Thursday, August 11, 2011

Free Butterfly and Lady Bug YoYo Design from SDP


These colourful butterflies and lady bugs are painted on wooden YoYos. The free pattern was designed by decorative painters Erika Frei and Elaina Appleby and originally found on the Society of Decorative Painters website.

The Society of Decorative Painters website states: "The National Society of Tole and Decorative Painters, Inc., was organized in 1972 to stimulate worldwide interest in and appreciation for decorative painting; to recognize diversity of and excellence in the art form; and to serve as the resource center for all aspects of decorative painting. Now known as the Society of Decorative Painters, the Society boasts a worldwide family of painters with interests as varied as the places in which they live. Satisfy your passion to paint and create. Anyone can belong!"

See if there is a Canadian SDP chapter near you.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Crackle Mediums - What's the Difference?



Crackle mediums are used with acrylics to achieve the look of aged paint. Stockade carries three different kinds of crackle. For this post we discovered what the differences were.

To keep the results fair, each product was applied to the same piece of wood with the same application method and in the same environment (humidity can alter the crackling effects). The amount of crackle product applied and the direction of the brush strokes make a big difference in the styles of crackling (apply with a sponge for a less linear appearance). The examples shown above were all made with a thick coat of crackle medium.

In our test we painted wooden squares first with two coats of Americana Heritage Brick (except for the "One Step Crackle" which we painted directly onto the Toffee Colour). When this dried we painted a thin coat of medium on one square and a thick coat on the next. After it dried (Delta says "let dry until tacky") we painted a even coat of Americana Toffee across the top (using even quick brush strokes). The results are shown below (a thin coat of medium is shown on the left, a thicker coat is shown on the right).




Our findings show that both the Delta Ceramcoat's Crackle and DecoArt's Americana Weathered Wood produced almost identical results with identical application requirements. Other were easy to apply and easy to clean up.



DecoArt's One Step Crackle produces a different look as it is a "one-step" crackle. While the two other products cause the top paint to crackle and reveal the colour below, with this product it is the medium that crackles. It produces a as almost a cracked varnish look. It has a shiny appearance but can be varnished over with another finish or antiqued with stain.

Hopefully this provided some insights to the differences between Stockade's Crackle products. It was fun to do this test and neat to watch the crackle work. If there are other products you'd like to see compared or explained further please let us know.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Free Project from Stockade: Glow in the Dark Alien

 
This unique alien has a special glow about him! To achieve this look DecoArt's Glow-in-the-Dark Paint was applied to the entire surface as a final coat. DecoArt's other glow paint, Glo-in-the-Dark Dimensional Writer is also fun to use. These paints are ideal for Halloween crafts or can be used year round - try painting stars or moons to the wall of kids' rooms.



The alien is has been painted on #LP275 - Man with Cowboy Hat. Paints used in this project are Glow-in-the-Dark Paint, Cherry Red, Mustard Seed, Hauser Light Green and Lamp Black (the "spots" are painted with a mix of Hauser Light Green and Mustard Seed). Another way to paint the alien would have been to mix the glow paint with the green DecoArt paint and then apply as a base coat. Adding 3D eyes with DecoArt's Glo-in-the-Dark Dimensional Writer would also look nice.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

DecoArt Snow-Tex - What's the Difference?

DecoArt Snows add the look and dimension of real snow. This blog post is designed to simplify the differences between each of the snow products. The images shown below are from DecoArt's "What's Under the Cap" video tutorial

Snow-Tex is the original snow. It creates a dimensional effect like snow and stucco. Although snows are white they can be tinted or antiqued using acrylic paints. All snows are non-toxic, waterbased and can be cleaned with soap and water. 

Ornamental Snow-Tex is the same as the original Snow-Tex but has added bits of "snow" giving a more dimensional texture and look.

Glistening Snow-Tex is the same as the original Snow-Tex but has a sparkly appearance.


Similar to the original Snow-Tex, the Snow Writer has a convenient writer tip on a squeeze bottle.


The Glistening Snow Writer is like the Snow Writer but with added sparkle.

For more information visit Stockade's selection of snows.
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