Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sugar Skull Plates DIY

Nothing better than a funky plate to make your dinner table look amazing, don't you think?!  These sugar skull plates are super easy to make AND you can eat off of them!  How cool is that!  Because all of the paint and decoupage is on the back, they're completely food safe.  I got my images at GraphicStock.com.  They're having a free 7 day trial and you can download tons of images for free.  Just like the images I used for this project.  My glass plates are from the 99c store, but you can get them for pennies at Ikea.  Have fun! 
xoxo, Mark
Love this color combo!
I made them in every color under the sun
Try picking a color from the skull for your background
This citrus yellow is one of my favorite Krylon colors
Watch the short video tutorial here
Clear glass plates
Rubbing Alcohol
Krylon spray paint in white and colors you like
Images from GraphicStock.com

More images at GraphicStock.com

I got these roses on GraphicStock.com

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Marbled Thrift Store Lamp DIY!

I love a good thrift store find, don't you?  Who can resist a big white lamp for $5 bucks?  I certainly can't!  I decided to see if my spray paint marbling technique would work on this huge lamp base and to my great joy, it did.  While I was at it, I decided to give the lampshade a little makeover, too.  Why stop just at the base?  If you find a lamp that will work for this project and it's not already white, just spray paint it.  Have fun!
  xoxo, Mark
I love the gold base!  Shhh....It's painted wood.

Watch the short video tutorial here
Thrift store lamp (painted white)
Spray mount
Clear acrylic spray
Gray spray paint
2 yards cotton fabric

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Painted Leaves

On the days I don't hit the gym, I walk around Silverlake reservoir.  It's a beautiful walk filled with trees, flowers and a dose of much needed peace before I tackle my day.  I almost always leave with a tiny notebook and a pen so that I can jot down any ideas I have because my BEST ideas hit when I'm not able to write them down.  Every day on my walk I pass a spot littered with huge leaves that almost look prehistoric, they're so big.  It's easy to imagine the dinosaurs munching on them.  Every time I pass these leaves I swear I'm going to bring some home to paint......and this week, I finally did.  I spent a relaxing morning with coffee and jazz just painting on my free, dinosaur snack, canvases.
Next time you need some new materials to paint on, head out for a walk.

Enjoy! xoxox, Mark

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Boho Home Decor Projects!

I can't help grabbing all of the fun silicone molds I've been seeing at the dollar store lately.  I don't bake, but I sure love to fill them with things like plaster of Paris and resin!  This flower mold is one of my favorites and I found a place for you to order it below!  Now initially I only wanted to make a simple incense burner, but as usual I went a little overboard and ended up making a mirror and some place card holders.....All with a boho feel.  Can we say CRAFT-A-HOLIC!  The faux glaze technique is really rocking my world lately, too.  Check out the video to see how I made all three projects.
Have fun!  xoxo, Mark
Make colorful faux glazed floral mirror
 My beautiful glazed incense burners!
Place card holders for your next dinner soiree!
Watch the video tutorial here!
Simple Mirror
Plaster of Paris
Drill with small drill bit
Hack saw blade (got several at the 99c store)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Recycled Paper Necklaces

The next time you're about to toss out a pile of magazines, why not recycle a few of them into something beautiful like these fab paper necklaces?  Just plop yourself down in front of the TV and start making your beads by following this easy tutorial. Not only will you be helping to save our planet, you'll look amazing doing it!  Have fun!
xoxo, Mark
Chunky, funky and embellished with embroidery floss
Try different colors and sizes
Layered disks make an beautiful statement piece
Watch the video tutorial here
to see exactly how they're made!
Chain necklace
Jump rings
Embroidery floss
White glue and Super Glue
Needle nose pliers

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

When I was about 9 or 10 there was an Independence Day Fire Hydrant Painting contest in our home town.  Naturally I had a panic attack and begged my parents to let me paint the hydrant on our corner in stars and stripes.  I swear the paints they gave us were lead filled and toxic, but that's another story!  After I spent an entire day in the sun revamping a hideous, crusty yellow fire hydrant into a dazzling red, white and blue MESS, my parents took us around town to suss out the competition.  Let's just say I didn't get the prize that year.  I did however have a stash of red white and blue paint for all kinds of other projects!  Today, it's still one of my favorite color combinations.  Happy 4th my friends!  
xoxo, Mark
I decided to embellish my 4th of July decorations with 
from E-6000
 Fireworks wine glasses!
 Who doesn't need a decorated beer mug?!
My little ice bucket only holds one beer! 
 Cookies are almost ready!
A bit of my table setting 
 Glue on some stars!  I went a little nuts
I can't resist a painted pot project!  These were
made with Americana Decor Chalky Finish
and Allure with silver glitter