I love gingham. In fact, I think I have approximately 892 gingham items in my closet right now. It is a classic pattern, and I was inspired to decorate some furniture with the design. This could really not be easier. You will need watercolor paint (I chose red) and your choice of Smalltown Flats (I painted two – the Trestle Table and Pair O’Chairs). Paint … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Glorious Gingham
This beautiful 4-Poster Bed features whimsically stamped Dandelions across a painted blue sky. Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Dish Brush Dandelions
Make a fun diamond pattern with a crayon and watercolor resist technique! Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Diamond Crayon Resist
This Lovely Loveseat was decorated with Elmer’s Rubber Cement and paint (I used the blue & red acrylic paint thinned out with water that I used for the bubble tutorial, so technically, there’s dish soap in it – but plain watercolor works well too). The dish soap in the solution made a cool denim fabric look, as micro-bubbles danced in lines across the random brush strokes. … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Super Stars
This was such a fun experiment. I mixed together some regular ole blue and red acrylic paint (about a tablespoon of each), then added about 1/2 cup of water and stirred it. I squeezed in some dish soap and mixed it again. Once the solution was fully integrated, we bubbled the liquid with a straw. VERY IMPORTANT: Don’t forget yourself and mistakenly drink it!!! When … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday -Painting with Soap Bubbles
This is a Kate Spade-inspired chair. Simple and elegant. Supplies needed: something to stamp circles (we used some Martha Stewart circle sponges, but you can use sponges cut in a circle, or plastic bottle caps), fun glitter (fine glitter looks the best) and glossy Mod Podge. We used the Smalltown Flats Lovely Loveseat. Basically, stamp using the sponges and the Mod Podge, placing the circles … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Sparkly Bubbles!
I’m sure you have seen this technique before, but I had never experienced the joy of it first-hand! This is so simple and fun, and the only supplies you need are shaving cream, food coloring, and toothpicks or the end of a paintbrush. Also, of course, a Smalltown Flats piece of furniture, which in the picture above, is our Cozy Couch. I have now done this … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Marbling!
Stenciling is one of the easiest ways to decorate your Smalltown Flats. Supplies needed are simply your Smalltown Flats furniture piece (I used the Trestle Table and the Pair O’Chairs), a stencil sheet (I used an old one from a home reno project – it was a Martha Stewart design bought at a craft store), paint (I used poster paint and white acrylic), and either a … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Sweet Stencil!
As my kids got older and spent more time in school, they were less likely to make art for the pure joy of making art. They became more goal oriented. Whether that was a result of being genetically related to me, or unspoken societal cues, I will never know. What I do know however, is that the process of learning something new, trial/error, and experimenting with old items in a … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Lettuce Stamping, Muses, Musings and More
This Lovely Loveseat was designed and painted by my daughter. We found some sample watercolor flowers on Pinterest, and she just tried a bunch of styles out and came up with this. She didn’t set out to have as much white space, but I think it looks so pretty just lightly embellished around the edges, so I convinced her to leave it like that. All you … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Fantastic Flowers