Today, I have some exciting news that I would like to share with you. I have been working on a new artist site and blog all season. It will be my new home base where I will share my daily inspiration and projects that you can try based on work that is evolving from my studio. I would love for you to consider finding me there.
For now, I would like to share, 5 of my favorite Winter Art projects that are handmade and craft-based. I plan give many handmade gifts this year, and these are my top 5 favorites.
- DIY Winter Succulents– You can see a DIY of this workshop over on my blog today.
A trio of succulents make thoughtful gifts.
- Desgin your own wreath or mini-wreath, my latest post!
- Block print your own gift wrap, I would love to try this beautiful tutorial. It feels even more satisfying to give when you have all your gifts in pretty colors and handmade paper.
photo via Honestly Wtf
- Design your own snow-globe (with kids), still one of the most adorable vintage snow globe DiY projects out there. I found all the supplies for this at my local home garden store.
- DIY your own holiday photo cards. I share cards from year’s past and how I work with a Minted online to create keepsakes for our family the past few years.
photo via Hilary L Hahn
Blogging here has helped me to grow immensely as an individual artist and product designer. I am thankful for those of you who have followed along over the years. I plan to continue to post project ideas here from time to time, but you can what my studio life emerge and grow here.
I hope you will come along for the ride!
My friend, Edy decided to rearrange her dining space converting her former dining table to an outdoor patio table. You may remember Edy, from her art card series or maybe you have seen her paintings in person.
Earlier this summer, we came up with the idea to tile and grout it’s surface to make it more resilient to entertaining and also hide some signs of wear and tear.
We decided to tackle one last creative project before the summer was over. Here is a peak at how the table looked before grouting.
While we had some tiles of our own, the best part was hunting for new pieces at Venice Discount Tile Center…rummaging through a plethora of cracked tiles and motley shaped tiles.
We had a colorful collection to work with rooted in sea-greens and bright pops of yellows and orange, when we began the project.
After arranging the tiles, we began to glue them down with ceramic adhesive.
Some might say it looked like a colorful board game once the tiles we arranged.
After letting the glue set-up for an hour or so…we began the grouting process. Mixing the grout we went for a smooth consistency that could be poured around and between the tiles. As the mixture dried out…we used wet sponges to sculpt the surface.
You can see a final picture of this table poolside with it’s painted legs on Edy’s Flickr site.
All the amazing photos taken by Edy and Danny Levin.
That’s all for the tile table adventure:) I hope you all have a great weekend!
This week, I thought I could share with you a few process pictures on how I create my custom Ombre Dressers. This dresser was created for a woman in Louisiana.
I will admit that the before picture of the dresser in green came out rather funky and charming making the original look cooler than it actually was. In reality, it has good bones, with a handful of chips and scratches on the body of the piece.
It seems I’m not the only one admiring the ombre trends this summer from everything to dip-dyed clothing to ombre hair coloring. This picture shows the 4 main steps that I take in recreating a vintage piece to an ombre dresser.
Step 1: Sanding and removing extra paint knicks and scrapes
Step 2: I prime the dresser with plenty of white to overpower the funky green shade. I use a smooth foam roller like the kind use for cabinets. Then, I sand and fill-in dents with a wood filler in between coats.
Step 3: I repair the bottom of a damaged drawer by having new piece of masonite cut to fit and securing it with wood glue and my staple gun.
Step 4: The dresser is ready for paint.
I enjoy painting wood as much as I love to paint on paper. I relish hand mixing all the peachy shades of paint for this dresser. Once a hue has been hand-mixed, it is virtually impossible to recreate the exact color. I store leftovers in airtight containers for touch-ups before shipping the piece.
The finishing touch are the dainty silver mercury glass knobs which make the drawers look elegant. You can view my Ocean Waves Ombre dresser in my shop! I can’t decide which palette, I like the best Guava Jam or Peacock Jade.
Is there anything that you are dying to try this trend out on this Summer?
Last weekend, I installed the guest bedroom in Burbank and I have some initial pictures that I am ready to share soon!
With the holidays fast approaching, I stitched these black and white cloth napkins with some fabric remnants from the black and white chairs that I reupholstered.
Have you begun to prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday? Will you do any decorating?
I have been working hard on an article for a new Canadian blogazine called The Purple Fig.(I will let you know as soon as it launches.) I am super enthused to share the step by step tutorial for this before and after chair upholstery.
Here is a sneak peak at how the chairs looked before I got a hold of them. I think you will agree they looked kind of crazy. The paint was either chippy in spots or goopy in others.
Stay tuned for the update on how they will be transformed. I have another BEAUTY out in the workshop today that I am going to begin sanding. Typing fast because I seriously can’t wait!
Have a fab weekend. See you Monday, when I post pictures of the new project!
Last year, I hand painted his black and white zig-zag wall for a commercial film shoot. You can see how I did it back then. I was thrilled when I received this update from Trevor. He is a Director/Producer and I suspect he has a Designer streak as well after seeing how he put together the space. He found a gorgeous modern wood bed to effectively style the room. After looking around at many of the relevant design chains, he found this at BluePrint furniture. This reminded me that a while back, I once found functional modern chairs and desks for an Office Space. Seeing as how it’s only three blocks away, I should always check out this place!
The timing couldn’t have been more serendipitous because I just finished up-cycling a mini console table that I plan to show you this weekend.
This mirror was a gift. Can you believe that someone just GAVE it to me?
It’s cute, right?
Today, I have a one quick trick to update a mirror instantly by using a bit of white paint. I’m a big fan of altering accessories to bring style into a space. Although, it was a cute gilded piece before… it didn’t match our bedroom and lacked continuity.
A few coats later of Heirloom White by Rustoleum did the trick! The walls of our room are more of a creamy white too. I didn’t want to lose the depth and details of the handcarved wood, so I added in some silver leafing and a green patina using MetalEffects (my fave).
I have another Before and After that I’ve been working on for weeks, and I can’t wait to reveal it to you.
I feel a productive Tuesday comin’ on!
I wanted to share with you a quick little redo that I have been saving in my studio until my show had wrapped up! Here it is before on the left. All white and totally retro…
and on the right, a whole new modern look! I just love the Corallo printed wallpaper by Cole and Son. The print kind of reminds me of trees. I used the gold and silver version, but here it is up close in red.
The Fornasetti Collection is something that has caught my interest for quite some time.
Happy Monday friends.