Thursday, May 26, 2011

Free Project Plan from Stockade: Dorothy

Dorothy is a beauty! Made with only a couple of wood pieces, a bit of ribbon and only seven colours of paint, she is very easy to make. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Featured Product:
PaintWorks Clothespin Design

Paint your own pretty Spring Clothespin. This design (painted by Nancy Wood) is available as a free PDF download from PaintWorks Magazine. It has been painted on a 6" wooden clothespin and would look pretty holding notes while sitting on a counter or desk. More free project plans are also available from PaintWorks Magazine

Products used are 6" wooden clothespin (more sizes are also available) and Americana Paints (Black Green, Blue Chiffon, Burnt Umber, Evergreen, Fawn, Lamp Black, Light Avocado, Light Mocha, Raspberry, Rookwood Red, Spice Pink and Winter Blue).

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Featured DIY Craft:
Peg Dolls and Flower Pots

These wooden "Flower Girls" are so cute! More images of these cute wooden peg people and their flower pots can be found at the lovely Wabi-Sabi Wandering's Blog. You can make your own version of these beautiful dolls using Stockade's wooden peg people and candle cups (flower pots). The colours used are fabulous and we'd suggest painting the pots DecoArt's Americana Burnt Orange #7016

These adorable painted characters are also featured on Wabi-Sabi's blog. Children love to paint and decorate wooden people. Have a painting party and design your own characters with Stockade's peg people. We'd love to see images of finished products!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Featured Product:
Mod Podge demonstration from Mod Podge Rocks

Mod Podge Expert, Amy Anderson (from Mod Podge Rocks), is featured in this video demonstrating Plaid's Classic Mod Podge. Mod Podge is a decoupage medium that's a glue, sealer and finish all in one. It can be used on wood, glass, terra cotta, metal, canvas and much more.

Shown here is a sample of bracelets Amy decoupaged with Mod Podge. Stockade's wooden bracelets are ideal for decoupaging. To view her excellent tutorial click here. What is your favourite thing to Mod Podge?

Friday, May 13, 2011

Featured Craft:
Decorative Jute Balls

Sharon from the blog "Two Girls Being Crafty", decided to make her own decorative Jute Balls. To make these Sharon just used small balloons, jute, newspaper, Saran Wrap and Glue. These could be painted to match any colour scheme or they could also be made using bright colours of hemp twine.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Featured Craft:
Silver Spoon Garden Markers

Anna Moseley at "Ask Anna" came up with a great plant marker design. She found herself unsure of what to do with a large assortment of silver spoons and came up with a creative solution. By using a permanent marker (like an Identi-Pen) she wrote the plant names in the curved part of the spoons. These would beautifully catch the sunlight in a garden.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Featured Product:
Jamie Mills-Price's Between the Vines #10 Video

Linked here is a sample YouTube clip featuring Jamie Mills-Price as she demonstrates painting woodgrain. This clip is from her Technique DVD for Between the Vines #10. 

In the 110 minute DVD Jamie demonstrates the techniques used in painting the designs from her book, Between the Vines #10. Some of the techniques include Crackle Effects, Aging Effects, Tint Enhancements, Floating, Drybrushing, Stippling/Raking, Foliage (flowers, leaves, trees and vines), Glitter Application and more. Many of the methods shown can be applied as you paint all of the designs from her various books and pattern packets. Stockade offers the DVD and the Between the Vines #10 Book plus many of the wood pieces.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Featured Craft: DIY Clothes Pin Starburst Mirror

This DIY Starburst Mirror was made using wooden clothes pins and a plain round mirror. Diane Henkler from Design Sponge has written a detailed tutorial with step-by-step photos so that you can make your own copy. Add your own embellishments and/or paint to your clothes pins, even a bit of Mod Podge with fabric or paper would add a one-of-a-kind look. Diane also includes a photo of a fancy gold version.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Design Project by Wendy Russell of HGTV's "She's Crafty"

Last weekend at the Coast to Coast show Stockade had the pleasure of having Wendy Russell, the host of HGTV's "She's Crafty", demonstrate a few of our products. She attracted a large crowd while completing this fun and decorative clock. 

For this project Wendy used a clock movement, plywood arch (Wendy drilled a hole in the middle using a large drill bit and put down masking tape first to help avoid wood breakage), six small wooden flowers, foam brushes, DecoArt Glamour Dust in two colours (Craft Twinklets would also look nice), a stencil (try Laurie Speltz's Flower Petals stencil) and modeling paste (try DecoArt's Modeling Paste).

It's great to see such a fun and bright craft project and we had a wonderful time meeting Wendy. If you get a chance to watch her show you can see just how "she's crafty" she is!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Quick Craft for Kids using Paint and Wood Parts

Here is a really quick and super fun project for kids. These animals are made from wood parts, paint, glue and a sinamay hat. Both characters use only two colours of paint and were completed within about half an hour. Imaginations can run wild when crafting - the red dog (painted by a six year old) originally started out as a cat and the pig (painted by a ten year old) has a piercing in one ear (a tiny seed bead). At the time of this posting the names for each character hasn't been decided but that too is part of the fun.

Supplies used for these projects:
1 1/4" Cube (for the dog's head)
1 1/8" Cube for the pig's head)
1/2" Beads (beads work better than round balls because of a slight flatness where the hole is)
1/2" Hearts (for ears)
3/4" Button (for the snout)
Small Sinamay Hat (for the pig)

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