Refrigerator Test Tube Vases

We’ve been busy getting ready to change out our booth at Spirals Art Gallery and Studio in Cuba, Missouri. I have a bunch of test tubes and wondered what I could do with them. Pinterest did not fail me. I found a great idea – Magnetic Test Tube Vases for refrigerators!! I love the first batch I made so much, this grouping is now front and center on my refrigerator and is going to stay there. Goodbye ugly magnets! Hello test tube vases. You can even put real blooms in these vases. See the water in mine keeping my artificial 🌸 🌺 fresh?😉

We cut a 1×4 pine Board into 6″ pieces. I color stained the boards with a mix of paint and water. The 3/4″ clamps snapped right over our test tubes. We screwed them onto the board and glued 4 round magnets on each corner of the back. We added an artificial bloom and now Spring has sprung in our kitchen!

But wait! That’s not all! A friend asked me if I was going to have any with a rusty clamp. The challenge was on! So, I used a rusty technique I had tried on other things and….now we will have rusty ones, too!

But still I wasn’t finished. What about copper? Why not? I had some Rustoleum Copper Penny Metallic paint so….now we will have 3 colors of clamps! In fact, I am changing out the ones I am keeping as my kitchen has copper accessories.

I am doing a variety of colors on the boards. You could use just one, but I love the grouping of 3, don’t you? They would make great Mothers’ Day presents. Hint, hint.

You’ll be able to purchase these at our booth at Spirals starting Monday afternoon (3/5/18). They are $10 each or 3 for $27.

I know my favorite color clamp is now copper because I have copper in my kitchen. What is your favorite clamp color? You can vote by commenting below. Thanks!

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Creating a Color Portfolio of Work on Pinterest

Note:  To make it easy for you to follow the directions below in print, I created an eBook for you.  Just click on this link to download.  Be sure to follow my blog if this is something you  can use.  I would appreciate it.

Free eBook: Pinterest Colors Board Tutorial

I found Pinterest to be an excellent way to showcase my painted projects.  If you enjoy this tutorial or just enjoy looking at painted furniture and home decor, please consider following me on Pinterest.  https://pinterest.com/sharsumpaint  And if you like seeing tutorials like this, please follow this blog.  I have many tutorials listed here.  Just click on the category Tutorials to see them all.  I add new ones periodically.  Thank you.

I’ve been working on creating portfolios of my work through various platforms:  Pinterest, Facebook, and eventually here on my blog.  This is something I’ve attempted in the past and it is a lot of work. I realize now I have created quite a few projects and have the images saved in several different places and finding them all, saving in one place, adding descriptions, etc is all going to take time.

However, I am highly motivated right now to get this done.  Why?  I am doing more custom work with my business and I want an easy way to share examples of my work along with colors and techniques to hopefully, future clients.  So, I am creating color albums.  I started with Facebook and have quite a few ready to go with it, but last night I got distracted (lol happens often) with checking out how to go about it in Pinterest and Wow!  I love what I discovered.  The only drawback is that the client will need to have a Pinterest account, but these days, most people do.

Note:  These directions are for the Pinterest app.  But if working on a computer, they are basically the same.

Steps for Creating a Color Portfolio in Pinterest:

1.  I logged into my business account in Pinterest.  Click on the Plus Sign at the top of the page.pinterestlogin2.  Type in Colors for the Board name and click Create. After it is created, you can click Edit and add a description of your Colors Board.  Here’s mine:  “Portfolio of SharSum Paint’s Work”

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3.  I then clicked on Add Section, gave it a Color name and clicked Next.
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4.  You may or may not get this message.  If you do, just click Skip at the top right.  I think I got it as I already had boards on my account.

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5.  You are now ready to add pins to your Brown Section.  Click on the left arrow until you get back to your main page and click on the + sign there.

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6.  You will now add a pin.  This can be from a photo on your phone, a copied link, or a website.  I think it is best to use a photo from your phone.  You will see the photos from your phone.  Click on the brown photo you want to add.  (note:  my brown is not in this screenshot as there was a selfie of me beside it and I didn’t want it on here, but you get the idea.  LOL)Photos from Phone

7.  Your brown photo will show up.  You will want to add a description of your photo at this point.  You will then Click on Choose Board.  You will Choose the Colors and then it will ask you to choose a Section.  You will choose Brown Board.  Then click Done.  Or you may be at the point where you have a photo pin to add that doesn’t have a color section.  At this point, you can choose that photo and choose Create a new Section and add your pin to it.  Bonus:  When you click on a Pin to view it, if you scroll to the bottom, Pinterest adds additional pins that relate to the pin you added.  Pretty cool!

 

8.  You can add a link now.  But to do that you have to edit your pin.  The spot for a link doesn’t show up when you are creating the pin.  So click edit and add the link you’d like visitors to go to.  Be sure to click Save.

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I have found a very cool link that I use with Instagram and other places that only allows you one link.  It is called linktr.ee  It is free and you can sign up through Instagram.  I add all my business links to it.  I found you can even copy a link of the Colors Board in Pinterest, so I added that, too.  Kind of a one stop shop of all my business links and a way to contact me.  It is perfect for Instagram.  Here’s mine:  https://linktr.ee/sharsumpaint 

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9.  You are now ready to add a new pin or see your color board.  Just go back to the main screen again and click on Colors to see all your Color Boards or click on the + sign to add a new pin.

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10.  Click on Colors and you will see all your Color Boards

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That’s it!  I hope you enjoy creating a Color Portfolio in Pinterest to showcase your work as much as I did.  If you create one, please share below!  I love looking at other artists’ painted projects.

 

 

 

 

Transfer an Image with Varathane Water-based Polyurethane

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Using a water-based poly to transfer an image???  I am in love with this method for transferring an image.  I have tried many different ways with several degrees of success.  This is by far the easiest and quickest and the best results I’ve found.

I’m not sure why I haven’t run across it before, but when I saw how this video tutorial by The Craftsman transferred the images using water-based poly I knew I had to try this.  The video is linked from The Graphics Fairy site, which has an amazing selection of files free to use.  I found a French Handwriting Script  that worked perfectly.  I chose the reverse image as I would be transferring text.

The Craftsman is entertaining and a very good tutorial.  I linked it above as it is buried on The Graphics Fairy site under Transfer Methods.

Note on changes I made from what is suggested in the video:

  1. In the video, The Craftsman used a product called Poly-Finish (which is a poly acrylic).  In another tutorial I read,  Minwax Polycrylic was used.  I used Varathane water-based crystal clear polyurethane in satin finish as that is what I use on all my furniture. It worked perfectly.  So, your favorite water-based poly should work also.
  2. The video transfers onto raw wood. I had already painted a chair with chalk-based paint and had put one coat of poly on before I ran across this technique.  The results were amazing, so this works not only over a painted surface, but one that has had a poly coating already added.
  3. I wet the edges and tore them (a trick I learned on another site).  This helps hide a straight edge that might be more noticeable. Even with removing the paper, there will still be a thin layer of paper that remains.

There was another tutorial I ran across that reiterated using poly to transfer images and she shows how to do it over chalk-based paint.  In this tutorial, she creates her own rulers. to make a great looking tray!  People are so creative!  Thanks for sharing, Cheltenham Road:  https://cheltenhamroad.wordpress.com/tag/polycrylic-image-transfer-method/

A client wanted her ladder back chair to have a French Handwriting Script across the ladder backs. See update at the bottom for info on the inspiration for the handwriting script on a ladder back chair. I thought of several different ways I could accomplish that, including using a stencil, but I really wanted to do a transfer.  Here are the steps I used.  I am extremely happy with the final result.  The whole process literally took less than an hour.

Practice make Perfect – I thought it would be a good thing to practice first.  Please do not mind my ugly practice board.  Just focus on the script, which literally just took minutes to do.

I printed out several reverse copies of the French Handwriting Script from The Graphics Fairy.  I decided how I wanted them to look on the ladder backs, then trimmed them.  I also wet down the edges and tore them so they wouldn’t be straight as mentioned above.  Notice in the photo I tore 3 sides on the first one  That was before I realized the top and bottom wouldn’t show anyway as I wanted it to go off the wood, but the sides would end, so I really only needed to wet and tear the sides of each.

I put the chair on its back to make it easier to work with.  Each ladder back will have a liberal coat of poly painted on.  I did one ladder back at a time, putting on the poly, then adding the image with the script facing down.

Each time I added the image, I made sure to smooth it down well, including around the edges.  I used a credit card to burnish it into the wood and make sure there were no wrinkles.  I literally let this dry only about 15 minutes (poly dries quickly).  I won’t lie….I’m impatient.  I even used a hair dryer to make sure it was really nice and dry.

It was then time to saturate the paper with water.  In the photo below, you can see I am painting water all over the paper.  I worked with just one ladder back at a time.  After it was thoroughly saturated, I let it sit a minute or two.

This next step was fascinating!  Unlike other transfer methods, starting at the corners, the paper almost completely peels away.  I peeled as much as possible this way first.

After the first peel, I  used a rough texture wet washrag and carefully rubbed away the rest of the paper.  I let dry just a bit (ok….maybe used a blast or two from the hair dryer) so I could see if there was any paper left.  There was, so I used the wet rag to rub some more.

It was now time to let it dry.  Yes, I might have used the hair dryer again.  LOL.  But anyway, once dry, I gave each ladder back several coats of poly, not only for durability, but the coats of poly make the thin layer of paper that remains seem to disappear.

And now, for the beautiful, final results!

How about this closeup?  I’m so in love with this!!!!

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Chair is now complete.  The only thing left to do is to seal the new paper rush seat for durability.And…..would you believe we wove new paper rush seat for this chair?  The client really wanted to save her heirloom chair and the original rush seat was in bad shape, so I found a great tutorial for that, too.  If you ever need to weave rush for a ladder back chair, you have to watch this youtube tutorial:

But that’s not all!  I wanted to put a fleur de lis on the knobs of the desk/vanity that will do with the chair.  Easy peasy with the poly transfer.  Hint:  If you rub away a bit too much, no problem.  That’s what black Sharpie permanent markers were made for.  LOL

Update:  My client saw a chair with French handwriting script and asked if I could do something like that with her chair.  I found the creator of this chair and requested permission to use her chair for inspiration. (I always ask permission of artists if I can find out who they are.)  She graciously allowed me to do that.  Gina Kellogg of Kellogg Frosted Furniture (isn’t that a great business name) I thank you.  You can see Gina’s beautiful chair here.

And now for the final reveal:

I first sealed the new rush seat with a 50/50 mix of shellac and denatured alcohol.  Then I stained it with another favorite Varathane product. (I just love the Varathane products but are not affiliated with them in any way)  I used Varathane water-based stain and polyurethane in Dark Walnut.

I am now thinking of all kinds of possibilities for using these transfers:  jewelry boxes, cutting boards, photos on wood, hmmmm….will it work on fabric?  I’m off to try that possibility.

 

 

 

Scheduling the Listings of Furniture I Sell Online

I belong to several painting sites and many of us sell the furniture we paint online.  With so many Buy, Sell, and Trade (BST) sites out there, it makes it hard to keep track of all the places we have listed our furniture for sale and when we need to refresh them.  Some have wished for an app that would keep them all straight and would let us schedule when we need to relist our furniture for sale.

The best rule of thumb at this time, from experts I follow, is not to bump your listing but to remove it completely and relist.  At some point you may even want to restage your furniture.  Facebook has been pausing accounts of people lately due to too many postings at one time, so we do need to try to find a better solution than to just hit the button that says post to more sites.  Also, when you add listings that way, if you delete one, it will delete the others, too.  So that’s not a good solution. But how can we keep track of our listings and schedule them efficiently?

I’m no expert, and I’ve not found any kind of scheduling app that would do this, but I did think about scheduling and wondered why I couldn’t schedule my listings on my Google calendar.  I tried it, and it seems I can.  Here’s what I did and why.

  1.  I created a new Google calendar under my business email account, which is gmail.  You should be able to use any gmail account, though.  (I initially set up my new calendar on my desktop) and made sure I kept it private.  No one needs to see these entries except me.  I named it “Scheduling BST Postings”.
  2.  I then made my first entry.  This would be the day I first listed a piece on a BST site.  For the Title, I used the Title of my listing and the amount I listed it for.
  3. I made sure to choose to repeat it once every month and set a notification for an hour before.  This way I know that listing should be updated by then and will show up on my calendar and being notified will help me remember.
  4. On the desktop version, there is a description area on the entries.  In the description area, I copy the info from my listing description and paste it in. I also copy the URL for that listing so I can easily access it.  I then list all the other sites I chose to use so I would remember which ones they are. There is also an area to add attachments, so I add all the photos I used in the listing.  (On my iphone, there is a note section rather than a description area.  This is where I would copy/paste the information.  The phone app does have a place for a URL, so I put the listing URL there.  Once I have the calendar set up, I can add it to the other calendars I see on my phone and then can easily add new listings from my iphone. )  I’m not sure how Androids work, but I’m sure you can use Google Calendar on them also.

That is pretty much it.  Now I have all the information I need for relisting my furniture at my fingertips.  I also get notified once a month when it is time to update that listing.  Note:  I do not relist to all the sites at one time.  I do a couple at a time.  Then wait an hour or so and do a few more.  I don’t want my account paused for posting too many too soon or Facebook may think it is SPAM.

My next piece of furniture I list, I will make another entry, but if done the same day, I will make sure I change the date on the calendar to another day that week.  I can go back or into the future for new entries, it doesn’t matter.  The point is I have a schedule now that hopefully will help keep me organized.

I have added a screenshot of my calendar entry for the first listing I did.  I hope it will be helpful to others.

 

A Wax Resist Tutorial – Using Chalk-Based Paint and Furniture Wax

I have probably said it before, but I’m saying it again.  I LOVE playing with techniques and color on the 1970’s style plastic furniture.  I have been buying up wall vase sconces and wall candle holder sconces and trying out different techniques.  This is going to help me decide how to paint some solid wood furniture I have with the plastic fronts. These pieces are gorgeous when painted.

The technique I used on this set of wall sconces is a wax resist using the paint we sell, Missouri Limestone Paint Company’s chalk-based paint.  Any chalk-based paint should work just as well.  Any furniture wax should work fine also. I used Annie Sloan clear wax mixed with gray paint just because I had it on hand.  Otherwise, I would have used just clear.  You can wait until it is fully dry (about 24 hours) and give it a light coat of wax and polish.  Just don’t rub too hard.

The wax resist, on these sconces, produces an old world layered effect that is just beautiful.  I used 4 colors. over the original gold of the plastic piece, “January” (a pure white), “Sunday Silver” (a medium gray), “Arlington Blue” (a medium blue), and “English Bluebells” (a light blue).

View the Tutorial Here:  https://youtu.be/pcmhZ5Ydb64 

Photos from the tutorial: 

 

 

Chalk-based Paint Q and A – A Recorded Live Video

Last Friday evening, I sat down to do my first Live Video on Facebook.  After stressing pretty much all day about it and primping like I was getting ready for a first date, I was ready.  It seemed almost too easy to set up so I was a little worried.  I got in about 5 minutes early just to make sure I knew what I was doing and 30 seconds later, I got the message that I had a poor connection and the little hamster wheel just started spinning.  Great!  I’ve had enough experience with technology, though, I just canceled it and started over.  That time I connected and it was smooth sailing (kind of) the rest of the evening.

Another lesson I learned was that there is evidently a rule that says you can only do an hour. Oops…didn’t know that.  One hour in and people weren’t wanting to leave, so I did 45 more minutes.  I also learned you can stop after an hour.  Wait 5 minutes, then reconnect.  I’m glad I didn’t do that and I’m glad Facebook didn’t cut me off, recorded the whole thing, and didn’t put me in Facebook jail for not following rules.  Whew!  Live and learn.

The biggest thing I would do differently would be to actually use the laptop sitting in front of me.  I was so stressed about it failing the first time, that when I saw the comments start coming up on my phone, I was so relieved, I didn’t think to start it on my computer.  In fact, I remember wondering why I wasn’t seeing it on my computer.  So, I spent the whole time leaning forward peering into the phone to see that tiny little print.  LOL

But once into it, I really enjoyed it.  There were a lot of questions and I was able to share a lot (although it was hard to share when questions kept scrolling through).  I tried to go back to see them but there were some I missed.  I did go back after and answered them on the recorded video.  It was also a little bit fun to “have the floor” so to speak with no one interrupting and me not talking over anyone else.  LOL

It was a great experience, all in all, and I will do it again.  In fact, one viewer suggested doing a live video during a painting class we have coming up on September 30, so we will be working that into the class.  Stay tuned for an update on that.

It is also important that you create an Event for a live video, usually about a week ahead of time.  Then people can join it and will be reminded when it is time for the live video.  I did this quickly, so I only had the event for the day.  I had so many viewers and reached so many people by sharing it with the online course I’m taking and the instructor shared it with one of the other groups she admins.  That was extremely helpful.  I also shared it in the groups I’m in that allows that, on my personal page, and on Instagram.

So…..are you ready to view my very first Live Video.  It really was like having friends come over on a Friday evening.  Too bad I didn’t think to serve wine. LOL .  I do want to warn you that sometime after the first hour, someone asked me to show something I had painted, so I grabbed my phone and tripod and took them on a tour of my living room.  LOL.  I was afraid I might have made them seasick.

And remember.  Be kind.  I am a newbie at this.

 

What does this color say about you?

One of those posts popped up on my facebook newsfeed last night showing an image of a color and asking, “What does this color say about you?” and “Is this color more Grey, Blue, or Green?”

 

This meme begs for my answer on that and any color I see ever since I started painting furniture with chalk-based paint, but especially since we started selling Missouri Limestone Paint Company’s paint.  I see EVERYTHING around me as one of their colors.  One day, there was a most unusual moth on our door leading to our deck.  I had never seen one like it and took a pic.  I immediately noticed he was the color of “Sour Green Apple” and “French Roast.”  This happens all the time.

So when I saw this meme on my friend’s post, I couldn’t resist answering with this:

 

 

Not only do I see one of our color names, I knew exactly what I’d be painting as I have been busily painting the oak table set with this color in my head for about a week now.

Just curious……does anyone else think of paint color names when they see color around them or am I in a strange world of my own.  Hmmm…maybe I shouldn’t ask that question. LOL

But, I must say it is is a lot of fun seeing colors this way, so if you’d like to join me, you might want to visit our color chart so you can start calling things you see around you by the proper color.  : )

Missouri Limestone Paint Company Colors available through SharSumPaint