Record Player Striped Spring Vases

A few years ago I found an old record player and decided to use it in my art.  It quickly became one of my favorite tools.  Recently I used it to recycle some plain glass vases I’ve been collecting (you know, the ones you get with delivered flowers).  Well, the results were fantastic! I decided to use Americana Gloss Enamels because they are dishwasher safe glass paints that and I wanted them to last.  The beautiful thing is that you can leave the vases translucent or add more coats for an opaque look.  Personally, I couldn’t decide and made several.  Now get out there and find an old record player and have some fun, OK!  Try thrift stores and yard sales.

Striped and ready for spring!

An old record player
Glass vases
Rubbing alcohol

 Make a stack of cardboard disks the size of a vinyl record
Cut a hole in the center of one side to fit over the spindle
Clean your vases with rubbing alcohol
Tape a vase to the center of the cardboard
Pick your favorite colors of Americana Gloss Enamels
Turn on the record player and start painting stripes

For an opaque look, wait about 30 minutes and give it a second coat of paint

For a translucent look, only use one coat of paint
Bake twice for 30 minutes at 325? letting the oven cool in between


Ginger Jars DIY (made from recycled jars)

I have never been able to toss out a glass jar. NEVER!  I’m a glass jar addict.  It’s probably because I love challenging myself with new ways to recycle them.  This ginger jar DIY is quickly becoming one of my favorite things to make with my old jars.  Paint them in any color to match your decor and then use them for trinkets, loose teas, coffees or creamers.  When I have a cabin in the mountains, you can bet I will have a wall filled with these!

My first trio photographed in the backyard

Glass Jars
Krylon Spray Paint in Metallic Gold and other colors
Printout of flowers
Glass marbles
Minwax Polycrylic Clear Coat
White glue

Flowers images I used for my jars

 Spray paint the jars in your favorite colors and let dry
Carefully cut out the flowers
Evenly spread white glue on the back of your cutouts
Position them on the painted jars
Coat them with Minwax Polycrylic to protect them

With E-6000, glue marbles to the center of the lids and let dry
*You could use a large bead
Spray paint the lids metallic gold
Outline the flowers with Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint in Gold Leaf
Let dry and add the lids


Abstract Art Painted Dishes (Dishwasher Safe!)

I LOVE when art intersects with functional objects!  The work of Martinich and Carran is some of my favorite.  These plates are a terrific way to incorporate art and add some excitement to your next dinner party.  The best part is that they’re dishwasher safe.  Grab some white porcelain dishes at a thrift or dollar store and have a blast making these colorful pieces.  Use them on your dinner table or on your desk or dresser to hold pens or jewelry.

A few of my new colorful pieces

 Ready for dinner!

White porcelain dishes
Rubbing Alcohol

 Clean your dishes with rubbing alcohol
Add large strokes of color to you’re pieces, one color at a time
If you’re drinking from the mugs, paint 1″ below the rim
*Painted porcelain plates should be used as chargers with clear glass plates
Paint on the underside of glass plates for food safe dishes

Let the paint dry slightly in between colors
Add small dots to create splatters and drips
Bake at 325? twice for 30 minutes letting the oven cool in between

Set the table!

Sugar Skull T-shirt DIY

E-6000 recently launched a line of paint called ALLURE Dimensional Adhesive Paint……..
It’s A-MA-ZING!  First of all, it has the adhesion quality of E-6000 but it’s also thick and dimensional so you can do all kinds of things with it.  Over the next few months I’ll be sharing tons of new projects I’ve been making with it.  Everything from vases and totes to clothing and jewelry.
Today I’m sharing a terrific dimensional sugar skull t-shirt.
This design could be done on almost anything from a tote bag to the back of a jean jacket.

Danielle wearing her new tee

Print out of skull pattern (below)
12″ x 12″ piece of cotton fabric

Print and cut in fabric

 Cut and trace your skull pattern on cotton fabric
Add a thin line of E-6000 Stitchless Glue to the edges
Iron the skull to a t-shirt (jacket or tote bag)

 Decorate your skull using your favorite colors
Let dry for several hours or set with a blow dryer for 10 minutes
Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint is washable and dry cleanable!

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Instagram Pop Blocks DIY

Need an alternative to picture frames and photo albums? These colorful pop blocks will have your friends enjoying your photos before they know what’s happening!  Stack them up on your coffee table and watch them instantly gravitate toward them.  Before you know it, they’ll signing up to your Instagram feed!

A few of my favorite photos

Paint them in colors to match your decor!

Wood blocks
Printout of your favorite photos
Minwax Polycrylic

Paint your blocks in your favorite colors and let dry
Print out your photos so that they’ll fit on the blocks
Cut out the photos and spray the back with E-6000 Spray Adhesive
When they’re dry, coat the blocks with Minwax Polycrylic


Artist Trading Cards DIY and SWAP!

I can’t stop making ATCs….. Artist Trading Cards.  For me, making them is like taking a creative cigarette break without the smell and dingy teeth.  No offense to the smokers out there!
This month I’m hosting an ATC SWAP and contest to win DecoArt’s Mixed Media Starter Kit.  I’m also showing you how to make your own rubber stamps using a heat gun and kid’s sticky back foam.  These are perfect for adding texture to journals and for making ATCs.   If you would like to participate in the swap, simply write to me for the information at:
I’ll send you everything you need to know.

 Just a few of the hundreds I’ve made over the last few months
See how I made them below

A few of my new rubber stamps

Wood blocks
Sticky back craft foam
Stamp pad
White glue
Hot glue gun
Items with texture (I used a beaded appliqué)
Heat gun
Clip art

 Cut and stick 3 layers of sticky back foam to a wood block
Draw a design on cardboard
Trace over the design with hot glue
Heat your sticky foam wood block until the edges begin to curl
Firmly press the heated foam block onto the raised hot glue design to make your stamp

Spread a thick layer of paint on a flat surface
“Ink” your stamp with the paint and press onto a card
You can also use an ink pad with the stamps
Cut out clip art images and glue them to your stamped cards

Paint around the edges with metallic paint and by rubbing the edges over the ink pad
Fill in the clip art images with more color
Add more stamping
Decoupage small pieces of paper, book pages and quotes
Be creative and experiment!

A few of the cards I’ll be sending out for the swap!
Make sure to write to me for more information at

Beautiful Kraft Paper Feathers!

I love a huge arrangement in the middle of a table but it’s not always easy to get fresh flowers AND they can be expensive.  For my annual New Year’s Eve party I decided to update my paper feather project from The Big Ass Book of Crafts.  This time instead of leaving them plain, I painted the ends with a beautiful Americana Multi-Surface Metallic Gold.  They look even better than the original project and the best part is that I never have to change the water!

Careful with your candle placement!

I love how they pick up the light

Kraft paper
White glue
18 gage (or similar) wire
Wire cutters

 Cut several wire pieces about 25″ to 28″ long
Cut several sheets of kraft paper 22″ x 12″
Slightly water down the white glue so it’s easy to spread
Paint it on half of the kraft paper
Sandwich the wire inside of the kraft paper

 Cut into a feather shape
Paint the ends in metallic gold
Roll a 12″ x 6″ sheet of kraft paper into a thin tube
Cut the sides of the feather at an angle
Glue the paper tube over the wire and let dry
*You can use hot glue for this if you want

 Add shiny Christmas bulbs to your table.

Paint a basic glass vase to match your table.


Zoo Animal Eyeglass Case Clutches!

So last year I bought several plastic eyeglass cases because I knew that eventually I would find something fun to do with them.  Cut to an entire year of looking at them and wondering what was I thinking?  Finally I figured out a worthy project!  My nieces are going to flip for these little zoo animal clutches.

Everything is more fun with googly eyes!

A baby hippo and a tiger cub!

Hard plastic eyeglass case
Pony beads
Googly Eyes

Trace the eyeglass case and figure out your animal design
Paint it on the case and let it dry
Drill a small hole in the top of the case
String about 12″ of beads on a 20″ piece of cord

Thread the cord through the hole and knot on the inside
Glue on the googly eyes with E-6000 and let dry!

I ain’t lion!

Sequin Bag DIY

I’ll bet you have at least 1 bag ready for an upstyle!  You know which bag I’m talking about. It’s the one that’s gathering dust (under your bed) that you just can’t seem to get rid of because you know for sure one day you’ll drag it out and rock it.  Guess what sister, you’re probably never going to use that bag again so why not give it a new life with this simple technique?  At least you can have some real fun with it before you finally donate it to a worthy cause.  Heck, drag it out for New Year’s Eve and show everyone how it’s done!

Danielle showing off the New Year’s Eve clutch!

She’s wondering if I’m actually going to give it to her!

Bag in need of an upstyle
Large gems
Multi-color sequins
Old paintbrush

Pick a color of DecoArt’s Dazzling Metallics to match the bag

 Paint it and let it dry

 Grab your E-6000 Glue

 Squirt it on (be generous) and spread it around with an old paintbrush

Sprinkle on the sequins and pat them in place

Add a large gem to the closure, let the whole thing dry and you’re done!

Happy New Year!
xoxox, Mark

Magazine Snowflake Ornaments!

Grab the kids and make a ton of these beautiful snowflakes for your tree!  I know, I know!  These look like those huge tissue paper roll thingies that you see all over Pinterest.  I’m happy to say that these are much smaller and more delicate and perfect for your holiday decorating. Plus, you don’t have to go through 40 rolls of tp to make them.  All you’ll need are some old magazines and a few very basic supplies.
Merry Christmas!

 Try different colors like light blue or pink

I went a little nuts making these…. It’s like craft meditation.

Wax paper
White glue
Magazine pages
Thin ribbon

 Cut magazine pages in half (side to side, not top to bottom)
Roll one sheet around a pencil and add another sheet when you get to the end
*This will make your tubes nice and thick
Glue the end of the paper down
Cut the tubes into 1/2″ long pieces
You’ll need about 8 tubes to make one ornament
Lay out wax paper

 Squeeze some glue on the edge of your wax paper
Dip the pieces in one by one and build your snowflake
When dry, paint with the gold Americana Multi-Surface Satin
Brush glue on the edges and sprinkle with glitter
Add a ribbon through one of the ends and hang on your tree!