The Soul of the Dog

A few weeks ago, my friend Molly’s dog, Murray, had his eyes painted by artist Sheila Wedegis.   She is dedicating all of March to painting dogs’ eyes, or as she puts it, the soul of the dog.  Sheila posted an invitation to send our photo to her of our dog, and I sent her a picture of my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel,  Princess Fiona.  I received an email the next day that she would be painting Fiona’s eye !  I started following Sheila’s blog and fell in love with her painting style, and how she captures their soul, through their eyes.

SOULOFTHEDOG#15This is the painting she did of my Princess Fiona, she has captured her sweetness and her beauty and I cannot wait to receive the painting.

I can’t forget about Murray, and his mom Molly, who introduced me to Sheila’s work.  Murray is a Golden Doodle, who has his own blog, Murray’s Mouth.

Soulofthedog#2A little bit about Sheila…

Born in Boston, Sheila Wedegis has spent most of her life in the New England area. Sheila relocated to Palm Bay, FL from Portsmouth, NH with her husband, Roger, three cats and her black lab, Sophie and chocolate lab, Fergus. Art has been her passion and expression since she was a child. Her formal training was at Butera School of Art in Boston, however  her greatest growth has been in the actual “doing” …painting what she knows and loves

Through on going studies and workshops, observations and experimentation, there has been a constant rebirth with herself and her work.   While grounding themselves in the realities of her life, Ms. Wedegis’ pieces contain an unmistakable spiritual essence.

“To touch the soul of one other person, to know they are not alone on this journey” is the dedication of her work and the reflection of her life’s journey.


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Stop by and look at Sheila’s piece’s, I guarantee you will love her work.

Thank you Sheila!

 

Distressed Look Painting Technique

I love Shabby Country !  The rustic elegance, the markings on the wood to show its design and the muted hues with a pop of color.

I usually use repurposed frames, but I fell in love with these frames at the dollar store.  They had a definite pattern that I knew would look great distressed.

Distressed looking furniture that seems to be the product of years of neglect can really add a lot of charm and character to certain decorating styles, such as Old World, country, cottage, French provincial or shabby chic. Distressed painting is fairly easy to do,and can be very authentic looking. One technique that is inexpensive and simple, and requires nothing more than basic painting supplies and a candle.

 

 

 

Supplies needed:

  • picture frame
  • candle
  • 2 colors of paint
  • 2 brushes

 

Apply the base coat.  I usually paint 2 to 3 coats, but I wanted the silver to come through, so I only painted it with one coat of white.  Let the paint dry thoroughly.
I then rubbed the wax in random areas where I thought it would wear naturally.  Remember to rub firmly, leaving wax behind.
Apply your second coat of paint, I used a light green paint and applied 2 coats.  Allow paint to thoroughly dry.  The waxy areas should be evident.
When the paint is dry, sand the waxed areas off with a fine grade paper, exposing the layer underneath.  Variations to this technique are endless, adding multiple layers of color, making it appear that the piece has been painted several times, or painting it a dark color, showing the technique even more.  I prefer muted hues, but that is just my shabby taste.
Wipe your project with a damp cloth and you are done, easy as that !

shabby magnet message board

I enjoyed painting yesterday so much, I painted again this morning.  I picked out some white paint from my collection and decided to add a bit of non-sanded ground, to give it that chalk look.  I used a tray from the dollar store, and decided to drill two holes to add a ribbon hanger, thank you Zest it Up for the idea !

The project came out ok, not one of my favorites, the paint didn’t mix well with the grout, I guess using latex house paint wasn’t a good idea, lol, showing brush strokes and becoming very thick.  I made some magnets out of buttons and beads, just for fun.

Even though it isn’t one of my favorites, I had fun making it and learned a few valuable lessons.  Even a bad project is better than not having a project at all…..

a shabby blue day

I love decorating shabby country, it is a relaxed feminine romantic way of decorating that looks comfortable and inviting.  Yesterday I found an oops can of light blue paint at Lowe’s for 50 cents, how could I pass that up !  I don’t decorate in blue, it wouldn’t fit into my color schemes, but I have many friends and family that do.

I was in the mood to paint last night, and I have been dying to make my own chalk paint.  What makes chalk paint unique is the appearance, it has a flat look and when you apply certain techniques , it adds charm to furniture and home decor items that look old and weathered.

I read many how-to blogs and decided to try the one that used the ratio of 1 cup of paint to 1 tablespoon of non-sanded grout.  There were many that said to use plaster of paris, but I didn’t have any, maybe on my next batch.  I used sand paper on dried paint, and tried to imitate the aged and weathered look.

If you don’t want to wait for time to pass to enjoy this rustic, shabby chic look, this is the technique for you.

I am happy with the way they came out, what do you think?

diy chalkboard paint

I love using chalkboard for holidays and special occasions.  When I read a tutorial last year by Martha Stewart, I had to give it a try.  I started our with a very traditional one, using black.  I really like the way they came out and I gave quite a few away for the holidays.  I decided to change things a bit and do a different color.

Here is how you create your own chalkboard paint..

Supplies needed:

  • 1/2 cup acrylic paint (I used acrylic latex oops .50 cents paint)
  • 1 tablespoon non-sanded grout (about $1.50 @ homedepot for 1 lb.)
  • measuring cup and spoon
  • mixing container
  • whisk (I find it mixes better than a spoon)
  • paint brush
  • platter (dollar store) or whatever you would like to make a chalkboard
  • painters tape

Measure and mix your paint and grout being careful to wear a mask, the grout is a fine powder.  Make sure that there aren’t any lumps, that is why I use a whisk.

Tape your tray, making sure that it is taped well.  Apply paint, I prefer using a sponge brush, I think it adds a smoother finish.  I almost always apply at least 2 coats, since this is metal, I applied 3 coats.  Once your chalkboard has fully dried be sure to slate the surface before using it for the first time. To slate a chalkboard lightly rub chalk along the surface and then lightly rub it off.

I painted the lid of my mixing container (a repurposed sour cream container) with the paint I used and wrote on the lid, it just makes it easier to find next time.

I decided to be creative and add a bit of country shabby to the edges, and the finished product looks like this…

Have fun with your chalkboard and look for future posts to see what else I have made with this paint today, I just have to finish them 🙂

Easiest Design Transfer Method You’ll Ever Find

I am not an artist, and I can’t draw or paint, and believe me, I have tried.  I was playing with pickets from my friends old fence and wanted to draw the word “welcome” on it.  I don’t like the look of decals, so what to do?  I found this tutorial on Pinterest, so I thought I would give it a try.  I printed out my welcome design and taped it to my assembled pickets with a layer of heavy newsprint under it.  I used a pencil and went over the outline of my design.  I was afraid to lift up the paper and see my disaster, but it really worked !!  I then took a fine paint brush and a little black paint, and painted in the lines.

I have to admit, I didn’t think it would work, especially on rough painted wood, but it did.  I would do one thing differently,  I  think my design was too small for the sign, but I can always add more to it  Next time 🙂

Here is my question to all of you, what is your favorite way to transfer onto painted wood?

Polka Dot Tiered Planters

I am not usually a Polka Dot kind of person, but I saw several tiered planters on Pinterest and fell in love with the Polka Dots.  I went through my cellar and found some clay pots that I haven’t used in about 18 years, and sorted through my collection of oops paint.  Every time I go to a paint or hardware store I have to stop and check out their oops paint, it is amazing what you can get for a dollar or 2.  I found round stamp sponges in different sizes at Walmart, which I didn’t know existed.  I painted each pot twice, inside and out and let them dry overnight.  I liked the colors so much, I decided to paint a set of chairs I had bought at Goodwill for about $3.00 a pair.  Here is one of the tutorials I followed http://www.wechooseorganic.com/2012/04/19/diy-polka-dot-tiered-planters-flower-pots/, it is a well written tutorial and easy to follow.  Here is what I came up with 🙂

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ImageHave fun creating your own Polka Dots and post your finished pot 🙂  I would love to see them !!