Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fireplace Transformation with Coastal Colors Paint!

I got a call a few weeks ago to paint a fireplace. 
I told her I would come look at it but she needs to know that if she wants a factory finish, I am not the one for her.  She said "I've seen your work, I want you."
Wow.  Days later I go to check it out and walk into a BEAUTIFUL home.  The kind of home that makes you not want to have an open can of paint in, if you get my drift?  
But yep, there it is.  A gorgeous fireplace with gorgeous brick... but all wrong for the decor.  The owner had purchased the artwork over the fireplace and wanted it to be the focal point, not the obnoxiously rustic red brick screaming under neath it.  
So today I packed my toolbox and headed over to the client's home.  

 I prayed and prayed.  Please don't let me have an accident.  Please don't let me dump a quart of paint in this beautiful home.  Please don't let me track paint on this top grade carpet.  
You get the idea, right? 
Because we are trying to blend the fireplace into the decor, yet wanted to remember the brick, I chose Sandy Toes in Coastal Colors Beach Chic paint. It is such a yummy warm light brown... well just like sand.  Can't go wrong with that.
The owner went off for a round of tennis and left me to work.
I start on the sides and work in the cut from the walls.  I was fortunate that the owner chose to pre clean it herself.  For cleaning I get pretty expensive  ;)
 Then I went to the top and worked my way down.  Each brick I painted a coat of Sandy Toes, and then follow with a swipe from my damp rag. 

 It was here that I started hearing noises and realized I was not alone.  After some soul searching (Am I really losing my mind?)  I realized that there are birds in the fireplace!  And after a while I hear some chatter... and then they started singing to me.  I felt a little bit like Cinderella ... I captured some of the song...


The birds finally settled down and I went back to painting their nest.  I worked my way all the way down and then was done!   The fireplace now blends with the owner's decor choices and really highlights the artwork over the mantle.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Day After.. and Some Show Tips!

Poquoson Seafood Festival is over for 2014.  And I am tired and happy.  What a joy to share your craft with a few thousand folks!  What a thrill to have people walk up to your booth and break into a huge smile when they see your colors and your treasures you created!  I can always tell a Coastal Sister by the look of their face as they walk into my booth.  I sense an instant connection.  What an honor for me... so humbling.  My craft is more than a hobby, it is who I am.  It is sharing the ideas in my head for others to see.  It's putting myself on display for others to judge.

Even though I have done a few shows before,  I am continuing to learn about it.  Some of the things I am learning and maybe some tips for customers/shoppers?

As a shopper... Know that you are welcome and it is exciting for us to share our heART with you.  You don't have to like everything.  Artists try to appeal to different tastes.  Try to appreciate things even if you don't "get it"  or at least just keep your negative thoughts... well... thoughts.  I very luckily didn't experience this but a couple of my neighbors did.  Vendors are people too ;)

As an artist... Also be gracious of other's art.  Do NOT take pictures.  Do NOT copy.  I love to learn that I have inspired someone.  It is a big part of what I do, as I am a teacher.  However, take inspiration from other artists but MAKE YOUR OWN ART. 
Don't be the artist that goes to pinterest and copies what you see.  Be the artist on pinterest that is inspiring others.  If you are copying other people's ideas, you can only do that for so long.  Allow yourself to create on your own.  You can do it!  Don't walk in someone's booth and say, "I am going to make that".  I know in my instance, I am a beach loving coastal mermaid inspired by light colors and waves and... well that stuff.  Surfboards are a part of my lifestyle and family culture so yes, that is what we produce.  Create what is a reflection of you. 

Others know if your art is from you heART or if you are mimicking something cool that you saw.  You will be amazed at what you can come up with on your own.

Next show for Coastal Star is the BODACIOUS BAZAAR November 14-16 in Hampton, VA.  Another 3 day event that I just can't wait to attend. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Suitcase Storage Table!

What do you get if you have a table with a questionable top and a suitcase?  
A SuitTable!  
A perfect conversation piece for your home... shabby chic at it's best.

How did I do it?
Well, I had this table given to me... good bones... cosmetically questionable.  But I loved it's lines. 
And I had this suitcase begging for a purpose..

 I put the bottom of the suitcase on top of the table and measured each side until I knew it was centered.  Using pilot holes, I drilled five fat screws straight through the suitcase into the table top.
 I then flipped the suittable (cute, huh?) over and painted the bottom sides. 
 I chose Coastal Colors Turks to make a beautiful statement.  
My customers LOVE Turks and I can't keep anything too long in this color!
 After painting it... I knew I wouldn't the character and hardware to be highlighted with dark wax... See the difference and how much CHARACTER the dark wax gives the suittable?

I love that you can almost "see" every trip this suitcase has traveled!

After painting it... I knew I wanted the character and hardware to be highlighted with dark wax... 
See the difference and how much CHARACTER the dark wax gives the suittable?

Here is the final suittable.