How to Make a Personalized Art Journal

Art Journals are a way for creative people to keep all their ideas in one place. Make one today to keep in your backpack for those moments of inspiration! This post is sponsored by Deco Art. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of Disclosure Rules see the disclosures page.

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How to Make a Personalized Art Journal

Art Journaling is not a new concept. I have kept notebooks full of sketches and creative ideas for years, but this pretty painted journal concept has me really inspired! Creativity strikes at any given time in the day, and as a creative person you just never know when the urge will hit to create something. For this reason I carry an art journal with me everywhere I go. I have them in my purse, backpack, on my desk, bedside table, coffee table, book shelves even in the car. I love them even more if they have bright colors and pretty prints to inspire me!

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The blank journal is a canvas covered book with blank water color pages inside. I love the idea of creating in a keep sake book! The Art Journal came from Michael’s Crafts.  Perfect surface for using these Americana Decor Stencils and paints. The compact size is ideal for toting in a back pack. This would be a fun project for kids to get them ready for back to school!

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Art Journal Supplies Needed:

Americana Acrylic Paint White

Americana Acrylic Paint Pebble

Americana Acrylic Paint Petal Pink

Americana Acrylic Paint Cherry Red

Americana Acrylic Paint Tuscan Red

Americana Acrylic Paint Primary Blue (not pictured)

Americana Fabric Medium

Watercolor Brush size 12

Paint Pallet, pallet knife or plastic knife and paper plate for mixing paints

Mixed Media Artist’s Paper (for practicing your design)

Americana Decor Doily Stencil 6″ x 8″ Product #ASMM18-K

Jane Davenport 6″ x 9″ Canvas Art Journal (Product # 10503043 or SKU# 718813767040 from Michaels Crafts)

Stencil brushes

Mason jar filled with Water and paper towels for blotting

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Directions:

•Place a small amount of each paint on the pallet. Add a bit of the Fabric Medium to each color and mix together with a plastic knife or pallet knife.

•Practice your design on mixed media artist’s paper before painting on the journal.

•Dab the brush in water, then in both red colors of paint. Stroke the brush left to right on the top 1/3 of the canvas. Add more paint and water as needed for a water color effect.

•Using the same paint colors and technique as above, paint another strip in the lower 1/3 of the canvas.

•Pickup the pink color paint with the same brush, without cleaning it. Working from the top of the red strip up to the top of the book, stroke the pink color from left to right. Dab the brush in water and more paint to blend the colors with the red.

•Repeat the same technique with the pink paint in the center of the book, and on bottom portion of the book. Don’t forget to cover the edges and spine of the book.

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•Open the book up and lay it flat with the spine facing up and both covers facing toward you. Paint the back of the book to match the front. Let dry 10 minutes.

•Practice the stenciling first on paper, planning the position of each medallion and word graphic. Dab the stencil brush in the paint, then on paper towel before using it on the paper for the best results. The brush should be rather dry when working with the stencils.

•Pressing the stencil down firmly with one hand on to the cover of the book, stencil the medallions with the Pebble colored paint, then overlap the stencil pattern and repeat with the Natural Buff paint. Mix in a bit of white with each color as you work for variation.

•Stencil back of the journal to match the front. Let dry completely.

•Add the stenciled words to the front of the journal cover. Place the stencil on top of the book and stencil with navy blue paint and stencil brush.

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This is what the journal looked like before I added the stenciled words.

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You can add as many words as you like, I decided to keep it simple and use the ones that were the most meaningful to me. Thanks to Deco Art for sponsoring this post!

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20 Stenciled Wall Transformations to Inspire You

 

     Stenciling is a great way to transform a room and get a custom look for a budget price. Here are some of my favorite stenciled wall ideas from around the web to inspire your next project.

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This pretty blue stencil adds just the right amount of color.  I can see myself wanting to hang out forever in this beautiful bathroom! Learn how Diane created the illusion of wallpaper (without all the mess) over on In My Own Style.

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20 Stenciled Wall Transformations to Inspire You|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comOur son really enjoyed his stenciled brick bedroom. Sadly, it was left behind in a house we rented. Thankfully we have the pictures (and my tips and tricks to make your own brick wall) over at Designers Sweet Spot.

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This blue paint behind the white stencil really makes the design pop while being very calming! Check out It All Started With Paint for some tricks on how to transform a room and accomplish your stenciling project as quickly as possible.

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The damask pattern of this stencil, in addition to the colors Allyson chose, add such a touch of elegance to this previously plain dining room. Head over to Domestic Superhero to see the before photo!

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I love our pantry. The stenciled walls really improve its appearance! You can read more on my blog,  Designers Sweet Spot.

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Krista created this fun workspace for her sons to use for homework and projects. Stenciling seems like a great way to distinguish a space from the rest of the room while also disguise the fact that it used to be a closet! See the total transformation over on The Happy Housie.

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Do you have a favorite quote? Have you ever thought about stenciling it on your wall? AKA Design did just that in her dining room.

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Here’s a cute way to add a special touch to your little princess’ bedroom.  This stencil adds just the right amount of character.  Go look at the rest of this adorable room on Robb Restyle.

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I always love a good before and after! Jami from An Oregon Cottage created this beautiful accent wall for her bedroom in just a few hours.
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A bold stencil really pops with the white furniture in this bedroom! Sometimes a simple color scheme is the best. Refashionably Late admits that this project took longer than she expected, but it was totally worth every second.  I agree completely.

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Look at this precious stencil Lindi created for her daughter’s room at Love Create Celebrate! Head over and read all about her pro tips on how to make this project so much easier. (Hint: it involves a hairdryer!)

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Chic Misfits created this beautiful accent wall in her sisters dining room.  Tribal patterns are very popular right now, and this seems like a perfect example of how to execute one!

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This design is a lot more subtle than the tribal wall above, yet it’s just as beautiful! Addicted 2 Design stenciled the entire room. I think all of her hard work definitely paid off.

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Little House of Four added some drama to her home office using a stencil. Inspiring spaces are always a productive spaces, a stenciled wall could be just what your office is lacking!

20 Stenciled Wall Transformations to Inspire You|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comYou’ll never believe how this stenciled wall was created.  It’s not paint! Head over to Cuckoo 4 Design to learn the secret.  Trust me, you don’t want to miss this.

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Maybe you want to try your hand at stenciling but don’t know how to start? Three Little Monkeys Studio shares some of her beginner tips to make your first time a success.

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Danielle added this precious lace stencil to her guest bedroom.  It adds such a romantic and peaceful feel! She also shares how to store your stencils to use again down the road over on Finding Silver Pennies.

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Are you feeling incredible daring?! What about this ombre fish scale wall? It would take a special room to pull this off, but Kara Paslay Designs definitely did just that. Also, who knew fish scales on a wall could look so good?

I’m so inspired to create now, and I hope you are too! Go find a blank wall and get to stenciling. Best of luck to you!

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How to Make a Rustic Hand Painted Sign

Hand Painted Signs add so much charm to your farmhouse decor! This sign is easy to make even if you have never painted anything before! This post is sponsored by Deco Art and Micheal’s Crafts. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules, please see the disclosures page.

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How to Make a Hand Painted Rustic Sign, Step by Step

Rustic Hand Painted Sign

Rustic signs are all over the place, I have seen so many beautiful ideas on Pinterest lately! However, I am not one to go with the flow. I prefer more color, so many of the signs that I have seen are monochromatic. Color makes all the difference to me!

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I chose to work with yellows and greens to coordinate with my colors on my front porch. This sign will take me into some fall decor, and I am so happy with how it turned out!

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Supplies Needed:

•Pre-finished Pallet sign from Micheal’s Craft Store

•Americana Deco Premium Acrylic Paints (also available at Micheal’s)  in the following colors:

Americana Premium Acrylics — Burnt Sienna — DTA09
Americana Premium Acrylics — Cadmium Yellow Hue — DTA44
Americana Premium Acrylics — Carbon Black — DTA37 
Americana Premium Acrylics — Viridian Green Hue — DTA25 
Americana Premium Acrylics — Yellow Oxide — DTA15 
 
•Paint Brushes in the following sizes:
#2 script liner brush    
#20 flat brush
3/4″ Scruffy Brush    
#14 flat brush 
•Mason jar with water for rinsing brushes
•Artist pallet or paper plate for mixing paints
•Paper toweling, paper plate or artist pallet for mixing paint
•Artists all purpose media notebook for practice painting
•Optional: artist’s easel

Painting Directions:

How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Load the 3/4″ scruffy brush with Burnt Sienna and Black paint.  Use a dollop the size of a quarter on the pallet of each paint. Place the two paints with 1-2″ between paints on the pallet. Dip the corner of the brush in the brown, the other corner into the black paint. Stroke the brush back in forth on the pallet working the paint into the brush. Continue adding more paint and stroking until the bristles of the brush are almost full of paint to the top of the bristles.How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Paint a circle by dabbing the brush with the paint on the sign, placing the circle in the center of the sign. Keep the light brown color to the outside of the sign, being careful not to mix the colors as you work the circle shape. Reload brush as needed. Paint another circle inside the first blending the colors slightly together and refining the shape of the circle. Set brush aside when finished, let dry slightly.How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Load the #20 Flat Brush with the Yellow Oxide and Cadmium Yellow Hue as described above. Be sure to keep the colors separate as you load the brush.

How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Paint the petals of the flower by placing the brush at the edge of the circle, pressing down and stroking out. Turn the brush slightly at the end of the stroke to get the pointed tips of the petals. Keep colors going the same direction, darker yellow on the top of the petal, lighter color to the bottom as you stroke around the flower. Overlap each petal slightly as you work. Reload your brush as needed.

How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Reload the brush again with the yellows. Paint a smaller flower to the lower right of the first, leaving the center empty.How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Paint a second layer of petals on top of the first. Place the ends of the petals between the first row of flower petals to fill out the design. Do the same second layer of petals on the small flower as well.How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Use the #14 flat brush with Cadmium yellow and Viridian Green Hue, for the same technique above on the greenery. Stroke the green leaves on the back of the flower, working from the center area out. Twist your brush as you work to make the points of the leaves as you did the petals before.

•Using the #2 Script liner brush loaded with Yellow and Green, stroke the stem for each flower.

  1. How to Paint a Rustic Sign, Step by Step|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com•Next Load the #14 flat brush with Cadmium Yellow and Viridian Green Hue as described above. Stroke the large leaves. Reload and make smaller leaves if desired. Change to the #20 flat brush and make leaves larger in the same colors. Let dry completely.
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•Plan your letting for the sign. I practiced painting on paper before beginning on the pallet. Mark where you want your lettering to go on the sign with a pencil. Tip: It’s easiest to mark the center of the sign with a pencil, then place the center letter of the word over the mark. Fill in the other letters to the right and left of the C. Add a few squiggles to take up the rest of the space. Load the #2 Script liner brush and paint the letters with black paint.
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How to Spray Paint Your Walls in Record Time

If you are a busy person, here’s the fastest way to get your painting done in record time! This post is sponsored by Home Right. Any opinions are completely my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules, see the disclosures page.

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How to Spray Paint Your Walls in Record Time

Painting is a time consuming job. I have been anxious to paint our attic stair way for quite some time. Mainly, because it’s dark and creepy up there. Our home was built in 1915. The attic is one of those places you just don’t want to spend much time. It is cold and drafty in the winter, and hot and stuff in the summer. It is full of 100 years of dust and bat guano. But, it has the potential to be an amazing art studio, this is my dream work space!

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This amazing space is the main reason why I chose to begin working on painting it. It is a HUGE project. There is a ton of potential here!

How to Paint in Record Time

The stairway to the attic space has old green plaster walls with plenty of cracks and holes, and beautiful original wooden stairs.

The rest of the attic space is completely unfinished, hopefully we will be able to finish it in the near future. For now, painting the stairway will bring me one step closer to my dream art studio!

Home Right was kind enough to supply me with this awesome sprayer, and I can honestly say I would have never tackled this job without it. It’s too big, too overwhelming for your average painting job.

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How to Steps:

  1. Fill Holes and Cracks: The first step in this project was to fill all the holes with Spackle medium. I prefer to use Spackle than joint compound for filling holes. It’s much easier to work with, and dries faster. Spackle can be applied with a small putty knife to cracks and holes, smoothed out and then left to dry. After an hour or so of drying time, any rough spots can be sanded with a bit of fine sand paper and your ready to paint. Easy, peasy!

2.  Gather Materials: This is where the fun starts! I decided to use the Finish Max Extra paint sprayer for this project for a number of reasons. Time was a big factor, but there are so many small crevices and holes in the wood that I knew painting with a brush would be very difficult. I the Finish Max Extra sprayer was perfect for this task!

There are a number of new features on this sprayer, it comes with a cover for the paint reservoir, so you can store your left over paint for the next paint job. Love that! Also, this sprayer comes with several color coded spraying tips for different types of paint jobs. I used the red tip with the yellow adapter for the widest range of coverage.

Because this is an unfinished space, I did not need to worry about taping around wood work or messing with drop clothes. Nothing up there in the attic to protect from paint splatter, except the giant dust bunnies.

Paint your walls in record time!|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com3. Prepare the paint: The paint I was using was pretty thick, since it was a primer and paint in one. I watered it down to work better in the sprayer. I used 1/3 water to 2/3 paint, the paint reservoir has handy marks on it so it’s easy to measure out. Be sure to combine your paint and water carefully for the best coverage.

4. Start painting: Then there was nothing left to do but start painting! Home Right recommends testing the spray nozzle with water before actually painting to adjust the nozzel for accurate coverage. I have used their sprayer products before, and I wasn’t concerned with coverage being too large, so I jumped right in and started to paint. Can you believe it only took me 45 minutes to paint the entire stairway? Wow! It was super fast! I used an entire gallon of paint in the process because I had to go over a few areas more than once, but the coverage was even and beautiful over all. The old green paint was darker than I thought, because it looks so much better now!

5. Clean the Sprayer: If you leave the paint sprayer with the paint in it too long, the paint will dry and clog the sprayer nozzle. I had to clear it out once or twice as I worked for the best sprayer action. I had a bucket of clean water next to me that I dropped the sprayer parts in to and rinsed them as I worked if they got clogged. Then, right after I was finished with them I put them back in the bucket and gave them a final scrubbing in the Kitchen sink. They were easy to clean in this way and and are ready for the next job!

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I can’t believe the difference the paint makes! The hall seems so light and bright! I am anxious to do more with the Finish Max sprayer, it was so fast and easy! By the way, clean up was a breeze. Having a bucket of water on hand to soak the parts in is definitely a time saver!

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The next part of the attic will be a doozy, but I am sure I can do it now with the Home Right Finish Max paint sprayer!

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Rustic Stenciled Sign

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This post was sponsored by Cutting Edge Stencils. Any opinions given are completely my own. If you have questions regarding my policies please see the Disclosures page.

Good day friends! Hope you are enjoying your summer. I have been working on a number of projects behind the scenes, but have finally completed one of them. This Rustic Stenciled Sign is just the thing to personalize your garage or barn.

Here in Wisconsin we often see personalized Barn Quilts as you drive though the countryside. I decided to make my own version. It’s a little different because it’s long and narrow instead of square, but I felt like this shape has more of a unique character.

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The sign was made from some old cedar fence boards that a friend gave me. We used three fencing boards, two on the front and one to hold them together on the back side. The boards were trimmed to 36″ long, nailed and glued together. We used a bit of old chain to hang the sign on the wall.

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The wood was very dry and rough, so the first thing I did was to sand it down a bit with a sanding block. Then the boards were stained with an English Ironstone White Stain to give them uniform color.

Generally, you aren’t supposed to use stencils on rough surfaces. However, my first rule of blogging is to break all the rules, so I did it anyway. I like the weathered appearance the rough texture gives the pattern. I used acrylic paints and a stencil brush to apply the design with the stencil. This pattern is Cutting Edge Augusta Tile Stencil.

Rustic Stenciled Sign and Chair

A final coat of satin polyurethane protects the sign from the elements. Hummmm, I may have to move it inside so I can see it more often.

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Off to work on some more fun projects!