How To: Paint Polka Dots

by Molly Mc

How To: Paint Polka Dots

I have never met a polka dot I didn't like. They remind me of so many happy things: bubbles, balloons, pizza. Julia added them to a cheery dresser re-do and used a surprising and clever everyday item as her stencil. See what it was and the finished dresser makeover after the jump.

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Use Moroccan Stencils for Ceilings, Walls, Floors, and Furniture

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

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Don't tell my local mid-century modern group (Atomic Indy) but I'm kind of loving the whole Moroccan pattern trend. My first encounter was when I accidentally came across the My Marrakesh blog, by the lovely Maryam. Next, I found out about Melanie Royals, a San Diego stencil artist  who organized a couple of painting trips to Maryam's pad in Marrakesh. Then, I discovered that Melanie's company, Royal Design Studio, now sells a huge variety of fabulous Moroccan stencils. I ordered  this one and this one for my own painting adventure. Not sure yet what to paint, but here is more inspiration from Melanie Royal's trips to Marrakesh.

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DIY Frosted Glass

by Lilybee

No hard boiled detective worth his salt is without a frosted glass door declaring his name and profession.

Like this:

created on: 08/14/08

Here's a recipe for making your own door frosting. Trilby, Trench Coat and Maltese Falcon are optional.

Materials:

  • object for frosting (cabinet with glass doors, mirror, hurricane globe, glass clip frames, door with glass inlay, etc.)
  • glass cleaner
  • razor blade
  • painter's tape
  • stencils
  • stencil brushes
  • acrylic...

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Rethinking Stencils with Anna Wulick

by DIY Maven

Rethinking Stencils with Anna Wulick

If when you hear the word ‘stencil’, you think of graphic wall designs, you may want to take a look at the artwork of Anna Wulick. Selling on her Etsy shop as forty-two roads, Anna creates stencils rendered from photographs. She then uses the stencils to create portraits in oil or in mixed media collages. Recently, I posed a few questions to Anna so we might all get to know her and her work a little better.

When did your interest in using stencils...

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