Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tinting Old Town Paints Clear Glaze

Old Town Paints now has a Clear Glaze!!
Old Town Paints already has 4 glazes they are Antique Glaze, Black Glaze, Gray Glaze, and White Glaze and although that is a good variety and there is optiopns to choose from Old Town Paints has expaneded that variety to almost limitless by introducubg its new Clear Glaze!!  Old Town Paints Clear Glaze can be mixed with any Old Town Paints or Shabby Chic Paint Chalk Style Finish Paint to create a glaze in any color you can also add more than one color to create your own special unique colors!  

Tinting/Mixing the Clear Glaze is so easy all you do is add a few drops or a drizzle of paint into the glaze. the less paint you add the more translucent the glaze will be. Make sure to stir the paint and glaze mixture thoroughly for the best results!
The photo show a small amount of clear glaze mixed with
 Shabby Chic Paints "Hot Pink"

Brush or wipe on the glaze just as you would do with any other Old Town Paints Glaze, For best result make sure to
get the glaze into the cracks and the details of the piece you are glazing.  

You can cover the whole peice with the glaze or just the details it is really up to you and the desired look you are trying to achieve, there is really no wrong way to apply it. 

 Once the project has the glaze on it take a damp cloth and wipe away any excess glaze and you can blend and smooth out some of the glaze with the cloth.  For bigger projects it is best to apply the glaze in sections one at a time so that way you can have have more time to wipe away excess or blend before the glaze dries.

As you can see finished look of this glaze is pretty awesome!!  And these angels still have a vintage or shabby chic feel to them even with the bold color of the Hot Pink!! 
We hope that you enjoyed this blog and were able to take away some tips and information to help you in your future projects!! 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Reversable Fall Decorations

Fall is here and it is time to start decorating!!!!
I feel like I killed two birds with one stone for todays blog!!  I made these sweet little Burlap Jackolanterns, and after Halloween you can reverse them (just spin them around) for a new Fall decoration using the same item!!  

I first painted the Jackolantern faces on one side of a burlap Sack.  The eyes, nose and mouth are pretty simple shapes so I just free handed painting them on using Old Town Paints in True Black.  I also painted some fake leaves in Old Town Paints Burnt Orange and Shabby Chic Paints Soft Sage!
For the opposite side of the burlap sacks I chose to number each sack with a 1, 2, and 3 (that seems to be a pretty popular trend right now)!  I wanted to add something else to tie in the fall theme a little bit more so I chose to also stencil a fall leaf on the side with the numbers.  

                                                           I did not have any 

number or leaf stencils, so I improvised and made my own!!  To make your own stencil you can print out the images that you would like on a piece of copy paper and just cut them out using an X-ACTO knife. Now you want to keep in mind that these stencils are made out of paper and will probably only be able to be used once, If you want to do a stencil that is a little more sturdy you can print the images out on card stock paper or you can go to most craft stores and buy plastic sheets made specifically for making your own stencils!

Once both sides of the burlap sacks are painted to your liking you want to fill the inside of the sack, I was initially going to use newspaper but the sack wouldn't stand upright and kept falling over so after a little bit of thinking, and looking around the shop for anything that would work to fill the sack and most importantly keep it standing upright I finally came across some old, empty 16oz. paint cans.  I placed one inside of each of the sacks and cinched the top with the string that was already attached to the sack.

The last and final touch I added to this project was the leaves that i mentioned I had painted earlier.  I cut three pieces of green twine(one for each sack) and strung two leaves on each of them, Then I tied them arounf the top of the sack. TIP* Don't tie twine to tight because after halloween you are going to want to quickly spin the sacks around and display your new fall decor(the number sides of the sack), and you will want to be able to easily move the leaves to the numbered side. if you are a crafter you already know it is not that easy to untie twine.  

Thanks for reading todays blog!! I hope you enjoyed!!