Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Free Lovebirds Painting Design from DecoArt Americana

Celebrate a marriage or an anniversary with these lovebirds. This dimensional design is available as a free pattern from DecoArt. It has been painted onto a 12" x 12" canvas panel but can be scaled to fit any size or surface. Have fun using Paintable Texture and making your own heart and bird stencils. You can browse other free project plans on DecoArt's site.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Free Snowman Design from PaintWorks Magazine

This design is available as a free download from PaintWorks magazine! Winter Magic has been designed by Linda Morley and would add a cozy feel to any space. Scaled down it would look great on a wooden Bread Board Paddle shape (shown here). At full size he'd look adorable on a 15" jumbo clothes pin. All instructions and line drawings are available as a PDF from PaintWorks.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Feature Product: Prismacolor Pencils & Lydia Steeves book

Prismacolor Pencils offer excellent coverage in rich colours. Prismacolor's website has a wealth of information and includes a gallery of inspiring artwork submitted by artists. 

Prismacolor Premier Pencil Set features 12 high quality pigments for rich colour saturation. The soft, thick cores create a smooth colour laydown for superior blending and shading. They’re vivid and intense in one stroke and subtle and soft in the next, making them perfect for any project, big or small. The WaterColor Pencil Set contains 12 water soluble coloured pencils that can be used alone or with a brush to create translucent watercolour effects in your art. Use them wet or dry. Simply add water to blend and fill in any white spaces.

Lydia Steeves' Fur & Feathers in Coloured Pencil includes techniques for working with coloured pencils (Lydia recommends Prismacolors). Inside her book you will find this adorable cat plus seven other equally cute designs.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Feature DIY Craft: Wood Burned Doll Blocks

Make your own wood burned dolls with a few scrap pieces of wood and a woodburner. Made By Joel had his kids draw on blocks of wood and then he used a woodburner to trace their drawings. Names and date are burned onto the bottom to save as keepsakes. View his blog for more great ideas!

Find patterns for toys to create in the book Natural Wooden Toys. It contains more than 75 simple and charming designs including these fancy mermaids who have been wood burned to add details. Toys in this book are so easy to make that your children can help create and decorate them. Fairytale, Forest, Farm, Ocean and City themes are included. You'll also find instructions on creating natural and non-toxic colourful finishes from berries, spices and leaves.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Feature Book: Holly Berries and Twigs, Home is Best

Holly Berries & Twigs, Home is Best  includes several designs to brighten your home. There are several winter designs; choose from the charming snowmen in A Day in the Life banner, a peaceful angel door topper, a Santa in his new coat, or a design of a cozy home lit up and decorated for Christmas. Throughout the year, you'll enjoy Kim's fun Tea Time for Piggies box, the Haunted Tea House, and much more. Shown below are just a few of the finished designs.


Friday, February 3, 2012

Feature Book: I Can Do That Woodworking Projects

I Can Do That! Woodworking Projects is a book for woodworkers of all skill levels. For beginners, there is a chapter on tool choices, care and techniques. Inside you'll find 17 quality furniture projects that you can build quickly and efficiently using minimal tools and experience. Some of the projects include: Bi-fold Shutters, Mud Room Bench, Shaker Shelf, Whale Tail Shelves, Magazine Rack, Patio Chair and more. Shown below are just a few of the finished projects.

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