Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Acrylic Paint Pour Using a Strainer

Welcome to the September Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by Erlene @ My PinterventuresThe purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you, too) to not just pin, but to make it happen by trying it out!

This month, I'm into paint pouring! I think this is a new trend that's happening right now. And it's very popular on Pinterest. But I'm going one step further with Acrylic Paint Pour Using a Strainer! I first saw this on a tv segment, Right This Minute and was completely fascinated with the results! Like the show said, "who knew strainers could create amazing art?" And without ever touching a paint brush, too! This is so me! Originally, I wanted to do this using a pumpkin instead of canvas. But I chickened out thinking I didn't have enough paint to cover a good size pumpkin all over! I didn't want just drips, so I played it safe with canvas.

Materials used:

  • Oval canvas - 20"x16"
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints -Cranberry Wine, Brilliant Purple, Frosted Plum, Light Orchid, Cotton Candy, White
  • DecoArt Pour Medium
  • Sink Strainer
  • Disposable gloves
  • Plastic cups
  • Craft stick stirrers
  • Drop cloth
First, it had been raining off and on all week, so I had to do this project indoors. I covered everything possible in the area that I thought would get paint on, including the throw rug on my wood floor. Then, I placed the canvas on top of three empty plastic cups so the paint could drip down and off of the canvas. Next, I put on a pair of disposable gloves and shook-up the acrylic paints and poured all of each one into plastic cups.
 Then I poured Pouring Medium into each color, probably about half the amount to the paint. I didn't think I had enough medium for equal amounts.
And stirred each cup.
I placed the strainer in the middle of the canvas and began pouring in each color of paint.
See the beautiful beginnings of the design!
 I continued pouring colors into the strainer with no particular color order.
The flow of the colors was somewhat slow. Maybe I should have added more pour medium.
So, I picked up the strainer and moved it to another area.
Look at that pattern - swoooosh!
I then placed the strainer down again and added more paint.
It still seemed slow going again, so  .  .  .
 I started tilting the canvas .  .  . back and forth .  .  .
 to make the paint flow to the sides and over the edge.
 That worked! And I didn't have too much overflow paint on the drop cloth, either.
This is so amazing!!!!
 I had a little bit of paint left over in the cups, so I placed the strainer on top of a 8"x10" glass from a picture frame and poured in all of the leftover paint  .  .  . 
 to get this beautiful design!
 Two amazing pieces!
It took a couple of days for the paint to dry completely!
What lovely wall decor!
 If you look at the glass piece on the left, do you see a figure with an eye, torso and hand?  Wow, that's what I see or imagine!
This frame is actually showing the back of the poured paint onto the glass - 
which looks like an explosion of colors, doesn't it!
Oh so pretty! I'm really loving paint pouring - especially using a strainer! 
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Now let's see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!

Jenny - Cookies Coffee and Crafts • Kristie - Teadoodles
 Beverly - Across the Boulevard 
Debra - Shoppe No. 5 • Gail - Purple Hues and Me 
 Lynne - My Family Thyme 
Chelsea - Making It Manzanita  
Michelle - Our Crafty Mom • Lisa - Blogghetti 
Debbee - Debbee's Buzz    Shirley - Intelligent Domestications 
Kenyatta - My Design Rules • Kelli - The Olympic Nest 
 Katrin - Kreativ K 
Roseann - This Autoimmune Life • Terri - Our Good Life 

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Hello Fall Link Party

Welcome Fall! We're celebrating all things Fall with a group of our blogging friends. You're invited to share your posts on anything related to fall - including crafts, diy projects, recipes, activities, ideas and inspirations with us from September 17 through October 18. 

I'm so thrilled to be a part of a group of lovely, creative ladies hosting this party to celebrate the arrival of Fall! 

Meet the co-hosts of our Welcome Fall Link Party

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This year I'm celebrating the arrival of Fall with a tutorial on 
You see pumpkins everywhere for Fall, in all sizes and decorated in so many different ways. And since buffalo plaids are so trendy and popular, I'm sharing with you how I was inspired to make my own .  .  . using purple colors, of course, and shared the how-to with my monthly craft class!

Each co-host is sharing a fall post to get the party started. You’ll find their links in the Link Up below. You're sure to find lots of inspiration! Please visit their links and check out their posts. We all would appreciate your support of the party by pinning our projects. 

 The party is for all things fall! Share your crafts, home decor ideas, diy projects, recipes, and activities. By adding your link you give the co-hosts permission to use one photo with a link to your post on social media or in round up posts. Each co-host will share a features post of their favorites from the party on October 22. 

The party is sure to be filled with tons of inspiration for fall. We can’t wait to see your wonderful fall posts. 

Hello Fall Link Party

Share Your Fall Crafts, Recipes, Decor, & Activities here!

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

DIY Purple Buffalo Check Pumpkin

There are so many ways to welcome Fall including decorating with pumpkins! From the teeny-tiniest pumpkins - to whopping huge sizes that you can place in or out, and everywhere around your home. They can add a touch of fall to any area in so many ways. And the best part - you can decorate, paint or use pumpkins anyway to want! 

Buffalo check plaids are so popular and trendy these days and I recently saw Patti @ Pandora's Box post an amazing tutorial on "How to Paint a Buffalo Checked Pumpkin" It was a beautifully finished piece and she made it seem so easy! 

I was impressed and inspired to make my own - although I had my doubts if I could actually pull it off. I'm not good at painting - and honestly, don't like to paint! But I wanted to make one using different hues of purple!  How cool would that be? After all, purple is my favorite color and just perfect for fall - and any other time of the year, for that matter!  Besides, I've never seen a purple plaid pumpkin! And I loved Patti's easy to follow tutorial so much that I shared it with the ladies in my craft class, too!

Materials needed:
  • Pumpkin
  • Chalk paint for pumpkin body (white or very light)
  • Craft acrylic paints - (2) one lighter than the other
  • Brushes - (2) - 1 large and one smaller one with a straight edge across.
  • Spray sealant
  • Brown paper for stem
  • Tacky glue
I started with a dollar store pumpkin and covered it in a Lilac chalk paint by FolkArt. The other two craft acrylic paint colors that I used were Plum Kiss (lighter) by Apple Barrel and  Amethyst (darker) by Ceramcoat. I already had the paint and pumpkin in my stash, and I decided I would use a cheap pumpkin like a dollar store one first instead of maybe messing up a more expensive one! 

Next, I counted the number of sections to decide how to evenly paint stripes around the pumpkin. Once I figured that out, I got started with the lighter plum paint. I thought I would have trouble with painting a straight line but it wasn't too bad. Just try to keep the stripes the same width and evenly spaced.
You can see some stripes are wider than others with a few streaks. Oh, well .  .  
 I think this looks pretty darn good, regardless!
Once the vertical lines were painted and dry, I painted on the first horizontal line beginning in the middle area since there is a crease line where the pumpkin came together.  So, begin on the center of one of the vertical lines, and try to match the width somewhat, and continue around to match up where the horizontal line was started.
Then, paint on additional horizontal lines, top and bottom, spacing about the same widths and let dry.
Next, paint in where the horizontal and vertical lines cross with the darker amethyst shade, following the lines. 
Be sure to paint every section where the lines cross for a finished check look. Spray on a sealant if desired.

Hot dang! This looks great!
To add a distinctive pumpkin stem, cut a flap from a cardboard box and separate the paper from the corrugated portion. Completely wet the paper with warm water.  
Roll up and twist the paper, shaping into a stem with an opening on the bottom. Seal sides with tacky glue and .  .  .
let dry. I pushed the stem against a board to help keep its' shape while drying.
Once dry, glue on over the short stem. I left the stem the same color, but it can be painted.
Decorate as desired!
Here are pics of my craft session:
The ladies loved this!

 A couple of the finished pumpkins:

I'm really loving this!
I hope you are inspired to try this wonderful painting technique, too! 
Thanks, Patti!

I'm sharing my DIY Purple Buffalo Check Pumpkin tutorial at our Hello Fall Link Party where I'm co-hosting beginning on September 17 thru October 18!
Please stop by and join the party by linking up your favorite posts on all things Fall - new or old! And be sure to visit all of the other co-hosts to see their creative ideas and inspirations, too!
Thanks for stopping by
and take a little time to enjoy,
Happy Fall Crafting!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Sweet Inspiration Party #124

                   Welcome to our Sweet Inspiration Link Party!
Hi there! It's been some week! Tensions have been running high concerning Hurricane Florence - dubbed the storm of the century! Let's hope and pray that everyone affected gets through this safe and sound! On a brighter note, it's Friday and you know what that means! Our One Hundred and Twenty-fourth Sweet Inspiration Link Party!  Thanks so much for taking the time to join us and share your wonderful projects, ideas and inspirations! 

The party starts on Fridays @7am EST or 11am GMT and runs through the following Tuesday. Plenty of time to link up your creative ideas! By joining us every week you will be able to grow your blog, meet new blogging friends and have your ideas and inspirations seen and shared by all of us who link up!

The hosts will be visiting everyone who join to share your inspirations, ideas and creativity! And of course enjoy the possibility of being featured by one of the party hosts! We truly appreciate and thank you dearly for joining us each week!

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Now on to this week's FEATURES!

We've just come back from our little holiday home at the coast and as always there was so much that needed fixing. When I saw this beautiful guest house that Wendi from H2O Bungalow has lovingly transformed over the years I was so inspired. If we're ever lucky enough to visit Ludlow, I would definitely want to stay here. 

I'm so amazed of this recipe of Stacie at Simply Stacie. I've never thought to cook chestnuts this way and I am going to try this the soonest possible!

This post hit me right in the feels. Danielle's Letter to her Daughter on her First Day of Kindergarten was so sweet and contained such great advice. My daughter will be heading to kindergarten in 2 short years, and these are definitely the things that I want her to take with her, as well. https://www.asprinkleofjoy.com/2018/08/letter-to-my-daughter-kindergarten.html/

Have you ever wanted to learn how to crochet? My MIL tried teaching me many years go and I've regretted not picking it up! Anna @ Stuffed Veggies shares with us how she and her daughter learned from watching YouTube videos. This post is so inspiring  you'll want to see how she created so many lovely things and maybe try it out, too! http://stuffedveggies.blogspot.com/2018/09/how-to-start-crocheting.html

Some people are so creative they can literally take bits and pieces come up with a use for them. Case in point, Susan of Homeroad who made this unique chippy frame from scraps of wood.https://www.homeroad.net/2018/08/how-to-make-unique-chippy-frame.html

And our most popular post is from Linda @Burlap & Blue who shares decorating tips on how she decorated her front porch for Fall! What a lovely look!
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