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Friday, January 30, 2009

Go For It...Don't be afraid of your paint!

I love to look at the artwork of others. The different media, techniques, and styles. Being intrigued and thinking..."how did he/she get that effect" or "I wish I could do that". Well, don't be afraid to try it. I'm not saying go right out and try to copy some one's personal style...It won't work! I'm saying simply this...Experiment...Don't be afraid of your paint!
When I was younger I painted with watercolors. I hardly ever work in them now, but have learned to incorporate my watercolor techniques in my acrylic art. Whether it be through washes of wet on wet, to dropping alcohol on a painting...there are no hard rules that I can't because I'm working in acrylics! Don't be afraid to try it. Of course, you may want to practice first if you've never tried a new technique...get to know it a little, get familiar with the action and reaction of what you doing. It's OK to think (paint) "outside the box". But one word of advise...never...I mean NEVER...work on scrap! That experimental project your working on may just turn out to be a masterpiece when done!

So just go for it! If nothing else...I may give you a new appreciation of what you do and the way you do it. Have Fun!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Faux Painted Countertops!!

I watch a lot of those DIY and HGTV shows. Some more than others. I can't quite get into the ones that tell me I need to put in pricey granite counter tops or else my kitchen will look "dated"...or the ones that make over one room in a house and have a $60, 000 dollar budget! Sure, they are great for inspiration at times, but in my world, not at all realistic.

Now for me, Myles of Style, Design on a Dime, Look What I Did....those actually have ideas I can implement on a Budget! Oh, and I can't forget Colorspash! I don't think I've seen anything David has done yet that I didn't love! Probably because of his use of deep rich colors! My favorites by far. Keep the pastels away from me!

Anywho...
Since my house seems to be in a constant state of change...budget friendly ideas are what I need to see. My mom suggested a few weeks ago that I log onto the "Rate My Space" site. I did. WOW! Sooooooo many ideas...and tips...and instructions....all in one place! It was like I was in DIY heaven!

My kitchen counter tops are in need of some love...so, I'd like to share what I found there on budget makeovers for counter tops.

FAUX PAINTING!!! Yes, that's right! You can faux paint your counter tops! Marble, granite...you name it...all those high end looks for pocket change!

I'm not quite ready to start on mine yet...but when I do I will be sure to post pictures. I have so many irons in the fire...I don't dare start another project before finishing the ones I have underway now.

Check these out...some of my inspiration for fauxing countertops!
http://www.roomzaar.com/rate-my-space/Bathrooms/Budget-Bathroom/detail.esi?oid=492463

http://www.roomzaar.com/rate-my-space/Kitchens/Shoestring-Remodel/detail.esi?oid=488141

http://www.roomzaar.com/rate-my-space/Bathrooms/Almost-done/detail.esi?oid=495669


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