Creative Stenciling Techniques and More!

Creative Stenciling Techniques and More!

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Creative Stenciling online class!  Check it out.

This is not a project based but a techniques based class.  I have been asked over and over again, “How to you achieve such clean lines?”  “How do you clean stencils?”  “Which stencil should be used when you want to apply texture.”  “How do you use textures with stencils.”  Etc…….  This is why I decided it was possible many people would be interested in a class of this nature.

Have you ever wanted to know how to go about getting those clean crisp lines?  What methods are there to approach a stencil? Did you know that you will find your own best approach, but are you aware of the many ways to even try?  What exactly are the differences in stencils?  Do you know how to get creative with stencils?

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There are videos demonstrating 23 techniques that you can explore.  We talk about how to clean your stencils without damaging them.  How do you apply the paint to your paint brushes plus how to take care of your stencil brushes.

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Barbara Cassidy Artist

Red Furniture? Absolutely Red!

Red Furniture?  Absolutely – Red is what I decided to do with this entry piece of furniture.

Entry Cabinet

 

I was very curious to see what color others would think it should be painted.  So, putting it out there, I found it very interesting how many love to see the wonderful intense colors but are so afraid of red furniture.  If you google the color red, this is what you will find:

“Red, the color of blood and fire, is associated with meanings of love, passion, desire, heat, longing, lust, sexuality, sensitivity, romance, joy, strength, leadership, courage, vigor, willpower, rage, anger, danger, malice, wrath, stress, action, vibrance, radiance, and determination”

I absolutely love how this turned out.  It is painted in an intense red furniture paint, glazed with black and finished with a fine wax.  The new look has been an exciting addition to my entry.  What do you think?

Red!

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Traveling France – Flea/Marche Finds!

Traveling France – Flea/Marche Finds!

We began our day with the first destination of Carpentras Sunday Marche with no clue that there was a very similar marche just around the corner from us!  We both stopped dead in our tracks and said, “Oh, my.  Here we go!”  There is just about anything here that you may be collecting.

Cours Mirabeau, Aix en Provence

Cours Mirabeau, Aix en Provence

I’ve been on the hunt for some older lace and linen, but the prices are incredibly high.  For a 36×36 lace tablecloth it was $70 Euro!  For a small motif piece of lace, $20 Euro!  Yikes!

Aix en Provence Flea Market

Aix en Provence Flea Market

I would love to figure out a way to make this chair (or any of them) adhere to me and board a plane!  There have been way too many I am leaving behind I would love to have!

Mirrors from here would be awesome refinished with some of the Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint!  Check out the instruments and the piles of fun treasure to look through!  So many items that I could use for furniture painting and utilize into my Mixed Media Art!

Antique Mirror

Antique Mirror

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Old Violin

Carpentras Antique Flea Market

Carpentras Antique Flea Market

I spy a copper pot – do you?  Not only did we grab this pot and, of course, it weighs two tons, that didn’t deter Neadeen from lugging it to the car.  In the photo below, shows another find that will one day end up in a painting for sure!  Don’t you just love the warm colors of copper – this look for sure will be attempted onto a piece of furniture!

Both of us will be overpacked and have some weight to our luggage.  Do you think this piece will fit in Neadeen’s largest piece of luggage along with the other seven pieces of copper she purchased?  Stay tuned for that as we promise to video us trying to get everything into suitcases and carry-ons!

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Large copper pitcher

Check out this display from a vendor that had some of the most beautiful pieces of silver.

Check out the silver this vendor has!

Check out the silver this vendor has!

Me thinks this could possibly have to carry all our luggage to the airplane in 5 days!  Hehehe……….

Neadeen and Barbara's luggage?

Neadeen and Barbara’s luggage?

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Barbara!

 

Traveling France – Saint Remy

Traveling France – visit to Saint Remy

We were off and running this morning for a treasure hunt in Saint Remy.  This town was said to be a wonderful Sunday marche day.  We left the parking garage like we were old pros and were on our way without any mishaps.  No wrong turns, stalled car, or whiplash!  WooHooo we are on a roll.  Into Saint Ramy we go and quickly find a parking spot, because they are at a premium.  We take a picture of the corner to help the blonde and redhead remember were we parked.

Remember this corner!

Remember this corner!

As we began the hunt, we stumbled upon a whole street of artists selling their work.  Scolded once again to not be taking pictures we moved on and found a lovely gentleman working on his palette knife paintings.  He didn’t speak much English but was pleased to spend time talking to us about his work.

Great Texture Artist

Great Texture Artist

After we wandered some more we finally asked and the marche we were looking for is no longer there on Sunday.  Oh, well, we can always find another one another day so we just enjoy the town!  As we head out of Saint Remy, the car does a few circles first.  Those roundabouts can make you dizzy if you take them more than once or even three times!  We decided on a direction and off we went taking another route back to Aix.  We enter the town of Eygalieres with great confidence only to find the road barricaded to traffic.  Oh, oh – now where do we go?  Follow the flow of traffic!  Heck, let’s not try to find out what all the commotion in this town is all about, why not?  We quickly turn back to the direction of town and take that first parking spot on the sidewalk (yes, those are parking spots).  Ah, a wonderful flea market with a mix of antiques, treasures and junk!  Once again, we wish we had lined up a steamship container.  It’s killing us!

Wonderful flea market!

Wonderful flea market!

There were so many items to purchase for mixed media, painting furniture or collections that the eye can see. Check out these cabinet doors!  They look normal, but the hardware is to die for!  Neadeen and I could have walked to the car and hooked up a UHaul trailer.  The ideas and inspiration was incredible!

Cabinet door hardware!

Cabinet door hardware!

Back on the road again, we decide that a bathroom stop is much needed.  Nothing is open and of course there are no roadside bathrooms!  Yikes, we will make it back in time!  I am tapping my feet and Neadeen is leaning forward saying just pull in on some country road that is not to be found.  We slow down with traffic and out the rearview mirror, there is a lady walking and she slips behind a wall.  Ah, not all the traveling French have blander control after all.  That’s how they use the bathroom on the road?  Anyway we magically find the right parking area in Aix and rush to the nearest bathroom.

Stay tuned………

Barbara

Traveling France – Painting Furniture

Traveling France – Painted Furniture

Today was the first day were rented a car during our stay in France.  Behind the wheel of an unfamiliar vehicle, cannot read French and have no clue what road to even be on, did not worry us much.  If we got lost, the vehicle has navigation and surely we could get back!

One of the things we found was a wonderful antique store full of furniture in great condition and some was even painted.  The color combination and looks were interesting to look at and we took it all in.

Check out this piece that has been heavily distressed and used a color very similar to Chloe!

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Look at how heavily distressed this table is done in a color similar to maybe baguette.

Distress Table

How about this piece for uniqueness?  It was given it’s look with a dark wax over a cream color.

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Stay tuned for more to come……..

Barbara