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Ramp it up…

I love the art of Lisa Kaus.  Her designs and color are bright, vivid, and simply delightful.  While shopping, I found a whimsical cross that was just perfect for that particular spot in my studio.  I purchased my treasure, brought it home, and hung it on the wall.  I enjoyed my new decor, but felt something was lacking.  I decided it needed a few special touches!

It is so important to know that store purchased items do not have to be accepted “as is”.  While I loved the art, I decided it needed a few of my magical touches.  The colors on the design are pure, saturated, and very compelling.  However, the bright, plain “believe” sign just seemed too stark.  IMG_1828.jpg

Usually, I would be concerned with the base of the piece before painting, but the touches I wanted to add were so minimal that I decided that I would not need a prep.  I matched DecoArt Americana Sea Glass acrylic paint to the background color.  With a 1/2″ angle, I floated a hint of color around the outer edge of the sign.  Because the surface was a rather slick finish, I let the float dry, then repeated the application to deepen the color.  It is ALWAYS better to apply two light coats of paint than one heavy coat.

After it dried, I did another evaluation.  The sign still looked a little disconnected.  I really liked the border around the outer edge of the cross.  I selected a .05 black Micron Pen to replicate the same design around the sign.  To finish, I spray sealed the piece with several light coats of DecoArt Americana Matte Spray Finisher.  IMG_1829.jpg

So, my advise it to not be afraid to enhance or “add to” a store bought piece of art.   A few simple touches can elevate and ramp it up.  I LOVED the results and am amazed at what a difference those little touches made!  Dare to be a little adventuresome and impress yourself!

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Eeeeeeek…….

Eeeeeeekkkk, I accidentally left my brushes soaking in my brush basin overnight.  I was really tired when I finished for the night, had a million more things to do, so I stuck my brushes in my basin………to clean after I did all that other stuff.

This afternoon when I went to my studio to paint, my poor pathetic brushes were looking up at me with soggy faces!  OMG, I couldn’t believe I left them in that condition.  Not only were they waterlogged, but the bristles had a nice, gentle curl on the tips (thanks to the bottom of the basin).  Not only was I aggravated that I had forgotten, but also that it would require considerable work to get them back into shape.

Never fear, I am not the only one that has faced this issue (thank goodness).  I have my backup team ready and waiting for such an emergency.  Enter in the qualified members of my Brush Crisis Team:

  • DS3-9-8ozDecoMagic_1024x1024.jpgFirst and foremost, DecoMagic  Brush and Stencil Cleaner.  This amazing product has many outstanding qualities.  It is gentle enough to use every day, but packs a big punch in removing paint (even dried paint) from brushes, hands, stencils, and fabrics. It leaves brushes soft and pliable!  BONUS:  I can also be used as an jewelry cleaner.  I often scrub up my rings while doing my brushes.  Nice to have sparkling clean brushes, but sparkling rings will catch everyone’s eye!
  • 29-60017-2__29288_1024x1024.jpgI love using my Brush Cleaning Tank.  It is large enough to hold an entire bottle of DecoMagic and has a dome wire brush cleaner positioned about an inch from the bottom.  The screen loosens paint while keeping bristles out of the bottom sediment.  I rarely clean my tank, simply refill with DecoMagic to keep the fluid above the screen.  Not only is it ecconomical, but the tank can be easily transported to any classroom.  I always come home from travel teaching with clean brushes!  One bottle of cleaner usually lasts about 6 months.
  • 29-01200.jpgThe Brush Scrubby Grooming Pad is priceless.  This little gem is probably the best bang for your buck in the entire industry.  Did I say buck?…its only 88¢ (SCORE)!  No matter how well brushes are cleaned, I am always astonished at how much paint comes out when using the scrubby.  After I clean my brushes in the tank, I pick up the scrubby and run my brushes across the pointed nibs.  This is a great way to get paint build up at the ferrule.  The heart shape is adorable, however, fits nicely in the palm of your hand.

05717-1002-1-2ww-m_1024x1024.jpgAnd lastly, if the tips have that stubborn curl, simply use Brush Shaper to restore the shape.  Basically this is a stiffener (sizing) that will return your brushes to their pristine shape.  Apply the shaper to the bristles, then form to desired shape.  They will dry rather stiff, but a quick swim in the brush basin will remove the sizing, resulting in nice chisel edges and pointed tips!  Keeps your brushes looking like new!

Now that I have restored my brushes, I have renewed my resolution to NEVER leave them in water again.  I have promised them that I will take better care of them in the future and reassured them that I will ALWAYS love them.

Finally…an AWESOME 1/8″ Angle!

I love to paint and am continually on the lookout for brushes that will make my painting life easier and my designs more professional.  Without great brushes, I know I will not have great results.   I don’t like fussy painting, but I like my designs to look like I spent many hours achieving perfect detail.  I use angles of all sizes not only to shade and float, but love the angled toes for sharp details and the width of the bristles to lay in basecoats.

My biggest complaint was finding an 1/8″ angle that would do the work I needed.  I searched high and low, checked out brand after brand, and tested one after another.  I was so frustrated with the shapes, the bristle quality, the performance; none of the brushes lived up to my expectations.

So, I decided to have a brush manufactured to my specifications.  The list was simple:

  1. The brush had to be long enough to allow me to load enough paint to float a significant distance before reloading.
  2. The angle needed to be at least 45 degree to allow easy application in small areas.
  3. The chisel edge needed to stay sharp and not spread out.
  4.  The bristles needed to be strong with good bounce and durability.

As a result, I am proud to announce Chris’s 1/8″ AWESOME Angle.  It checks off my list of wants and has exceeded my expectations.  I have been using the same brush (heavily) for over 6 months and it still looks and performs like new!  I am beyond thrilled as I no longer struggle to add tiny highlights or shading in small areas.  The brush makes the strokes easy to implement and the results are amazing!  This versatile brush not only works well with acrylics, but also is great with watercolors or oils!

Chris’s 1/8″ Awesome Angle is available exclusively at Cupboard Distributing; http://www.cdwood.com;  #03-935-1/8

 

Clear-ly Amazing…Modeling Paste

DMM30_ModelingPaste_Clear_4oz DecoArt has done it again…  They are always on the cutting edge of new product that is “clearly” amazing…and they now offer Modeling Paste that is CLEAR!!    I love the white and black Modeling Paste that they carry.  It is smooth, flexible, and paintable.  I can mix colors with the base, to create a tinted paste.  However, because the base is opaque, when mixing color, the hue and saturation are affected.  For example, if I add red to the white base, the results are a lovely pink.  If I want a true red, I need to paint after the medium dries.  I always wished there was a clear paste that would make creating much more versatile.

This Modeling Paste is smooth, flexible, and paintable.  Because has a transparent quality,  when adding Media Fluid Acrylics, it resonates as stunning as stained glass!  It can also be mixed with Americana Acrylics for a more translucent effect.  Use it as a stencil paste or create stamped impressions, textured surfaces and dimensional designs.  Imagine a sprinkling of clear textured snowflakes over a winter scene…gorgeous!

The medium is thick enough to spread, similar to whipped cream.  I used a palette knife to spread over the stencil, a credit card would work as well. IMG_7037

The medium is milky in appearance when wet, but dries clear.  Whatever is underneath will not be obstructed with the application of the medium,  I scraped a layer of medium over a stencil for a clear effect.  IMG_7025 - Copy

IMG_7030 - Copy I loved the way it looked, but wanted to add a tint to the medium.  I put a few drops of Primary Cyan and mixed.  IMG_7026 - CopyI realized it was too strong and the results would be very dark and heavy.  I lightened the mix for variety and experimentation.  The hue of the paint is not diminished with the clear medium.

IMG_7027I spread the lighter mix over the stencil and finished with the heavier color.  IMG_7028 - CopyThis clicked a few creative cells in my brain as I realized all the possibilities of adding various values of the same color.  IMG_7029 - Copy

I decided to add a layer of clear snowflakes on an old project for a little more whimsy.  IMG_7039IMG_7042I loved the subtle dimension and decided I should have sprinkled a little Crystal Glamour Dust over the snowflakes while they were still wet.  Wouldn’t that be beautiful?!

My mind is swimming with all the possibilities using the Clear Modeling Paste.  This would look awesome over snowdrifts to add shimmery dimension!

I am planning on using this amazing medium in many of my upcoming projects.  I can see it adding a wintry sparkle, Halloween enchantment, Valentine magic, Summer shimmers, or everyday charm! DecoArt Media Clear Modeling Paste is a winner!! IMG_7031 - Copy

New Shoes for FREE!!

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I love to test new products to see if they are really all they are cracked up to be.  When DecoArt’s new Patent Leather Paint arrived, I was not convinced that it would look all that great.  After all, how many times do you paint shoes, purses or belts??

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I looked in my closet and found a pair of brown sandals.  I really liked them, but rarely wear dark brown in the summertime. Determined to find out about the paint, I put the first layer on the leather straps.  Yuck, however, I did not except the first layer to cover perfectly.  So, I added a second coat, then a third.  At this point, I could see potential.  From experience, I know it is ALWAYS best to add several thin coats as opposed to a thick heavy layer.  This eliminates any lumps, bumps or ridges of thick paint.  One more coat…

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The last coat was beyond belief!  The sandals were smooth, and flexible, the color was stunning and, BEST OF ALL, they didn’t look hand painted.  These sandals look super expensive and very classy!  Check out my new “expensive” looking sandals!  sandals.jpg

So to recap, the new DecoArt Patent Leather paint comes in 13 amazing colors and can be used to refresh or restyle leather and leather-like surfaces with this high-gloss acrylic paint.  That means that it can be used not only for fashion accessories, but also for leather, or faux leather surfaces such as ottomans, chairs, cushions, etc… As well as used to embellish or add design to any of these surfaces!!!  In addition to being water based and non toxic, this paint is specially formulated to be flexible to prevent cracking or peeling.   My mind is absolutely swirling with all the possibilities that this unique paint offers!

DecoArt Patent Leather Paints available at Cupboard Distributing:  https://www.cdwood.com/collections/decoart-patent-leather-paints

Viva Las Vegas!

16265266_1350454528308899_4036656819822082977_n.jpgThe Creative Painting Convention 2017 in Las Vegas definitely receives five stars!  Hats off to Jayne Jones and her terrific staff for a show that ran smoothly from start to finish.  With all the classes, exhibit hall, vendors and registered attendees, she has huge responsibilites, tremendous workload and still manages to give us all her sweet smile the entire week.
We arrived in Vegas on Saturday.  I taught the Sponsored Event “Signs of the Times” with Laurie Speltz on Sunday.  The class was filled with talented, eager students.  We had a great time sharing our unique techniques, tips and tricks to make painting easier and a little more fun.

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Whew…late night hours combined with weary travelers, slow the pace just a little.  However, we almost got finished and hope to see final projects posted on FaceBook.

For those that may not know, my husband, John and I are the founders and owners of Cupboard Distributing.  Because Creative Painting is such a great show and we have an awesome, hard working staff, we bring them to help with our booth. 17021801_1435103303188220_7574829373836147440_n.jpg(Left to right; Lindsey Applegate; Jen Key; Drake Newman…and no…they’re not our kids!!) However, Monday was a “play day”.  We went to see Hoover Dam.  Because our truck was packed to the hilt, and because we didn’t want to unpack the entire load, we were banned from entering the dam area.  LOL, if they only knew what was in those totes…class supplies!  Oh well, nice to know that Homeland Security is doing their job.    We did get to park and enjoy the scenic view over Lake Meade.

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Tuesday was set up day and this is no small task.  Thank goodness for capable employees.  Everyone knew their job and the booth went together little by little.  It is quite amazing to watch as those huge stacks of boxes and totes are transformed into a fantastic booth.

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Wednesday was opening day…and what a day it was. Our booth was packed from the beginning to the end of the day.17097513_1441580369207180_181651958227779787_o.jpgThanks to Jen and Lindsey for keeping the line moving quickly. 16864654_10155141875526209_7853455619886834793_n.jpg John and Drake had their hands full restocking the product.  I had the best job of all, talking to my painting friends, answering questions, showing off new product, tools and giving tips.

The patterns I designed for this show were a little different for me.  I worked really hard to create really unique, trendy surfaces and patterns.  I was a little nervous because these were outside my “box” and comfort zone. However, I was so pleased at how well they were received.  A big thank you to all of our customers for their kind words, support and patronage.  I am always overwhelmed with this wonderful group of painter friends.  I feel so blessed to be able to do what I love!  All surfaces and patterns are available at Cupboard Distributing  www.cdwood.com

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Because Cupboard Distributing is celebrating 30 years in business this year, we added a contest.  With every $30.00 purchase, customers received a ticket for a chance to win 30 of my newest pattern packets or a huge basket of Stampendous stamps.  We had so much fun promoting our 30 years with these great prizes.  Contest winners were selected after we returned home. Vegas Winner.jpg Congratulations to Kay Stahm for winning the patterns and Regina Oswald for winning the stamps!

Thursday evening was my last class.  We had a great time learning how to use stamps, as well as other unique techniques for creating unique projects and easily updating older designs.

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All of a sudden it was Friday and before we could blink, we were tearing down the booth! Whew…what a fun and high energy show!  I love this show and, even though I am bone tired, can’t wait till next year!

 

Who doesn’t like FREE???

DecoArt Media Give-away!

dask351-centered2017 is here and it’s time for fresh starts, new beginnings, trying something different, organizing, creating, and accomplishing many new and exciting projects!  To help you celebrate, Cupboard Distributing is offering a fantastic Media kit by DecoArt.  This fabulous kit will help get those creative juices flowing and help kick off your new year with pizzazz, bamm, pow and wow!!

I absolutely LOVE the Media line from DecoArt.  For those that are a little hesitant to invest into another line of paints, I would suggest a sampling.  So, if you aren’t the lucky winner of this awesome kit, here are a few of my favorite picks:

  1. Liquid Glass will give crystal clear dimension.  Perfect topping for berries, bubbles, eyeballs, dragonfly wings, etc…and with the precise tip, wonderful for adding texture.
  2. Matte Medium, I call it Magic Medium!  I use it for a varnish, decoupage, glazing medium, it is my most used “go to” jar!
  3. Quinacridone colors are rich, saturated color that explode on contact!  The Media Fluid Acrylics can be used in conjunction with regular acrylics, which means they will totally ramp up highlights to a new level. Plus, I love saying the name!!!
  4. Ultra Matte Varnish has the same sheen as acrylic paint.  I can varnish the surface to protect (I call this my safety net) and when dry, I can go back and paint on OR drybrush with excellent results!

All you need to do to enter this fabulous kit is make a comment on Cupboard Distributing facebook page on how much you love DecoArt, Cupboard Distributing, Pixelated Palette,…or me!!  To receive more chances to win like, comment or share with a friend!  https://www.facebook.com/CupboardDistributing/

Who wouldn’t want this fantastic set of pure inspiration.  Remember to comment, like and share to enter!  Contest starts Jan 15th and continues through the 21st.

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