Thursday, October 27, 2011

Free Santa Design from PaintWorks Magazine

This design is available as a free download from PaintWorks magazine. "Santa Moon" has been designed by Cindy Gensamer and can be adapted in size to fit any size circle shape. We'd suggest Stockade's Pine Plaque Circle or a 1/8" thick laser cut wood circle. It would look lovely featured in the centre of a large wreath or painted as a small ornament.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Popular Kids Craft: Collector Beaded Friendship Pins

Kids love making things that they can share with their friends. These friendship pins are super easy to make and are hugely popular with kids of all ages. They are made using traditional pony beads and Coil-less French Jewelry Pins. These pins allow a maximum number of beads while still being able to attach to clothes, backpacks or shoes. Endless colour combinations can be made and it's a great way to teach small children about patterns. Other uses for these pins include keeping shawls and wraps together or they can be used as stitch holders.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Paint Halloween Pumpkins using Maxine‘s Mop Brush

Have fun painting pumpkins this Halloween with Maxine Thomas' Mop Brush from Loew Cornell. In this YouTube Video Gisele Pope demonstrates how to add dimension to your painting designs. She uses the mop brush to create a beautiful pumpkin. This video also features her unique way to paint a centre highlight. Stockade carries all four of the Maxine Thomas Mops.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Book Feature: Plum Purdy Winter Whimsy by Renee Mullins

Renee's latest book, Plum Purdy Winter Whimsy features many adorable ornaments which would be fun to paint this Christmas season. Many of these designs can be painted on Stockade products and wooden shapes. Shown here are a few samples found inside this book.

Other surfaces that can be used are a circle shape (for the round ornaments) and coming soon is the Whimsy Santa Shape. DecoArt Americana paints can be found here.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Feature Product: DecoArt MagiKote for painting Styrofoam

DecoArt's MagiKote is a fabulous new product which allows you to easily work with Styrofoam. As the paper-plaster type coating of MagiKote is applied, the Stryofoam transforms into a smooth surface, which can then be easily painted. With simple painting techniques and MagiKote, Styrofoam takes on the look of stone, pottery and much more. Great for school projects and kids crafts. Find this free downloadable project booklet here.
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