Metallic-Painted Coffeepot

Designer: Katie Leporte

Play with the possibilities of linear arrangements by adding metallic triangles to form star motifs on a plain coffeepot.


Materials:

  • Ceramic coffeepot or vase
  • Stencil (such as Stencil 1 Small Star Pattern from FolkArt)
  • Glass marker: gold
  • Spray stencil adhesive

1. Spray back of stencil with adhesive, and position it as desired on teapot or vase. Trace stencil lines with gold glass marker. Remove stencil.

2. Follow the glass marker manufacturer’s instructions to cure the gold marker lines.

DIY Mercury Glass Vase

Designer: Tari Colby

Give glass votives and shapely glass vases a makeover that reflects your style.


Materials:

  • Glass votive or vase
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Krylon Looking Glass Mirror Like spray paint
  • Newspaper or paper towel

1. Wash glass votive or vase with soap and water; dry. Spray water on inside of glass.

 

2. While still wet, lightly spray inside of glass with mirrorlike spray paint. Holding onto the outside of the glass, swirl the paint around the inside until the entire interior is coated.

 

3. Place glass upside down on newspaper or a paper towel; let dry. Repeat process with water and paint four to five times or until satisfied with the effect.

Oven-Baked Clay Mushroom: How-To

Designer: Katie Leporte

Moss and a small air plant become dense shrubbery when placed next to a cute clay mushroom.


Materials:

  • Oven-bake clay: white (such as Sculpey)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Artist’s brushes
  • High-gloss decoupage medium (such as Mod Podge)
  • Florist wire
  • Clear Glitter

1. Shape oven-bake clay (such as Sculpey) into the following shapes: several tiny balls for spots, one 112” round disk for the cap, and one 1″-long tube for the stem.

2. Press clay balls onto cap to make spots, leaving each one slightly raised. Shape cap so it’s concave on the underside. Press cap onto stem.

3. Push a 134” length of florist wire through the center of the stem, leaving 1″ of wire exposed. Bake mushroom according to clay manufacturer’s specifications. When cool, paint mushroom as desired. Brush with high-gloss decoupage medium; sprinkle with clear glitter.

Painted Shoebox Wall Decor

Designer: Halsey Bishop

Rescue shoebox lids from the recycling bin and transform them into painted chevron wall art.


Materials:

  • Assorted shoebox lids
  • Newspaper or drop cloth
  • White spray primer (such as Krylon Color Master Primer)
  • Transfer paper
  • Semigloss spray paint: white and desired colors (such as Krylon Indoor/Outdoor paint)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Chevron pattern

1. Working in a well-ventilated area, cover your work surface with newspaper or a drop cloth. Lay the shoebox lids on the surface, and spray the top and sides of each lid with primer; let dry.

2. Enlarge the pattern, onto white paper. Lay transfer paper over the primed shoebox lid and place the pattern on top. Using a pencil, trace the outlines of the chevrons to transfer the lines onto the top of the shoebox lid. If needed, reposition the pattern to make chevrons wider or to add rows of chevrons. Continue marking chevrons until entire shoebox lid is filled with a chevron pattern.

3. Place strips of painter’s tape in areas you wish to remain white.

4. Spray shoebox lid and sides with desired color of spray paint. Let dry. Peel off painter’s tape.

Floral-Painted Shoes

Designer: Sachiko Aldous

Rescue a pair of outdated shoes from the back of your closet by giving them a makeover with paint.


Materials:

  • Pair of leather shoes
  • Paper plate
  • Artist paintbrushes: filbert, liner, narrow flat
  • Angelus Acrylic Leather Paint: South Beach, White, Shell Pink, Grinch Green, Yellow, Light Green, Chili Red, Georgia Peach, Collector Edition Play Off 8 Grey, Green, Collector Edition Melo 2
  • Toothpick

Note:  Refer to the photo, above, as a guide for placement of each flower and leaf. The measurements given are approximations and may need to be adjusted to fit your shoe and design. Place a small amount of paint on the paper plate to use as a palette while painting. Always clean your brush before changing colors.


PAINT THE SHOES:

1. Mix South Beach and White with a 1:5 ratio on a paper plate. Paint the exterior of each shoe with the mixture; allow to dry.


PAINT THE PINK ROSES:

1. Using a filbert paintbrush loaded with Shell Pink, paint an approximately 1″-diameter pink rose on the center top of the toe of each shoe (photo above, left); let dry.

2. Using a liner brush loaded with White, paint swirls that mirror the flower curves (photo above, middle left).

3. Dilute Grinch Green with a small amount of water; load mixture onto a filbert paintbrush and paint a round spot in the center of each flower (photo above, middle right); let dry.

4. Using a detail brush loaded with Yellow, paint tiny dots on each green center (photo above, right).


PAINT THE LEAVES:
1. Determine desired placement of leaves around the pink rose. Using a filbert paintbrush loaded with Grinch Green, paint a 34“-long leaf shape for each leaf (photo above, left); let dry.

2. Using a filbert paintbrush loaded with Light Green, paint half of each leaf. Load liner brush with Light Green and outline each leaf (photo above, middle).

3. Using a liner brush loaded with Light Green, paint diagonal vein lines on the Grinch Green half of each leaf (photo above, right).


PAINT THE RED FLOWERS:
1. Using a narrow flat brush loaded with Chili Red, paint six 38“-long strokes that meet in the center to make a flower that resembles an asterisk (photo above, left). Paint three of these flowers around each pink rose and between the leaves; let dry.

2. Load the narrow flat brush with Georgia Peach and paint over Chili Red flower strokes for each flower (photo above, middle left); let dry.

3. Using a liner brush loaded with Chili Red, paint six short strokes on top of Georgia Peach flower strokes to resemble an asterisk (photo above, middle right); let dry.

4. Using a liner brush loaded with Play Off 8 Grey, paint a dot in the center of each flower (photo above, right).


PAINT THE STEMS:
1. Determine desired placement of stems, planning each stem so it curves away from each flower cluster. Using a liner brush loaded with Green, paint a 34“-long curved line for each stem (photo above, left).

2. Use liner brush loaded with Green to paint short lines for leaves on each side of each stem (photo above, right). Paint a leaf on the stem tip.


PAINT THE DAISIES:
1. Determine desired placement of daisies. Using a liner brush loaded with White, paint six 12“-long strokes that meet in the center for each daisy (photo above, left); let dry.

2. Using a toothpick dipped in Chili Red, add a small dot to each flower center (photo above, right).


PAINT THE HYACINTHS:
1. Determine placement of hyacinths, filling in the gaps between leaves and branches as desired. Using a liner brush loaded with Collector Edition Melo 2, paint a cone-shape cluster of about 12 tiny irregular dots for the flower head (photo above, left).

2. Using a liner brush loaded with Light Green, paint a stem and two curved leaves (photo above, right).


PAINT THE LILLIES OF THE VALLEY:
1. Determine placement of the lillies of the valley, filling any gaps as desired. Using a liner brush loaded with Light Green, paint a stem and two curved leaves for each flower (photo above, left); let dry.

2. Using a toothpick loaded with White, paint tiny dots along the top half of each stem (photo above, right).


FINISH THE DESIGN:

If desired, fill any empty areas or extend the design around the sides or back of each shoe by repeating flowers. You may need to adjust the size of your brushstrokes to make smaller versions of the flowers to fit in desired areas.