Monday, 21 May 2018

No reciclar ... reutilizar! Crea hermosos elementos de almacenamiento con You Can Folk It!


Una cosa que tenemos en casa es muchas cajas, latas y tarros. No los recicles! En cambio, dales vida con un hermoso cambio de imagen. Esta semana, hemos estado utilizando nuestras antiguas tinas de dulce y nos hemos inspirado en las cajas de sombreros vintage para mejorar nuestro primer proyecto, solo para ti. Nos encantó el aspecto de algunas cajas de sombreros vintage que encontramos cubiertas de hermosas rosas.

Para este proyecto, necesitarás:

Un contenedor de plástico de su elección

La primera decisión que debe tomar es decidir qué va a decorar. Este es un gran proyecto para experimentar: pintar sobre superficies curvas es muy diferente a pintar superficies planas. Si su proyecto falla, aún puede reciclarse y no le ha costado dinero. Elegimos una tina dulce de plástico que iba a ser reciclada.


La pintura de acabado DecoArt Chalky se puede pintar directamente en la superficie, no requiere preparación. Sin embargo, una cosa que tendrá que hacer antes de comenzar a pintar es limpiar el recipiente por completo con una mezcla de vinagre y agua para eliminar las huellas dactilares grasosas. Cualquier grasa que quede en la superficie evitará que la pintura se adhiera a la superficie.

DecoArt Chalky finish paint requires no preparation!

Una vez que haya decidido qué tono de pintura Chalky Finish le gustaría usar, comience a pintar la bañera con un pincel plano. Asegúrese de cubrir cada pulgada de la bañera con la pintura.
Decorate old plastic containers with roses and Metallic lustre


1. Una vez que la capa base de Chalky Finish se haya secado, con el dedo, la tela o el pincel viejo, aplique Rose Gold Metallic Lustre alrededor de la tapa. Consejo: si su brillo metálico se ha endurecido, ponga un poco de agua en el recipiente, vuelva a atornillar la tapa y déjela reposar durante un par de horas o durante la noche.

2. Usando los patrones, coloque rosas al azar alrededor del borde, alternando entre 1 rosa, 2 rosas y 3 racimos de rosas. Consejo: para que se vea más profesional, trace algunas de las rosas que Carol ha hecho aquí. A continuación trace el clúster más grande en el centro de su proyecto, o en este caso, la tapa. Nota: los patrones deberían imprimirse con el tamaño correcto.

A continuación, rellena las rosas con el pincel redondo del kit básico de la serie 1 como se indica en el DVD tutorial de Vintage Rose. Para este proyecto, Carol usó DecoArt Americana Naphthol Red. Sin embargo, puede crear un tono similar mezclando nuestro Tomate rojo de Serie 1 con un poco de Negro de lámpara, también del kit de Serie 1. (Para obtener más información sobre cómo mezclar colores, haga clic aquí).

3. Usando Aguacate verde del kit de la Serie 2, agregue las hojas siguiendo el tutorial del DVD Vintage Rose. Consejo: Si no tiene el kit básico de la Serie 2, puede usar el Hauser Light Green de nuestro kit de la serie 1.


Ahora tiene el patrón para trabajar, agregue sus trazos de coma para pintar sus rosas vintage, inclinando su pincel con Blanco cálido: puede ver el tutorial completo en el DVD proporcionado en nuestro kit adicional Vintage Rose.
Usando su cepillo de liner, agregue los tallos a sus hojas usando DecoArt Americana en aguacate alrededor de la tina.
Una vez que el diseño esté seco, usando blanco cálido, agregue comas usando su pincel de recubrimiento. Para finalizar, agregue un poco de "follaje de relleno". Esto ha sido creado cargando el extremo del cepillo redondo con aguacate y vertiendo el cepillo con blanco.
Deje que se seque y aplique una capa de cera Clear Creme con un cepillo redondo para proteger su hermoso y nuevo almacenamiento. Puede usarlo una vez que haya secado o pulido la cera con un paño suave y sin pelusa para crear un suave brillo en su contenedor.

From an old chocolate tub to beautiful storage

Happy Folking, 

Carol xx 
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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

The 5 must have items in our painting stash


The five products that we wouldn't be without when using our painting kits

As a painter, there is nothing worse than getting into your flow and realising you are missing something you need.  Hours can fly by when you're in the creative zone but if you aren't prepared, if you haven't got what you need to hand, it can be incredibly frustrating. This was one of the reasons we were so passionate about the contents of our Starter kits.  We wanted to provide everything you needed (with the exception of a pot of water and kitchen towel!) so that as soon as you got hold of your kit, you could enjoy that excitement and get stuck in straight away without more trips to the craft shop.

Over the years, as we have developed our skills we have found extra bits and bobs we find ourselves reaching for time and again....

1. Kitchen roll.  A rather uninspiring start to our list we know but a definite must have! Perfect for cleaning our dotting tools, mopping up any little spillages and drips as well as drying off our brushes after each wash.  As the DecoArt Americana colours are so beautiful and the consistency is specially formulated for Folk Art, we prefer not to dilute the paint for our brushstrokes.  If you aren't sure if you are loading your brush properly for those perfect comma strokes, check out this tutorial.

Save your DecoArt Americana paints by creating and using a wet palette - easy DIY project

2. A wet palette. This is such a simple addition to your painting kit yet it makes all the difference.  There is nothing worse than wasting paints and as many of our designs don't require a large amount of paint, a wet palette is a must have.  As we head towards warmer times in the UK, we certainly notice a difference in the drying  times of our paints and so we need to do our best to prevent our paints turning in to a gloopy blob!

One of our customers used Scotch magic tape to mask off parts of this design ready for the greeting.
Photo courtesy of @at_the_painting_table

3. Scotch Magic Tape (the green one). Tape is always handy but in addition to holding down practice paper when we like to take our creativity outside, we love this tape for masking.  Although 3M do create a Scotch Removable tape (the blue one) we have found that it is not sticky enough for us.  If this magic tape is a tad sticky for our surface, pressing it once or twice on to our clothes often does the trick in removing some of the adhesive.  If you have some tape, why not try masking off a square or strip to create a clean edge in your painting?


4. Sakura Gelly Roll pen.  We have started to use these in the last few years at our events.  Although we still prefer to use our Transfer paper, when you are drawing out 300+ templates for a Grand Make or teaching a large group of painters, it can be handy to use to draw out your desired pattern.  (however, be aware this pen is obviously less forgiving than our transfer papers so wherever you leave a mark, you will need to paint over the top).  More recently, we have also used it to add writing to our projects.  From simple block lettering to fancy faux calligraphy, this white pen looks great on a dark background.

5.  Last but not least is our Drying time extender.  Featured in our Flat Brush Starter kit, we use it to help our paints blend seamlessly together to create a beautiful effect for our flat brush designs.  We also use it on our wet palettes when we are painting not just outside but as we are demonstrating at events.  Warm areas and rooms with lots of people can dry out your paints so this is great to help keep your paints workable and again, reduces paint wastage (always a good thing!)

So there you have it... our top 5 must haves for our painting kit, we hope you find it useful.  What is in your painting kit that you just couldn't live without? Leave us a comment, we'd love to know.

Happy Folking x
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Monday, 30 April 2018

Join our #funwithfolkit monthly challenges

Have #funwithfolkit and their monthly painting challenges

You may remember my admission once upon a time that I am not very good at painting without a purpose.  It's true, I would love to be one of those people overflowing with creative inspiration and the imagination of a child but sadly, it isn't the case.  That's part of the reason I fell in love with Folk Art because I finally found an art form I could master, designs I could follow step by step.

Personalise anything with You Can Folk It vintage roses and folk art painting

When I sit down to paint these days, I still like to have prompts, ideas of what to create or which colour palette to choose.  That is why we have decided to begin our Monthly challenges to inspire you to have #funwithfolkit Each month we will be providing a simple prompt to inspire your practice or your project, from pattern ideas to colour inspiration they can be interpreted in whichever way your creative mind takes you.

Wake and make - You Can Folk It daisy details, folk art painting and hand lettering

There are no rules when it comes to our monthly challenges.  Each theme can be used to inspire just one practice page or it can influence a few.  You can use it to help create a project, gift or a greetings card.  However you choose to use our theme, please tag us in your posts and use the hashtag #funwithfolkit

Each month, we will share your images across our social media and the most liked posts will be shared on our blog and in our newsletter.

DecoArt American Acrylics, You Can Folk It

So, starting tomorrow and throughout May, our first theme will be beautiful Rainbows.  I picked this one following my recent colour mixing adventures as it is a great opportunity to play with colour if you wanted to take the theme less literally.  We hope this theme makes you smile as much as we do and that you will have some great #funwithfolkit

Here's to a month filled with fun, Folk It, colour and creativity

Happy Folking x

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Thursday, 19 April 2018

The first step towards understanding colour


Carol Sykes from You Can Folk It talks colour theory and the Ives Colour wheel

I will never forget that moment when I first found Folk Art painting while I was living in Australia in 1993.  I was a young mum and loved making any house we lived in into a home, I particularly wanted to paint furniture and decorate useful items.  When I found Folk Art painting it changed my world, I just loved everything about it.

I never thought much about colour as my teacher often provided a colour palette for me or I stuck to the colours I was drawn to, I didn't think much about which colours complimented each other or which colours would suit the design I wanted to create.  

That all changed for me when I came back to the UK and began teaching others, I attended every class I could to improve my knowledge.  I can still remember my first colour workshop, the teacher brought in the colour paint strips that you get in DIY stores and told us he was going to teach us how to mix those colours.  I honestly thought he was crazy!  I had been painting for about 3 years by then and it seemed impossible but...once you understand the theory, although it seems so simple, it changes so much.  

Of course you would not want to be mixing all your colours from scratch, that wouldn't be practical but I love the magic that can happen when you understand what complimentary colours are.  Those 'wow' moments when you sit those two colours side by side and suddenly, they begin to look brighter yet when you mix those same 2 colours together they begin to tone each other down.   

When I began to understand the tonal scale and what a split complimentary colour scheme is, it helped me not just in choosing my colour schemes, but my home decor and even my wardrobe! There is no end to the uses of understanding colour theory. 

Once thing is guaranteed though, you cannot learn about colour by watching - you have to do it and you have to start at the beginning!

I hope you will get your paints out and join me for your first lesson in the wonderful world of colour. 


Happy Folking,

Carol x 

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Friday, 6 April 2018

The perfect project for Spring


With Spring in the air, what better time to create something bright, fresh and beautiful.  We recently took a trip to Ikea and bought ourselves a great box, perfect for a spot of gardening.  

Every year around Spring, we get requests on how to paint Daffodils and so they just had to feature along with a few new techniques and flowers to add to your collection.  We hope you enjoy it.  

You can find all you will need for this tutorial here.


If you wish to ensure this project is suitable for outside, once the project is dry, seal with a couple of coats of weather proof varnish.  

We do hope you love this project as much as we do. 





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Monday, 26 March 2018

How to paint Snowdrops


For this project you will need: 

DecoArt Americana Acrylic in Green Tree and Snow White (also known as Titanium White)
Medium Brush liner, No 3 Round Brush and Dotting tool (available separately or as part of our Round Brush Starter kit
Comma stroke lesson (available within our Round brush add on kits) 
Chalk pen (optional) 

Using the medium liner brush and DecoArt Americana Acrylic in Green Tree, add a little water to your paint to make your strokes go further and start by practicing the stems.  Imagine you are painting walking sticks and paint the hook to the left and right, trying to keep the stems as straight as possible.  Don't worry if your paint runs out a little at the end, you can always mask this when you add the comma stroke leaves


Next practice adding the petals using the No. 3 Round Brush and comma stroke leaves using the liner brush as shown above.  Play around with using just white and try using Green Tree tipped with white.


Paint your Terracotta pot using the Relic Chalky Finish.  (If you wish to use this pot outdoors once it is completed, make sure you cover every inch of the pot including the hole at the bottom to prevent the pot absorbing water).  The Snowdrops are placed approximately 3cm apart, alternating 1 long and 1 short.  The Daisies are 2cm apart 1 high and 1 low.  You can use a chalk pencil to mark the design, but you may find it easier to paint the design straight onto the pot without the constraints of having to follow a line.


Paint the stems.  Working on surfaces that are not flat is always going to be more challenging, so try practicing on inexpensive items like recycled packaging first, the more practice you do, the easier it becomes.


Complete the rest of the Snowdrops


Next, add the daisies along the top lip of the pot.  


Finish with a coat of wax or varnish to preserve the design.

As we mentioned earlier, it is possible to use hand painted terracotta pots outside, but if they are going to come in to contact with water it is very important that you prepare the pot correctly.  There are two ways to do this

1. Make sure every inch of the pot is completely sealed with the Relic chalky finish paint (including the hole in the bottom) so that the terracotta cannot absorb any water.  Once you have completed the pot, finish it with a couple of coats of weatherproof varnish.

2. Add equal amounts of DecoArt Multi Purpose Sealer to your Chalky Finish and Acrylic paint.  By doing this, it means that no varnishing is necessary but as before, ensure that every inch of the surface is coated with the paint and sealer.

Once you have completed your project, remember to wash your brushes ready for next time - look after your brushes and they will look after you.



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Monday, 19 March 2018

How to paint on to soap


Painting on to soap, decorative painting, folk art, painting project. butterfly, lavender

I first learned to paint onto soap years ago when I first discovered Folk Art. I had seen decorated soap before but always thought it was something other people did, not something as easily achievable as it is.  

Sometimes, when you are learning to paint, you want to try something different, sometimes you wish to give a unique gift...the great thing is this project ticks both boxes.  I was recently on holiday in Mexico and their complimentary soaps were so lovely, I just couldn't resist painting them! 

For this project you will need: 

A bar of soap of your choice 
Paint Adhesion Medium or Multi Purpose Sealer 
The design of your choice (I chose Butterflies and the Lavender design taught in our Round Brush Course
For these designs I used the No3 Round Brush, Liner brush and Flat brush from both of our Starter Kits 
DecoArt Americana Acrylic (I used Blue Violet, Warm White, Plum, Lamp Black and Hauser light Green)

Painting on to soap, decorative painting, folk art, painting project. butterfly

Step 1: Begin by applying a coat of Sealer (or Paint Adhesion Medium) to the area you wish to add your design to.

Step 2: Once the sealer is dry (you can speed the process with a hair dryer if you wish), paint your chosen design. With both of the soaps, I tried to choose designs that worked with the shape/detail already on the soaps. Leave the design to dry.

Step 3: Finish by painting 3 more thin layers over your design, drying with a hairdryer each time to help the drying process along and dry each layer.

Step 4: Leave to dry for a couple of days for the paint and sealer to cure (dry and harden completely).  The layers of sealer creates something similar to a transfer on the soap.  Once it has been allowed to cure, this means you can use the soap as you would a normal bar of soap and the design will remain firmly in place.

Painting on to soap, decorative painting, folk art, painting project. lavender


I hope you have fun with this project.

Happy Folking,

Carol x
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