Brushstrokes: Acrylic Effortless painting with minimal tools and materials by Angela Marie Moulton gives a unique introduction to acrylic painting. We did a few projects following the step-by-step instructions in this book, and love how the paintings turned out. This approach of using colourful bold strokes strategically felt relaxing and fun, and the paintings didn't take too long to do.
Sunday, January 5, 2020
We are always excited to try new games and do different hands on activities in our family. We love game nights, and recently have been playing Azul and Ticket to Ride London. We also spent time building with Flexo. A new calendar year comes with new resolutions to become more creative, so we have been practicing watercolour painting with Watercolour the Easy Way book and took the time to clean up, get organized, and even spiced up our phones by replacing our Pop Sockets with creative ones! We have also been reading the Four Seasons of Entertaining book that is filled with colourful photography, recipes, and ideas separated by each season.
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed doing this wall display on an old glass picture frame. Prior to starting the project, I cleaned the glass with rubbing alcohol. Once the surface air dried, I drew a Mandala themed design using a black DecoArt Glass paint marker.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
The 3-Step Type II Project Ladder Step Stool available to purchase at Lowe's is ideal for any task in our home, kitchen or garage. We find the utility tray on this ladder to be useful for our painting and DIY projects as it can hold paint cans and tools that we need. We like having the option of either being able to keep the tray attached or removed depending on our need.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The Tones for Tots is a new line of Fusion Mineral Paint. This Natural Nursery line of eco friendly, zero VOC paint is available in 7 beautiful colours that can be purchased online and in independent stores across Canada and the United States for SRP $24.99/pint (500mL) and $5.99 for a tester. Each pint covers approximately 75 sq.ft or 7 m2.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
One of our favourite hobbies is to paint and draw. I really enjoyed checking out the Still life Painting Studio kit with my children. This kit comes with five tubes of Gouache Paints and a book that explains a few techniques to capture the beauty of everyday objects. It is a wonderful way to introduce Still life painting to children.
Monday, February 16, 2015
I am glad we completed our mostly DIY #KitchenReno project. We fixed the vent, tiled the floor, transformed the cabinets with Rust-Oleum, organized the drawers in the kitchen with Rev-A-Shelf, installed the Delta Touch2O Technology Faucet, and chose quartz for the countertops. I chose the coin silver grey from Para paints for the kitchen wall, and two different shades of white for the ceiling and trims.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Acrylic Painting Step by Step written by Wendy Jelbert, Carole Massey, and David Hyde is a book that inspires us to paint landscapes and flowers. The book gives lots of explantations about materials, techniques, compositions that we can use. This informative book will help those who enjoy painting and those who want to learn how to paint. My children and I did three paintings inspired by this book.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Monday, November 3, 2014
Painting is one of the top do-it-yourself projects in Canada because it is inexpensive to do it ourselves. Taking on this project is fairly easy, and fun. I feel every time we do our own painting it also gives us a sense of accomplishment when the project is complete. However, every paint project comes with challenges including paint spills, the inconvenience of temporarily packing up paint supplies when we cannot finish a project in a single day and keeping paint tools organized and neat in a single storage place between paint jobs. This new Canadian made Roll and Stow solves all these problems.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Everyone in my family loves spring! Although, we don't celebrate Easter we enjoy decorating eggs, and each year I like to explore different techniques. My children join me during this craft/ science activity. This year, we explored the Ukrainian method of painting eggs called pysanky. This Eastern European art of egg decorating is similar to batik, and the method requires the use of wax and dye.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Mag Ruffman and Lowe's have created videos of cool fun family constructible projects that teach parents and children how to build things that they could use. This is a lovely way to create lasting memories. Some project ideas from Lowe's Family Fun Projects are building a step stool, table with a writing space, a hockey/soccer net and more.
I think it is important for us to take advantage of this type of knowledge that is available for us to learn new skills. As a family we have done projects like building benches, painting etc and are always trying to learn something new :) so having experts like Mag show different projects help us.
Here is a project we started in the backyard this spring, we needed...
recycled old shutter window without the hinges
Repainted the shutter windows. After it dried we nailed it on both sides of the plain looking window to give a decorative feel.
Many of us usually try to do some type of painting this season and will be using painters tape for something or another. The New Edge-Lock 3M painters tape will come very handy. This tape avoids seepage and creates clean crisp painted lines. The removal of the tape is clean and there is no surface damage. There is no chemical residue, it doesn't have to be reapplied between coats, doesn't irritate the skin, no ridges when the tape is removed and there is no need to leave it in a special storage container.
Products like 3M tape make our painting jobs easy and keep our frustration down because it is reliable. We liked the ease of removing the tape without a hassle. Using tapes keep the painting job neat, professional and inside the lines :)
It is very useful when painting edges, ceilings and other surfaces. 3M tape can also be incorporated into fun painting projects such as creating strips or patterns on the walls and other art projects.
The 3M tapes are UV resistant and comes in a variety of width. The multi-surface scotch blue painter's tape can be used on painted walls, trims, woodwork, glass and metal. It has to be removed within 14 days.
The delicate surface tape can be left on for up to 60 days. It is good for use on interior freshly painted surfaces (24 hours old), accent walls, stripes, hardwood floors and other delicate places.
Test in a small spot before using. It should not be used on paper, foil, wall covering, unprimed wallboard or rough surfaces.
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Monday, April 2, 2012
candles paraffin pillar candles work best
watercolours or diluted paint
Draw a picture with the candles.
Paint over it with different colours to cover the whole page.
Let it dry and display.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Spring is on its way. If you are like me, you are already planning renovating projects :) I think Spring and Summer is the best time to paint. Although it is cheaper to do the painting ourselves it is a tiresome job.
Shur-line has made our jobs easier with their Easy Release Roller Frames. It is designed with a lever system that releases the roller cover for cleaning and disposal by squeezing the lever once. This means there is no need to pull and will save time and energy avoiding the messy work of cleaning our hands and clothes.
The roller works with any standard roller cover and doesn't slip off. It is comfortable and prevents hands from getting tired. It has a threaded end to use with extension poles.
The Easy Reach Extendable Pole by Shur-line makes the hard to reach awkward inconvenient places such as ceilings easy to paint. The rod has a system which locks it in place to the height you want from 30" to 60". It is easy to adjust the height even when you are painting because all you need to do is pull the handle of the pole in one direction to adjust the height.
It has a universal threaded tip that allows multiple accessories to attach. The handle has a soft foam for comfort and a built-in notch to hang for storage.
Shur-line has made another tiresome, time consuming and frustrating job of painting the trims easier with their Edge like a pro product. We will no longer need to put painter's tape; which is good for the environment, saves money and time.
There is a retractable guide that lifts the wheels out of the way when painting, allowing the user to put the proper amount of paint on the pad. It has a button to easily remove the pads to clean it or discard. The premium pads are reusable and replaceable. The handle can be hand held or threaded to attach on the poles. It is faster, accurate and easier to paint baseboards, crown holding, doors, windows and ceilings.
Next time you paint, use Shurline and make your job easy. It is available in hardware and painting stores.
If you want to win $50 worth of Shur-line products leave a comment on this post before March 15th.
Update: The winner is psychgrad
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