Thursday, September 14, 2017

PAINTING SHUTTERS METALLIC GOLD & LEOPARD SPOTS

PAINTING SHUTTERS METALLIC GOLD & LEOPARD SPOTS

Patti is one of my favorite clients.  
I love the projects she has asked me to paint for her home through the years.
She had a small window in one of her hallways.  She found these shutters that were just the right size and asked me to paint them metallic gold and leopard spots.
She asked me to paint this curtain rod and finials black and metallic gold to go in an adjoining bedroom.  The colors matched the colors in the shutters.
First, I painted the inside shutter part a solid black.  When I painted the metallic gold over the black shutter part, I kept touching/blotting it with a rag.
That's why you are seeing the black coming through the gold.
 The undercoat for the outer frame where the leopard spots are, I painted a beigy off white.  Then, painted the metallic gold over that.  Next, I started drawing black squiggly lines with an opening. I painted a different color of metallic gold inside the squiggly lines.
 It's ok that they're not perfect.
 I used a black craft paint for the black and craft metallic paint for the two golds.
I did not seal these shutters because they were on a high window, so not a lot of traffic.  Sometimes, when you seal a metallic paint it dulls the finish.  Once I painted a lot of metallic paint in a dark bathroom, knowing it wasn't going to reflect a lot.  Then, I thought to use a high gloss water based sealer and it turned out great in the dark bathroom.
The metallic paints did reflect really well.  
Remember, metallics "reflect" light.  Without a light source it's just a color.
The high gloss in that bathroom was perfect for that dark area.
The carpenter separated the shutters and put one on each side of the window.
Such a great idea, Patti!
They looked really, really cute/great/wonderful!!
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Monday, September 4, 2017

DRAWING & PAINTING TROMPE L'OEIL WINDOW & SKY ARTWORK ABOVE PATIO DOORS

DRAWING & PAINTING TROMPE L'OEIL WINDOW & SKY ARTWORK ABOVE PATIO DOORS 

Years ago, before I finally started using a digital camera I took lots of pictures of my work and had the "film developed".  I bet there are some people who don't know what that means.
Looking through those pictures I'm finding work I want to share with you.
In her living room, my client had very high walls and a big empty space above her doors that went out to her patio.  She asked me to come by and suggest something to go on that wall.  She asked what I thought about some design with scrolling.  But, seeing the outside I immediately saw a window with a sky and trees.  I suggested that to her and she loved the idea.
It was very easy to draw and paint.  I think you could do it, too.
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First I drew the frame that would frame the sky.  I made it 4" or 5" wide.  You can decide how wide you want your frame to be and paint it any color you want.  I painted it the same white as her doors and woodwork/trim.  Use craft paints raw umber or some darker browny gray for shadowing around the edges.  In your color tray water down the paint just a little bit so it will flow more easily as you paint.  Painting that thin shadow will make it look more 3 dimensional.  For shadow reference, look around the room at the shadows on other trim.  Next, with my brush I smudged and swiped blue and white (like faux painting) and made it look like a sky with clouds.  Draw you some birds.  You can make copies or draw them on paper and trace the birds on the wall, then paint them.  Decoupage would be ok, too, for the birds.  For the trees I like to draw the branches first with a pencil.  I draw lines where I want them to be.  Paint over them with raw umber or whatever shade of brown or gray brown that you want.  Then, draw leaves or use a small paint brush and dot, dot, dot with green.  You can also draw any size or shape of leaves you want.  At first you might not be happy with your artwork, but wait a while and let your family and friends see it.  After a while I bet you will be very happy with yourself.  Have fun!!
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Sunday, August 27, 2017

HAND PAINTING ARTWORK ON A KID'S PLAY TABLE & TRAIN TRACK ARTWORK PLAY TABLE & TUTORIAL

HAND PAINTING ARTWORK ON A KID'S PLAY TABLE & TRAIN TRACK ARTWORK PLAY TABLE & TUTORIAL

My client had this little table that she kept for her grandchildren in her playroom.
The finish was a lightly stained wood.
She asked me to paint it and this is how it turned out.
I love the bright colors!
Because her grandson loved trains, she asked me to paint this one for his room at home.
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I used craft paint for the artwork and sealed with several coats of clear sealer.
If you don't have or can't find a table just the right size, you can build one.  It's not that hard.
You can build it any size you want and legs can be shorter or taller.
These tables were fun to paint.  I bet your children would love painting the artwork.
Remember to seal really well so it won't get scratched. 
 If it does get scratched you can touch it up and seal it again.
Have Fun!
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Monday, August 21, 2017

PAINTING CLOUDS & STRIPES IN A KID'S BEDROOM & TUTORIAL

PAINTING CLOUDS & STRIPES IN A KID'S BEDROOM & TUTORIAL

 Kevy's mom wanted me to paint a sky and stars in her bedroom.
I faux painted the walls with a very dark blue and sponge painted the ceiling with the same blue.   For the stars, I used a stencil and placed them randomly around the ceiling and walls  using metallic gold paint.
  They purchased some light reflective stars and placed them on the ceiling.
When Kevy turned off her light at night the stars were visible.
It looked so pretty.
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THE STRIPES & CLOUDS IN THE ROOM BELOW I PAINTED FOR TWIN BOYS
I painted the walls the lighter blue.  Drew the stripes with a pencil and level.
Painted the darker blue over the lighter blue.
I used the darker blue to paint the midnight sky.
 Stenciled metallic gold stars on the ceiling and walls.
Remember metallics "reflect"
 so, place the metallic paint where it will be reflecting light.
Drew solid white clouds and placed the metallic gold stars randomly on the ceiling.
If you look closely you can see I swiped blue inside the clouds with a brush.
I love the two shades of blue together.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

VISIT MY NEW BLOG ~ STILL WORKING ON IT

VISIT MY NEW BLOG ~ STILL WORKING ON IT

I'm building a new blog.
On my decorative artisan blog my tutorials get lost in all of the other posts.
So, this new blog will be a HOW-TO DIY blog.
I will continue to post on my Decorative Artisan blog, too.
It will take me a while to search all of my tutorials and move them to this DIY blog.
Here it is for now:
Still building.
Thank you for your visits!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

DESIGN & BUILD YOUR OWN FIREPLACE MANTEL ~ EMBELLISH YOUR EXISTING MANTEL

DESIGN & BUILD YOUR OWN FIREPLACE MANTEL ~ EMBELLISH YOUR EXISTING MANTEL

Recently, I came across this picture of mantel assembly pieces.
I'm sharing it with you to show how easy it would be to build your own mantel.  
Or, add colums and decorative pieces to your existing mantel. 
If you think you can't do it, a carpenter will know what to do.
You design and pick out the pieces and ask the carpenter to help you. 
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Sometimes I will see a carpenter working on an existing mantel. 
 At first it doesn't look so good with all of the unfinished pieces being added.
But, once everything gets painted or stained the same color it looks great.
Google fireplace mantels to get ideas for your own creation. 
 I saw several that were $3,000 , $4,000. and even more expensive to purchase. 
Pinterest is another place to find good ideas.
 You can find trim pieces at home improvement stores and online. 
 Try to picture them after everything has been painted.
This is a mantel I painted.  It doesn't have a lot of trim pieces, but beautiful.
Another one I painted.  I love all of the round and curved trim pieces.
They're mostly individual pieces nailed, glued or screwed together.
Another huge mantel that I painted.  It was so tall I had to reach up to work on it.
Thses mantels were all assembled with lots of parts and pieces like the first picture above.
You can do it, too!
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

PAINTING A VINTAGE MANTEL TO A BLACK DISTRESSED FINISH & TUTORIAL

PAINTING A VINTAGE MANTEL TO A BLACK DISTRESSED FINISH & TUTORIAL

Recently, I found this vintage mantel.  It was from the 1960's and still in good shape. 
It was stained brown, only a few scratches and perfect for a new paint finish.
I always start with an oil based bonding primer.
I painted a brown undercoat so when I distressed the black it would look like wood.
Painted a coat of black paint.
Then, two coats of a low sheen sealer.
This could be a fireplace mantel,
 a nice headboard or
 a fancy shelf.
(this picture is before I sealed it with the clear coat low sheen)