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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 & 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 & 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.}

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Small, Rustic Touches In Our Tiny Powder Room Add Up To Fabulous!


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

I’m pretty sure that we have the weirdest, smallest powder room in existence. It is not prominently featured somewhere near the entrance of our home, where guests can discover it. It is hidden at the back door, within the laundry room.

Blah! When we first moved here I’m not sure we knew it existed for a month. Until we had a gaggle of little girls over for a deck party. Then the magic location revealed itself as nothing short of brilliant.


Small rustic touches in a tiny powder room make it special.

Recently I got in the mood to repaint the ceiling and trim and trowel some pearl-color plaster on the walls that were once layered in painted tissue paper. The room had been a warm brown, with a stenciled copper foil ceiling. It was pretty glam, but in my current mood to lighten up, and of course, change something, it was time for a facelift.

Now, with the grey-white lustrous walls, the room seems so much bigger! The rusty, crusty custom-made mirror and sconces show up beautifully, instead of fading into the background.

I am dying laughing trying to show you how tiny this room is. I had to squat on the john and duck down to get the back wall in this shot. Love how a simple paisley scarf from my collection turned out as art.

This tiny powder room got a rustic redo, using rusty pieces and grey-white plaster walls. 

Small rustic touches in a tiny powder room make it special. 

I used one of my fav products, Wood Icing® White Furniture Glaze to whitewash a stick I cut that had fallen in our yard.

This glaze is so nice to use for lots of DIY reasons. It has an acrylic water base that cleans up with soap and water. It is durable for projects like mine, or it can be sealed with Wood Icing’s PolyAcrylic Sealers that come in Dull, Satin and Gloss.

I like how fast it dries and that I can water it down for a wash, like I did on my branch, or apply it full strength. There is also a Clear Glaze you can mix with it if you want to add open time on a large project.

Wood Icing White Furniture Lazing Color is perfect to grey out a branch for handing. 

A quick jute wrap was all that was needed to hang this very light piece.

Whitewash a branch using Wood Icing Furniture Glaze Color, then wrap with raffia to hang a scarf in tiny powder room. 

Two cup hooks and a hammer made quick work of hanging. Knowing me, I will change out what’s hanging on this wall often, based on current treasures found.

I used Wood Icing White Furniture Glazing Color to whitewash this branch. 

You can see that I have a thing for “shopping” for tree branches in the yard.

Lustrous white walls are a lovely backdrop to simple boxwood wreaths and soft towels.
Ages ago, I wound some green raffia around old hardware to make this towel bar.


A broken branch from the yard, paired with junk drawer hardware and raffia make an interesting towel bar in a tiny powder room.

Handmade rock soap is so pretty, hubby Steve was looking everywhere for the soap bar when I added this cool, jewel-like chunk. It seems men don’t like pretty when it comes to washing up after mowing the lawn.

An artsy chunk of handmade rock soap, paired with a small rose from the yard add elegance to a tiny powder room.

A short sugar mold is the perfect opportunity to add roses from our tiny garden, or anything we pick up that is intriguing.

A short sugar mold is a pretty container for fresh roses in a tiny powder room.

Another favorite focal point in this truly tiny bathroom is the cabinet doors, which were a great project that I did for Paint + Pattern.

This tiny powder room got a rustic redo, including patterned, patina cabinet panels.
You don’t have to use much imagination to guess where the best vantage point is, LOL!
This tiny powder room got a rustic redo, including patterned, patina cabinet panels.

Overall, I couldn’t be happier with this little project. The perfect mixture of rust, patina, texture, glam, and um, facilities.

This tiny powder room got a rustic redo, including grey white walls.

What do you think? Do you have a weird powder room project? Love for you to share it on the Wood Icing Facebook page!


{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, May 12, 2015

6 Stunning Wood Icing® Projects!

We are sharing a post on Royal Design Studio's digital magazine Paint + Pattern, written about our blogger Debbie Hayes. It features projects that feature several Wood Icing products, plus Royal Design Studio stencils.

Debbie Hayes is an extremely talented P+P contributor who regularly shares beautiful DIY craft and furniture stencil projects on our blog. She is a marketer, photographer and a professional faux finisher with a degree in fine art. Debbie shares her love for design and creativity through her lovely blog ‘My Patch of Blue Sky’.

When it comes to Wood Icing and a beautiful Royal Design Studio stencil, Debbie never falls short of imagination and creativity. Here are a few beautiful projects from her blog that could not wait to be shared! Let’s take a look.

Picture Perfect Stone Effect
Stone Effect with Wood Icing via Debbie Hayes | Peacock Fancy Stencil by Royal Design Studio

A gorgeous stone effect is just one of the several looks wood icing can give your projects. Debbie turned this ordinary frame into an extraordinary work of art in 4 easy steps using our Peacock Fancy Stencil by Royal Design Studio. Her blog post Getting Stone Effect Using Wood Icing gives a step-by-step tutorial.

A Dandy Dough Bowl
Stenciled Dough Bowl via Debbie Hayes | French Numbers Typography Stencil via Royal Design Studio

Debbie has a knack for up-cycling old, previously unused things and transforming them into something beautiful! For this project she scouted an old dough bowl from her attic that desperately needed some paint and pattern love. By using our French Numbers Typography Stencil by Royal Design Studio, Wood Icing and Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint she gave it a brand new look! Learn more about this easy breezy project on her DIY blog post An Old Dough Bowl Gets Gorgeous.

Get Floored by This Door
Stenciled Cabinet Door via Debbie Hayes | Stargazer Medallion Stencil by Royal Design Studio

A beautiful Royal Design Studio Stencil like the Stargazer Medallion Christmas Stencil by Royal Design Studio, Wood Icing and some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® is all you need to brighten up plain and boring cabinet doors. Learn how in A Lovely Fabric-like Cabinet Finish tutorial.

‘L’ace an Industrial Look
Stenciled Canvas Art | Fleur de Lace Stencil by Royal Design Studio

Are you a fan of both, the industrial look as well as lace at the same time? Well, so is Debbie! In 6 easy steps she created this lovely Industrial Lace Canvas Wall Art with a metal-like finish to adorn her dresser. She used our Fleur de Lace Stencil by Royal Design Studio with Wood Icing and simply layered the pattern with silver leaf and Licorice Furniture Glaze.

Voila! An art piece that is both graceful and bold at the same time. Check out our Lace Stencils Collection by Royal Design Studio to find several lace designs and sizes to suit your specific project needs.

Served Up With Pattern
Stenciled Glass Tray via Debbie Hayes | Custom Vinyl Stencil by Modello Designs

Debbie loves to experiment and loves everything verre eglomise. Her Glamorize Your Table Top with Verre Eglomise DIY tutorial on P+P is one of our favorites! When it came to trying out Wood Icing on glass, she ended up using it with our one-time use Modello Stencils. She finished with a layer of furniture glaze to give the raised pattern a beautiful wooden look. Find a quick three-step tutorial on how to create this Gorgeous Lacy-Wood Look Glass Tray on her blog.

An Antique Look for your Book
Stenciled Bookcover DIY via Debbie Hayes | Moorish Fleur de Lis Moroccan Stencil by Royal Design Studio

If you like the look of old books, this DIY is for you. Debbie shows how you can transform your favorite read into an antique keepsake in How to Create a Gorgeous Antique-Looking Book. For this project Debbie used our Moorish Fleur de Lis Moroccan Stencil by Royal Design Studio, Antique Gold Stencil Crème by Royal Design Studio, gold leaf and Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. You can also pick any pattern and color of your choice from our Moroccan Stencil Collection by Royal Design Studio and Royal Stencil Cremes’ Collection.

Enjoy! How are YOU using Wood Icing with stencils? We'd love to see. Share your projects on our Facebook Page.