- Arts and Design
Recycling with Paint
Old items with a new look
You can spend a fun summer recycling old items around the house with paint. I have chosen a lot of different items you might have to recycle, and some books with items either for sale or with patterns. There are lots of pictures to give you ideas for designs. You can also Google Images and find lots of cute ideas i.e., hand painted clay pots, etc.
Repainting old furniture pieces
Ellie paints on a variety of furniture, especially children furniture such as step stools, benches, foot stools, coffee tables, chairs, tables, nightstands, youth chairs, desks, kid's rockers, armoires, beds, high chairs, mirrors, bar stools, bookcases, TV Cabinets, headboards, screens and more...
Funky Furniture Factory is a mother-daughter painting team! We live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and sell online and at local arts & crafts shows. http://www.funkyfurniturefactory.com/
n project after project, such simple applications as color washing, ragging, sponging, and spray-paint spattering transform flea market finds into household treasures. Beautifully done photography, most in full-page format, show the results, while close-ups show every step required to carry out each particular technique. Some of these fabulous items—such as a complete set of nursery pieces— are designed to work together, but they can stand on their own, too. Striped Accent Mirrors, a Wicker Rocker, Console Cabinet, Silver-leafed Chairs, a White-washed Bed & Dresser, Rose Box, and more: every decorated piece is enticing. by Kathryn Elliot
Just look at what you can do
Painting and Decorating Furniture is the definitive book on reviving old or unsightly furniture with simple craft techniques. Sheila McGraw shows how to breathe new life and color into old wood, metal or plastic laminate cabinets, desks, dressers, tables, chairs and cushions.
With more than 1,000 step-by-step color photographs to guide the reader, and concise easy-to-follow instructions, the author demonstrates original treatments and techniques, including new stains and faux finishes, decorating with found materials, and inventive uses for fabric, posters and baskets. by Sheila McGraw
Easy Dresser Makeover, Bold bursts of color take this boring dresser from simple to simply stunning.
Gourds - This is a good project for the kids
Try painting gourds.
Kids will love this also
You can even paint rocks.
These started out with my classic red & black ladybug design and gradually evolved into the many shapes and designs I do today.
She said "I hand-painted these pebbles/rocks that we found. http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/
Art for all ages and for all themes using simple and cheap materials to create a masterpiece. This arts and crafts are best from projects and decorations in your home. | painting | accessory making | collage | furniture making | vase designing | flower arrangement| paper machete | etc | ..http://artsining.blogspot.com/.
Mailboxes - Make your neighbors jealous with a decorated mail box
Artistic Accents - Hand Painted Mailboxes. http://www.hand-painted-mailboxes.com/html/flowers...
Hand Painted Mailboxes, Trash Cans, Glassware and More! http://www.bicklanecreations.com/
Vintage items you have hidden in the attic or garage.
My name is Jackie and I have been a decorative artist for over 20 years. I have a love of antiques and vintage items (suitcases, etc) that are a bit time worn, but just need a little tender loving care to bring them back to life.Â http://www.timekissedtreasures.com/
Vintage Style Organizing: See-Through Vintage Storage Solution
We're kicking off 2011 with some unconventional ways of organizing with vintage. Up first is our contributing editor Elizabeth Holcombe with a great idea using vintage glass jars! http://vintageindie.typepad.com/vintage_indie/2011...
Altered Items, Lunch Tins, & Paint Cans. http://www.feliciasscrapbooks.com/gallerycategorie...
Now who'd a thought to paint those clay pots??
Photo: Caren's Creations.
Sandras Pots. http://sandraspots.homestead.com/Hand_painted_clay...
Clay Pots Pottery. http://www.claypotspottery.com/
Crafters Love Crafts. http://www.crafterslovecrafts.com/painted-clay-pot...
That ugly old milk can can be priceless
Look at the old farm items you can paint.
Did you know to paint on an old milk can all you have to do to prepare the surface for painting is these easy steps
#1 wash the entire can with soapy water. http://jusbcuz-pattern-gifts.blogspot.com/2010/05/...
Recycled hand painted metalware, Milk Churns, Watering Cans, Kitchen Scales etc. Personalized gifts, Baubles, Piggy Banks, Tree Hangers, House Names and Numbers for personal and business use.
Painting on all types of glassware
Your decorative painting resource.com
To come up with free glass painting patterns, we did lots of research, well OK ... we spent a great day playing with various glass painting products. Some manufacturers sent us products to test in our makeshift "paint lab". We thank them very much!
How to trace a pattern for glass painting
Once you have the glass clean and ready to paint on, it is time to do one last thing to the design. You need to trace the design that you have already put on paper. http://www.ehow.com/how_2274440_trace-pattern-glas...
Plaid Creative Ideas Made Easy
Painting on glass is emerging as one of the most popular trends in crafting. Whether you want to add a stained glass look to a window or create a set of hand-painted glasses for your table top, you'll love Plaid's array of ideas and inspiration for your next glass painting project. http://www.plaidonline.com/glass-painting/dept/hom...
Paint those plastic Easter eggs????
Hand plastic eggs to the kids and say...
Just do your own thing
or better yet, let them do it.
Paint your kids sneakers.....
Much of my artwork (drawings, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, paper craft, etc.) incorporate skeletal imagery and contrasting/complementary elements. I plan out the design first so that even though I used some different colors and different images, they still work as a pair because of placement.
Painting Outdoor Furniture can give your yard a whole new look
There is nothing as neat looking as brightly painted yard furniture. Use your imagination on things like Adirondack chairs and tables are made from rot and insect-resistant white cedar wood. Each chair is sanded smooth, primed and artfully painted with colorful original designs. You can find lots of ideas by Googling "painted Adirondack chairs" and checking the images. You can paint lots of other yard items to match i.e., watering cans, flower pots, etc.
This is one of my favorite "recycle" links
Check out these sites and find the neatest things.
- home-garden | P&G Everyday
Salsa, jam, pickles and baby food-what do they have in common? They're all packaged in glass jars. Instead of tossing these leftover containers, turn them, vintage mason jars or canning jars into space-saving home storage systems.
More pattern books
Cozy Nights and Candle Light ; Painted Wood Craft Fall Winter Halloween Paperback – January 1, 1996
by Shirley Goodridge (Author)
New in Paper
Decorative, glass, and silk painting; woodburning; ink and wash techniques; embroidery; paper crafts: these 500 charming designs work for just about any type of crafting. It's a gold mine of ideas from a variety of designers: the colorful line art contains patterns for every day (flowers, fruit, animals, angels, birds) and for holidays. Category chapters make it easy to locate just the right image, whether you're searching for landscapes or borders and medallions. Trace the patterns, or reduce or enlarge them to suit your particular requirements. Instructions show how to apply the designs in a variety of crafts, whether it's a personalized happy birthday plate or a clay pot brightened with buzzing bees, ladybugs, and dragonflies. by Mickey Baskett
Transform old, secondhand, or just plain humdrum chairs into eye-catching showpieces. All you need is a few basic supplies, a little imagination, and these super-simple techniques. Brimming with fresh and fun design themes such as flowers, fruits, bugs, polka dots and checkerboards, this playful collection includes 25 painted chairs. Learn painting, stenciling, and faux finishing techniques. by Jennifer Ferguson (Author), Judith A. Skinner (Author)
Ok, Ok, so you don't need anymore.
Presents guidelines and step-by-step projects for decorating ordinary household items and features. The text introduces the materials and equipment needed and covers the basic techniques, from preparing surfaces and cutting a stencil to protecting the finished work with varnish. The main part of the book takes elements of the home in turn: walls and floors; furniture; accessories and fabrics; and outdoor spaces. Also included are ideas for borders and alternative applications for each motif, together with a section on materials and techniques. by Emma Hunk, author
Tell us about something you painted.