Leaf and Foil Size (1 or 2 coats) and let come to tack
• Lay Artisan Enhancements silver foil over the surface and burnish
• Brush on some Florence Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, leaving open areas. Let dry.
• Place a stencil off-center on the surface. Brush or roll on Wood Icing Fissure Size. Let dry.
• Use Wood Icing Textura Paste with an offset knife and trowel thickly through the same stencil over the Fissure Size. Cracks will result.
• Glaze the entire surface with Wood Icing Mud Pie Furniture Glaze. Wipe with a rag to remove some glaze from the top, pushing glaze into the creases. Let dry.
• Use some SIFF (Southern Institute of Fine Finishing) Empire Gold gilding paste on a finger to lightly accent the stenciled area. Let dry.

Everyone in our group used different Chalk Paint® colors and foils, but we all agreed that we were excited about the possibilities!

Wood Icing stenciled canvas art. 

WHAT IS WOOD ICING TEXTURA PASTE AND WHY IS IT SPECIAL?

Textura Paste is a water-based acrylic product, which has the consistency of peanut butter. Simply spread it with a spatula or trowel. While wet, you can add impressions and designs with any number of objects or tools. Use foam rubber stamps, mesh, lace, and numerous other materials.
You can also apply Textura Paste through a stencil directly onto bare or unfinished wood. Once it has been stained, it’s difficult to tell the difference between real carved wood and a Wood Icing design.

MORE IDEAS FOR USING WOOD ICING + COMPATIBLE PRODUCTS Click on the link to get all of the simple directions


CREATE THIS “ICE PALACE” WALL FINISH

Wood Icing + Modern Masters Metallic Paint + A Royal Design Studio Stencil + Artisan Enhancements Fine Stone

Create This "Ice Palace" Wall Finish Using Wood Icing Textura Paste 

CREATE THIS TRIPLE-CANVAS ART

Wood Icing® + Modern Masters Metal Effects + Chalk Paint® + Royal Design Studio Stencil

Wood Icing® canvas art project using heavy texture, rust, patina and a stencil 

CREATE “INDUSTRIAL LACE” ON CANVAS

Wood Icing + Royal Design Studio Stencil + Silver Leaf
 
Industrial Lace Canvas Art

EMBELLISH AN OLD DOUGH BOWL

Wood Icing + Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint + Royal Design Studio Stencils

Wooden dough bowl painted with green mmilk paint and stenciled with Wood Icing Textura Paste

UPCYCLE OLD CABINETS

Wood Icing + Chalk Paint® + Royal Design Studio Stencil

Cabinet finish using Wood Icing™ Textura Paste and Chalk Paint®

CREATE WOOD “LACE” ON A GLASS TRAY

Wood Icing + Royal Design Studio Stencil

Wood Icing™ glass tray project. 

Are you ready to try mixing and matching products to get some new, unexpected results?

Great!!

Find your local Wood Icing retailer here. Often you will find that Wood Icing retailers also sell Chalk Paint® and Royal Design Studio stencils. How convenient is that?

{This post is sponsored by my wonderful client, Wood Icing®. They allow me to experiment with their cool products, and the ideas and comments are my own.}

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Create This “Ice Palace” Wall Finish Using Wood Icing®!

We are sharing this post by blogger Debbie Dion Hayes of MyPatchOfBlueSky.com

Create This "Ice Palace" Wall Finish Using Wood Icing Textura Paste

Have you noticed that rustic furniture can mix beautifully with a glamorous wall finish?

Our 1970s ranch home is far from glam, but I have decided that a gorgeous treatment on a focus wall can be a sweet addition.


Create This "Ice Palace" Wall Finish Using Wood Icing Textura Paste

We have an odd corner in our even odder right-angle hallway that runs the length of our house. I have struggled over the years to add interest and a lovely vignette, but it has to be narrow enough for people, pets and furniture to pass. It’s an unlikely area to be designated one of the prettiest spots in our home, but no one ever accused me of following rules when it comes to decorating, right?

So, after having a blast playing with Wood Icing® Textura Paste, a gorgeous wall stencil and a couple more favorite DIY products, I created this wall treatment called “Ice Palace.” Reflective, soft, with a hint of a dusting of snow, it was just what our dark corner, featuring a skinny, crusty cabinet needed.

Here’s everything you need to know to do it! I encourage you to practice first on a large piece of board, drywall, or plastic before you work on a wall.

(When you apply the finish on a wall you will need to tape off the trim and edges with painters tape and put down a drop cloth. Then find and mark the center of the wall – or the focal point – where you want to begin the pattern. Also find the center of the stencil to match up to the center of the wall. Begin at the top and work side to side and down, matching up the little registration marks.)

SUPPLIES
• WOOD ICING Textura Paste
• ROYAL DESIGN STUDIO Lisboa Tile stencil
• MODERN MASTERS Metallic Paint in Platinum
• ARTISAN ENHANCEMENTS Fine Stone
• water, containers, small flexible trowel, large metal trowel, sample board to practice, stir sticks, towels

MIX TEXTURA PASTE WITH SOME WATER
Create This "Ice Palace" Wall Finish Using Wood Icing Textura Paste
In a container, mix about 10% water with Textura Paste to soften it up a bit.

USE A SMALL TROWEL TO  PULL THE MIX THROUGH THE STENCIL
Create This "Ice Palace" Wall Finish Using Wood Icing Textura Paste

Tape the stencil on to the sample board. I am using an old sample so that you can see what I am doing better, and to show you that the wall will need no prep before this step!

Use a stir stick to load the Textura Paste onto your trowel and pull it down vertically.

Create This "Ice Palace" Wall Finish Using Wood Icing Textura Paste

Remove vertical streaks by going back over them with a light touch using the trowel. Use a wet towel to clean off the trowel as needed.

Create This "Ice Palace" Wall Finish Using Wood Icing Textura Paste
Remove the stencil and either place it in water, or clean it right away with soap and water. If you need to sand raised areas, do it before the paste is completely dried hard.

BRUSH OR ROLL THE METALLIC PAINT.
Create This "Ice Palace" Wall Finish Using Wood Icing Textura Paste

Brush or roll on one coat of Platinum paint. Let dry.

TROWEL ON FINE STONE
Create This "Ice Palace" Wall Finish Using Wood Icing Textura Paste

Use a stir stick to load some Fine Stone onto the large trowel.

Create This "Ice Palace" Wall Finish Using Wood Icing Textura Paste

Pull the trowel vertically, starting at the top. It will naturally deposit some material at the raised pattern and skip areas, which is the look you are going for. Resist the urge to fill in the area completely so that the platinum will show through and reflect soft light. Let dry.

 Do a lap around the house to gather a few coordinating accessories to add to enhance your new look.

Create This "Ice Palace" Wall Finish Using Wood Icing Textura Paste

I liked the idea of trying out just a couple of reflective items since the finish is soft, but heavily textured.

Create This "Ice Palace" Wall Finish Using Wood Icing Textura Paste

I’m really pleased with the effect, and hope you are inspired and ready to try it too. Think how impressed your friends will be!

{This post is sponsored by my wonderful client, Wood Icing®. They allow me to experiment with their cool products, and the ideas and comments are my own.}